Tournament Entry


Initial enquiries: Festival Director Stuart Conquest


Entry Fees


  • Entry fees: Masters £120 (entry is free for players holding the GM, IM, WGM or WIM titles).                                         

  • Challenger & Amateur, £50 per event.

  • Late entry fee surcharge of £50 per event (if presented after 13 January 2017).

  • Participants using the Caleta Hotel packages have their entry fees included.

  • First-week morning players who subsequently decide to play in a second-week event will not be charged a late entry fee.




Right of Refusal

The right is reserved to refuse any entry.



Players for the Masters tournament must register before 19:30hrs on Monday 23 January 2017 or have confirmed their entry at the Caleta Hotel in order to be included in the first round draw.


Players for first-week Challenger or Amateur tournaments must register before 19:30hrs on Sunday 22 January 2017 or have confirmed their entry at the Caleta Hotel in order to be included in the first round draw.


Default Time

(All Events) Players arriving 30 minutes or more after the start of a session shall lose, unless the arbiter decides otherwise.


Mobile Phones

All mobile phones, tablets, and similar mobile devices are banned from the playing areas.


The organisers will provide solutions for those players not resident at the Caleta Hotel who need to bring such devices to the venue. If you take a mobile device to the game, even turned off, you risk forfeit.


No Smoking Rule

Smoking is forbidden in the playing hall and adjacent areas or in the commentary room.




All five tournaments shall be FIDE rated and ECF graded. Players who are, or who request to be, registered as English (ENG) with FIDE must be ECF Gold members. Join the ECF: +44 (01424) 775 222 or visit


Non English players must provide their FIDE Identification Number (FIN) (ID code) at the time of entry. If you do not have a FIN, you must apply to your own federation for a FIN before entering the tournament.



Commentaries take place daily in the afternoon in the Archie Suite. Audience participation is encouraged. These commentaries are broadcast live. There is no charge for spectators to watch the games in play, to attend commentaries or to attend evening events, including the master classes.


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Any dispute arising in connection with the rules and regulations governing the Tournament shall be determined by the organising committee and/or appeals committee, whose decision will be final and binding.



Tie-break Regulations


The Masters First Prize and Women’s First Prize may not be shared. All other prizes will not be subject to a tie-break and shall be shared equally where players have the same score (or the same relative rating achievement for Rating Band Prizes).


First Prize Play-Offs:


In the event of a tie for first place, a tiebreaking playoff will be held to determine the winner of the first prize. A maximum of 4 players can be qualified for this play-off. The qualifiers will be determined by the best performance ratings of the tied players.


1. The tiebreak will start at 17:00 on February 2nd 2017, or if the qualifiers cannot be determined, as soon as possible afterwards. The organizers reserve the right to modify the time controls for the playoffs if time is insufficient. 
2. The playoffs will take place in the form of knockout matches. At least one arbiter will supervise each game, hence the normal Laws of Chess will apply.
3. If 3 players are tied, lots will be drawn to see who does not play the first round. If 4 players are tied lots will be drawn to determine the opponents. The players draw for colour before the first game.
4. Each match will take place as follows:
  • 2 games of rapid play - 10 minutes + 5 seconds per move added (Fischer).

  • If the score is tied after 2 games then 2 games of blitz – 3 minutes + 2 seconds per move will be played with opposite colours from the first match.

  • If the score is still tied a sudden death game will be played with obligation to win with white with the time control of 4 minutes + 2 seconds per move for white and 3 minutes + 2 seconds per move for black. Lots will be drawn just before this final game and the winner will choose his colour.

5. The winner takes the £23,000 first prize. The loser(s) will have their prize money divided amongst the players with whom they are tied, including those who did not participate in the playoff.


Caleta Hotel Bank Details for bank transfers


National Westminster Bank plc, 57 Line Wall Road, Gibraltar, GX11 1AA.


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G & JB Hotels Limited

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For payment by cheque: Cheques should be made payable to the Caleta Hotel. Cheques should be made payable to the Caleta Hotel. Please ensure the cheque is signed and dated and sent to the Caleta Hotel, Sir Herbert Miles Road, Gibraltar. All entries will



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