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FIDE-rated Newry Autumn Rapid

Sunday 9th October 2022 This is event 4 of 10 in the NI FIDE Rapid Grand Prix 2022/2023

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Oct 09, 2022
from 10:30 AM to 05:00 PM


Sticky Fingers Arts Centre, 10 Upper Edward Street, Newry, BT35 6AX

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FIDE-rated Newry Autumn Rapid - Sunday 9th October 2022


This is event 4 of 10 in the NI FIDE Rapid Grand Prix 2022/2023

10 rounds of 15+0


10:30am to 5pm

Check-in at 10:30am to be included in the Round 1 pairings.

Take seats at 10:40am for announcements


Round 1: 10:45am

Round 2: 11:15am

Round 3: 11:45am

Round 4: 12:15pm

Round 5: 12:45pm

Lunch break 1:15pm to 2:15pm

Round 6: 2:15pm

Round 7: 2:45pm

Round 8: 3:15pm

Round 9: 3:45pm

Round 10: 4:15pm


Prize-giving at 5pm


Venue: Sticky Fingers Arts Centre, 10 Upper Edward Street, Newry, BT35 6AX


On Sundays, an Enterprise train leaves Belfast Lanyon Place Train Station at 09:00, arriving into Newry Train Station at 10:01. It is a 20 minute walk downhill from the train station to the arts centre. A £16.50 iLink Zone 4 card can be purchased at any Translink station. This covers usage on all trains and buses throughout NI on one day. Trains are not very regular so we recommend getting a bus back to Belfast after the tournament (journey time is approx. 1hr 20 mins) and Newry bus station is a 5 minute walk from the chess venue. Sunday buses to Belfast at 5:10pm, 6:10pm, 7:15pm and 8:15pm.


Half point travelling byes available for rounds 1, 5 and 6.


Limited to 24 players. Deadline to register is 10:30am on Sunday 25th September.


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


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 the 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 and they will leave the playing hall if needed to take a call.


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


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 TBC after entries received.


As per FIDE guidelines, players should be members of their national federation. Therefore, with the exception of newcomers or players visiting from overseas, local players should be paid-up members of the Irish Chess Union [ICU] or Ulster Chess Union [UCU]. The 2022/2023 season begins on 1st September 2022, ending on 31st August 2023.


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 is present at almost all the   events for anyone wishing to pay in cash.


To enter the competition, please send your full name and DOB to Please note your DOB is required to set up your FIDE ID.

Please note, any players without an over-the-board rating should send their ChessDotCom 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.