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FIDE Section Description

Please note: The information on this page pertains only to the FIDE section. If you intend to play in the U2100, U1700 or U1300 section, please see the Under Section Description page.

Tournament Rules

Play in the FIDE section will be governed in accordance with current FIDE rules, except with respect to some points where the application of USCF rules is permitted. Everyone intending to play in the FIDE section should be thoroughly familiar with these rules. Click here for a two-page Summary of the differences; for details review the Comparison of FIDE and USCF Rules. Except for the points identified in the Comparison of FIDE and USCF Rules, FIDE and USCF rules are effectively identical, and USCF rules will apply.

The mobile phone policy and other rules and policies explain additions to and clarifications of standard USCF or FIDE rules that will be effect for the Cincinnati Open.

Memberships and Ratings

Players must be current members of the USCF and have a FIDE Identification Number (FIN). With respect to players who (i) do not have a FIN and (ii) qualify for FIDE membership under the US Federation, the information provided on their entry form will be forwarded to the USCF, which will obtain a FIN for them. Players who do not have a FIN and do not qualify for FIDE membership under the US Federation must obtain their FIN through their proper national federation prior to entering the tournament. See the Comparison of FIDE and USCF Rules for details.

Players with a USCF rating must be USCF rated 1700 or higher as of March 1, 2020. Official March 2020 ratings will be used for eligibility and pairing purposes unless a player is officially unrated as of March 1, 2020 but earned a rating of 1700 or higher after the data cutoff date for the March 2020 rating cycle. Players who do not have a USCF rating must have a FIDE rating of 1600 or higher as of March 1, 2020; their rating for purposes of this tournament will be their FIDE rating plus 100 points. Players who are not rated by either USCF or FIDE are not eligible to play in this section.

Schedule and Time Control

Players play all of five rounds in either a 3-day or 2-day schedule.

3-Day Schedule:

  • Friday: round 1 at 7:00 pm
  • Saturday: round 2 at 11:00 am, round 3 at 6:00 pm
  • Sunday: round 4 at 9:30 am, round 5 at 3:00 pm

The time control for all rounds is 40/90, SD/30; +30. All rounds are FIDE rated.

2-Day Schedule:

  • Saturday: round 1 at 11:00 am, round 2 at 2:00 pm, round 3 at 6:00 pm
  • Sunday: round 4 at 9:30 am, round 5 at 3:00 pm

The time control for rounds 1 and 2 is G/75; d5. The time control for rounds 3, 4 and 5 is 40/90, SD/30; +30. Only rounds 3, 4 and 5 are FIDE rated.

Byes

Players may take one or two optional ½-point byes for any round(s) but must commit to byes by 5:00 pm Saturday, March 28. Players may request, change or cancel byes for future rounds until 5:00 pm Saturday, March 28.

Other

Re-entries: Only players who play round 1 of the 3-day schedule (i.e., the Friday night round) are eligible to re-enter, and anyone wishing to do so must re-enter before 10:00 am Saturday, March 28. Such players may re-enter only the FIDE section even if they are eligible to play in the U2100 section. Players who re-enter will abandon their original entry; only the re-entry will be carried forward into later rounds regardless of the first-round score related to either entry.

Equipment: The organizers will provide all pieces, boards, clocks and scoresheets. Players are required to use the scoresheets provided.