International Chess Federation
Tuesday, 11 Jun 2024 11:20
Important update to C.04.1 Basic Rules for Swiss Systems


We are pleased to announce an update to the article "C.04.1 Basic Rules for Swiss Systems" in the FIDE Handbook. As part of our ongoing efforts to improve the clarity and functionality of our competition regulations, the wording of Article C.04.1.4 has been revised. This change aligns with the recent modifications in the "04. FIDE Swiss Rules" section.

Key Update:

The revised Article C.04.1.4 now stipulates that a player who has already received a full-point bye or has scored a full point in a round without play, due to an opponent not appearing on time, will no longer be eligible to receive a pairing-allocated bye. This adjustment ensures consistency in how byes are awarded and avoids any undue advantage.

Effective Date:

This change will take effect on July 1, 2025.

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