Eligibility: open to all. The first prize may not be shared. All other prizes
shall be shared where players have the same score (except the Women’s First
Rate of play: 40 moves in 100 minutes plus 20 moves in 50 minutes plus 15
minutes for all remaining moves with 30 seconds per move added from the start.
In the event of a tie for first place, there shall be a speed play-off. If there
are four or fewer players tied for first place, there will be a speed knock-out
play-off for the first prize of £20,000.
If three players tie for first place, the player with the highest performance
rating will be seeded directly into the Final of the Play-Off; the other two
players will contest the Semi-Final.
If more than four players tie for first place, the four players with the highest
performance ratings shall qualify for the play-off to decide the first prize.
Women's Awards: If there is a tie for the top women’s prize, the tie is
resolved in favour of the woman with the highest performance rating, who will
receive the prize of £15,000. All other prizes will not be subject to a tiebreak
and prize money other than the first prize will be divided equally amongst the
Masters Regulations: Important!
Draws by mutual agreement in fewer than 30 moves are not allowed. There must be
no pre-arranged or tacit agreements to draw games of any length, by repetition
Warning: penalties may involve loss of
Players who wish to take up to two half-point byes in rounds 1-7 of the Masters
may do so, provided they give adequate notice, but the second requested bye
makes a player ineligible for a prize. No player may request a bye in the last
Morning events: Each of
these is a 5-round Swiss. Rate of play: all the moves in 110 minutes plus 10
seconds per move added from the start. The games rarely last more than four
hours. Competitors can play
in and win a prize in the Masters as well as a morning event.
Players with FIDE ratings under 2250 or unrated.
Eligibility: players with FIDE ratings under 1900, players without FIDE ratings
who have a national rating under 1900 or ECF grade under 160. Players without
any rating must show evidence that they are not too strong for the Amateur
tournaments. The right is reserved to place players in a Challenger tournament
if thought unsuitable for the Amateur. An outright winner of the first-week
Amateur tournament will be promoted to the second-week Challenger tournament.
Restaurant ~ Caleta Hotel
Evening Events will include master
classes, pairs and four player team blitz
tournaments, and the Battle of the Sexes. Details
will appear on this website.
The Opening Ceremony and drawing of lots will take place at 20.30hrs on Monday
25th January 2016 in the main restaurant.
Please note that Round 10 starts at 11.00hrs on the final day
(not at 15.00hrs as with rounds 1-9).
Master Classes: These are evening lectures by elite
players. Games or positions are analysed and questions taken from the audience.
There is no charge to attend. Master Classes are also broadcast live over the