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Armagh Rapidplay Championships 30th March 2019

In a continuing drive to reach beyond the Belfast metropolitan area, we are looking forward to holding our first ever rapidplay chess championships in Armagh this Spring. The event is kindly sponsored by The Royal School Armagh, providing us with excellent facilities for the tournament.

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Mar 30, 2019
from 09:45 AM to 04:30 PM


The Royal School, College Hill, Armagh, BT61 9DH

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EVENT TITLE: Armagh Rapidplay Championships 2019

DATE: Saturday March 30, 2019

START TIME: 10:45am to 11am for check-in / payment of entry fees. Round 1 at 11:15am

END TIME: 5:30pm (Prize-giving at 5:25pm).

For more details and list of entered players:


Emailing to register means that you have read the information below and agree to abide by the rules. Please email Brendan Jamison at by 12 noon on Wednesday March 26, 2019. Entries after 12 noon will not be accepted. Entries through other people will not be accepted so please make direct contact.


£10 per player for ICU and UCU members.

£5 for under 18 year olds.

£5 for students.

CHIEF ARBITER: Brendan Jamison

FORMAT: 6 rounds. 2 sections: Senior and Junior.

TIME CONTROL: 25 minutes per player for all the moves therefore each game will last a maximum of 50 minutes.

TIE BREAKS: For tie-breaks, players will be ranked based on their scores by Median Buchholz, followed if necessary by Buchholz and then Progressive Scores.

RULES: FIDE rules will apply. Touchmove will apply. The second illegal move will result in the immediate loss of the game, however, your opponent must announce when the first illegal move has been played and then once again announce the second illegal move has been played before claiming the win, provided the player still has mating material left on the board, otherwise only a draw can be claimed. If play continues, the opponent may not claim the win retrospectively.

Remember FIDE rules about mobile phones is very strict. If your phone makes a noise during the game, you will automatically lose the game therefore always remember to have your phone switched off. If you are a doctor on call, please notify Arbiter in advance.

PUNCTUALITY: Players who arrive at their board after their clock has been started will receive a strike against their name. Even if it is 10 seconds after the clock has been started, you will still be marked down as late. If this continues for a third time in the same tournament, you will be disqualified. For rapidplay chess tournaments, we request that ALL PLAYERS TAKE THEIR SEATS 2 MINUTES BEFORE STARTING TIME.


LOCATION: The Royal School, College Hill, Armagh, BT61 9DH


PAYMENT FEES  10:45am to 11:00am
ROUND 1             11:15am to 12:05am
ROUND 2             12:10am to 1:00pm
ROUND 3               1:05pm to 1:55pm
LUNCH BREAK     1:55pm to 2:40pm
ROUND 4              2:40pm to 3:30pm
ROUND 5              3:35pm to 4:25pm
ROUND 6              4:30pm to 5:20pm
PRIZE-GIVING      5:25pm to 5:30pm