Under the auspices of the ASEAN Chess Confederation (ACC) and the Asian Chess Federation (ACF), ASEAN Chess Academy in collaboration with Thailand Chess Association, have the honour of inviting all Asian national chess federations to participate in the 17th ASEAN+ Age Group Chess Championships 2016 which are to be held at the 5-star Dusit Thani Pattaya Hotel, Pattaya City, Chon Buri, Thailand, during 29th May 2016 (Arrival) – 7th June 2016 (Departure).
Each federation may register any number of players in the Under 08, Under 10, Under 12, Under 14, Under 16, Under 18, and Under 20, with separate events for Open and Girls.
Players must not have reached the relevant age before 1st January 2016.
In addition, there shall be 2 categories for Senior >50 and Senior >60. These senior players must reach the age required during the year 2016. (7-round Swiss for Standard Chess.)
Players outside the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are welcome to play in this tournament.
National chess federations may send as many players as they wish, however, they shall be responsible for their own expenses.
Where possible, each category shall be conducted in the Swiss System of 9 rounds, using the Swiss Manager Program.
In the last 2 rounds, where possible, players from the same federation and who have more than 50% score shall not be paired to play each other.
Standard Chess: Each player is accorded with 90 minutes + 30 seconds increment (starting from move 1).
Rapid Chess: Each player is accorded with 25 minutes to complete the game.
Blitz Chess: Each player is accorded with 5 minutes to complete the game.
FIDE Law of Chess and Zero Tolerance shall apply.
The final ranking order of the players shall be determined by the number of points scored. If at the end of the tournament, two or more players are tied for the first place or for any prize, the tie shall be broken according to the following tie breaks in the order below:
Direct Encounter; Buchholz Cut 1; Buchholz; Greater Number of Wins with Black Pieces; Greater Number of Wins.
Medals shall be awarded to the top three positions in each event and category.
Team Medals shall be awarded based on the total score of the top three players of a Federation. Any Federation with less than 3 players shall not be eligible for a team award. In the case of tie, the tie-break scores of each player shall be determined.
For Individual Medals, where there is a tie, not more than 3 players shall receive the same colour medal. For each category, not more than 5 medals shall be awarded. Examples: If 2 players tied for first and 2 players tied for third, then, 2 Gold Medals shall awarded, and there shall be no Silver, but 2 Bronze Medals shall be awarded. If 3 players tied for first, then, no Silver and Bronze Medals shall be awarded. If more than 3 players tied for first, then, the 3 highest players based on the tie-break shall receive the God Medals and the Silver and the Bronze Medals shall not be awarded.
In the determination of FIDE Direct Title Awards, it is applicable to Standard Chess only, whereby the tie-break shall be used in the case of more than one Gold, or more than one Silver, or more than one Bronze were awarded. FM/WFM titles are awarded to the winners (regardless of ASEAN or Non-ASEAN players) of the youth categories. In the event of a tie, after the tiebreak, only the top three finishers shall be awarded. CM/WCM titles are awarded, after the tiebreak, to Silver and Bronze Medal winners, and not more than one title shall be awarded for each (2nd/3rd) position. IM/WIM titles are awarded for the ASEAN Under 20 category.
The Official Hotel is the 5-star Dusit Thani Pattaya Hotel, Pattaya City, Chon Buri Province, Kingdom of Thailand.
The playing hall is at the Dusit Napalai Grand Ballroom, ground floor, Dusit Thani Pattaya Hotel.
All players and accompanying persons shall have to be registered through the Organizer and are obliged to stay in the Official Hotel, Dusit Thani Pattaya Hotel. Players or accompanying persons who stay outside the Official Hotel and not registered directly with the Organizer shall not be eligible to participate in this Tournament.