Art. 1 – Organization  – Vados Chess Club Arad is organizing the 14th Arad International Chess Festival between July 30th and august 6th at Continental Forum Hotel**** in Arad. The festival has a main open – Arad Open (30.07-06.08), an open for players with elo under 2000 – OPEN U2000 (30.07-06.08), an open for players with elo under 1600 – OPEN U1600 (01-05.08) and a tournament for children under 10 (30-31.07)

Art. 2 – Ratification, Playing conditions – Arad Open it’s a nine-round open Swiss tournament providing opportunities to qualify for international titles and the FIDE ELO List. The U2000 open and the U1600 open will be valid for Elo ratings; the U10 children tournament (7 rounds) will be valid only for romanian ratings.

The romanian players taking part in this tournament must be legitimate and have all taxes paid to the Romanian Chess Federation. Foreigners without ELO must have FIDE ID (please ask your chess federation to obtain a FIDE ID before arrival at the tournament)

In the Open U2000 and Open U1600, can play all players with FIDE Elo under 2000 and 1600 considering FIDE rating list from july 1st. To play in this tournaments, one should not have had a FIDE Elo higher than 2050 (and 1650 for U1600) in the last couple of years (starting with january 1st 2019 FIDE Elo list)

Foreign players without ELO can’t win prizes in general standings for U2000 and U1600 tournaments

For children tournaments, at U10 (born after 01.01.2011), the players must have an Elo under 1400 considering the FIDE rating list from July 1st.

Art. 3 – Rate of play –

The main tournament – 90/40 moves + 15 minutes for the rest of the game + 30 seconds/move from move 1

The Open 2000 – 90 minutes/40 moves + 30 seconds/move

The Open 1600 – 60 min + 5 sec/move

U10– 60 min + 5 sec/move.

Art. 4 – Pairings – The Swiss Manager program will be used for pairings

Art. 5 – Game schedule

Byes – Players may take a ½ pt bye in maximum 2 rounds but only in the first six rounds. The bye request must be announced to the arbiters before the beginning of the previous round in which the player will not play.

A round one bye may be claimed on the entry form only if the entry fee was already been paid.

Art. 6 – Entry Fees

All entry fees, payments deadline or any deductions are shown on the official website

Art. 7 – Final Standings , Tie-breaks

For the final standings, the following tie-breaks criteria will be apply:

–          average recursive performance

–          median bucholtz

–          sonneborn-berger

–          elo performance.

The order of this tie-breaks will be drawn by lot after the last round has finished.

Unplayed games – For tie-breaks purposes, the current FIDE rules will be applied

For U10, the following order of tie-break criteria will be used:

– the result of the player in the same group points

– Medium Bucholtz

– Sonneborn – Berger

Art. 8 – Prizes

All the prizes are neto (tax free), guaranteed, not cumulative and for the general standings will be divided according to the Hort system for the prize number announced.

Prize Winners must attend the appropriate prize giving for their event as announced in the schedule.  Failure to attend without the prior permission of the Tournament Director may result in the deduction of 15% of the prize concerned with a minimum of 100 lei.

Art. 9  – Mobile phones: – It is strictly forbidden to bring in the plying venue (playing halls, toilets, smoking area) mobiles phones or other electronical devices, otherwise the player should lose the game.

How to handle with mobile phones in the playing area:


It is forbidden to have a mobile phone on the body, in a jacket/coat or bag which is carried during a walk through the playing area, or visiting the toilets or smoking area. In case of violation the game is lost.


It is permitted to bring a mobile phone into the playing area, provided it will be switched off when the game is started. This mobile phone has to be given in deposit to the arbiter (it is advisable to mark it);


If an arbiter may see a reason for it, a player can be asked to prove he does not carry a device with him. If he refuses it will be considered as if he does carry a device, the arbiter will take a decision accordingly.


Note: Once the game has been finished it is still forbidden to use any device as mentioned in the playing area!

Art. 10 – Default Time

The players arriving to the chessboard more than 1 hour after the scheduled start will lose the game.

The players missing first round or 2 rounds without justification, although not consecutives, will be eliminated. Those players missing 1 round will have to notify the arbiter during the former round.

Art. 11 – Players’ behaviour

All players are expected:

-To compete in the spirit of good sportsmanship

-To refrain from analysis or audible talking in the playing hall while other games are in progress

-To notify the director in advance if they are unable to play a round or rounds

-To read all the pertinent information posted by the tournament organizers

-To obey the FIDE laws of chess

Chess boards, pieces, clocks, furnitures etc. must not be removed from the playing area.

Art. 12 – Appeals and the Appeals Committee

In the case of an appeal against an arbiters decision, the tournament director will form an appeals committee consisting of 3 players from the main tournament. These players will be chosen at the beginning of the tournament for their impartiality and their knowledge of the rules of chess.

The player lodging the appeal shall lodge a 200 RON bond, which will be refunded if the appeal is successful. Comitee’s decisions will be final and unappealed

Art. 13 – Photo – Flash photography is only permitted during the first 10 minutes of each round. Thereafter photography and video recordings can take place only with the permission from the arbiters.

Art. 14. Special anti-COVID-19 rules and measures

14.1. In order to play in the competition, all players must comply with the conditions below. These conditions are valid for any person (referees, organizers, other officials) who enters the playing space. He will not be able to play or, as the case may be, enter the playing space, the person who:

✓ After measuring the body temperature, it is higher than 37.3 ° C;

✓ is subject to a quarantine measure or is tested positive for COVID-19;

✓ has symptoms of respiratory infection;

✓ has a family member with symptoms of COVID-19 infection;

✓ is in self-isolation or if he lives in a family in his own isolation.

14.2. Players and people who will enter the playing space will sign a declaration on their own responsibility. In the statement, the player must also state that he is aware of the possible risk of transmitting the new coronavirus during the chess event, but is still willing to participate in the event. The body temperature will be scanned at the entrance to the playing space.

14.3 All players will wear protective masks as long as they are in the playing space. The masks will be worn to cover both the mouth and nose.

14.4. All players have the obligation to sanitize their hands before the start of the game.

14.5. Players will give up the traditional handshake at the beginning and end of the game. Also, players will no longer be able to analyze their games at the end of the game in the game room.

14.6. Players will leave the game room immediately after the end of their game

14.7. Participants agree that in the event of any case of COVID-19 during the event, they will be subject to the decisions of the Public Health Directorates, which may involve quarantine or self-isolation.

14.8 The organizers provide disinfection and sanitation materials at the entrance to the playground as well as the permanent cleaning and sanitation of the toilets for participants

Art. 15 – The organizers reserves the right to refuse any entry made at the event.

Art. 16 – Registration for the 14th ARAD International Chess Festival implies acceptance of these tournament regulations.