11th Asian Schools Chess Championships 2015 (30 May to 08 Jun 2015)

updated 25 Jun 2015

Team Singapore Report by Dr Lee Chien Earn

The 11th Asian Schools Chess Championships held from 30 May to 8 June 2015 at the Sports & Recreational Centre, Nanyang Technological University welcomed 365 players from 20 countries. The competition was organised by the Singapore Chess Federation under the auspices of the ASEAN Chess Conferation, Asian Chess Federation and World Chess Federation. This year's edition is one of the strongest Championships so far with at least 5 medalists from the recently completed World Schools Chess Championships in Thailand.

The competition started with a rousing opening ceremony graced by the presence of Ms Chan Lai Fung, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education Singapore. Ms Chan is also a Woman International Master who in her time finished second in the Zonal Championships and in her address spoke fondly of her schooldays where all her spare time, after school hours and weekends was spent on studying and playing chess. To chess she attributed many personal lessons including humility because there was always a next game that would end in defeat and resilience to overcome setbacks and succeed again.

Singapore achieved fifth placing overall with two Golds and two Silvers. Liu Xiangyi lived up to his top billing and emerged the winner in the prestigious Open U-17 overcoming his closest challenger, an International Master from Philippines. Cyrus Nisban won the Open U-11 category and obtained the CM title finishing ahead of his opponent from Kazakhstan who had just won the bronze medal at the World Schools Chess Championship. William Woong performed well to win the silver medal (and the CM title) for the Open Under-15 after a three-way tie for first following tie-breaks and a playoff. Lee Qing Aun obtained the silver for the Blitz Under 15.

Well done to all the players regardless of results for doing their best and doing Singapore proud.




updated 03 Jun 2015

A total of 360 players representing 19 countries now in Singapore for the 11th Asian Schools Chess Championships held at Nanyang Technological University from 30th May to 8th June 2015 has started the first round of play!

Live games with analysis

This followed a 45 minute opening ceremony graced by Ms Chan Lai Fung, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education Singapore with over 600 people in attendance and full of performances by young local performance arts talents.


Read more on Chessdom.com

updated 26 May 2015

Please visit the official website at www.asianschoolschess.com for any updates on the event.

Also find regular news updates, and photos on the Official Event Facebook Page.


Starting List, Pairings, Results

OpenUnder 7 | Under 9 | Under 11 | Under 13 | Under 15 | Under 17

Girls Under 7 | Under 9 | Under 11 | Under 13 | Under 15 | Under 17


The Singapore Chess Federation, under the auspices of the Asian Chess Federation (ACF) and the World Chess Federation (FIDE), have the honour of inviting all Asian national chess federations to participate in the 11th Asian Schools Chess Championships 2015 to be organised in Singapore from 30th May (arrival) to 8th June (departure) 2015. 

General Regulations & Rules

1. The Championships shall be governed by the General Regulations for FIDE Competitions and these Rules. Participation 

2. There shall be 6 categories; namely Under-07, Under-09 Under-11, Under-13, Under- 15 and Under-17 with separate events for Open and Girls.

3. Entitled to participate are players who shall not have reached the age of 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17 before 1 January 2015:-
Under-07: Born on or after 1 January 2008;
Under-09: Born on or after 1 January 2006;
Under-11: Born on or after 1 January 2004;
Under-13: Born on or after 1 January 2002;
Under-15: Born on or after 1 January 2000;
Under-17: Born on or after 1 January 1998.

4. Every Asian national chess federation can register one official player in each category (open/girls) totalling a maximum of 12 players. No substitution from other categories
can be made in case there is no official player in any category. 

5. Asian national chess federations shall have the right to send as many players as they wish but they are responsible for all their own expenses.

System & Schedule

6. Time control: Each player shall have 90 minutes for 40 moves and 30 minutes for the rest of the game with the addition of 30 seconds per move starting from the first move.

7. Where possible, each category shall be conducted in the Swiss System of 9 rounds.

8. Schedule:

30 May 15 After 1200 Arrivals
31 May 2015 0800 hour Technical Meeting
  1330 hour Opening Ceremony
  1400 hour Round 1
1 Jun 2015 0900 hour Round 2
  1530 hour Round 3
2 Jun 2015 0900 hour Round 4
3 Jun 2015 0900 hour Round 5
  1530 hour Round 6
4 Jun 2015 0900 hour Blitz Championships
5 Jun 2015 0900 hour Round 7
6 Jun 2015 0900 hour Round 8
7 Jun 2015 0900 hour Round 9
  1530 - 1930 Awards Ceremony
8 Jun 2015 Before 1200 Departures

Designation of the Winners

9. 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 or for any prize, the tie shall be broken as in accordance to the following:-

9.1 Direct Encounter
9.2 Buchholz Cut 1
9.3 Buchholz
9.4 Greater Number of Wins with Black Pieces
9.5 Greater Number of Wins


10. Before the beginning of the first round, a list of the prizes to be awarded to at least the 10 highest placed participants, including special prizes shall be published together with
the rules for their award. The Organizer shall also award Gold, Silver and Bronze medals to the players taking the first three places in each event.

11. For Under-13, Under-15 & Under-17 categories, finishing first (after tiebreak) shall be awarded the FM/WFM title. The Silver & Bronze Medal (after tiebreak) winners shall be awarded the CM/WCM title. 

12. For Under-07, Under-09 & Under-11 categories, finishing first equal up to 3 players or Silver & Bronze Medal (after tiebreak) winners shall be awarded the CM/WCM title. 


13. Certificates shall be awarded to players who finish in the top 3 positions.

14. Certificates of Participation shall be given to players, FIDE accredited trainers, managers, and the appointed Technical Officials.


15. The Appeals Committee shall comprise 3 persons one of whom may be the ACF Technical Delegate. In the event that the Appeals Committee is appointed by the Technical Meeting, there should be an additional 2 reserve members and in this case, no member shall take part in a decision affecting a player of his own federation. 

16. A protest against the decision of an Arbiter must be submitted in writing to the Chief Arbiter, within two hours after the end of the playing session. 

17. A protest fee of USD 250 shall be payable to the Organizer which is refundable if the protest is upheld. The Appeals Committee may also decide to refund the fee if it considers the appeal was not frivolous. 

18. The decision of the Appeals Committee is final, binding and takes effect immediately. 


19. From the duration of arrival and until departure, the Organizer 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 Organizer shall not be responsible for medical services needed for treatment of chronic or other illnesses which already existed before the arrival at the Competition. 


20. All players and accompanying persons who require a visa to enter Singapore must send a copy of passport (page with photo and key information) to the Organizer before the deadline of 31 March 2015 after which the Organizer shall not be responsible. 

Playing Venue & Official Hotel

21. The Playing Venue & Official Hotel shall be the NANYANG TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY which is about 45 minutes' drive from the international airport. 

22. All players and accompanying persons must be accredited and stay at the Official Venue. Please bring your own bath towel.

23. The rate for twin sharing room is USD 75 per person per day inclusive of 3 meals. For single room, the rate is USD 90. 

24. The Organizer shall provide free board and lodging (in twin share rooms) for players mentioned in Rule 4 above. 

Financial Regulations

25. The Entry Fee for official players is USD 75. The Entry Fee for additional players is USD 150. After the deadline of 31 March 2015, the surcharge for late entries shall USD 125 be applicable.

26. All players and accompanying persons must pay a Registration Fee of USD 125 to the Organizer. The Registration Fee is to include the costs for airport transfers, Accreditation Cards, Certificates, etc. 

27. The travelling costs of all participants must be paid by themselves or by their national federations. Registration of Participation (as per General Regulations for FIDE Competitions) 

28. At least 3 months (Before 1 March 2015) before the beginning of the Competition, a federation shall register its intention to participate with the Organizer. This is a Preliminary Registration and should indicate the number of players and other participants. 

29. At least 2 months (Before 31 March 2015) before the beginning of the Competition, the participating federation shall submit its Final Registration of participants. The birthdate of each player must be given and must correspond with the birthdate given in his passport or other travel document. All travel documents must also be submitted if visas are required. The Organizer shall not be responsible for late submission and application for visas.

30. Prepayment of at least 50% must be paid before the deadline of 31 March 2015. The rest of the payments shall be made before the start of the First Round. 

Registration and Payment

31. Organizer: Singapore Chess Federation
     Contact Person: IA/IO Thomas HOE
     Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
     Tel: (65) 97700539

32. All Bank Transfers are to be made to:-

Name of Bank: DBS Bank
Address of Bank: 6 Shenton Way, Singapore
Account Number: 001 – 043184 - 6


33. Arbiters and Trainers Seminars will be held from 2 to 6 June 2015.

Download Regulations

Registration for Singapore Players:

  1. Registration Form for SIN Players & Accompanying Persons

Registration for International Players:

  1. Registration Form for International players
  2. Regisration Form for International Accompanying Persons

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