Mulcahy rules

Mulcahy Chess Tournament Terms and Conditions.

All Irish participants must be current members of the ICU and in good standing.
The submission of an entry form and payment of the entry fee is acceptance of these terms and conditions.
All entries are taken subject to the approval of the ‘Mulcahy’ tournament committee; the committee’s decision will be final in all matters.
Entries received after the draw is published will be paired together, however if this leads to an uneven number the last entry will only receive a ½ point.
The following shall be used to decide players seeding (in this order):
a. Their current ICU Rating
b. Their FIDE Rating
c. Their National Federation Rating (if verified)
d. The decision of the Tournament Controller
Prizes may be amended subject to numbers of entries.
Rating prizes will be awarded to the player with the best performance relative to rating (W-We) unless otherwise stated.
No Player may win more than one prize. If an unrated or estimated rated player wins the ‘Mulcahy’ s/he will only receive 50% of the prize money.
All place (1st. – 3rd.) prize money will be shared equally amongst tied players.
Where there is a tie for first place then a blitz play off will take place to decide the title; the following rules will apply;
a. Only the top two players listed in order of Median Buchholz score will contest the Blitz match
b. The Blitz match will be the best of three Blitz games.
c. The time control for the Blitz games will be 3:00 per game per player + 2 seconds per move
d. Players will draw for colour before game 1, reversing the colours for all subsequent games

Competition Terms
A players’ committee will be appointed before the start of the tournament.
The latest official ICU rating list shall apply to ICU members and the latest FIDE list to overseas players.

Pairing will be done in accordance with the FIDE Swiss pairing rules using the FIDE approved Swiss Master pairing program. Published pairings will not be changed unless:
(i) They are in breach of one of the absolute pairing rules specified by FIDE.
(ii) They are based on incorrect results from previous rounds.
(iii) If either (i) or (ii) applies the controller/arbiter will only change the published pairings if s/he decides it is in the best interests of the event.
Re-pairing may take place where possible, and at the controllers/arbiter discretion, up to 30 minutes after the start of any round. Any player refusing to play a re-paired game will be deemed to have lost by default.
Decisions of an arbiter may be appealed to the Player’ Committee provided that such appeal is received in writing within 30 minutes of the end of the game.
Players will be defaulted if they are not present at their board within 1 hour of the published start time of the first and subsequent rounds.
Should a player not turn up for a particular round and not inform the controller they shall be withdrawn from the tournament.
Players are reminded of Law 11.3 (Laws of Chess) regarding Mobile Phones.
Time Controls
Time control is 1hr. 30 minutes per player for all moves + 15 seconds increment from move 1.
When a player has less than 5:00 minutes on the clock, s/he must mark on the score sheet”T” which will indicate to the arbiter that s/he has reached this point. S/He no longer needs to record the game, even if the clock subsequently goes back above this time, however, if s/he does not record the moves, s/he forfeits the right to claim a draw under the 50 move or the 3 fold repetition rules.
A player who runs out of time will lose the game, provided the opponent could, from the final position, checkmate with any possible series of legal moves (see laws of chess 6.9). The series of moves do not have to be logical, just legal!
Playing Conditions
It is hoped to supply sets and clocks for all players.
At the end of each game players must set the boards up correctly (i.e. White Rook on a1).
Sets and Clocks must not be removed from the playing room.
Clocks must be left at the side of the board where placed.
Spare sets will be available for analysis subject to availability.
No analysis may take place in the playing rooms, board & sets will be available in the lobby area.