Format: The American Cup (“the Event”) is two tournaments, each an 8-player double-elimination knockout event.
Prompt Arrival: Players are expected to arrive promptly for their games. Players not at their board at the beginning of each round may receive a fine of $1,000 to be deducted from their prize for each occurrence. Players more than 30 (thirty) minutes late for a round shall forfeit that round. Players who withdraw or forfeit a game may not receive any prize money.
No Draws: A “no draw” rule will be in effect throughout the Event, including any playoff games. No player may offer nor accept a draw. In the event of a claim for a draw under Article 9.2 of the FIDE Laws of Chess (three-fold repetition) or under Article 9.3 of the Laws (50 move rule), one of the Event Arbiters must be asked by the players to verify the claim.
No Cell Phones: No cell phones or other electronic devices shall be allowed in the tournament area. Any violation of this policy will result in a fine of $1,000 to be deducted from Player's prize for each occurrence. In addition to the fine, a violation involving a cell phone or other electronic device that emits any noise during a game shall result in forfeiture of that game. If a violation occurs in subsequent games, the same penalties shall apply.
Schedule of Events: Each round shall begin at the start times listed in the schedule on the Overview page.
Pairings & Scoring:
- Each round shall consist of a 2-game match followed by playoff games should they be needed.
- Players will be ranked and pairing numbers assigned 1-8 based on their March FIDE classical rating. Any players with the same rating will be listed alphabetically by last name.
- Players will be paired 1 vs 8, 2 vs 7, 3 vs 6 and 4 vs 5 in the first round.
- If a player loses a match, they shall move to the Elimination Bracket as shown below.
- If a player loses a second match, that player shall be eliminated from the Event.
- See the tournament bracket for further rounds.
- The classical time control shall be game in ninety (90) minutes plus thirty (30)-seconds increment from move one (G/90+30).
- The rapid time control shall be game in twenty five (25) minutes plus ten (10)-seconds increment from move one (G/25+10).
- The first playoff match time control shall be game in ten (10) minutes plus five (5)-seconds increment from move one (G/10+5). The second playoff match time control shall be game in three (3) minutes plus two (2)-second increment from move one (G/3+2).
- All standard games in the Championship bracket will be played at classical time controls.
- All standard games in the Elimination bracket shall be played at rapid time controls.
- All playoff games shall be played at rapid and blitz time controls, if necessary.
- Should match 14 (winner of the Championship Bracket vs. winner of the Elimination Bracket) result in one lost match per player, the two players shall contest a 2-game rapid match followed by playoff games (if necessary).
Prizes: The total prize fund shall be $300,000 (Three Hundred Thousand U.S. Dollars) as listed on the Overview page.
Tiebreak & Playoffs:
- In the event of a tie in an individual match, the players shall contest a 2-game rapid playoff match.
- If the 2-game rapid playoff match is inconclusive, the players shall contest a 2-game blitz playoff match.
- If the 2-game blitz playoff match is inconclusive, the players shall contest an Armageddon game with colors drawn by lot. An Armageddon Game is defined as follows: White shall start with 5 minutes and black shall start with 4 minutes, with a 2-second increment from move 61. Black shall be declared the winner if the game ends in a draw.
- The tournament shall be played according to the FIDE Laws of Chess. Games shall be submitted for rating to FIDE and URS.
- The tournament shall be supervised by the Chief Arbiter (the “CA”).
- The CA shall be responsible for ensuring fair play and implementing any anti-cheating measures.
- If a player wishes to appeal a decision of the CA, they must do so immediately after the game by notifying the CA.
- The Chief Organizer (the “CO”) shall appoint a three (3)-person appeals committee consisting of at least two (2) arbiters (the “Appeals Committee”). The CO shall be Tony Rich, IA, IO.
- Decisions of the Appeals Committee are final.
- In the event of an unexpected occurrence, the CA reserves the right to make all decisions in conjunction with or on behalf of the CO.