This year's Round Robin and Swiss Tournaments will run between Tuesday 16th April and Tuesday 2nd July. Both tournaments will be ACF- and FIDE-rated, with the time control for the Round Robin being 90 minutes with 30 seconds increment per move, and for the Swiss being 75 minutes with 30 seconds increment per move.
Originally, this event was run as 3 separate Round Robin tournaments. Nowadays, there continues to be a `Division A' (the SSCC Round Robin) comprising 10 of the club's leading players. However, Divisions B and C of the previous editions of the SSCC Round Robin Tournament have now been replaced by a single 9-round Swiss tournament (the SSCC Swiss). Participants play in one of these two tournaments.
The new format enables players who would previously have been assigned to Divisions B or C to play a wider variety of opponents, and possibly more opponents around their true strength. The Swiss format also allows for easier handling of withdrawals and absences.
SSCC Round Robin (FIDE-rated)
10-player all-play-all, with players selected from entries as follows:
The winner of the 2018 SSCC Swiss
The highest-rated junior entry (March 2019 ACF Classic rating)
All remaining places were taken by the highest-rated remaining entries
The tournament will run from 16th April to 2nd July, with three weeks set aside for rescheduled games (7th May, 4th June, 25th June). It is not necessary for players to attend the club every week -- the round-robin format allows games to be rescheduled easily where necessary. Games can also be played at other chess clubs if required, provided a qualified arbiter is present.
The time control for the SSCC Round Robin will be 90 minutes initial time, with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from move 1.
The perpetual trophy for the SSCC Round Robin, the Knights of Rizal Cup, was donated to the club by the Perth Chapter of the Order of the Knights of Rizal. Southern Suburbs Chess Club recognises the work of the Order in promoting awareness of the life, philosophies and teachings of Jose Rizal.
SSCC Swiss (FIDE-rated)
Players who either do not meet the selection criteria for, or decline to participate in, the SSCC Round Robin are entered in the SSCC Swiss.
The SSCC Swiss consists of 9 rounds, on 9 consecutive Tuesdays from 16th April until 11th June. Half-point byes may be available (1 half-point bye per round, up to a maximum of 2 half-point byes, and only for Rounds 1-7), provided there are sufficient entries. The organiser's decision on this matter will be communicated to players at the start of the tournament.
The time control for the SSCC Swiss will be 75 minutes initial time, with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from move 1.