Asian Seniors (&Amp; Women’S) Championship
1. The Asian Senior (Women) Championship shall be organized annually under the aegis of the Asian Chess Federation by a federation entrusted with the task by the Continental Assembly if possible at least one year in advance.
2. The participant must have reached his 55th birthday (for women’s championship, 50th birthday) on January 1st of the year in which the tournament is held. For example, each participant in the 2010 Championship must be born on or before 01.01.55 (for women 01.01.60).
3. The Asian Senior Championship is an open tournament for players registered by their federation. FIDE member federations in Asia shall have the right to send as many players as they wish. (There shall be a separate Women’s Championship if there are ten women from at least four zones. Each zone shall receive a free place for women.
4. At least six months before the beginning of the Championship, the organizing federation shall send an invitation to all FIDE member federations in Asia. The invitation shall be approved by the Continental President. Copies of the invitation are to be sent to the Zone Presidents.
5. At least two months before the beginning of the Championship each participant shall register his entry with the organizing committee. The birth date of each participant must be given and must correspond with the birth date given in his passport or other travel document.
6. The championship shall be played in 9 rounds of the Swiss system. It shall be played according to FIDE Regulations.
7. The time control shall be 90 minutes for the first 40 moves followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from move 1.
Chief Arbiter and his Assistants
8. The Continental President shall appoint the Chief Arbiter after consultation with the organizing federation. The organizing federation shall appoint as many Deputy and Assistant Arbiters as necessary.
8.1 The Chief Arbiter may, in consultation with the Asian Chess Federation, and with the approval of the Continental President, issue additional written regulations to inform the exact playing hours and take care of other details not covered by these regulations.
9. A protest against the decision of an Arbiter must be submitted in writing to the Chief Arbiter, within one hour after the end of the playing session.
10. Before the beginning of the tournament an Appeals Committee shall be selected.
10.1 The Asian Chess Federation President, after consultation with the organizing federation, shall nominate the Chairman. The Committee shall consist of three members and two reserves representing five different federations.
10.2 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.
Designation of the Winner
11. The final ranking order of the players is determined by the number of points scored. If at the end of the tournament two or more players are tied for the first place, the tie shall be broken as follows:
a) Direct Encounter.
b) The greater number of wins.
d) Buchholz Cut 1, Cut 2, etc.
12. To promote the event, registration for the Asian Senior (Women) Championship, is free.
13. The players` traveling costs will be met by themselves or by their national federations.
14. The organizer shall provide free board and lodging (single rooms with bath and/or shower) for at least one player of each zone and for the Chief Arbiter. The Zonal Presidents are entitled to nominate these hosted players.
15. All players aside from those hosted, and the accompanying persons shall pay the expenses for board and lodging themselves. The organizing federation shall offer reasonable and favorably priced accommodation and shall state the daily costs.
16. Before the beginning of the first round, a list of the prizes to be awarded to the highest placed participants, including special prizes, shall be published together with the rules for their award. The organizing committee shall also award Gold, Silver and Bronze medals to the players taking the first three places in the Championship.
16.1 The prize fund shall be at least $5,000 combined for Seniors and Women.
17. The Asian Chess 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.
18. The organizing committee shall insure the participants against accidents and the need for medical services including cost of medicines in case of acute illnesses, surgical operations, etc. The organizing committee shall not be responsible for medical services needed for treatment of chronic or other illnesses which already existed before the start of the Championship.
19. On completion of the tournament, the Chief Arbiter shall deliver to the Continental President an official written report on the course of the tournament with supporting documents, if appropriate. Copies of these reports are to be extended to the organizing federation.
19.1 Within two weeks after the closing ceremony, the organizing federation shall submit a rating report to FIDE.
19.2 Within four weeks after the closing ceremony, the organizing federation shall present the Continental President for Asia with a general report on the proceedings.