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Oxford FIDE RapidPlay

Saturday, 18th November 2023


Cheney School

Cheney School, Cheney Lane, Headington
Oxford OX3 7QH

The nearest Bus stops are Brookes University, Headington is 55 meters away, 2 min walk; Warneford Hospital, Headington is 181 meters away, 3 min walk; Gipsy Lane Campus, Headington is 489 meters away, 7 min walk.. There is ample car parking (100+ cars) at the venue

5-Round RapidPlay Tournament: 25+10

3-Sections ECF & FIDE rated: Open, Intermediate (U1900) & Lower (U1500)

Chess-Results Event Page appears here




Intermediate (U1900)

Lower (U1500)

Entry Fee




1st Prize




2nd Prize




Rating Prize





Players should be ECF members at Silver or above, Or a non-ENG player with active FIDE ID, otherwise there will be an additional "Pay-to-Play" fee of £15

Players are expected to enter a section which is not more than 200 rating points above their rating (higher of ECF & FIDE rating on the first day of the Tournament month). Organiser reserves the right to change the section of player/s

Refund requests will be considered up to 72 hours before the event start time & an admin fee of £3 will be charged per refund per player. No refunds will be issued less than 72 hours before the event start time

Players may take a Half-Point Bye in Any One Round Except the Last Round if requested on the entry form

The Organiser reserves the right to reduce the Prize money And/Or merge sections, if there are less than 50 entries for the event, OR insufficient entries (less than 16) in any section

Players without a FIDE ID code will be registered as ENG

Please enter early if possible - the event is limited to 120 players

Rate of Play

Each player will have 25 Minutes plus a 10 Second Increment from Move #1

Planned Playing Schedule

Please aim to arrive by 10 am to allow a prompt start to the first round

Round 1: 10:30

Round 4: 14:15

Round 2: 11:45

Round 5: 15:30

Round 3: 13:00


Basic Tea & Coffee will be available at the venue to purchase

There is a Co-op about 500 yards away from the venue & a very decent café (also serving hot food) at the Brookes University Sports Centre nearby which can be reached either by walking round the playing field past the hockey pitches, or by walking further up Cheney Lane for about 8-10 minutes

Disabled Access

The venue is Disability friendly


The Higher of the latest ECF and FIDE Rapidplay Rating Lists will be used to determine player’s ratings as published on the first of the month. Both ECF and FIDE ratings will need to be below the stated section limits to be eligible for the Lower & Intermediate sections.


There will be cash prizes as advertised. No player can win more than one prize and the organisers decision will be final. Rating prizes can only be won by players with live ECF /FIDE Ratings

Pairings, Sections & Clocks

All pairings will be done using 'Swiss Manager' software and displayed on

Default time is 10 minutes, after which Re-Pairing may be made for each player whose opponent has not arrived and for any player otherwise having a full-point bye. If a player does not show up for a round without written signed intimation to the Organising/Arbiting Team, then the player shall be excluded from the tournament for all the remaining rounds automatically

In general, sections will not be merged. However, the Chief Arbiter reserves the right to merge sections if there are insufficient number of entries in one or more sections - Prizes would then be suitably adjusted

Score-sheets will be provided for those who wish to notate their games - please bring your Clip-board & Pen/Pencil. Result-sheets may be used to collect the results. Digital clocks will be used in all sections

Fair Play Regulations

To comply with FIDE regulations - All mobile phones and electronic devices, including smart watches, must be switched-off at all times in the Playing Hall. They should be put either on the control desk or face-down on the playing table, or in a bag under the desk that must not be moved whilst games are in play. A player whose mobile phone sounds during a game will forfeit the game. If it is evident that during play, a player’s device is not turned off or a player has such a device on their person or has had access to any such device, the player shall be defaulted & will forfeit/lose the game

Any spectators (Players are classified as spectators after finishing their games), Parents/guardians/carers and others who may enter the Playing Hall must also have their mobile phones / electronic devices switched-off at all times


Photographs taken at the event may be used for publicity purposes. Any objection should be notified to the event organiser prior to the event

Behaviour, parental supervision and disclaimers

Please treat the premises with respect and follow all signs and rules as requested

A high standard of behaviour and respect for others and property is always expected. Players entering or leaving the Playing Hall while other games are in progress should do so quietly

Smoking / Vaping is NOT allowed on the site; nor is the consumption of alcohol

The Organisers and Arbiters are unable to act "in loco parentis" for children. Parents/guardians/carers are responsible for their children throughout the entire duration of this event. Children under the age of 8 must remain under sole parental supervision throughout. Supervision of children over the age of 8 and teenagers may be shared between adults. However, Parents/guardians/carers should note that they are still ultimately responsible for their children and their behaviour at this event

The organisers accept no responsibility for any damage, theft or accident to the person or property of any competitor, trainee or other visitor at this event. Nor are they responsible for the effects of actions of anyone else attending this event

GDPR - Personal data is held solely for the purposes of our events. This is for administration and to inform you of future chess events. We share some data with the English Chess Federation and FIDE for rating purposes. Results, ratings and photos may be used on social media pages or in publicity unless informed otherwise. Please message the Organiser if needed

Additional Conditions of Entry

The organiser/s also reserve the right to:
  • Transfer entrants between sections & / Or Split or Merge sections depending on numbers
  • Withhold prizes from unrated players if they play in sections below their known strength & / Or Distribute the prize fund as they deem appropriate in the circumstances
  • Refuse entry without assigning a reason & / Or take any other measures deemed necessary to ensure the smooth running of the event
  • Spectators and Players who have finished their game (they then become spectators) are generally not allowed to stay in the Playing Hall and may be asked to leave the Playing Hall. There will be some seating arrangement for non-players in a few Classrooms at the school