2012 Canadian Open Chess Championship - Policies PDF Print E-mail

Prize Fund Distribution:

Canadian residents will be paid by cheque.   Non-residents may request (in advance please) alternate arrangements.  Our order of preference is: cheque, PayPal, cash.




For entries which have been made online full refunds will be given on entry fees  up to 9:00am on Sunday July 8.  For entries that involve us cashing or writing a cheque, $5 will be withheld for handling.  For entries that had us writing a letter of invitation to obtain a visa (see below), we will withhold $25.


Players who paid a "Play up a Section" fee with early registration but at the tournament have had their rating go up to that section will have that fee refunded.


Letters of Invitation

Due to the large number of fraudulent requests for letters of invitation we regret that we can only issue a letter of invitation to support a visa application if the applicant has pre-registered and has paid their entry fee.   Should you need to withdraw prior to the start of the tournament we will withold $25.



Half point byes for rounds 1-7 if requested in advance.   Maximum of 4.   Zero point byes available in any round including the last round if requested before pairings are made (usually at the end of the previous round).   Does not affect prize eligibility.




  1. The player has an obligation to disclose all previous ratings in other countries and regions.
  2. The TD has the absolute right to use any rating that he deems appropriate although in general he will follow the terms below.
  3. The primary rating used is the CFC regular rating provided that the player has an established rating and it is current.
  4. If the player does not have a current, established CFC regular rating but does have a current, established rating in another 'official' system (excluding CFC active ratings), then that rating will be used.  If in this situation, a player has multiple current established ratings in 'official' systems, FIDE will be used as first choice, the player's 'home' system will be used as 2nd choice, and otherwise the TD will use his discretion.  The TD will decide if a given rating is 'current'.
  5. If the player does have a rating(s) in an official system(s) but they are not current or established, then the TD will use his discretion but will be biased towards the player's home system and towards more recent activity.
  6. If the player does not have any official ratings but does have a rating in an unofficial system (e.g. Victoria  Chess Club rating, Vancouver Active rating) the TD may, at his discretion, use that rating.  Internet ratings will typically not be used.
  7. Conversion of other ratings to CFC equivalent will be at the TD's discretion but will typically be done at par.
  8. This rating will be used for both pairing and prize distribution.  Pre-registration lists, wall charts, etc. will use this rating  (perhaps with a notation to indicate source, e.g. FIDE)
  9. For the purposes of determining if the player needs to pay a "play up a section" fee, any reasonable rating meeting the section rating requirements will be sufficient for us to waive that fee (although we may use a different rating as determined above for pairing and prizes).

Misc: Half point byes for rounds 1-7 if requested in advance, maximum of 4. BCCF dues included in entry fee.  CFC membership or tournament membership required except as noted for first time ever players.   First time players without any recognized official rating in any system AND resident in Canada AND in the U1600 section, have a one year CFC membership included in entry fee ..  This tournament uses a 1 hour grace period before forfeit of the game.    All equipment provided.  Unrated players are not eligible for class prizes (See our Policies page for information on ratings).   Those people requiring a letter of invitation to obtain a visa, please read our Policies page
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