2022 BUCA Championship

Registration Form


The 2022 British Universities Championship will be a Team Swiss competition. The scoring will be on Matchpoints (2 for a match win, 1 for a match draw). The tie-breaks will be: (a) Olympiad Sonneborn-Berger (Khanty-Mansiysk) Cut 1, (b) Gamepoints, (c) Sum of Opponents Matchpoints Cut 1. A pairing-allocated bye will be worth 1 matchpoint and 2 gamepoints. The tournament will be paired to the Olympiad team pairing rules.


Entry is restricted to teams from higher education institutes (HEI) in the United Kingdom, Ireland and Crown Dependencies. Players can only represent a HEI that they are currently a member of, and at which they are progressing towards an academic qualification.


The tournament will be played on Saturday, 5th March.

Technical Meeting 19:00 (28th Feb)
Round 1 11:00
Round 2 12:00
Round 3 13:00
Round 4 13:50
Round 5 14:40
Round 6 15:30
Round 7 16:20
Round 8 17:10
Round 9 18:00

It is mandatory for captains to attend the Technical Meeting. The Chief Arbiter reserves the right to not pair any team whose captain fails to attend the Technical Meeting.

Squad & Team Composition

Each team must name one team captain, who will be an adult, who will be responsible for team selection in each round.

Each squad may contain 4 or 5 players in it, which must be listed in a fixed board order. For each individual match, the team captain may select any 4 of those players to play in it, but they must play in accordance with the fixed board order.

The team composition for each round must be submitted via Chess-Results.com at least 10 minutes before the scheduled start of the next round. Organisers will provide team captains with a password to do this. A team that fails to submit a team for any given round will have the team submitted without reserves - not the team that was selected in the previous round.

The organiser reserves the right to decline a player registration without giving a reason.

There is no limit to the number of squads a University can enter; however, the same player may not be listed in more than one squad.

Entry Fee

BUCA Membership £0; Entry Fee £20 per team

These fees are payable before the technical meeting to the following details:

 Sort Code: 60-05-16

 Account Number: 24412856

Playing the Games

Before the scheduled start time for each round, players should be logged in to chess.com/live

Once any fair play checks have been conducted by the arbiter, and we are passed the scheduled start time, the arbiter(s) will automatically start your games for you.

The time limit is all moves in 10 minutes, plus 5 seconds per move. The expected maximum duration of each game is 30 minutes, but they may take longer in the case of a long game. A player who is not present, and whose game is not started within 10 minutes of the actual start time for their round will lose their game by default.

Technical Requirements

The following technical requirements are required:

Rules of Conduct and Fair Play

Fair Play Policy

Games will be submitted to Professor Regan for screening, and notwithstanding the measures outlined above, in cases where there is agreement between Chess.com and the Chief Arbiter based on the results of Professor Regan’s tests, results of players found to have used assistance will be overturned. Teams should allow up to 72 hours after the conclusion of the tournament for these fair play checks to be complete. BUCA will announce when the results are final.

Other Fair Play Issues

Players whose declared accounts have been closed by Chess.com before the tournament, or are closed mid-tournament, will not be permitted to play in the rest of the tournament. Username changes for players are not permitted once the teamlist has been submitted by the captain.

In advance of the tournament, players should go to chess.com/settings and put their real names in the “First name” and “Surname” fields, for example:

Profile Settings

Note: Do not change your username! A player’s username can be whatever you want it to be, but changing it will delay the start of the tournament.


It is a player’s responsibility to connect to Chess.com. This means that the connection has to reach Chess.com; proof of your upload speed does not imply that the messages being sent by you are reaching Chess.com. In the event Chess.com being at fault for the disconnection (e.g. a server restart), the Chief Arbiter reserves the right to take any action deemed fair in his or her opinion, which includes but is not restricted to:


During the event, a captains WhatsApp group will be set up to aid with communication with the Chief Arbiter, rather than just their Zoom arbiter. It is recommended that the captain joins this WhatsApp group. In addition, to avoid using a mobile phone during play, it is strongly recommended that the captain accesses WhatsApp via web.whatsapp.com.

Appendix – System of Sanctions

Cards awarded in a Game

The following offences may result in a player receiving a first and final warning before receiving a card:

The following offences may result in a player receiving a yellow card:

The following offences may result in the player receiving a red card:

Bans and Disqualification

A player will be banned for their next round if they receive either:

Any serious offence may result in disqualification from the whole tournament, at the discretion of the Chief Arbiter.