Regulations for the 5th FIDE Online Grand Prix "New York"



1. Description

1.1. The 5th FIDE Online Grand Prix is dedicated to the FIDE World Chess Championship match between Magnus Carlsen and Sergey Karjakin to be held in New York City from 11th to 30th of November 2016. It will be held on FIDE Online Arena platform hosted on web address:  on Saturday, November 19th, 2016.

2. Participation

The players who can participate in the Grand Prix need to fulfil the following criteria:

2.1 They must be members of FIDE Online Arena.

2.2 They must have obtained previously FIDE Online Blitz or Bullet rating to be able to participate in the relevant tournaments.

2.3 Entry fee is FREE for the members FIDE Online Arena.

3. Tournament schedule

3.1 The Grand Prix consists of 8 tournaments, 4 with blitz time control and 4 with bullet time control.

3.2 Tournament registration opens 3 hours before each tournament's start time, and closes when the tournament starts or when the maximum number of 999 players per tournament is reached.

3.3 The tournaments’ start time are GMT/UTC:


 GMT/UTC time

 Blitz 1


 Bullet 1


 Blitz 2


 Bullet 2


 Blitz 3


 Bullet 3


 Blitz 4


 Bullet 4



3.4 Provisional results shall be posted 5 to 10 minutes after completion of each tournament. 

3.5  FInal tournament results and Grand Prix standings shall be announced 48 to 72 hours after the completion of the competition.

4. Time Control

4.1 All tournaments are 9 round Swiss tournaments. 

4.2 The time control of the blitz tournaments is 3 minutes for the whole game for each player.

4.3 The time control of the bullet tournaments is 1 minute for the whole game for each player plus 1 second increment starting from move 1.

5. Tournament Tie Breaks

5.1 If there is a tie for the winners, these ties will be resolved in the following order: a) Buccholz 1, b) Buccholz Median, c) Buccholz total, d) Cumulative, e) Most Wins

6. Tournament Conditions

6.1 The competition will take place on the FIDE Arena Online platform. By registering at this web site, each participant certifies having read, understood and accepted the website’s privacy policy and the website’s terms and conditions.

6.2 Use of computer chess engines and databases while playing is strictly prohibited. Assistance from other players is also prohibited. Players can have only one account enrolled in the whole tournament. The anticheating check will be done both “live” and “after the tournament”. The final standing of each tournament will be confirmed within 72 hours after the complete anticheating verification.

6.3  The Tournament Director, after consultation with arbiters, may at their discretion make a ruling on a particular game, eject a player from a tournament, refuse to allow a player to join a tournament, for any reason including but not limited to:

6.3.1 Failure to show up on time or to start a game on time

6.3.2 Concern that the player’s internet connection is not reliable enough for the game to finish in a timely manner

6.3.3 Suspicion of chess engine use

6.3.4 Suspicion that a player is receiving assistance from another player

6.3.5 Suspicion that a player has used multiple accounts during the tournament, or the fact that this player has been caught violating FIDE Arena rules in the past.

6.4 Their reasoning need not be given, and there is no appeals process. We appreciate the cooperation of all participants in keeping this contest friendly, honorable, and running smoothly.

6.5 In case a player is disqualified from a tournament, the chief arbiter could, rule that the game of that player in the running round is lost for him, and won for his opponent. However, results by that player in prior rounds will not be reverted.

6.6  The players are not permitted to speak or chat to their opponents during the games. Appropriate sporting behavior is expected from all participants and FIDE rules of conduct are to be strictly followed at all times.

6.7  If any player forfeits 2 consecutive games will be excluded from the tournament.   However, results by that player in prior rounds will not be reverted. In case of withdraw, if such a withdrawal is not justified, he will forfeit his right to the prize for the tournament as well as incur further sanctions by FIDE.

6.8  The Chief Arbiter may, in consultation with the players and after the approval of the FIDE Online Commission Chairman, issue additional written regulations to lay down the exact playing hours and take care of other details not covered by these regulations.

6.9 Immediately after the end of the event, the Chief Arbiter shall draw up a report in the English language and send it without delay to the FIDE Secretariat. The report shall contain the result of each individual game as well as the final standings of the event. In addition, the report shall contain a general description of the course of the event.

7. Prizes

7.1 All players are eligible for prizes regardless of the number of tournaments they participate.

7.2  The winner of each one of the 8 tournaments, after tie break is resolved, shall receive 1 month of free FIDE Online Arena membership.

7.3 The overall Grand Prix winner is determined as follows:

7.4 For each player the 5 best scores achieved in the tournaments are summed up.

7.5 The player with the most points is the Grand Prix winner.

7.6 If there is a tie for the winner, these ties will be resolved in the following order: a) sum of points in all the tournaments, b) average value of individual performances in top 5 tournaments.

7.7 The Grand Prix winner and the 5 players following in the final rankings receive the following prizes:

 Final rank after tie breaks



 12 months FIDE Online Arena membership


 6 months FIDE Online Arena membership


 3 months FIDE Online Arena membership

 4th to 6th

 1 month FIDE Online Arena membership


7.8 Free membership achieved by winning a single tournament is added to the Grand Prix final ranking prizes.

7.9 The top players in the final standings finishing in postitions 4th and lower according to criteria 7.4 to 7.6 shall receive 4 months of FIDE Online Arena membership: a) two players who have never participated in any of the previous FIDE Online Grand Prix tournaments which are listed in 7.10 b) two players who have participated in at least 5 of the 8 previous FIDE Online Grand Prix tournaments which are listed in 7.10. The name of these players are listed in 7.XXX Prizes of these special categories are added to prizes described in 7.7 and 7.8. 

7.10 The previous FIDE Online Grand Prix are consiodered to be: a) Christmas GP (December 25th, 2015) b) New Year's GP (January 1st, 2016 c) Paul Keres GP (January 7th, 2016 d) 1st FIDE Online GP "Steinitz" (May 14th, 2016) e) 2nd FIDE Online GP "Menchik" (June 25th, 2016) f) 3rd FIDE Online GP "Olympiad" (July 16th, 2016) and g) 4th FIDE Online GP (October 22nd, 2016)

7.11 The players listed below have participated in at least 5 of the 8 FIDE Online GPs listed in 7.10. Some of them may not be eligible for the prices described under 7.9.b if their current membership expires after January 1st, 2018.

FIDE ID Title Name Federation
142190 AIM Ochotorena, Sergio ARG
809020   Ciotoli, Patrizio ITA
811904   Ardu, Luigi ITA
853542 AIM Catracchia, Mauro ITA
1209728 AGM Tudorache, Marian ROU
2227223 AGM Fernandez Lopez, Miguel Angel ESP
2808544 AGM Raychuk, Alexander ISR
3912272 AFM La Rosa Sifonte, Angel Alberto VEN
4222210   Makropoulos, Ioannis GRE
4462912   Coca Cubillos, Jesus Alberto COL
5026849 AGM Karthikeyan, J. IND
5086418 AFM Naveen Kumar, V IND
5211190   Cagatin, Hermie PHI
7001002 AIM Horie, Takahiro JPN
8501491 AIM Boyo, Paul Kehinde NGR
8504652 AGM Enemchukwu Chinedu Benjamin NGR
8701946 AIM Sakala, Andrew ZAM
10633111 ACM Girgis, Elia EGY
10639160 AFM Emara, Hany EGY
12561550   Barjaste, Saeed IRI
12804274 AFM Steponavicius, Algimantas LTU
14611279   Simicak, Metod SLO
19600062   Ahmed El Bechir, Mohamedou MTN
25835173 AIM Anyfantakis, Emmanouil GRE
35037161 AIM Mallepalli, Vijaya Kumar Reddy IND
36045780 AFM Labrande, Theodore FRA
109181367 AGM Nilson, Johnny FID
148062034 ACM Provalsky, Sergey FID
150269884 AIM Sundaramurthy, Thiagarajan FID
215223741 AFM Shabana, Ayatullah Amr FID
308128404 AFM Baglietto, Matias FID
315277478 AIM Samadder, Mridul Kanti BAN
324225434 AIM Baggio Di Sopra, Fernando Ernest FID
329193727 AGM Taschian, George FID
332243947 AFM Pena Mora, Carlos FID
337294949   Kasparovsky, Petr CZE
373199258   Ciccioni, Lorenzo ITA
373199786   Zuev, Mikhail ITA
373200564 AIM Lombardo, Riccardo FID
373201552   Fontanella, Alain ITA


7.12 All players have the right, in case they want, to hand on as a gift their award to other players, either they are FIDE members or wish to become, provided that these players are registered in FIDE Online Arena and already have a FIDE ID number. Players who wish to donate their prize must declare their wish by mail to until Sunday, November 27th, 2016.

7.13 Prize winners with a higher FIDE title (GM/WGM and IM/WIM) as well as players whose FIDE Arena membership ends after January 1st, 2018 will be kindly asked by the FIDE Online Commission to donate their prize.

8.0 Principals

FIDE Online Commission appoints FA DImitrijevic Aleksandra as Chief Arbiter of the tournaments.

9. Software Specifications

PC users
Operating System:
- Windows 7 - 8
- Windows Vista
- Windows XP SP3
RAM: 512 MB
Java version: 6 Update10 or later version. Though earlier versions of Java may work, it is highly advisable to have the latest version installed on your computer. You can download the most recent version at

Mac users
Processor: Intel
Operating System: Mac OS X 10.5
RAM: 512 MB
Java version:
- Mac OS X 10.5: Java for Mac OS X 10.5, Update 4 or higher
- Mac OS X 10.6: Java for Mac OS X 10.6, Update 1 or higher
Though earlier versions of Java may work, it is highly advisable to have the latest version installed on your computer. You can download the most recent version at

Linux users
- Oracle Linux 5.5+
- Oracle Linux 6.x (32-bit), 6.x (64-bit)
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.5+, 6.x (32-bit), 6.x (64-bit)
- Ubuntu Linux 10.04 and above
- Suse Linux Enterprise Server* 10 SP2, 11.x
RAM: 512 MB
Java version: 6 Update10 or later version
Though earlier versions of Java may work, it is highly advisable to have the latest version installed on your computer. You can download the most recent version at

- Internet Explorer 7 or any later version
- Mozilla Firefox 3.x or any later version
- Safari 4.x or any later version
- Chrome 4.x or any later version
Browser requirements
JavaScript and cookies enabled.

The vast majority of games are played with no problems of any sort occurring. However, it is always possible that for a variety of reasons a player can become disconnected during the course of game. To help avoid this, all players should make sure that they have a stable and fast connection. If disconnection occurs, the server continues to automatically monitor the game in progress. If the player reconnects, they can resume the game but they will lose the period of time they are disconnected; if the player does not reconnect before their flag falls, they will lose the game on time.
A failover connection is also recommended.

10. Anti-Cheating

FIDE online arena uses AceGuard, the anti-cheating and security software of the new generation. Based on advanced behavioral analysis and the activities of the players, AceGuard indicates deviations from proper procedures of play.

Enables to detect in real-time misbehavior

Provides assessment and analysis of the players both during and after the game

Edit and intensify checks based on user behavior

The FIDE online arena regulation allows to punish any attempt to abuse both in practical terms, both in legal terms.

At the end of each tournament the rankings will be provisional and it will become final only after the last anticheating verifications. Players found cheating will be deleted from the classification and excluded from the cycle of the championship. The results obtained against other players can not be changed and no game will be replayed. Should it be necessary, the Admin will decide any kind of action to take and their decisions will be final.

 11. Ammendments to the regulations

11.1 These regulations may be changed without prior notice. FIDE reserves the right to supplement this Regulation by subsequent changes to improve the performance of the event.

11.2 FIDE may introduce additional regulations for the Final Tournament, including the physical presence of arbiters alongside the participants. These regulations will be announced when the composition of the Final Tournament is determined.

12. Contact Information

For more information, please, contact:

FIDE Online Arena