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2018 Alberta Chess Challenge

: March 24, 2018
Venue: Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School
Address: 4204 - 58 Street, Red Deer, Alberta T4N 2L6
Organizer: Cristian Ivanescu
Tournament Director: TBD

12 Sections
(Grades 1-12)
The exact format of each section will depend on the number of participants but players should expect to play 4 games.
CFC and Chess'N Math rated. Open to Alberta residents only.
Time control: Game in 25 minutes with a 5-second delay.

Entry fee: $30 if pre-registered online by Noon, Tuesday, March 20, $35 afterwards and on site. The entry fee includes a light lunch.
Lunch will be guaranteed only to those players who will pre-register online by noon, Tuesday, March 20.
Last year's winners will receive free entry.

Fill out the registration form on the right. Payment will be made on site by cash.
Approximate Schedule on March 24

Registration: 10:15 am - 10:45 am
Rounds 1 and 2: 11 am - 1 pm 
Lunch: 1 pm - 2 pm
Rounds 3 and 4: 2 pm - 4 pm
Tie-breaks (if necessary) and awards: immediately after the completion of the last round

Prizes in each section
1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishers will receive trophies.
Section winners will represent team Alberta at the 2018 Canadian Chess Challenge. The ACA will provide a $650
travel grant to help offset expenses for travel to St. John's, Newfoundland for  the May 19-21 tournament. Travel
reimbursement policies apply.

JUNIOR DRAW RULE (adopted by the ACA board on January 13, 2018)
In junior only events, the draw offer and acceptance is only allowed once both players have played 30 moves.
Players must prove they have each played 30 moves by showing it on their scoresheets. For games without
scoresheets, allowing the draw will be at the TD's discretion.

Tie-break procedure
In case two or more players are tied for places 1-3, 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