Shropshire Minor Individual OTB Rules


This competition will be governed in accordance with the competition rules of the Shropshire Chess Association – available here.


A 7 round swiss tournament starting in October and completing May.

This year all games will be played Over-the-Board. We may then revert back to an online format next year and keep rotating back and forth.

Entry Deadline: 30th September 2023

Entry fee: £10 payable to Shropshire Chess Association. The best way to pay is via online payment into the shropshire bank account:
Name:              Shropshire Chess Association
Account No:   60809748
Sort Code:      20-77-85
If paying online, entries should still be sent to the controller.

Contact Details: Note that by entering the tournament you are consenting for your contact details to be displayed on the website.

Grade Restriction: The individual is only open to players rated 1640 and below as per the August OTB rating list. Note that provisional “p” ratings will be treated as an unrated player and may enter with permission of the controller.

Venue: The first named player has the white pieces. The player with the black pieces will have the choice of club venue (except juniors who always play at home). Players may agree alternative venues between themselves.

Time Limit: 1 hour 25 minutes plus a 10 second increment. If both players agree, alternative time controls may be played.

Results: Players should submit their results to the controller without delay.

Grading: Games will be submitted to the ECF for rating.

Dates: A target date will be set by which players should endeavor to play their opponent for that round. Players should notify the controller if they can’t play their game before the deadline. If a game has not been played by this date, the controller will estimate the result using the assumption of a win for the higher rated player and a draw for the lower rated player, until the actual match result is submitted.

1st:  £50
2nd: £30
U1500 Rating Prize: £25
U1400 Rating Prize: £25
U1300 Rating Prize: £25

  • Players can only win one prize. August’s rating list prior to the start of the tournament will be used to determine the grading prizes. If players are unrated, to determine their grading bracket their first k-rating rating performance will be used.
  • Where players are tied for any prize other than first place the sum of progressive scores will be used to decide places. If the players are still tied the prize will be split equally.
    Sum of progressive scores example: If a players results are 1,0,0,1,0.5,0,1 then the sum of their progressive scores is 1+1+1+2+2.5+2.5+3.5=13.5
  • In the event of a tie for first place there will be a tie break of two games. If more than 2 players are tied for first place the sum of progressive scores will determine the 2 players who compete in the play-off. If the result is still equal after those two games the previous sum of progressive scores will be used to determine the winner.

The winner will also receive the minor individual trophy to keep for one year.