Eligibility

This page is written as an interpretation of ACF By-law 1. Please refer to the By-law for the full details of the official eligibility requirements.

If you are Australian you may play in this tournament even if you don’t have a rating. There will be plenty of lower rated players playing in the Reserves and even some unrated players. You just need to love chess.

If you are an International player then you must have a FIDE ID to play. As it is an Australian Championship there are further restrictions, including a cap on the number of International players for the Championship. If you are an International player with a FIDE of less than 2250 then you can use the online form to apply for the reserves, but if your FIDE is 2250 or more than please do not use the online form but rather email us. Note that to be accepted into the Reserves it must be also deemed that your playing strength is less than 2150 ACF.

Please note that you cannot choose which division you play in (Reserves or Championship), eligibility depends on criteria below, with a final decision made by the ACF selection panel.

Australian Championships

Australian Chess Federation is the body responsible for deciding eligibility to participate in the Australian Championship, as per By-Law 1 of the ACF Constitution.

As a minimum requirement, the player normally must meet one of the following criteria:

Automatic Qualification:
An Australian citizen or a person with permanent resident status and has a rating of at least 2150 on December 2015 ACF list; or
Current Australian Champion; or
Current or immediately previous Australian Junior Champion; or
Current or immediately previous Australian Women’s Champion; or
Winner of the previous Australian Major; or
Current State or Territory Champion; or

Qualification requiring ACF approval:
An Australian citizen or a person with permanent resident status rated under 2150 on the December 2015 ACF list but is deemed by the ACF Council to be of an equivalent level of proficiency; or
An improving junior who is deemed by the ACF Council to be of sufficient standard; or
A nominee of a State or Territory if that State would not otherwise have a person in the Australian Chess Championship; or
Foreign players who have a rating of at least 2250 on the most recent FIDE rating list and who has played at least 20 ACF-rated games in the past two years

Note Foreign players may win prize money but are ineligible for the title of Australian Champion.

For more information, see By-Law 1: http://www.auschess.org.au/constitution/By-law1.txt.

Australian Reserves

Open to all players with ACF less than 2150 on December 2015 list, and who otherwise aren’t eligible for the Australian Championship.

Open to foreign players with a FIDE less than 2250.

Australian Blitz Championship

Open to all players