Main Tournament

ATO: Team Competition

For participants of the ATO: This year again team prizes will be awarded. If you are already registered for the General Tournament and would like to form a team, you can do so by e-mail ( Please indicate the three team members and the desired team name. Participation in this team competition has no affect on the registration fee. More Information below.

Main Tournament (ATO)

Main Arbiter IA Jonas Studer
Dates July 22 - 31, 2019
Concert Hall, Biel Congress Center.
Smoking strictly prohibited within the whole building.
Tournament type Swiss system - 9 rounds
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.
July 22-26, 2019: rd 1-4; 2 p.m.
July 27: Rest Day
July 28-30: rd 5-8; 2 p.m.
July 31: rd 9; 11 a.m.
CHF CHF 1'200, 1'000, 800, 600, 500, 2x400, 3x300, 5x200, 5x100. Best women players, best seniors (1959-), best juniors (1999+): CHF 200, 100, best children (2003+): CHF 150, 50. Best players rated <1800 and <1700: CHF 400, 300, 200, 2x100.
Total prize fund: CHF 10'600.
Prizes are valid from 100 participants. With fewer participants, they are reduced pro rata.
Prizes will be shared upon the final ranking (“Hort System” won’t be used).
Special prizes are only granted to players scoring 4½ points or more. This restriction isn't valid for Elo category prizes.
For rating band prizes, FIDE rating is considered first. July 2019 rating shall prevail.
Ranking Final standings will be established according to number of points scored, truncated Buchholz and truncated Sum of Buchholz. The worst score in each case will be disregarded.
Players without FIDE rating or with FIDE rating below or equal  2050 in all three rating lists:  May, June and July 2019.
layer without FIDE ID have to have to appear in front of the main arbiter before the first, who will proceed at the registration.
The admission of a player is the exclusive decision of the organization. This decision is final.
CHF 160 (1999+: CHF 100), by bank transfer until July 17, 2019, based on the invoice received by e-mail during the online registration, After this date cash payment on site with a surcharge of CHF 20. Deadline: July 22, 12:30 noon.
All participants with the status "confirmed" on the playerlist of our website are expected to confirm their presence at the check-in desk, before 1.15 p.m. on July 22, 2019. This will ensure their integration in the first round pairings.
Participants with the status "unconfirmed" or who doesn't appear on the list have to come to the office desk until 12:30 noon.
Laws of chess Art. 6.7.1 Any player arriving at the board more than 30 minutes after the start of the round will be defaulted, except in extreme situations.
Art. It is forbidden to enter the playing area with electronic devices.
The tournament is rated for the Swiss, German and FIDE ratings. Possibility of obtaining a FIDE rating.
Pairings and results For pairing calculation, FIDE rating is considered first. July 2019 rating shall prevail.
Round 1 pairings will be published at 1.45 p.m. For the subsequent rounds, they will be online 1 hour after the end of the previous round.
Players have to give the original copy of the scoresheet and write down the result at the results desk. Otherwise the result of the game will be 0-0.

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14:00 ATO Round 1


14:00 ATO Round 2


14:00 ATO Round 3


14:00 ATO Round 4


14:00 ATO Round 5


ATO Rest Day


14:00 ATO Round 6


14:00 ATO Round 7


14:00 ATO Round 8


11:00 ATO Round 9

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