Rules of LauttSSK tournaments

In both tournaments, the players decide themselves when and where they play. For example, the games can be played online, at the club evening on Wednesday, or at Central Library Oodi (whose meeting rooms can be booked for 3 hours).

There is no entry fee to the tournaments.

Lauttasaari championship (classical)

In March–October, 5–6 rounds.

Typical time controls (decided by the players):

  • 70'+30" + 20 minutes after 40 moves (60-move game may last 4 hours)
  • 60'+30" (60-move game may last 3 hours)

The players

Cup (rapid)

Schedule:

  • Twice a year, starting in January and July.
  • The players are divided into 4 preliminary groups where everybody plays a match against each other by the end of April (October).
  • Top 2 of each group will qualify for the actual cup of 8 players. The finals should be played by the end of June (December).

Each match of 2 players consists of 2, 4 or 5 games:

  • If the result is 1–1 after 2 games, 2 more games are played, reversed colors, time control half of games 1–2.
  • If the result is 2–2, the last game is an Armageddon, time control White 6, Black 5 minutes. If it's a draw, Black wins the match.

The players get points from a match as follows:

  • 3–0 if the match was decided in 2 games.
  • 2–1 if the match required 4 or 5 games.

The games are played according to the Finnish chess rules:

  • If a player makes an illegal move, his opponent gets 2 extra minutes. The 2nd illegal move by the same player in a game loses.
  • In the 5th blitz game, the first illegal move loses.

Time control in games 1–2 (based on rating difference):

  • 20'+10" (0–199)
  • 24'+12" against 16'+08" (200–399)
  • 28'+14" against 12'+06" (400–599)
  • 32'+16" against 8'+04" (600–799)
  • 36'+18" against 4'+02" (800–)

Games 3–4 if needed:

  • 10'+05" (0–199)
  • 12'+06" against 8'+04" (200–399)
  • 14'+07" against 6'+03" (400–599)
  • 16'+08" against 4'+02" (600–799)
  • 18'+09" against 2'+01" (800–)

Game 5 if needed:

  • 6' against 5' (0–199)
  • 6' against 4' (200–399)
  • 7' against 3' (400–599)
  • 8' against 2' (600–799)
  • 9' against 1' (800–)