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Classical Tournament Timing:  February 17th, February 18th and February 19th, 2024 (6 classical rounds)
          Round 1: Saturday, February 17th at 11am G/90+30
          Round 2: Saturday, February 17th at 4pm G/90+30
          Round 3: Sunday, February 18th at 10am G/90+30
          Round 4: Sunday, February 18th at 3pm G/90+30
          Round 5: Monday, February 19th at 10am G/90+30

          Round 6: Monday, February 19th at 3pm G/90+30

Blitz Tournament Timing: Sunday, February 18th at 7pm or as soon as round 4 finishes G/3+2, 7 rounds.

Registration Deadline: Before noon February 16th 2024 for classical, February 17th for Blitz Tournament
Section: Premier (cfc and fide rated); U1800, U1400 and U1000 (CFC rated)
Time control: G/90 + 30
Pairings: Swiss System
Event Address: Grand Villa Ballroom, Delta Hotel, 4331 Dominion St, Burnaby, BC V5G 1C7, BC, Canada

Entry fee: Regular $120, Early bird $100 before or on January 17th. Siblings discount: $10 for the 2nd/3rd one. PCC members $10. Blitz tournament, 1 section only $40.

Prizes: Guaranteed by section.


Trophies for top prizes of Premier, U1800, U1400, U1000 and Top Woman for both classical and blitz tournaments

Coupon Codes: If you think you're eligible for the discounted offer, please enter the code at checkout. We reserve all the rights to check and deny your entry if it is not correct.

- $10 discount for two or more entries from one family via code "SIBLINGS"

- $10 discount for current Penny Chess Club Members & Students via code "PCC STUDENTS"

- $20 discount for two or more entries from one PCC STUDENTS' family via code "PCC SIBLINGS"

You may play up a section with a rating floor no more than 200 rating points above your rating. In this case you need to add a play up fee of $30, in addition to the entry fee, at checkout. Unrated players may play in either the U1000, U1400, U1800 without paying the play up fee. However, unrated players are not recommended to play in the U1800 section, unless they have other significant chess experience, such as a rating of 1800 or more on or other equivalent chess websites.

Refund Refund 100% before January 17th 2024, 50% on or after January 17th until February 15th 2024. No refund on or after February 15th 2024.

Misc: a CFC membership is required. Players must have CFC ID before the deadline of registration. If you need to create a new CFC ID, please go to and follow their instructions. All chess equipment will be provided by the organizer.

Tournament Director: Quang-Long Le
Organizer: Greater Vancouver Chess Society and Penny Chess Club
FREE PARKING in the hotel
Contact us at
Payment: Online or E-transfer to

Feb 17, 2024, 11:00 AM PST – Feb 19, 2024, 8:00 PM PST
Delta Hotel, Burnaby,
4331 Dominion St, Burnaby, BC V5G 1C7, Canada



I.    Anti-cheating rules

We will follow anti-cheating rules guidelines by FIDE. You can find more detail in this link:

II.    Food and drinks

You are allowed to bring snacks and non-alcoholic drinks to the playing venue, for example: fruits, chocolate, soft drinks, coffee, milk.

III.    CFC membership

You are required to have a valid CFC ID for this tournament. Check the link below to register if you have not got one.

IV.    Refusal of Entry

We reserve the rights to refuse your entry to the tournament.

V.    Byes

-    If you request bye(s), please confirm with us prior to the deadline of registration.

-    Bye requests for the next round received during the tournament may only be accepted before the pairings of the next round are published, either on the internet or at the playing venue. We will not accept any bye requests received afterwards.

-    If your bye is allocated by the computer pairings (ie. not your request), you will have 1 point. 

-    If your bye is requested by you for round 1, 2 or 3, you will have 0.5 points per game

-    If your bye is requested by you for round 4, 5, or 6 you will have 0 point.

-    You cannot request byes for more than 2 rounds.

-    Tournament Director (TD) reserves the right to refuse your bye requests


VI.    1-hour tolerance

-    After 1 hour since the start of any round, absent players will be considered to forfeit that game and get 0 point.

-    Players who cannot attend any round are encouraged to inform the TD or Arbiters before the start of the round. Players who are absent for 2 games without any notice to the TD or Arbiters will be removed from the tournament.

VII.    Tie-break rules

Tie-break 1: Direct encounter (The results of the players in the same point group)

Tie-break 2: Greater number of victories

Tie-break 3: Buchholz: N, N-1, N-2

VIII.    Electronic device rules

1.    All electronic devices (for example: phones, tablets, laptops, smart watches…) are not permitted to be used while players are playing except for special needs with TD’s approval. 

2.    Electronic devices that can communicate with other people or devices, or operate softwares should be kept in a bag or a case. They must be turned off completely. They must remain at the playing table if the game is in progress. 

3.    Spectators are asked to keep their phone in silent mode. 

4.    Violators can be asked to leave the room. Serious cases might lead to an anti-cheating investigation. 

IX.    Others

- We follow FIDE rules of chess. If there is any argument between players, or player and arbiter, the TD will make the final decision based on FIDE guidelines.

- For the purposes of anti-rating manipulation, the TDs reserve the rights to decide which section a player is, or is not, eligible to play in. The player can choose to agree with the TDs or withdraw from the tournament with a full refund of registration fee. This policy is in line with US Chess Minimum Ratings to take into consideration of unusually inconsistent performances of any player.


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