Professor Lim Kok Ann International Open 2023


09:30 AM

07:30 PM


The main feature of this year’s SG Chess Festival will be the 1st Prof Lim Kok Ann International Open 2023. This year’s event has an expanded prize fund of over S$25,000, more than 3 times of last year’s prize fund. The tournament will also allow for norm opportunities as we welcome players from all over the world to join us for the festival.

To better allow for norm chances, we will adopt the accelerated pairing system for the first 2 rounds of the tournament.

Venue: Jurong Spring Community Club, 8 Jurong West Street 52, Singapore 649296

Date: 5 – 11 June 2023

Registration Deadline: 31st May

Entry Fees

All entry fees are denoted in Singapore Dollars (SGD)

Unrated players: $275

Rated players under 2000 standard rating: $225

Rated players equal to or above 2000 standard rating: $175

GMs/WGMs/IMs/WIMs: Free

Entry fees are waived for para athletes as defined by Para Athletics Singapore. Eligible impairment types can be found here.

10% discount for all SCF members (Being enrolled in a SCF program/course does not qualify as a membership)
15% discount for all NTP trainees (What is NTP?)
15% discount for Jurong GRC residents
All discounts shall not be accumulated

Entry fees are strictly non-refundable
The o
rganizer reserves the right to reject any entries without any assigning reasons


GMs and WGMs playing in the Classical event shall be provided with twin sharing accommodation from 3 (arrival) – 11 (departure) June at Raffles Marina Country Club. GMs with standard Elo above 2600 shall be provided with further conditions. Please write in to [email protected] for further discussions.

Players who require accommodation can also write in to [email protected] and we will provide a few options with prices for your consideration.

Dress code: All participants are required to dress in smart casual wear – covered shoes and long pants (unless in school uniform).

Conduct: All players/parents/teachers in charge are reminded to maintain proper decorum. SCF may also suspend/ban the player from subsequent events depending on the severity of misbehavior.

Format and Time Control:

  1. 9 Rounds FIDE Rated Swiss System
  2. 90 mins and 30 seconds increment from move 1
  3. Default time – when clock runs to zero
  4. Accelerated pairing system for the first 2 rounds


As this is a FIDE Rated event, all participants are required to have a FIDE ID.

Register for FIDE ID:

Only Singaporeans/PRs can apply through Singapore Chess Federation

Event schedule:

Date Schedule
5 June Player Registration: 09.00 AM – 09.15 AM
Arbiter’s Briefing: 09.15 AM – 09.30 AM
Round 1: 09.30 AM – 01.30 PM

Lunch Break: 01.30 PM – 03.30 PM
Round 2: 03.30 PM – 07.30 PM
6 June Round 3: 09.30 AM – 01.30 PM
7 June Round 4: 09.30 AM – 01.30 PM
Lunch Break: 01.30 PM – 03.30 PM
Round 5: 03.30 PM – 07.30 PM
8 June Rest Day
9 June Round 6: 09.30 AM – 01.30 PM
10 June Round 7: 09.30 AM – 01.30 PM
Lunch Break: 01.30 PM – 03.30 PM
Round 8: 03.30 PM – 07.30 PM
11 June Round 9: 09.30 AM – 01.30 PM
Prize giving for the Blitz Open and Prof Lim Kok Ann International Open: 07.30 PM

All attendees are required to stay throughout the prize giving ceremony.

Tie Break:

  1. Direct encounter 
  2. Buchholz Cut 1 
  3. Buchholz 
  4. Sonnenborn Berger
  5. Cumulative system – Sum of Progressive Scores (Sum of Progressive Scores: After each round a player has a certain tournament score. These scores are added to determine the total Sum of Progressive Score)


  1. Recording is compulsory.
  2. Players shall have no right of claim in the case of a dispute if he/she does not keep a proper record of their games.


  1. Any dispute arising from a game shall be referred to the Section Arbiter or Chief Arbiter.
  2. Chief Arbiter’s decision shall be final.
  3. No correspondences will be entertained after the game.

Electronic Devices

  1. The use of mobile phones or ANY electronic devices is prohibited.
  2. All electronics will be switched off and kept in bags, and the bags will be stowed beneath the table during each round.
  3. Any ring or sound arising from such devices during the game shall be an immediate loss without appeal.
  4. Use of electronic devices and mobile phones are only allowed once players have exited the playing area.


  1. All players must be at their seats before the commencement of every round. Should a player arrive at their seat after a round has started, they will not be compensated for any time that may have elapsed from their clocks. 
  2. Only players are allowed within the playing area. Once players have completed their games, they are deemed as spectators and must leave the playing area.
  3. Non-players of the event (parents/accompanying persons/spectators, etc) are not allowed within the Playing Area.


Category Trophies Cash Prizes (SGD)
1st Yes $4000
2nd Yes $3000
3rd Yes $2500
4th $2000
5th $1500
6th $1000
7th $800
8th $600
9th $400
10th $200
1st Yes $2000
2nd Yes $1500
3rd Yes $1000
4th $800
5th $600
1st Yes $800
2nd Yes $600
3rd Yes $400
1st $150
2nd $100
3rd $50
1st $200
2nd $150
3rd $100
1st $250
2nd $200
3rd $150
1st $300
2nd $250
3rd $200
U16 Top 5
U14 Top 5
U12 Top 5
U10 Top 5
U8 Top 5

All participants are entitled to one prize only.

All Age Group Prizes are tentative and subject to change, depending on the demographic profile of the participants.