CBSE Regional Chess Tournament 2023

Rules and Regulation


1. Rules of the All India Chess Federation and FIDE shall apply to the Inter-School Chess tournament unless, otherwise, modified in these rules.

2. The team championship will be held in under 14 & 19 years age category in both the sections i.e. Girls and Mixed

3.Every school that wishes to participate is entitled to field the following four teams. The constitution of team members shall be :
(i) Under 14 years mixed category: Either only Boys’ or Boys’ & Girls’ mixed team
(ii) Under 14 years Girls category: Only Girls’ as team members
(iii) Under 19 years mixed category: Either only Boys’ or Boys & Girls mixed team
(iv) Under 19 years Girls category: Only Girls as team members

4.The tournament will be played according to the Swiss System (Seven/Six Rounds). A team shall not play against any other team more than once.

5.A team may consist of a maximum of four players. Each playing against the other of the same status in order of ranking.

6.Each school shall clearly state the names of its team members before the start of the tournament. Captain/Manager shall submit the original ranking order to the Chief Arbiter before the start of the tournament.

7.Each team must play through the entire tournament. However, if a team is forced by circumstances beyond its control to withdraw from the tournament, the team/s will not be paired for the remaining matches.

8.The session of play shall be of 40 moves in 90 minutes followed by 30 minutes sudden death rule. In case of availability of Digital Clocks in absolute numbers the time control shall be 90 minutes for the entire with 30 seconds increment from move one.

9.Scoring system: The team winning the match will be awarded ‘2’ points and losing team ‘0’. In case of draw, both the teams will be awarded ‘1’ point each. For example, teams winning by 4 - 0; 3½ - ½; 3 – 1 or 2½ - 1½, will be awarded ‘2’ points, irrespective of their score.

10.The final positions of the teams shall be determined by the number of points scored by each team

11.The position of teams, which finish with the same number of game points, shall be determined by the application of the following tie-breaking procedures, in sequence from (a) to (b) to (c) to (d) to the extent required.
(a) By the sum of the game scores of all the teams opponents.
(b) By the sum of match points won.
(c) By the sum of the game of all the opponents defeated plus one half of the game scores of all the opponents with which tied result was achieved.
(d) By the sum of the game scores of all the team’s opponents, excluding the opponents who scored the highest number of game points and the opponent who scored the lowest number of game point.

12.For breaking the tie for Board Prizes; the higher placed team member will be considered for Board Prize.

13.What-so-ever the circumstance is, request pertaining to postponement of first round will not be entertained.

14.The walk-over time shall be 15 minutes.

15.Not more than four Merit Certificates shall be awarded to any team.

16.Each team while sending their eligibility Performa will also confirm in writing that they will bring two Chess clocks and two Chess sets, along with them.

17.Board Prize Winners will be awarded only the Merit Certificates. (No Medals).

18.The members of the teams winning “Team & Individual Championships” will be awarded the Merit Certificates & Medals.

19.From each Zone, top four teams, in each age category separately in both the sections, shall qualify to participate in the National Championship.

20.At National level the third day of the championship shall be dedicated exclusively to the individual championship.

21.The school Organizing Zone level competition shall take a Group Photo of the teams that have qualified to participate at /National level competition. The photo shall be signed by the host school Principal and forwarded to the school organizing next level of competition along with the original entry Performa.


1.In addition to the Team Championship, separate Individual Championship shall also be played at National level on knock out basis, in under 14 & 19 years categories, separately in both the sections.

2.Each team reaching in Nationals shall sponsor one player who shall play Individual Championship.

3.The tournament will be played on a five/seven round Swiss basis.

4.Besides the above, schools that have players having more than 2000 “ELO Rating Points” as per July 2012 FIDE Rating List too shall be eligible to play Individual Championship directly at National Level.

5.But, each school can sponsor only one player for Individual Championship; no matter they have more than one such player who has above 2000 ELO points.

6.The time control for the Individual Championship shall be 30 minutes each for the entire game.