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FIDE Rated Downpatrick Rapid Chess Championship

Part of the FIDE Rapid Grand Prix series. Second event to take place in September. To be held in Downpatrick on Saturday 17th September.

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Sep 17, 2022
from 10:00 AM to 05:00 PM


Church of Ireland Hall, Down Parish Church St. Margaret’s, 4 Church Ave, Downpatrick, BT30 6AQ

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FIDE Rated Downpatrick Rapid Chess Championship

Downpatrick FIDE Rapid


Time of event: 10am to 5pm

Number of rounds/time control: 10 rounds of 15+0

Entry fee: £12 / £20 late entry fee (after the deadline, if space is still available).

Check-in at 10am to be included in the Round 1 pairings. Take seats at 10:10am for announcements


Schedule of play:

Round 1: 10:15am

Round 2: 10:45am

Round 3: 11:15am

Round 4: 11:45am

Round 5: 12:15pm

Lunch break 1pm to 2pm

Round 6: 2:00pm

Round 7: 2:30pm

Round 8: 3:00pm

Round 9: 3:30pm

Round 10: 4:00pm


Prize-giving at 4:45pm


Venue: Church of Ireland Hall, Down Parish Church St. Margaret’s, 4 Church Ave, Downpatrick, BT30 6AQ


Half point travelling byes available for round 1.


Please note this event is limited to 20 players. Deadline for registration is 5pm on Saturday 3rd September.


Free entry for 2nd, 3rd or 4th player from the same family. To secure a place in the competition, entry fees are due in advance. You will be emailed payment details if there is still a place left in the competition. Please pay event organiser by bank transfer, Revolut or PayPal (if paying through PayPal, please send fee under the ‘Friends and Family’ setting, this avoids PayPal taking a fee).

Refunds will be issued to players needing to withdraw up to 24 hours before the event.


All players should be seated at their board 2 minutes before the start of each round (but 5 minutes before start of round 1). All clocks will be started at the publicised start times for each round. A player not at the board will lose the game after their 15 minutes has expired.


Phones must be switched off before the start of play. Any mobile phone that makes a noise will lead to an automatic loss for the player, including the loss of rating points. Switched off phones can be left at the arbiter’s table. The only exception to this rule is if a doctor is playing in the tournament, they are permitted to keep their phone on silent (vibrate mode) in the event of a medical emergency.


Tie-breaks will be determined by Swiss Master 5.7 Build 8 in the following order: Median Buchholz, Buchholz, Progressive Score.

FIDE National Arbiter: B.Jamison

3 member Player’s Committee:

1. Adrian Dornford-Smith, FIDE National Arbiter

2. Chris Dorrian, Club Arbiter, Greenisland

3. TBC after entries received.



Engraved trophies/shields/cups will be awarded to the Champion, 2nd place, 3rd place, Grading Award and Junior Grading Award.



As per FIDE guidelines, players should be members of their national federation. Therefore, with the exception of newcomers or players from overseas, local players should be paid-up members of the Irish Chess Union [ICU] or Ulster Chess Union [UCU].

A full list of ICU membership rates are available here:


UCU membership can be paid on the day at any tournament in Northern Ireland or the PayPal link can be sent in advance. The UCU Treasurer Adrian Dornford-Smith will be present at this Downpatrick event.


To enter the competition, please send your full name and DOB to:

Your DOB is required to set up your FIDE ID.


Please note, any players without an over-the-board rating should send their or LiChess username so we can create a provisional rating for the tournament seeding. Please note, online ratings can be 200-400 rating points higher than over-the-board ratings. A newcomer without any online activity will be given a standard provisional rating of 1000 and it will appear as 1000p in the seeding list at the beginning of the tournament.