Wednesday, 16 July 2014

2014 National Junior Chess Championship —Closed



1. INTRODUCTION
The 2014 Namibian National Junior Chess Championships (Closed) is hosted by the Namibia Chess Federation.

2. THE PURPOSE OF THIS CHESS TOURNAMENT:
2.1 To determine the 2014 Namibian National Junior Champion as well as age-group Champions.
2.2 To promote chess as a sport, intellectual, educational and recreational outlet amongst the
youth and the broader Namibian population.
2.3. To improve the standard of Junior Chess in Namibia.

3. PLAYING VENUE:
Windhoek Show Grounds, Windhoek.

4. EVENT DATE:
18, 19 & 20 July 2014

5. PARTICIPANTS:
The top 10 (Namibians citizens) of every age-group following the 2014 Namibian National Junior Chess Championships Open are hereby invited to play.

6. REGISTRATION & REGISTRATION FEES:
6.1 Invited players should confirm their participation by (17th Thurday—20h00).
6.2 There will be no registration fees for this tournament. All invited players will part-take once they confirm their participation.
7. PAIRING SYSTEM, TIE-BREAKS AND RATE OF PLAY:
7.1 The Championship format will be a SWISS System tournament played over 7 (Seven)
Rounds.
In the event of 8 players or fewer partaking in any age-group, a round-robin system will be applied.
7.2 Swiss Perfect will be used to do the pairings.
7.3 The tie-breaks will be applied in the following order:
7.3.1 For the Swiss System
a) Direct encounter
b) Progressive Score
c) Median Bucholz
d) Bucholz
7.3.2 For the Round-robin System
a) Direct encounter
b) Sonneborn-Berger
c) Most wins with Black
If players are still tied, then 1 game of Armageddon (5 minutes for Black and 6 minutes for
White.) will be played. A win for Whites wins the encounter for him/her; and a draw or win for
Black wins the encounter for him/her.
7.4 The rate of play will be 60 minutes per player.

8. TOURNAMENT DIRECTORS, CHIEF ARBITER AND APPEALS COMMITTEE
8.1 The role of Tournament Director will be assumed by Fremantle Kuhanga assisted by Otto Nakapunda and Charles Eichab.
8.2 The role of Chief Arbiter will be assumed by Otto Nakapunda.
8.3 The Appeals Committee will be announced at the start of Round 1. All complaints against any
decision taken by the Chief Arbiter should be lodged with the Appeals Committee. N$ 100 is
payable. The complainant shall lose the N$ 100 in the event of the Appeals Committee's decision
going against him or her.

9. TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE:
Welcome and Opening -26 July 2013: 18h00 – NCF President Otto Z. Nakapunda
Announcements -Tournament Director- Fremantle Kuhanga

Day 1– 18 July 2014
Round 1: 18h15 -20h15
Day 2 –19 July 2014
Round 2: 08h30 -10h30
Round 3: 11h00 -13h00
Lunch Break: 13h00 -14h00
Round 4: 14h00 -16h00
Round 5: 16h30 -18h30
Day 3 – 20 July 2014
Round 6: 09h00 -11h00
Round 7: 11h30 -13h30
Closing Ceremony and Prize Giving: 14h00.

10. PRIZES/AWARDS:
10.1 The National Junior Champion will be the winner of the Under 20 Section. The
winner of every section will be awarded the title of: The Namibian National Champion for that
category.
10.2 For each and every age-group:
1st Prize = Certificate*
2nd Prize = Certificate*
3rd Prize = Certificate*

*Cash prizes (and possibly trophies) will be announced at the start of Round 2.

11. NATIONAL TEAMS
The 7 (seven) winners of every age-group will automatically form part of the National Junior
Teams. In addition, 7 (seven) more will be chosen by the National Team Selectors as stipulated
in the NCF Document “National Chess Teams” which will be available at playing hall.

12. Qualification to international tournaments:

12.1. 2014 World Youth Chess Championship
The first place winners, male and female in each age group at the National Junior Championship (closed) will represent Namibia in Durban, South Africa at the World Youth Chess Championship (WYCC) between the 19th (arrival) and 30th (departure) September 2014 with all expenses covered.

Second and third place winners of each age group may also represent Namibia in Durban but at their own expense. The NCF will only assist them with free transportation to and from Durban.

Any junior player that does not make the top 3 may also approach the federation to part-take in the tournament for as long as they covered their own costs including transportation and provided there is still space available.

12.2. 2014 World Junior Chess Championship
This year’s World Junior Chess Championship (for boys & girls under 20) will be held in Pune, India, from 5th October(arrival) to 20th October (departure) 2014.

The overall winner from the under 20 section will represent Namibia at this event with all expenses paid. If the overall winner cannot take part then the 2nd place or the 3rd place run winner will replace him/her accordingly.

13. ACCOMMODATION AND TRANSPORT:
The participants and/or their schools, organizations that they represent will be responsible for
their own accommodation, transport and meals for the duration of the event.

Since this is a National Championship, the Namibia Schools Sport Union (NSSU) can be
contacted to assist with travel arrangements and/or board and lodging.

14. TUCK SHOP
The NCF will run a tuck shop offering snacks and soft drinks at affordable prices.

 15. DRESS CODE FOR PARTICIPANTS:
The dress code is smart casual or school uniform.

16. LOC CONTACT DETAILS:
Tournament Director:      Fremantle Kuhanga: 081-4699070
Chief Arbiter:                   Otto Nakapunda: 081-2116463
Arbiter:                             Charles Eichab: 081-6238160

Disclaimer: The Namibia Chess Federation does not accept any responsibility for injuries to any party, participant or spectator during the above mentioned chess event. We, however, will endeavour to have a conducive and competitive environment for all stakeholders as we strive to promote sports of the mind in Namibia under the best possible conditions which our finances and resources may allow.