The President / Secretary
National Chess Federations of FIDE Zone 3.3

Zone 3.3 Championships 2013 (Open and Women)


The National Chess Federation of the Philippines has the honor to invite all Chess Federations in Zone 3.3 affiliated to FIDE to participate in the Zone 3.3 Zonal Championships 2013 for Open and Women from 2-12January 2013 in Tagaytay City, Philippines.[The Zonal shall be followed immediately by the Chairman’s Cup International Open in Baguio City, scheduled 13 January (arrival) to 21 January (departure) 2013.]

Time Control:

The tournament shall be conducted as a Swiss System competition of 9 rounds and will be played according to FIDE regulations. The time control is 90 minutes for the first 40 moves followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an addition of 30 seconds per move starting from move one. The games shall be played with the DGT clocks.


The Swiss Manager program shall be used for the Championship. In the last round, players from the same federation who have more than 50% shall not be paired together. Draw offers are not allowed before Black’s 30th move.

Qualification for the World Championship

The top two in the Open Zonal shall qualify for the World Cup 2013 and the winner of the Women’s Zonal shall qualify for the Women’s World Championship.

Appeals Committee:

An Appeals Committee comprising 5 members and 2 reserves shall be elected from among the federations represented. Protests should be submitted in writing to the Chief Arbiter within an hour after the round with a refundable deposit of $100.

Tie Break:

In case of a tie for the qualifying place(s) for the World Cup, the following methods shall be used in the following order:

Where there is a tie between 2 players: the players shall draw lots for colors for the playoff match of 2 games. Each player shall be given 25 minutes with 10 seconds increment added after each move. The second game shall commence 10 minutes after the conclusion of the first game.

In case of a further tie, the players shall draw lots for colors and play 2 speed chess games with each player having 5 minutes and 10 seconds added after each move. If this results in a tie again, the players shall toss for colors for one Sudden death game. The player to win shall be the qualifier.

If there are more than two players tied for two qualifying places, the highest by tie break qualifies and the next two shall have a playoff match as described above. If there are more than two players tied for one qualifying place, the top two by tie break shall have a playoff match as described above to select the qualifier.

Ties shall be broken by the following tie break order:

a) Direct Encounter if all tied players have met each other;
b) Assuming at least 8 rated opponents, by average rating of 8 strongest rated opponents. If still tied, 7 strongest opponents, etc.
c) Buccholz then Median System.


A total of US$5,000 in cash prizes shall be given as follows: Open $3,500 and Women $1,500
Open: 1st – US$1,000; 2nd – US$700, 3rd – US$500, 4th- US$400, 5th-US$300, 6th-US$ 200, 7th-US$200 & 8th-US$200
Women: 1st: US$500, 2nd – US$400, 3rd – US$300, 4th- US$200, 5th-US$100
Prizes shall be shared equally among tied players.


Jan 21 after 1200 noon Arrival
Jan 22 11:00 Technical Meeting
15:30 Opening Ceremony
1600 Round 1
Jan 23 1600 Round 2
Jan 24 1600 Round 3 and Round 4
Jan 25 1600 Round 5
Jan 26 1600 Round 6
Jan 27 1600 Round 7
Jan 28 1600 Round 8
Jan 29 1000 Round 9 + playoff
1900 Closing Ceremony
Jan 30 before 1200 noon Departure

Entry Fee:

The registration fee is US$100 for each participant and each accompanying person including accreditation and transportation from the airport to the hotel. 

In accordance with regulations, an entry fee of US$75 for the first player per federation and US$150 for extra players shall be paid by their National Federation to the Asian Chess Federation through the Organizing Committee.

The organizer shall provide free full board and lodging during the tournament for GMs > 2500 and WGMs > 2350 on the Jan 2013 FIDE Rating List. One male and one female of CACDEC countries Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia will also be given free hospitality. Other players from the national federations can participate in this tournament upon payment for their board and lodging. All participants must stay in the official hotel, Character Hotel adjacent to the tournament hall. The cost is US$75 for single room and US$50 for twin/triple rooms including three meals.


Entry forms must be filled from the National Federations and returned to the organizer not later than 15th Dec 2012. This date is the registration deadline. Late registration shall bear a $50 fine.


Players and accompanying persons shall be met at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila by the Organizing Committee and taken to Tagaytay City, a little over an hour’s drive.


Participants who need visas shall apply for visas at the Philippine Embassy in your respective countries. For any problems, please contact

National Chess Federation of the Philippines Email:


Mayor Abraham Tolentino, Secretary General GMJayson Gonzales
NCFP Secretariat: + 63 2 381 7224 Mobile: +63922 8523089
Asian Chess Federation Email:
CastoAbundo, Deputy President Email:

Tel: +971-50-35 44 938


We look forward to welcoming you to Tagaytay City.
President, FIDE Zone 3.3
General Secretary, National Chess Federation of the Philippines


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