Art. 1 – Organization  – Vados Chess Club Arad is organizing the 12th Arad International Chess Festival between July24th and 31st at Continental Forum Hotel**** in Arad. The festival has a main open – Arad Open (July 24-31), an open for players with elo under 1900 – OPEN U1900 (July 26-30), an open for players with elo under 1600 – OPEN U1600 (July 26-30) and 2 children tournaments for under 10 and under 8 years old (July 25-29)

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 U1900 open and the U1600 open will be valid for Elo ratings; the U10 and U8 children tournaments (9 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

In the Open U1900 and Open U1600, can play all players with FIDE Elo under 1900 and 1600 considering FIDE rating list from july 1st. To play in this tournaments, one should not have had a FIDE Elo higher than 1950 (and 1650 for U1600) in the last couple of years (starting with august 1st 2017 FIDE Elo list

Foreign players without ELO can’t win prizes in general standings

For children tournaments, at U10 (born after 01.01.2009), the players must have an Elo under 1400 considering the FIDE rating list from July 1st. At U8 (born after 01.01.2011), the players must have an Elo under 1300 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 1900 – 90 minutes/40 moves + 30 seconds/move

The Open 1600 – 60 min + 5 sec/move

U10, U8 – 75 minutes/game/player.

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.

However, on the U1900 open its possible to take only one free round with ½ bye and only in the first 3 rounds

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

Art. 6 – Entry Fees

Foreigners: 60 EURO

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

U1900 – 30 euro

U1600 – 40 euro

U10 and U8 – 20 euro

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 and U 8, 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 – The organizers reserves the right to refuse any entry made at the event.

Art. 15 – Registration for the 12th ARAD International Chess Festival implies acceptance of these tournament regulations.