Tournament Regulations


  1. Schedule


Venue: Concert hall and conference center, Austurbakki 2, 101 Reykjavík


Thursday March 14th 18:00 Opening Party
Friday March 15th 15:00 Round 1
Saturday March 16th 09:00 Round 2
Saturday March 16th 16:00 Round 3
Saturday March 16th 22:00 Pub Quiz
Sunday March 17th 15:00 Round 4
Sunday March 17th 21:00 Harpa Blitz
Monday March 18th 09:00 Round 5
Monday March 18th 16:00 Round 6
Tuesday March 19th 08:00 Golden Circle Tour
Tuesday March 19th 16:00 Round 7
Wednesday March 20th 15:00 Round 8
Thursday March 21st 11:00 Round 9
Thursday March 21st 18:00 Closing Ceremony



2. General Regulations


  • 9 rounds Swiss system open international chess tournament
  • Accelerated pairings
  • Swiss system by Swiss Manager.
  • FIDE norms are possible.
  • Rate of play: 90 min for 40 moves  + 30 minutes after move 40. Increment of 30 sec. for every move starting from move one.
  • FIDE rules apply. We will enforce Article 6.7.1 in the following manner: Any player who arrives at the chessboard after the default time – 30 minutes – shall lose the game unless the arbiter decides otherwise
  • Electronic device/mobile phones (Articles,2,3): During a game, a player is forbidden to have a mobile phone, electronic means of communication, or any device capable of suggesting chess moves on their person in the playing venue. However, such devices can be stored in a player’s bag, as long as the device is completely switched off.  A player is forbidden to carry a bag holding such a device, without permission of the arbiter. If it is evident that a player has such a device on their person in the playing venue, the player shall lose the game. The opponent shall win.
  • Players are not allowed to eat at the chessboard  
  • Accompanying persons can take photographs in the playing hall for the first 10 minutes of the game, otherwise, mobile phones are strictly prohibited in the playing hall.

3. Tie-breaks


  1. Direct encounter
  2. The number of played games, ( games won by forfeit are considered as played games)
  3. Median Buchholz
  4. The greater number of wins


4. Bye-rules

Players are allowed three half-point byes in rounds 1-7, provided they give adequate notice and sign the bye-request paper by the arbiters’ table.
Please note that to take a bye in the 1st round you need to confirm your participation with pre-payment.


5. Data Protection

In compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR, 2016/679), the organizing committee of the Reykjavik Open Chess tournament hereby declares the following: The organizing committee will manage personal data of the players and compile the competition results. These results will be made publicly available. The tournament will utilize the Swiss-Manager program, and the results will be published online via and rating calculation platforms. Furthermore, the results may be shared on other websites or through various media outlets. Photographs of players may be taken during the tournament. Additionally, players can expect to be on camera while playing on live DGT boards. By participating in the competition, players acknowledge and agree to these conditions.