Initial enquiries: Festival Director
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.
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.
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
(All Events) Players arriving 30 minutes or more after the start
of a session shall lose, unless the arbiter decides otherwise.
All mobile phones, tablets,
and similar mobile devices are banned
from the playing
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.
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 www.englishchess.org.uk.
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.
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
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.
||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
||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
||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.
||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
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.
||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.
Hotel Bank Details for bank transfers
National Westminster Bank plc, 57 Line Wall Road, Gibraltar,
G & JB
Sterling Business Current Account Number:
IBAN BIC / Swift number:
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