Regulations For Asian Club Cup Champions League


1. A tournament for the Asian Club Cup shall be organized once in two years (even) by one of the affiliated chess federations in Zones 3.1 to 3.7 to be designated by the Continental Assembly, if possible two years before the event is to take place.


2. All champion teams in Zones 3.1 to 3.7 shall have the right to participate in the Asian Club Cup Champions League.

2.1 The champion teams of each Zonal Team Championship in Zones 3.1 to 3.7 shall have the right to participate in the Asian Club Cup. If no team tournament is held, the highest placed team per Zone in the previous Chess Olympiad shall represent the Zone.


2.2 Each Zone may enter one team. Together with the host club, there shall be a total of eight teams.

2.3 Each Zone shall have the right to be represented by a club team of four players and one reserve. The Captain may be a player or a reserve. Players should be members of the federation. All players should wear their team uniforms during play.

2.4 The Chief of Delegation represents the federation and takes full responsibility for the conduct of members of its delegation.

2.5 Eligibility: The players must be entitled by birth, citizenship or naturalization to represent the federation of their club. Detailed eligibility rules are in Reg. C.05.


3. The Asian Chess Federation President represents the interests of the Continent and is empowered to take the final decision on all questions relating to the Championship as a whole.

3.1 At least six months before the beginning of the tournament the organizing federation shall submit to the Asian Chess Federation President a draft invitation and any special regulations/conditions for approval.

3.2 Upon receiving this draft invitation, the Asian Chess Federation President will inform the organizing federation whether he approves the draft, informing him of any modifications he may think necessary.

3.3 Invitation - At least 4 months before the beginning of the tournament the organizing federation will send invitations together with other special regulations, which have been approved by the Asian Chess Federation President, to all affiliated federations in Zones 3.1 to 3.7.

3.4 Copies of the invitation are to be sent to the Asian Chess Federation President and Presidents of Zones 3.1 to 3.7.

3.5 Confirmation of Entry - At least two months before the beginning of the tournament each federation accepting the invitation will send its entry to the organizing federation with copies to the Asian Chess Federation President and Zone President concerned.

 3.6 Submission of team lists - One month before the scheduled start of the Team Championships, each participating federation shall send to the organizing federation the overall team lists of 5 playing members (4 players and 1 reserve) and captain.

3.7 Entry Fees - Each participating federation shall pay the stipulated entry fee as contained in Asian Chess Federation Financial Regulations to the organizing federation.

3.8 Organizers may charge additionally 100 Euros per person registration fee for logistical expenses.



4. The travelling expenses of the teams are to be paid by their federations.

4.1 The organizing federation is responsible for the living expenses of the invited teams during the days of arrival, play and departure.

4.2 The host federation is also responsible for the expenses of the Chief Arbiter (travelling costs, board and lodging and suitable amount of pocket money).

4.3 The organizing federation shall provide the playing facilities and make suitable arrangements for board and accommodation. Playing conditions shall conform to the recommendations for the organization of top-level tournaments (C.01).


Tournament Format

5. The Championships will be played in 7 rounds.

5.1 Competition between teams will be over four boards, in the Chess Olympiad format.

5.2 Following the Olympiad schedule, the team captain shall present to the arbiter the specific lists, in board order, of the 4 players who are to play in this round.

5.3 If any specific team list is not presented on time, the team in question must play the round using the top four players.

5.4 The order of the players, as indicated by the overall team list, cannot be altered, hence reserves may play on the bottom boards only.

5.5 If the board order in which a team plays differs from the board order of its overall list, the team’s score for the round shall be reduced by one game point for every deviation from the correct sequence. (Example: for playing 1-2-4-3, (considering only the men`s team), two points are forfeited; the score shall not, however, be reduced below zero). The use of any player who does not figure in the overall list will cause the round to be forfeited 4-0.


Time Control

6. 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 DGT clocks. 


Chief Arbiter

7. The Asian Chess Federation President, after consultation with the organizing federation, shall nominate the Chief Arbiter and other Arbiters.

7.1 The Chief Arbiter may, in consultation with the Asian Chess Federation, and with the approval of the Asian Chess Federation President, issue additional written regulations to inform the exact playing hours and take care of other details not covered by these regulations.

7.2 The organizing federation shall be responsible for the Chief Arbiter’s transportation and board and lodging, and shall pay him suitable amount of pocket money.

Appeals Committee

8. Before the beginning of the tournament an Appeals Committee shall be selected.

8.1 The Asian Chess Federation President, after consultation with the organizing federation, shall nominate the Chairman. The Committee shall consist of five members and two reserves selected at the technical meeting. The persons chosen for the Appeals Committee shall represent seven different federations.

8.2 No member of the committee shall have the right to vote on questions concerning his own federation. However, every member is entitled to participate in the discussions.

8.3 Protests, including protests against decisions of the Chief Arbiter or his assistants, must be submitted in writing to the Chairman of the Appeals Committee within one hour after completion of the playing session.

8.4 A protest shall be submitted with an accompanying fee of $100 or its equivalent in local currency. If the protest is upheld, the protest fee will be returned otherwise it shall be forfeited to the organizing federation.



9. The scores determining the finishing order are calculated as follows.

9.1 Each team’s place in the order of classification will be decided by the number of match points it has scored. Winner will get 2 points, a draw will give each team 1 point, and a loss is scored as 0 points.

9.2 If any teams finish with equal match points, the tie shall be resolved as follows:

a.       by game points in total.

b.      if a tie again results, the scores obtained by the tying teams against each other will decide, i.e. Direct Encounter.

c.       if a tie again results, then the sum of Sonnenborn-Berger points will be used, calculated as follows:

                                 i.            by the sum of the game points of all opponents defeated plus one half of the game points of all the opponents with which a tied result was achieved. If a tie still results, then

                               ii.            match points of each opponent, excluding the opponent who scored the lowest number of match points, multiplied by the number of game points achieved against this opponent;

d.      if a tie again results, it shall be decided by Direct Encounter board count (Berlin System) as follows:

·         win on Board 1 = 4 points

·         win on Board 2 = 3 points

·         win on Board 3 = 2 points

·         win on Board 4 = 1 point

In case of drawn games these points are shared. If the board-count results in no victory for either side then the board points of Board 4 are cancelled and so on upwards until the tie is broken.

9.3 The title of "Asian Club Cup Champion 20xx (current year)” is bestowed on the winning team.

9.4 Each winning team shall receive a trophy from the organizing federation.

9.5 Each member of the winning team (players, reserves and captain) shall receive a gold medal. The members of the second and third placed teams shall each receive a silver and bronze medal, respectively.

9.6 Individual Chess Medals for Board Prizes
Players assigned to the same board number in their respective team lists shall be in competition for individual board prizes namely: gold, silver and bronze medals. For the purposes of this award, the players’ performance rating shall be compared. If the performance rating is equal, the tie shall be broken in the following order:
(a) the number of games;

(b) Direct Encounter;

(c) average rating of opponents, higher is better.

(d) the greater number of wins.
Only players who have played a minimum number of 5 games shall be eligible for board prizes.


10. Prizes

10.1 The organizers should award suitable prizes and souvenirs to at least the winning team and runners-up.


11. Reports

11.1 On completion of the tournament, the Chief Arbiter shall deliver to the Asian Chess Federation President an official written report on the course of the contest with supporting documents, if appropriate. Copies of these reports are to be extended to the organizing federation.

11.2 Within two weeks after the closing ceremony, the organizing federation shall submit a rating report to FIDE.

11.3 Within four weeks after the closing ceremony, the organizing federation shall present the Asian Chess Federation President with a general report of the proceedings.