2021 African Online
Individual Chess Championships

Dates: January 25 – 29, 2021

USD $16.000 Prize Fund!

The African Chess Confederation (ACC) has the honour of inviting all African Federations affiliated to the World Chess Federation (FIDE) to participate in the 2021 African Online Individual Chess Championship (AOICC)



  1. 9 Round Swiss Tournament
  2. Time 25 min + 10 seconds per move
  3. Players are not permitted to offer a draw before making 30 moves
  4. Played in 5 divisions:
    i. Open
    ii. Womens
    iii. Seniors (Over 50)
    iv. Youth Under 20 Open
    v. Youth Under 20 Girls
  5. Age eligibility is based on player’s YEAR OF BIRTH (eg. U20 players must be born in 2001 or later)
  6. The deadline for registration is January 22, 2021.

Applications: The completed registration form must include the surname, first name, FIDE ID number, FIDE rating, and title. It must also include the telephone number and email address of players and the federation official in charge of registering the players. A digital scan of the passport/National ID and ID photo of each player must be sent by email to the African Chess Confederation Coordinator on Email address benard.wanjalaw@gmail.com with copies to accounts@tornelo.com.

Tournament Entry fee:  USD $60 per player

Payments: Proof of payment must be provided when registering with the Tornelo Platform.

If paying by credit-card you will be charged in Australian Dollars (the platform default currency) and the amount will display as USD $60 – which will be approx AUD $82.

Payment by Bank Transfer (or TransferWise) must be made by January 22, 2021 or the player will be removed from the event.

Account Number: 62789737396
Branch Name: Commercial
Branch Sort Code: 260001

REFERENCE: Please use a payment reference of Category followed by Last Name, First Name for example, for payment to the Open Category for Judy Polgar one would use reference: “OPEN_POLGARJUDY” or for Junior Open entry for Magnus Carlsen one would use “JOPEN_CARLSENMAGNUS”

Scanned copies of payment receipts must be e-mailed immediately to the African Chess Confederation Coordinator on benard.wanjalaw@gmail.com with a copy to accounts@tornelo.com.


DateActivityTime (EAT, GMT+3)
Friday, January 22, 2021Arbiters Meeting16:00
Saturday, January 23, 2021Technical players meeting16:00
Sunday, January 24, 2021Warm up event on Tornelo:
Enter now
Monday, January 25, 2021Opening Ceremony16:00
Round 116:30
Tuesday, January 26, 2021Round 216:00
Round 319:00
Wednesday, January 27, 2021Round 416:00
Round 519:00
Thursday, January 28, 2021Round 616:00
Round 719:00
Friday, January 29, 2021Round 816:00
Round 919:00
Sunday, January 31, 2021Closing Ceremony19:00

Fair Play Regulations

Players must follow all Fair Play regulations at all times.

Our objective is to build a community of players that trust one another. Any player receiving unfair assistance during a game will have all games in the event declared a loss (and opponent receive a win), will be removed from the event and their entry fee forfeit.

No appeals may be made on any Fair Play decisions, all such decisions are final.

  • Players must participate using their full, real name
  • Players must be visible on Zoom video camera feed at all times
  • Players must use screen-share
  • All games will be subject to statistical correlation analysis to verify fair play
  • Players must be willing to support arbtier ‘room checks’ and make themselves available for interviews at request

All results are provisional until the conclusion of Fair Play verification process.


  1. Winners will be awarded titles “2021 African Online Champion” for each category
  2. Top three places in each category receive Official Certificates of Merit
  3. This event will not be FIDE Rated and no titles can be awarded during online play

Players taking the first three places in each category will be awarded Gold, Silver and Bronze medals respectively.

 Main OpenWomenSeniorsU20 OpenU20 Girls
1st PrizeUSD $3000USD $2000USD $1000USD $400USD $300
2nd Prize$2000$1000$750$300$200
3rd Prize$1500$750$500$200$100
4th Prize$750$500
5th Prize$500$250
Prize for Juniors in U20 Open and U20 Girls will include economy class air ticket sponsorship to 2021 World Junior Chess Championships. Dates and venue to be advised.


In case of two or more players finishing with the same number of points, the final order of placement will be determined by application of the following tie-breaking procedures in sequence, proceeding from 1. to 5. to the extent required:

  1. Buchholz (sum of opponents’ scores)
  2. Progressive (sum of progressive scores)
  3. Direct encounter
  4. Number of wins, the highest number wins
  5. Number of wins with Black, the highest number wins

Appeals Committee

The Chairperson of the Appeals Committee for the 2021 African Online Individual Chess Championships was appointed by the ACC President.

The Appeals Committee will consist of 3 members:

Chairman: TBA
Member: TBA
Member: TBA

The two reserves will be chosen from among officials from the participating Federations.

Any appeal against a decision of the Chief Arbiter must be submitted to the Appeals Committee in written form to the Email address of the ACC Coordinator on benard.wanjalaw@gmail.com and in copy to jirina@tornelo.com, not later than 30 minutes after the end of the particular round and must be accompanied by a commitment to pay an amount of US$ 100, as a deposit. If the appeal is successful, the deposit will not be charged. If the appeal is rejected, the deposit will need to be paid.


This event is being managed by Tornelo under the direction of the African Chess Confederation.

All enquiries should be directed to:


Platform Arbiter: IA Jirina Prokopova

Chief Arbiter: TBA

Deputy Arbtier: TBA

Sector Arbiter: TBA