About the Championship

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The participants of the Individual Championship (Individuella Mästerskapet, IM) will be divided into 5 Classes based on their rating: Class A, B, C, D and E. The highest ranked players will be placed in Class A, and the lowest ranked players in Class E. In future coming Championships, the newcoming players will be seeded to a Class (as described down), and the players who has played in earlier IM:s will play in their hard earned Classes. Those who come 1st and 2nd in respective Group will for the next Championship advance up a Class, and those two coming last will descend a Class. Additionally, the best placed players in the Group-play will fight in a Semi-final for the title of "klassmästare" (Class Master).

Those who hasn't participated in earlier IM:s and therefore doesn't belong to a Class, will be seeded accordingly:

Earlier, this was the seeding: (THIS IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT)

Class A ..........rating 2700 and up

Class B..........rating 2400 - 2699

Class C..........rating 2200 - 2399

Class D..........rating 2000 - 2199

Class E..........rating up to 1999

As of IM 9 2017 the seeding was altered to:

Class A..........rating 3000 and up

Class B..........rating 2700 - 2999

Class C..........rating 2400 - 2699

Class D..........rating 2100 - 2399

Class E..........rating up to 2099

If you want to see in which Class you currently are, click on this link: Klasstillhörighet i Individuella mästerskapet

To view the Class winners and the IM Masters over the years, click on this link: IM-MÄSTARNA

Many thanks goes to Vilhelm och Asvo, who layed the foundation to this Championship. Without their hard work, we would'nt be able to carry out this great happening. Thank You!!

Below follows the conditions for participation and a brief description of the championship tournament process:

(1) To participate you must have played a minimum of 20 chess games at sO.

(2) All means of chess assistance are allowed, including chess engines.

(3) All games are rated. The time limitations are set for 30 days for each player to end the game (if both players uses this to a maximum, the total time consumed for the whole game thus will be slightly less than 60 days).


When the registration time has expired all the players are divided in 5 classes according to their rating from A to E. Class A will include the highest rated and class E the lowest.


Each class is divided into groups of 9 players each, with an even rating spread between the groups. (This is optimal - the number of players decides if corrections will be necessary). Here the first round is played - the participants within each group all play each other..


The two most successful players within each group advances to the group semi finals. In this second round these players are divided into groups within their class with an even average rating spread where all meet each other and the best advances in a fashion similar of that in step 1. In addition, all those who have come in first and second places in their groups in step one are promoted to the next class in the next championship, while those who have come in eighth and ninth places will play the next championship in the class below the one they played in this one.


The highest placed in the semi group finals meet each other in the final of their class and the winners become class champions. The winner of class A will be appointed as the sO Championship Master!

Throughout the championship the same rules for a system of distinction will be used when two or more players have scored the same individual points within a group:

1) Result of the game(s) between the players in question

2) Best result versus the other players in the group in the order where they are placed

3) The highest number of games won

4) The player playing the black pieces in the game(s) mentioned in (1)

5) If everything else fails, it boils down to the lottery.

Exactly how long the Championship will take from start to finish is impossible to say, but the duration of each step will not exceed 2 months. No class will begin step 2 before all the other classes have finished step 1, the same goes for step 2 in comparison to step 3.

Finally, bear in mind that your registration is irrevocable, so you should not register if you don't have the time to participate

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