Alberta Chess Association
      2016 Alberta Youth Chess Championship
February 20 - 21, 2016
Sponsored by the Alberta Chess Association
Venue: Delta Calgary Downtown Hotel
Address: 209 4th Avenue Southeast, Calgary, AB T2G 0C6
Organizer: Guoliang Wu
Tournament Director: Vlad Rekhson

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Sections
U-8   (Born after Jan 1, 2008)  U-14 (Born after Jan 1, 2002)
U-10 (Born after Jan 1, 2006)  U-16 (Born after Jan 1, 2000)
U-12 (Born after Jan 1, 2004)  U-18 (Born after Jan 1, 1998)

Registration
Fill out the registration form on the right. Payment will be made on site by either cash or cheque made out to "Alberta Chess Association."
Pre-registered players must come by 9:45 am on the morning of the first round, or they won't be paired.

Entry fee: $30 if pre-registered online by February 20 and $35 for on-site registration. Winners of Regional Qualifiers receive free entry.

Tournament Format
Depending on the number of entries per section, most likely a 5-round Open Swiss. Sections with fewer than 6 players may be combined with other sections. CFC rated.

Time control:
Game in 90 minutes with a 30-second increment.
Byes: Up to two ½-point byes in rds. 1-4 if requested prior to start of rd. 1

Approximate Schedule
Saturday, February 20
On-site registration: 9:15 am - 9:45 am
Opening ceremony: 9:50 am - 10:00 am
Rounds 1-3: 10 am, ~1 pm, 4:30 pm
Sunday, February 21
Round 4-5: 10 am; ~1 pm or ASAP
Tie-Breaks: immediately after round 5
Award ceremony: immediately after the completion of each section
U-8 and U-10 groups may follow their own schedule.
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Accommodation
Make online reservations at the Delta Calgary Downtown Hotel at a special group rate of $99 per night.
Players, families and spectators are entitled to discounted parking of $8.00/day. Please purchase parking pass at the Front Desk of
the hotel. Last day to book is January 29, 2016. After this date the guestroom availability is no longer guaranteed.

Prizes in each section
1st place: $1,000 towards a trip to the 2016 Canadian Youth Chess Championship + Trophy
2nd place: $100 of professional coaching + Trophy
3rd place: Trophy
Top girl: Trophy
All other participants will receive ribbons.

Tie-break procedure
In case two or more players are tied for places 1-3 or best girl, the following tie-break procedure will apply:
1) Head to head result.  This will only apply if all the players in a tied group played each other.
2) Tie-break match. If two players are tied, they will play a two-game match. If the tie is for first place, a two game match will be held
with the time control of Game/10 minutes + 5 seconds per move. If the tie is for second, third or best girl prize, the time control will
be Game/3 minutes + 2 seconds per move, each.  If more than two players are tied, they will play a round-robin tournament with the
same time controls. If the tie is still not broken, the procedure will be repeated; however, if only two players are tied, they will only play
one game with the colours determined at random.  If the tie is not broken for the 1st place, they will repeat the procedure but with the
Game/3 minutes + 2 seconds/move time control.
3) Tie-breaks for all other places will be determined by the following criteria:
a) Head to Head
b) Buchholz (total scores of opponents)
c) Sonnenborn-Berger (total scores of opponents beaten plus half the scores of opponents drawn)
d) Cumulative score after each round
e) Total wins

Move Recording: Moves must be recorded at all times by both players. Assistance through notation "cheat sheet" can be provided
to inexperienced participants.