Trinidad & Tobago to host 80th Anniversary Chess Open!

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In 2016, the Trinidad & Tobago Chess Association (TTCA) celebrates its 80th Anniversary. In commemoration of this milestone, the (TTCA) is pleased to invite all National Federations to the Trinidad and Tobago International and Masters Open (TTIMO) Chess Tournaments 2016 to be held at The Normandie Hotel, St. Anns, Trinidad, from 28th July through 5th August, 2016.


Rules and Regulations

The Trinidad and Tobago International Masters and Open (TTIMO) Chess Tournaments 2016 will be held according to the FIDE Rules of Chess and the following General Conditions within this invitation.


There will be two categories: Masters and Open.
Participation in the Master Class will be reserved for:

(i) titled players with personal invitation from the Organising Committee
(ii) Fide rating greater than 2200 and
(iii) The organisers will ensure that the average rating of players in this section is greater than 2200.

The Open Class is open for all players from FIDE member federations. (ELO-Under 2100). There will be 5 sub-categories which will include: Female, Senior (50+), Under 20, Under 16 and Under 12.

System of Play

  • The Games for the Masters and the Open will be a Swiss System of nine (9) rounds or Round Robin depending on the number of players and at the discretion of the Chief Arbiter.
  • The rhythm of play will be ninety (90) minutes for all the moves plus an increment of thirty (30) seconds per move from the initial move. The tournaments will be FIDE-Rated, once the conditions for rating are met.

BLITZ Tournament-OPEN

There will be a 9-round (5 minutes) Open Blitz tournament after the end of the last round of the Masters and Open tournaments.
Registration: US$10.00/TT$ 65.00 per person


Date Time Activity
Thursday 28th July, 2016 12.00 p.m. – 8.00 p.m. Arrival & Registration
Friday 29th July, 2016 10.00 a.m. Technical Meeting
Friday 29th July, 2016 4.00 p.m Opening Ceremony
Friday 29th July, 2016 6.00 p.m. Round 1
Saturday 30th July, 2016 10.00 a.m. Round 2
Saturday 30th July, 2016 5.00 p.m. Round 3
Sunday 31st July, 2016 10.00 a.m. Round 4
Monday 1st August, 2016 10.00 a.m. Round 5
Monday 1st August, 2016 5.00 p.m. Round 6
Tuesday 2nd August, 2016 5.00 p.m. Round 7
Wednesday 3rd August, 2016 5.00 p.m. Round 8
Thursday 4th August, 2016 10.00 a.m. Round 9
Thursday 4th August, 2016 3.00 p.m. Blitz-OPEN
Thursday 4th August, 2016 7.00 p.m. Closing Ceremony
Friday 5th August, 2016 12.00 p.m. Check-Out/Departure

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Organising Committee

Core Organising Committee

  • Sonja Johnson, Organising Committee Chairperson, 1st VP-TTCA
  • Sandy Razark, Secretary- TTCA
  • Roderick Noel-VP of Southern Chess Club


  • Bhisham Soondarsingh, VP TTCA
  • Elyse Harlow, PRO TTCA


Chief Arbiter: IA Rohan Waithe, Barbados

The Deputy Arbiter and assistant arbiters would be selected at the discretion of the TTCA and in accordance with Fide Regulations.

Telephone: 868 681 1151/ 683-4439
Email: English/Spanish:

The Trinidad and Tobago Chess Association (TTCA) is excited for you to be part of this historic event as we celebrate 80 years. We are confident that this will be a tournament for all to remember!

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