Chess is back at Rooty Hill!

2020 Rooty Hill Open Championships

9 Round FIDE & ACF rated tournament 

Pairings by Vega using FIDE approved Baku Acceleration Method 

Clocks Start promptly at 7.15pm: Default time 7:45pm 


Round 1 Monday, 19 October   

Round 2 – Monday, 26 October    Round 3 – Monday, 2 Nov 

Round 4 Monday 9 Nov,   Round 5 Monday, 16 November  

Round 6 Monday 23 Nov,   Round 7 Monday, 30 November 

Round 8 Monday 7 Dec, Round 9 Monday, 14 December

Time control

90 mins for all moves, plus 30 seconds per move from the start 

Entry Fee

Adult: $35

Junior: $20


Prize money subject to 40+ entries 

1st $400.00    2nd $200.00    3rd $150.00 

ACF U1900 $150.00   U1600 $135.00   U1300 $135.00 

Players are eligible for only 1 prize. Rating prizes are based on ACF ratings. Unrated players are not eligible for rating-restricted prizes.  Players not normally resident in Australia must have a FIDE ID number to enter the Open tournament. This can be obtained from their national federation.  

Any player who arrives at the chessboard more than 30 minutes after the start of the session shall lose the game unless the arbiter decides otherwise. 

Ratings using will be FIDE October 2020 – ACF September 2020 

Entries Now Open

Online entries only

Rooty Hill Online Chess Club

Here is a step by step method of joining the Rooty Hill Online Chess Club:

If you already have a account, go to step 5.

If you do not have a account:

1.  Go to via the URL or a search engine (i.e. google).

2. On the left-hand side click on “Sign Up.” It is orange.

3. Enter a username, email and password for your account.

4. Press “Create your free account”.

5. Join the Rooty Hill Chess Club “club” with either the link: or through the search bar at the bottom left corner of the screen.

6. Apply to join the group by pressing “Join” and please provide your name.

Once you have joined the group on, to play in a Rooty Hill Chess Club Tournament: 

1. On the menu, either located on the left, right or top of the screen hover over “play” and move the curser over “live chess” and click on it. 

2. Locate the “tournaments tab” on the top right hand side. There will be a tournament labelled as “Rooty Hill Chess Club (and the type of tournament it is)”.

Tournaments are not Visible until 25 hours before the start time.

3.Registration on the tournament starts 1 hour before the tournament starts, at 5:30pm as the tournament will be scheduled to start at exactly 6.30pm AEST.

4. Once the tournament starts, you will automatically be paired against someone else, and after all games for that round have finished, you will be paired against someone with the same points as you.

Rooty Hill Chess Club Closed Until Further Notice

Rooty Hill Chess Club is now closed until further notice, due to Rooty Hill RSL being closed because of the COVID-19 virus outbreak.

For more information please visit:

Please refer to the NSW Department of Health or the World Health Organisation for more information

Proposed 2020 Calender

Proposed Chess Calendar for 2020 to be ratified at the AGM.

Any suggestions or Alterations welcomed

Monday, 2 December 2019Allegro Tournament (15min) 6rds
Monday, 9 December 2019Blitz Tournament (10min) 9rds
Monday, 16 December 2019FIDE RatedRooty Hill Chess Club AGM/Presentation-Club Awards- Blitz Championship (5 Min)
Monday, 23 December 2019No Chess
Monday, 30 December 2019No Chess
Monday, 6 January 2020Allegro Tournament (15min) 6rds
Monday, 13 January 2020Handicap 5min Blitz Tournament
Monday, 20 January 2020Allegro Tournament (15min) 6rds
Monday, 27 January 2020Public Holiday Aus DayBlitz Tournament (10min) 9rds
Monday, 3 February 2020Allegro Tournament (15min) 6rds
Monday, 10 February 2020Simul Gary Lane
Monday, 17 February 2020FIDE RatedAutumn Swiss Rd 1  90+30 secs
Monday, 24 February 2020Autumn Swiss Rd 2
Monday, 2 March 2020 Autumn Swiss Rd 3
Monday, 9 March 2020Autumn Swiss Rd 4
Monday, 16 March 2020Autumn Swiss Rd 5
Monday, 23 March 2020Autumn Swiss Rd 6
Monday, 30 March 2020Autumn Swiss Rd 7
Monday, 6 April 2020Allegro Tournament (15min) 6rds
Monday, 13 April 2020Public Holiday EasterBlitz Tournament (10min) 9rds
Monday, 20 April 2020FIDE RatedWinter Swiss Rd 1  90+30 secs
Monday, 27 April 2020Winter Swiss Rd 2
Monday, 4 May 2020Winter Swiss Rd 3
Monday, 11 May 2020Winter Swiss Rd 4
Monday, 18 May 2020Winter Swiss Rd 5
Monday, 25 May 2020Winter Swiss Rd 6
Monday, 1 June 2020Winter Swiss Rd 7
Monday, 8 June 2020Public Holiday QBWBlitz Tournament (10min) 9rds
Monday, 15 June 2020FIDE RatedRooty Hill Open Rd1  90+30secs
Monday, 22 June 2020rd 2
Monday, 29 June 2020rd 3
Monday, 6 July 2020rd 4
Monday, 13 July 2020rd 5
Monday, 20 July 2020rd 6
Monday, 27 July 2020rd 7
Monday, 3 August 2020rd 8
Monday, 10 August 2020rd 9
Monday, 17 August 2020FIDE RatedClub Rapid Chess Championship (20min+10secs)  Rds 1-3
Monday, 24 August 2020 Club Rapid Chess Championship (20min+10secs)  Rds 4-6
Monday, 31 August 2020 Club Rapid Chess Championship (20min+10secs)  Rds 7-9
Monday, 7 September 2020FIDE A+B+C+DFide Rated Rooty Hill Club Championships rd 1 90+30secs
Monday, 14 September 2020E is ACF Ratedrd 2
Monday, 21 September 2020rd 3
Monday, 28 September 2020rd 4
Monday, 5 October 2020Public Holiday
Blitz Tournament (10min) 9rds
Monday, 12 October 2020rd 5
Monday, 19 October 2020Postponed games + Allegro 15 min 6 Rds
Monday, 26 October 2020rd 6
Monday, 2 November 2020rd 7
Monday, 9 November 2020rd 8
Monday, 16 November 2020Postponed games + Allegro 15 min 6 Rds
Monday, 23 November 2020rd 9
Monday, 30 November 2020Allegro Tournament (15min) 6rds
Monday, 7 December 2020Blitz Tournament (10min) 9rds
Monday, 14 December 2020FIDE RatedRooty Hill Chess Club AGM/Presentation-Club Awards- Blitz Championship (5 Min)
Monday, 21 December 2020No Chess
Monday, 28 December 2020No Chess