RULES COMPETITION

TOURNAMENT CATEGORIES

Events counted in the Circuit Català will fall into four (4) categories in standard chess and three (3) categories in rapid chess:

Standard Chess: A +, A, B, C

Rapid Chess: a +, a, b

Each tournament will be allocated a two-letter code: the first letter will indicate its category for the general standings purposes, and the second letter will indicate its category for the purpose of the rating sections standings.

The Governing Body of the Circuit Català may assign a tournament to a different category if it is evident that its budget or conditions have dropped and it no longer meets the requirements for the category first assigned.

 

STANDINGS AND INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

Number of Opens scored for each player:

For the awards of the General classification of the International Circuit they will join up to the 5 best punctuations achieved in the tournaments. Of between the tournament scored, there will be able to be a maximum of 4 classic tournaments and 2 of active chess inside the possible combinations that appear in the attached table. There will be any of the following combinations:

 

Category

Classic chess
A +, A, B & C 

Active chess
a +, a & b

Nº Opens General Classification

0, 1, 2, 3 or 4

0 or 1

0, 1, 2, or 3

0, 1 or 2

 

The prizes of the Rating Sections Standings shall be determined by the sum of the 4 best scores, base d on the following combinations:

Category

Classic chess
A +  &  A

Classic chess
B      &      C

Active chess
a special, a & b

Nº Opens Rating Section Standings

2

1

1

1

2

1

1

1

2

 

Awards Rating Section Standings

Only the standard Fide rating will be taken into account in the General classification and in the Rating Sections of the Circuit.

There are a general classification and 6 Rating Section Standings.

Tournament with section standings must use same distribution.

Nevertheless, it must be guaranteed all players have option to count for the standings established in the regulation.

 

Standing A

Players with fide elo 2250 - 2400.

Standing B

Players with fide elo 2100 - 2249

Standing C

Players with fide elo 1950 - 2099

Standing D

Players with fide elo 1800 - 1949

Standing E

Players with fide elo 1650 - 1799

Standing F

Players with fide elo under 1650

 

Players with elo fide up to 2400 when tournament start, are not standings players and they only can play for General classification.

The organization can deny, for sports reasons, a player playing in a certain group.

Prizes of General Standings can’t be accumulated to the Rating Sections Standings. The higher prize will be awarded.

Prizes are subject to tax withholding according to Spanish law in force. Players need to show a copy of a valid ID card or passport in order to receive their prizes. Should a minor win a prize, the prize will be awarded to his or her legal representative.

In order to assign the players to the rating sections, all tournaments will take into account their FIDE rating. For players with no FIDE rating, their FCE rating will be used, or their FEDA rating if they come from other regions of Spain. If a player is not affiliated to Catalan Chess Federation and has neither a FIDE nor a FEDA rating, he or she will be excluded from rating sections points and standings.

In the case of unrated titled players (not on the rating list), arbiters will have to contact FIDE or FEDA to know their FIDE rating (ratings@fide.com), or use their most recent published rating.

In every tournament, a player's current rating will be used to determine the rating section where he or she competes. However, for the purposes of the rating sections standings, a player will be assigned to the rating section where he or she has first scored points (according to the categories & points chart). If the player then scores points in a different rating section in a subsequent tournament, those will count towards the rating section in which he or she first scored.

In the case of active tournaments, if a player doesn’t have FIDE rapid rating, his standard FIDE rating will be used. If a player has no FIDE rapid or standard FIDE rating, his Catalan rapid rating will be used. If a player doesn’t have any of these ratings, his national rating will be counted.

Standard FIDE rating will be count for General Standings and for Rating Sections Standings purposes.

 Points awarded by each Open according to category:

 

a) For the general standings:

 

Category of Tournament

Classic chess

Active chess

Class.

A +

A

B

C

a +

a

b

1

100

75

55

40

40

30

25

2

85

60

40

30

30

25

20

3

75

50

35

27

27

23

16

4

65

45

31

24

24

19

13

5

60

40

27

21

21

16

10

6

55

35

24

18

18

13

8

7

50

30

21

15

15

10

6

8

45

26

18

13

13

8

4

9

40

22

15

10

10

6

2

10

30

20

13

8

8

4

1

11

25

16

10

6

6

2

 

12

20

14

8

4

4

1

 

13

16

12

6

2

2

   

14

13

10

4

1

1

   

15

10

8

2

       

16

8

5

1

       

17

6

3

         

18

4

1

         

19

2

           

20

1

           

 

b) For Rating Section Standings

Tournament Category 

Classic chess

Active chess

Class.

A +

A

B

C

a +

a

b

1

65

45

30

20

20

15

10

2

45

30

20

15

15

10

8

3

35

20

15

10

10

8

6

4

30

15

10

8

8

6

4

5

20

10

8

6

6

4

2

6

15

8

6

4

4

2

1

7

10

6

4

2

2

1

 

8

8

4

2

1

1

   

9

6

2

1

       

10

4

1

         

11

2

           

12

1

           

 

At least 50% of the games of the tournament must be played in order to score for the circuit prizes.

 

Prizes fund

There is a total prize budget of 8.250 €.

 

a) General Standing:

Standing

Prize (€)

1

2000

2

1000

3

600

4

500

5

350

 

b) Rating Section Standing:

Standing

Section A

Section B

Section C

Section D

Section E

Section F

1

275€

225€

175 €

150 €

100 €

75€

2

200€

150€

100 €

75 €

50 €

25€

 

c) For Catalan qualifiers (can be accumulated to the General Standings):

Standing

Prize (€)

1

1000

2

700

3

500

 

The order will be established by the General classification itself.

As established by the FCE Rules and Competitions, it will be considered as a Catalan player:

  1. the one born in Catalonia.
  2. the one that has legal residence in Catalonia with a minimum of two years and plays under the Catalan or Spanish flag.
  3. Players of Andorran nationality with a valid license by the Catalan Chess Federation will be considered as Catalan players.

 

THE DEATHILNE TO TAKE THE PRIZES WILL BE ON 10/31/2020

Tie-breaks

Once all the tournaments that form part of the Circuit have finished, tie-breaks for both the General and the Rating Sections standings will be established following the criteria and order detailed below:

  1. The best score obtained in a tournament of the Circuit, according to the Circuit’s scoring chart, excluding the events that have already scored, regardless if it is an A special, A, B or C event.
  2. If the tie persists, the rest of the best scores obtained by the player in the Circuit tournaments shall be summed up, again excluding the events that have already scored.
  3. If the tie persists after summing up all the scores obtained in the Circuit tournaments in which the player has competed, then the percentage of games won in A tournaments that have been computed for the classification of the player will be considered.
  4. Finally, and if the tie still persists, the cash prizes will be shared out between the players.

The objective of these tie-breaks is to reward the participation and combativeness of the players in the Circuit

 

Players excluded from the Circuit prizes 

Players will be excluded from the Circuit prizes for the following reasons:

  1. Playing two or more tournaments at the same time, belonging to the Catalan Circuit or not, with total or partial coincidence of dates or playing schedules.
  2. Withdrawing from a tournament to play another one that coincides in dates. The late incorporation to a tournament by a player that comes from another tournament will not be penalized as long as he doesn’t receive compensated byes.
  3. Playing Circuit tournaments without a legal licence from local, regional or national chess federation.
  4. Due to disciplinary punishments decided by the Catalan Competition Committee.
  5. Players that of form reiterated inscribe in tournaments of the Circuit and do not come to play. The direction of the Circuit will send a report of these players to the Committee of Competition and Sportive Discipline of the Catalan Chess Federation so that they can be applied sanctions would discipline by the reiteration of nonappearances.

 

Awarding of stays for the Spanish Youth Championship 2021

It will be awarded with a free stay in the Spanish Youth Championship of the following year to the catalan player of each category from under 10 onwards that obtains the best performance average (calculated with the ELO FIDE) in two tournaments of the Circuit Català (at least one must be traditional and the other may be traditional or rapid). It will be considered the player’s category in 2021.

Like in the Circuit prizes, we won’t count the tournament candidates.

 

Conditions:

  1. Play a minimum of two tournaments of the XVII Circuit Català, of which one at least must be classic tournament.
  2. Only FIDE rated tournaments will be evaluated, as long as they are not age-limited groups.
  3. We’ll take into account the average of the two best performances (calculated with the elo fide) achieved in the tournaments (with a minimum of 8 games played in each tournament). At least one of the performances must be a classic tournament.