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 (CFC Regular Rated)


Event Timing:  June 15 and 16, 2024 (5 rounds)
         Round 1: Saturday, June 15th at 10 am G/50+10
         Round 2: Saturday, June 15th at 1.30 pm G/50+10
         Round 3: Saturday, June 15th at 5 pm G/50+10
         Round 4: Sunday, June 16th at 10 am G/90+30
         Round 5:  Sunday, June 16th at 3pm G/90+30


Event Timing:  August 10 and 11, 2024 (5 rounds)
         Round 1: Saturday, August 10th at 10 am G/50+10
         Round 2: Saturday, August 10th at 1.30 pm G/50+10
         Round 3: Saturday, August 10th at 5 pm G/50+10
         Round 4: Sunday, August 11th at 10 am G/90+30
         Round 5: Sunday, August 11th at 3pm G/90+30

Registration Deadline:

1.00 pm Friday June14th 2024 for EMA Classical 1or meeting max capacity of 80

1.00 pm Friday August 9th 2024 for EMA Classical 2 or meeting max capacity of 80
Section: Premier, U1800 and U1000 (all CFC Regular rated)
Time control: Round 1, 2, 3 G50+10. Round 4, 5 G/90 + 30
Pairings: Swiss System
Event Address: 201-3316 Kingsway Vancouver, BC V5R5K7

Entry fee: Regular $80,

Early bird: $70 before or on May 26th for EMA Classical 1 & before or on July 14th for EMA Classical 2.

Siblings discount: $10 for the 2nd/3rd one. PCC members $10

Prizes: Guaranteed by section. If there are more than 50 players register in one section, we might divide that section into smaller sections and adjust the prizes accordingly.
      Premier Section: 1st: $400, 2nd: $300, 3rd: $200
      U1800 Section: 1st: $300, 2nd: $250, 3rd: $150
      U1000 Section: 1st: $200, 2nd: $150, 3rd: $50

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. Unrated players may play in either the U1000, 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 EMA Classical 1: Refund100% before May 20th , 50% on or after May 20th until June 10th 2024. No refund on or after June 10th.

Refund EMA classical 2: Refund 100% before July 20 , 50% on or after July 20th until August 7th 2024. No refund on or after August 7th.

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: Penny Pham
Organizer: Greater Vancouver Chess Society and Penny Chess Club
Contact us at
Payment: E-transfer to

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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 or 5 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.    30 minutes tolerance

-    After 30 minutes 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. 

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