Happy Pawn Chess Club Tournament Guide

Happy Pawn Chess Club Tournament Guide

Welcome to the Happy Pawn Chess Club Tournament Guide!

We’re excited to host a day full of exciting chess matches in a fun and friendly environment. Here’s everything you need to know about the tournament:

Schedule of the Happy Pawn Tournament ⏰

Time Event
9:30 to 9:45 Arrival and Drop-off
9:45 to 10:00 Technical Meeting
10:00 to 12:30 Rounds 1/2/3/4
12:30 to 13:15 Lunch Break 🍽️
13:15 to 15:30 Rounds 5/6/7 + Tie-break
15:30 to 16:00 Trophies Award & Pick-up Time 🏆

Type of Tournament

The tournament follows the Swiss-Dutch system, ensuring fairness by matching players with similar scores in each round. For a detailed explanation of the Swiss system, visit our detailed Swiss tournament page below.

Learn More About the Swiss System

Time Control ⏳

Each game will be played with a time control of 15 minutes plus a 10-second increment per move. This format allows ample time for thoughtful play, ensuring that skill is truly tested.

Important Chess Rules and Reminders 📜


Illegal Moves: The game is lost on the 5th illegal move.


Touch Move Rule: If you touch a piece, you must move it. The “adjust” or “J’adoube” rule allows you to adjust pieces on the board by announcing it beforehand. Once you release a piece, your move is finalized.


Calling the Arbiter: If you have an issue or question, stop the clock and call the arbiter.


Venue Etiquette: The tournament venue must remain quiet. No loud talking, running, or phone ringing. Penalties will be applied for disruptions.

Tie-Breaks 🤔

To determine rankings, the following tie-breaks are applied in order:

  • Direct Confrontation
  • Number of Victories
  • Bucholtz Score

A bye will give a score point but no tie-break points. If a trophy is at stake and players are tied, a final tie-break game with a time control of 5 minutes plus 3 seconds increment will be played. The player higher in the cross-ranking can choose their color and retain their position in case of a draw.

Awards 🏅

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Medals: Awarded to the top 3 players in each category (U6, U8, U10 for U10 tournament and U12, U14 for U14 tournament).

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Trophies: Given to the top 3 players in each section (U10 and U14).

Do’s and Don’ts ✅❌

  • Touch a piece, you must play it; release a piece, the move is final.
  • Use the same hand to move and press the clock.
  • If your opponent makes an illegal move, stop the clock and call the arbiter.
  • Maintain silence in the chess area.
  • Play at a thoughtful pace; do not rush.
  • Shake hands before and after the game.
  • Reset the chessboard and report the result to the arbiter after your game.
  • Keep silent in the play area.
  • Go outside the venue.
  • Run in the venue.
  • Play on the stairs.
  • Play video games during the tournament.
  • Interfere/comment on ongoing games.

By following these guidelines, we ensure a smooth and enjoyable tournament experience for everyone.

Good Luck! 🍀

We look forward to an exciting day of chess and wish all participants the best of luck!

Join the Fun at Happy Pawn Chess Club! Come for the chess, stay for the fun, and leave with wonderful memories and perhaps a trophy too! See you at the board!

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