Regulations

In case of discrepancies the French version of the tournament conditions applies.

Grandmaster Triathlon (GMT)

Arbiter IA Ana Srebrnic
Dates
July 24 – August 04, 2021
Venue
Main stage of the Concert Hall, Biel Congress Center.
Masks must be worn throughout the building. However, the players can sit opposite each other without a mask according to the protection concept.
Tournament type 
28 games as 3 sets of round robin:
- Classical: 7 games
- Rapid: 7 games (reversed colors)
- Blitz: 14 games (2-way)
Drawing of lots During the Opening Ceremony, a drawing of lots will determine the pairings for the ACCENTUS Chess960 and for the blitz games. Starting numbers for the classic will be chosen by the players in the order of the standings of Accentus Chess960. The resulting pairings with reversed colours will be used for the rapid games.
Rate of play
Classical: 100 minutes for the first 40 moves + 50 minutes for the next 20 moves + 15 minutes for the rest of the game,
with an addition of 30 seconds per move starting from move one.
Rapid: 15 minutes + 5 seconds increment per move.
Blitz: 3 minutes + 2 seconds increment per move.
Schedule
July 24, 2021: 11 am: Opening Ceremony with Drawing of Lots
July 25: Rapid; 1 pm
July 26: Rest day
July 27-30: Classical rd 1-4; 2 pm
July 31: Blitz; 2 pm
August 01: Rest Day
August 02-03: Classical rd 5-6; 2 pm
August 04: Classical rd 7; 11 am
August 04, 6 pm: Closing Ceremony
Courtesy
Out of respect for the opponent, the photographers and the sponsors, the players are expected to appear in time before the game start.
Prizes
CHF 10'000/7'500/5'000/3'000/2'000/1'500/1'000/500.
Total prize fund: CHF 30'500.
Scores and tie-breaks
Classical: 4 points for a win; 1½ point for a draw; 0 point for a loss.
Rapid: 2 points for a win; 1 point for a draw; 0 point for a loss.
Blitz: 1 point for a win; ½ point for a draw; 0 point for a loss.
Final standings will be established according to the number of points scored, cumulating the three series (classical+rapid+blitz).
In case of a tie, the ranking in the ACCENTUS Chess960 decides upon the final ranking of the Triathlon and the corresponding prizes.
Rating
Each series is rated for the related FIDE rating (Standard, Rapid, Blitz).
Laws of chess
Art. 6.7.1 Any player arriving at the board more than 10 minutes after the start of the round (resp. 5 minutes in rapid and 2 minutes in blitz) will lose by forfeit, except in cases of force majeure.
Art. 9.1.1 Draw offers aren't allowed before move 41 in the classic tournament.
Art. 11.3.2.1 Players aren't allowed to carry or use any electronic devices during their games.
They are advised to enter the playing hall without such devices or otherwise to deposit these at the arbiter's desk.
Declaration of consent With your participation you agree that photographic material may be recorded and used.

 

ACCENTUS Chess960 (ACC)

Arbiter IA Ana Srebrnic
Dates Saturday, July 24, 2021
Venue
Main stage of the Concert Hall, Biel Congress Center.
Masks must be worn throughout the building. However, the players can sit opposite each other without a mask according to the protection concept.
Tournament type 
Round robin – 7 rounds
Chess960: The starting position will be drawn before each round.
Rate of play
15 minutes with an increment of 5 seconds per move
Schedule
1:30 – 7:00 pm
Courtesy
  Out of respect for the opponent, the photographers and the sponsors, the players are expected to appear in time before the game start.
Prizes
CHF 2’000/1’500/1’000 and beautiful prizes in kind for the following five players.
Total prize fund: CHF 4'500 + prizes in kind.
Tiebreak
The following tie break will be used to establish the final standings: 
1. Direct encounter 
2. Sonneborn Berger 
3. Number of wins
4. Number of wins with Black 
5. Age (from younger to older) 
Laws of chess
Art. 6.7.1 Any player arriving at the board more than.5 minutes after the start of the round round will lose by forfeit, except in cases of force majeure.
Art. 11.3.2.1 Players aren't allowed to carry or use any electronic devices during their games.
They are advised to enter the playing hall without such devices or otherwise to deposit these at the arbiter's desk.
Declaration of consent With your participation you agree that photographic material may be recorded and used.
 

Master Tournament (MTO)

Main Arbiter IA Ana Srebrnic
Dates July 26 – August 04, 2021
Venue
Concert Hall, Biel Congress Center.
Masks must be worn throughout the building. However, the players can sit opposite each other without a mask according to the protection concept.
Smoking is strictly prohibited within the whole building.
Tournament type
9 rounds, Swiss system
Rate of play 90 minutes for the first 40 moves + 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an addition of 30 seconds per move starting from move one.
Schedule
July 26–30, 2021: rd 1–5; 2 pm
July 31: Rest day
August 01–03: rd 6–8; 2 pm
August 04: rd 9; 11 am
August 04, 6 pm: Closing ceremony with prize-giving.
Prizes
CHF 6'000, 4'500, 3'500, 3'000, 2'500, 2'000, 1'500, 1'200, 1'000, 800, 700, 600, 2x500, 3x300, 3x200. Best women players: CHF 1'100, 850, 650, 550, 450, 400. Best veterans (1961-): CHF 900, 620, 480. Best juniors (2001+): CHF 520, 280. Best players with Elo <2200 and <2100: each CHF 460, 340, 230, 170.
Total prize fund: CHF 39'000.
In order to receive their prizes, the top three winners must be present at the closing ceremony.
Prizes will be shared upon the final ranking (“Hort System” won’t be applied).
Prizes are non-cumulative.
If there are less then 61 players, the prizes will be shortened by 1/3.
Special prizes are only granted to players scoring at minimum 4½ points, except for Elo category prizes.
For the special prizes with Elo limits, the July 2021 FIDE rating is used.
1 month free membership at Pro Chess Training for the best player without prize money and for the two best players <2250 Elo.
Ranking Final standings will be established according to the points scored, truncated Buchholz and truncated sum of Buchholz. The worst score in each case will be excluded.
Eligibility
FIDE rated players (lists May, June or July 2021) with at least 2000 Elo.
The admission of a player player is decided solely by the organization. This decision is final.
Registration
CHF 220 (born 2001+: CHF 150), by bank transfer until July 20, 2021, based on the invoice received by e-mail during the online registration.
For GM, IM, WGM and WIM the participation is free of charge. As the number of places in the tournament is limited, if such title holders figuring with the status "paid" on the list "Registered Players", finally do not come to the tournament without previous notification, they will be excluded from participation at the Festival in the future.
Check-in
All participants are required to confirm their presence at the registration desk from 8:00 am and no later than 11:00 am on Monday, July 26, 2021: They pick up their badges and acknowledge by their signature receipt of the protection concept of the festival and strict compliance with these protective measures. This will guarantee their inclusion into the pairings list for the 1st round.
Laws of chess Art. 6.7.1 Any player arriving at the board more than 30 minutes after the start of the round will lose by forfeit, except in cases of force majeure.
Art. 11.3.2.1 It is forbidden to enter the playing area with electronic devices.
The tournament is rated for the Swiss, German and FIDE ratings. It is possible to achieve a FIDE norm. 
Pairings and results The start list is based on the July 2021 FIDE rating list.
The pairings for the first round will be published at 1:45 pm. For all subsequent rounds, the pairings will be published online until one hour after the end of the previous round.
Players have to deliver the original copy of the scoresheet and enter the result at the provided desk. Otherwise the result of the game will be counted as 0-0.
Declaration of consent With your participation you agree that photographic material may be recorded and used.

Amateur Tournament (ATO)

Main Arbiter IA Ana Srebrnic
Dates July 26 – August 04, 2021
Venue
Concert Hall, Biel Congress Center.
Masks must be worn throughout the building. However, the players can sit opposite each other without a mask according to the protection concept.
Smoking is strictly prohibited within the whole building.
Tournament type 9 rounds, Swiss system
Rate of play 90 minutes for the first 40 moves + 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an addition of 30 seconds per move starting from move one.
Schedule
July 26–30, 2021: rd 1–5; 2 pm
July 31: Rest day
August 01–03: rd 6–8; 2 pm
August 04: rd 9; 11 am
August 04, 6 pm: Closing ceremony with prize-giving
Prizes
CHF 1'200, 1'000, 800, 600, 500, 2x400, 3x300, 5x200, 5x100. Best women players: CHF 170, 130, best veterans (1961-): CHF 180, 120. Best juniors (2001+): CHF 160, 140. Best players rated with Elo <1800 and <1700: CHF 410, 280, 210.
Total prize fund: CHF 10'000.
In order to receive their prizes, the top three winners must be present at the closing ceremony.
Prizes will be shared upon the final ranking (“Hort System” won’t be applied).
Prizes are non-cumulative.
Special prizes are only granted to players scoring at minimum 4½ points, except for Elo category prizes.
For the special prizes with Elo limits, the July 2021 FIDE rating is used.
1 month free membership at Pro Chess Training for the three best players of the ATO and for the two best <1500 Elo.
Ranking Final standings will be established according to the points scored, truncated Buchholz and truncated sum of Buchholz. The worst score in each case will be excluded.
Eligibility
Players without FIDE rating or with FIDE rating not higher than 2050 Elo in all three rating lists of May, June and July 2021.
Players who like to participate, but don’t have yet a FIDE ID, should contact the corresponding officer of their federations or the tournament arbiter by e-mail, arbiter@bielchessfestival.ch, in order to receive in time the FIDE code needed for the online registration.
The number of participants is limited. It is therefore recommended to sign up as soon as possible. After receipt of the entry fee the participation will be displayed as confirmed.
The admission of a player is decided solely by the organization. This decision is final.
Registration
CHF 180 (born 2001+: CHF 100), by bank transfer until July 20, 2021, based on the invoice received by e-mail during the online registration.
Team Please enter an eventual team name in the corresponding input field of the online registration form.
No extra charge in participating at this competition.
The team ranking is calculated as the sum of the achieved scores of the three members of the team. In case of a tie, the team with the lowest Elo average wins. The best three teams will receive prizes in kind offered by Auberson & Fils, La Neuveville and ChessBase.
Check-in
All participants are required to confirm their presence at the registration desk from 8:00 am and no later than 11:00 am on Monday, July 26, 2021: They pick up their badges and acknowledge by their signature receipt of the protection concept of the festival and strict compliance with these protective measures. This will guarantee their inclusion into the pairings list for the 1st round.
Laws of chess Art. 6.7.1 Any player arriving at the board more than 30 minutes after the start the round will lose by forfeit, except in cases of force majeure.
Art. 11.3.2.1 It is forbidden to enter the playing area with electronic devices.
The tournament counts for the Swiss, German and FIDE rating list. Unrated players receive the chance to achieve their first FIDE rating.
Pairings and results The start list is based on the July 2021 FIDE rating list.
The pairings for the first round will be published at 1:45 pm. For all subsequent rounds, the pairings will be published online until one hour after the end of the previous round.
Players have to deliver the original copy of the scoresheet and enter the result at the provided desk. Otherwise the result of the game will be counted as 0-0.
Declaration of consent With your participation you agree that photographic material may be recorded and used.

Finals of the Swiss Youth Championship (SJM)

Arbiter
Florian Zarri, nationaler arbiter
Date July 25–28, 2021.
Venue
Vereinssaal, Biel Congress Center.
Smoking is strictly prohibited in the entire building.
Turnament type 7 rounds, Swiss system.
Rate of play 90 minutes with an increment of 30 seconds for each move.
Schedule
July 25: 11.15 am Welcome; 11.30 am round 1; 4.30 pm round 2.
July 26: 09.30 am round 3; 2.30 pm round 4.
July 27: 09.30 am round 5; 2.30 pm round 6.
July 28: 09.30 am round 7, followed by eventual tie-breaks, and prizegiving ceremony.
Prizes
U16: CHF 350, 250, 180, 120, 50
U14: CHF 300, 200, 150, 100, 50
U12: CHF 300, 180, 120, 80, 50
U10: CHF 200, 150, 100, 70, 50
Ranking
1. Points' score
2. Buchholz
3. Buchholz sum
Participation
The qualified players are invited by the Swiss Chess Federation.
Check-in
All participants and accompanying persons must confirm their presence at the registration desk on Sunday, July 25, 2021 from 08 am to 10:00 am: They pick up their badges and acknowledge by their signature receipt of the protection concept of the festival and strict compliance with these protective measures.
Regulations
The FIDE rules and the corresponding regulations on http://www.swisschess.ch/reglemente.html apply.
Draw proposals are not allowed before the 31st move.
The tournament is rated for the Swiss and the FIDE rating list.
Varia
All games will be broadcasted live on the internet.
Electronic devices of players, accompanying persons and spectators must be completely switched off.
According to the anti-cheating guidelines of the FIDE, there is a suitable detector available in the tournament hall.
Accompanying persons, trainers and spectators must remain outside the playing area.
The players receive three vouchers for the meals at midday (Sunday, Monday and Tuesday). In case of need, the accompanying persons are requested to order their vouchers (CHF 20 each) in advance per e-mail.
You can book per e-mail a double room in the Hotel Mercure from July 25 to 28 for CHF 420 (CHF 560 from July 24).
Smoking is strictly prohibited in the entire building.
Declaration of consent With your registration you agree that photographic material may be recorded and used.

VINETUM' Youth Tournament (JTO)

Main Arbiter Markus Klauser
Date Saturday, July 31, 2021
Venue
Vereinssaal, Biel Congress Center
Smoking is strictly prohibited in the entire building.
Tournament type
7 rounds, Swiss system
Rate of play 10 minutes + 10 seconds
Schedule Rounds 13: 11:00 am - 1:15 pm
From 12:30 noon: Lunch break
Rounds 47: 2 pm - 5 pm
Prize-giving: 5:15 pm
Prizes Prizes in kind for every player.
Ranking Final standings will be established according to number of points scored, Buchholz and sum of Buchholz. 
Eligibility Open to every young player born 2005 or later, rated or unrated.
Age groups U10 (year of birth: 2011 or later)
U13 (year of birth: 2008–2010)
U16 (year of birth: 2005–2007)
Registration Free of charge, lunch meal included!
Online registration until July 29, 2021. Watch out: no registration on site!
Check-in
All participants and accompanying persons must confirm their presence at the registration desk on Saturday, July 31, 2021 from 8 am to 10 pm: They pick up their badges and acknowledge by their signature receipt of the protection concept of the festival and strict compliance with these protective measures.
Laws of chess Illegal moves don't lose the game, but the rule "touched piece, played piece" is applied.
Miscellaneous The tournament won’t be rated.
In case of low numbers of participants two or all categories may be merged.
Electronic devices of players, accompanying persons and spectators must be switched off in the tournament hall except for cameras and video recorders.
Phone number for the day of the tournament: 078 878 70 84.
Declaration of consent
With your registration you agree that photographic material may be recorded and used.