Prize Money: Masters

1st £50,000; 2nd £25,000; 3rd £12,500;
4th £6,250; 5th £4,000; 6th £3,500;
7th £3,000; 8th £2,500;
9th £2,000; 10th £1,500

Best relative rating achievement:

2500 – 2599 £1,250
2400 – 2499 £1,000
2300 – 2399 £750 
2200 – 2299 £500 
1900 – 2199 £500

Ladies’ Awards

1st £6,000; 2nd £3,000; 3rd £1,500; 4th £1,250; 5th £1,000; 6th £500

Prizes (including the first prize) shall be shared where players have the same score.
No player can win more than one complete prize.

A player forfeits the right to a rating prize if they are absent for the last round.

Tie-break (for deciding who receives the award of a trophy):

In the event of two players tying for first place in the open (i.e. not applicable to the ladies' awards), the winner of the tournament (plus an extra £500 prize money) will be decided by a play-off on the evening of 1 October, after the completion of all round-9 games. The play-off will consist of two rapid games with a rate of play of 15 minutes plus 10 seconds a move, with colours to be determined by the toss of a coin. If the rapid match finishes equal then the winner will be determined by Armageddon with 5 minutes for White and 4 minutes for Black, Black having draw odds. A toss of a coin will determine colours.

In the event of three or more players tying for first place, the top two will be determined by tie-break, in the  following order of priority, and will enter the play-off described above:

  • The results between the players involved in the tie
  • Sum of progressive score
  • Sum of opponents’ scores (Buchholz)
  • Sonneborn-Berger
  • Number of won games

British Championship Qualifier:

The highest placed eligible player not already qualified shall qualify for the right to play in the 2018 British Championship, subject to ECF regulations.

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