Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Tournament Regulations: National Junior Closed

2015 National Junior Closed Championship
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  TOURNAMENT REGULATIONS

1. INTRODUCTION
The 2015 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 2015 Namibian National Junior Champion as well as age-group Champions.
2.2 To promote chess as a sport, intellectual, educational and recreational outlet among the
youth and the broader Namibian population.
2.3. To improve the standard of Junior Chess in Namibia.
2.4. To select the Junior National Team that will be allegeable to represent the country at regional and international chess events.

3. PLAYING VENUE:
Protea Hotel Thuringerhof

4. EVENT DATE(s):
11 & 12 July 2015

5. PARTICIPANTS:
The top 8 (Namibians citizens) of every age-group  and  two selected female players regardless of their final standing following the 2015 Namibian National Junior Chess Championships Open are hereby invited to play.

6. REGISTRATION & REGISTRATION FEES:
6.1 Invited players should confirm their participation by (10th July Friday—14h00).
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 Charles Eichab assisted by Jolly Nepando and Richman Tjiriange.
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 –11 July 2015: 08h00 – NCF President Otto Z. Nakapunda
Announcements –Tournament Director

Day 1 –11 July 2015
Round 1: 08h30 -10h30
Round 2: 11h00 -13h00
Lunch Break: 13h00 -15h00
Round 3: 15h00 -17h00
Round 4: 17h30 -19h30
Day 3 – 12 July 2015
Round 5: 08h30 -10h30
Round 6: 11h00 -13h00
Closing Ceremony and Prize Giving: 13h30.
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. 2015 World Youth and Cadets Championships—Greece
First place winners, male and female in each age group at the National Junior Championship (closed) will automatically qualify to represent Namibia in Halkidiki, Greece at the World Youth and Cadets Championships between the 24th October (arrival) and 6th (departure) November 2015. The will endeavor  to solicit funding for the for this tournament however parents may need to provide financial assistance for flight tickets should the NCF fall short in its endeavors.

Second and third place winners of each age group may also represent Namibia in Greece but at their own expense.
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. 2015 WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS—RUSSIA

This year’s World Junior Chess Championship (for boys & girls under 20) will be held in Khanty-Mansiysk , Russia, from 1st September (arrival) to 16th September (departure) 2015.

The NCF will endeavor to send the overall winner from the under 20 section to represent Namibia at this event with all expenses paid.

12.3. 2015 Africa Schools Individual Championship—Botswana

Top male and female players from each age group will represent Namibia at the 2015 Schools Individual Championships to be held in Botswana from the 14th to the 23rd August  2015.

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.

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

15. LOC CONTACT DETAILS:
Tournament Director:              Charles Eichab: 081-6238160
Chief Arbiter:                   Otto Nakapunda: 081-2116463
Arbiters:                          Jolly Nepando ; El-Shaddai Aluteni; Richman Tjiriange





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 endeavor 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.