URL for this form (Tournament Details): http://tinyurl.com/2024NSIRegulations


The Singapore Chess Federation invites all educational institutions in Singapore to participate in the 75th National School Individual Championship 2024 held from 16th to 17th March 2024 at Senja Cashew Community Centre.

This event is organized by the Singapore Chess Federation in collaboration with Community Sports Network @ Cashew and Senja-Cashew Community Club.

Senja Cashew Community Centre Multipurpose Hall 101 Bukit Panjang Rd, S679910
Date: 16-17 March 2024
Registration deadline: 24 Feb 2024, 1800hrs or once 1600 entries have been recorded. Late entries are subject to late fee penalty of additional $150 and space availability.

Eligibility: Participants must be registered under a school based in Singapore. This includes private and government institutions. Individuals in schools physically outside of Singapore are not eligible.

All Entries are to be registered through schools. Only School Officials can submit entries for the respective schools.

The only exceptions are provided for individuals studying in schools where chess is not an existing CCA. For such cases, participants can use the ‘NSI Individual’ form to register. Participants who register under this form acknowledge that they have sought permission from the school (either principal or club) in participating separately from the school team.

Registration forms:
For School Officials: http://tinyurl.com/NSI2024SchoolReg
For Individuals:

Dress code: All participants must be dressed in their school uniforms/sports attire/chess club attire with proper shoes on event days. Individuals who flout the dress code will not be allowed to participate in the tournament until the dress code has been rectified.

Conduct: All players/parents/teachers in charge are reminded that the tournament is held in public premises. Any misconduct/safety breaches will be highlighted to their respective school’s principal. SCF may also suspend/ban the player from subsequent events depending on the severity of misbehavior.

The NSI is a Qualifying Event that will allow eligible students to enroll into the National Junior Squads in SCF. More details can be found in the link below:

We will publish updated guidelines on new qualifications rules shortly. [Updated 17 Mar 2024]

All Categories will play simultaneously observing below schedule:



16 March 2024, Saturday

Arbiter’s Briefing: 945 hrs
Round 1: 1000 hrs

Round 2: 1130 hrs

Lunch: 1230 hrs (Lunch is not provided)

Round 3: 1330 hrs

Round 4: 1500 hrs

Round 5: 1630 hrs

17 March 2024, Sunday

Round 6: 1000 hrs

Round 7: 1130 hrs

Lunch: 1230 hrs (Lunch is not provided)

Round 8: 1330 hrs

Round 9: 1500 hrs

Prize Presentation: 1715 hrs (may be adjusted if rounds end later)

Note: Organizers reserve the right to amend schedule - In the interest of participants’ safety in view of mass participation in an enclosed space, organizers might consider adjusting the schedule to allow a more comfortable environment for all players. This will also alleviate other problems associated with large human masses such as traffic congestions and parking issues.

Final prize list and schedule will be announced one day after the closing date. We will endeavour to minimise disruption to the existing schedule.

Playing Venue (Added on 28 February) :

Senja Cashew CC: U14 and U16 Categories
101 Bukit Panjang Rd, Singapore 679910

Overseas Family School: U8, U10, U12 and U20 Categories
81 Pasir Ris Heights, Singapore 519292


  1. Participants must play in their categories based on age and gender (Participants can play in a higher age category, but not lower. Observe the following year of birth to determine which category you are eligible to play in):
  1. U8 Open/Girls : Born in, or after 2016
  2. U10 Open/Girls: Born in, or after 2014
  3. U12 Open/Girls: Born in, or after 2012
  4. U14 Open/Girls: Born in, or after 2010
  5. U16 Open/Girls: Born in, or after 2008
  6. U20 Open/Girls: Born in, or after 2004

  1. Participants MUST currently be studying in an educational institute physically located in Singapore.

Format and Time Control:

  1. 9 Rounds FIDE Rated Swiss System
  2. 15mins and 10 seconds increment from move 1
  3. Default time – when clock runs to zero

Fide ID

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

Register for FIDE ID: https://tinyurl.com/registerSGPFIDEID

Only Singaporeans/PRs can apply through the Singapore Chess Federation

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)

Submission of Results

  1. Upon the completion of a match, both players will call for the Sector Arbiter to verify the score. Players are advised not to reset the board until the score has been vetted. This will be done in the presence of both players, who will then sign on the results sheet once they verify the score written by the arbiter.
  2. It is the responsibility of both players to report the score of the game. If only one player is present after the game has ended, the arbiters will record the result based on present player’s word.
  3. In the event that neither players report their score, the arbiters will record the game as both players having zero points for that game.
  4. Where there is a walkover, this shall be indicated on the Result Sheet.


  1. Recording is not 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. Protests against decisions of the Chief Arbiter must be submitted in written form to the Tournament Director within 1 hour after the completion of the respective game. This will be accompanied with an Appeals fee of SGD 200. If the appeal is granted, the sum shall be returned immediately. If the appeal is refused, the sum may be forfeited to the Organizers.
  3. The Appeals Committee is not obliged to reach a decision by the end of the tournament.
  4. 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 observed light, sound or vibration emitted 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. Anyone caught using these devices in the playing venue, even after their game is over, may have their results overturned and issued a stern warning. Repeat offenders will be removed from the tournament.


  1. 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.
  2. Non-players of the event (parents/accompanying persons/spectators, etc) are not allowed within the playing area.


National - Top 10 in each category will be awarded trophies. 11 to 20th position will receive medals

Top 3 in the U20 and Champion of U16 will be invited to play in the National Rapid Chess Championships, with entry fees waived (Dates of National Rapid will be announced later)

Zone Prizes - Zone prizes will be awarded to schools located in the North, South, East and West Zones. The numbers of prizes shall only be announced when registration is closed. Zones may be combined if required in order to even out participation across categories. Zonals apply only for schools published in MOE’s School Zones: https://www.moe.gov.sg/about-us/organisation-structure/sd/school-clusters

Non-MOE - Top 5 from Non-MOE entities within each age category will receive medals (Non-Moe includes polytechnics, tertiaries, international schools, private institutions)

Zone Prizes Update [added on 17 Mar 2024]

– Players must score minimum of 3 points to be eligible for a zone medal

– U20 Girls revised to top 10 players in view of small playing group


Deadline: 23 February 2024, 1800 hrs or first 1600 entries. No late entries will be accepted as the SCF needs to finalise logistical arrangements by this date.

All Entries are to be registered through schools. Only School Officials can submit entries for the respective schools.

The only exceptions are provided for individuals studying in schools where chess is not an existing CCA. For such cases, participants can use the ‘NSI Individual’ form to register.

Registration forms:
For School Officials: http://tinyurl.com/NSI2024SchoolReg
For Individuals:

Registration Fees

  1. $60 per individual for local schools (including tertiaries) | $90 per individual for International Schools / Private Schools.
  2. PayNow to UEN S61SS0094A, with proof of payment submitted in registration form
  3. Cheque or
  4. IFAAS

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

Additional Information

  1. The waiting area outside the playing area is narrow and not well ventilated. Parents/Accompanying persons are requested not to block the pathways and advised to make arrangements to meet at level 1 or the nearby shopping centres

  1. Senja Cashew CC may offer rental rooms based on availability. SCF kindly urges the chess community to maintain a positive and respectful demeanor towards the CC staff.


Q: My school has a chess club CCA, but I am not in chess - can I still use the NSI Individual Form to submit my entry? A: Students are encouraged to go through the school for submission. Seek approval from the chess club.

Q: My school has a chess CCA, but is not participating / sending students for NSI - can I use the NSI Individual Form to submit my entry? A: Yes, please use the form for individual submission. Note that if the school does send players, refunds will not be issued for double entries. Players who use this form acknowledge that they have sought permission from the school to participate in this event.

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