Armenian Chess Federation under the auspices of the European Chess Union.
2. VENUE, DATE, SCHEDULE
The Championship will be held in Yerevan, Armenia from March 02 (day of arrival) until March 15 (day of departure). The tournament will be held at Elite Plaza Business Centre.
The European Individual Chess Championship is open to all players representing Chess Federations which comprise the European Chess Union (FIDE zones 1.1 to 1.10) regardless of their title or rating. There is also no limit in the number of participants per federation; however applications have to be sent by the national federations only.
The European Individual Championship 2014 is a qualification event for the next World Cup. According to FIDE regulations and the decision of the ECU Board, 23 players will qualify.
5. SYSTEM AND RATE OF PLAY
The championship will be organized in 11-round Swiss system in accordance with the ECU Tournament Rules and FIDE Laws of Chess.
The rate of play will be 90 minutes for 40 moves plus 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move, starting from move one.
6. TIE-BREAK SYSTEM
The order of players that finish with the same number of points shall be determined by application of the following tie-breaking procedures in sequence, proceeding from (a) to (b) to (c) to (d) the extent required:
(a) Average Rating cut-1, the highest number wins;
(b) Buchholz cut-1, the highest number wins;
(c) Buchholz, the highest number wins;
(d) Number of wins, the highest number wins.
In the case of unplayed games for the calculation of (a), (b) and (c) the current FIDE Tournament Rules shall be applied.
In the case there are less than 75% rated players, the following criteria will be applied:
(a) Buchholz cut-1, the highest number wins;
(b) Buchholz, the highest number wins;
(c) Number of wins, the highest number wins.
7. DRESS CODE
The ECU Rule related to dress code – Chapter B Article 13 – will be applied at this competition.
8. CHIEF ARBITER
Chief Arbiter – IA Ashot Vardapetyan (Armenia).
9. APPEALS COMMITTEE
Chairman – GM Smbat Lputian (Armenia), Members – GM Giorgi Giorgadze (Georgia), IA Gennadij Nesis (Russia).
10. APPEALS PROCEDURE
Protests against the decisions of the Chief Arbiter must be submitted in written form to the Chairman of the appeals committee within one hour after completion of the playing session.
The protest must be accompanied with the sum of 100 €, as a deposit from the signatory. The deposit must be handed to the Chairman of the appeals committee. If the appeal is granted, the sum shall be returned immediately. If the appeal is refused, the deposit is forfeited to the European Chess Union.
The appeal has to be lodged by the player. The decisions of the Appeals Committee are final.
The prize fund is 160 000 EUR
Entry form, sent by the organizers, should be filled in and resent to the e-mail or fax of the Armenian Chess Federation not later than January 30, only by the national federations. This date is the registration deadline. After that, federations will not be able to register or modify any registrations.
Armenian Chess Federation
13. ECU FEE
In accordance with the ECU regulations, GM, IM, FM (as well as WGM, WIM, WFM) are required to pay a fee in the amount of 65 €/person, while other players are obliged to make the payment of 130 €/person for the fee.
According to the ECU regulations (Art. B.9.5.1), the entry fee shall be paid by the federations to the ECU before or at the start of the competition. If the entry fee is not paid until the end of round 2, these participants will not be paired in subsequent rounds.
14. ORGANIZATION FEE
The organization fee is 90 EUR per player. Organization fee includes:
– transfer from/to the airport
– free of charge internet in the official hotels
– free of charge excursion for participants on the rest day
All organization fees have to be paid before the deadline for registration – January 30, 2014.
Accommodation will be provided on only breakfast or full board basis per person for the period 02-15.03 as follows: Hotels recommended by the organizer:
* Distance from the tournament hall
Please contact the organizer for all additional information about the hotels.
Reservations for accommodation will be confirmed only after all costs are paid to the bank account of Armenian Chess Federation.
Citizens of the below-mentioned countries don’t need visa to visit Armenia:
Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Georgia, UK, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine.
Citizens of other European countries can get Armenian entry visa upon their arrival at Yerevan airport.
17. ADDITIONAL REGULATIONS
Analyzing is not allowed in the playing hall.
During the game the players are not allowed to go to the analyzing room or to the press room.
Flashes may be used only in the first ten minutes of each round. Only players and arbiters shall be allowed to enter the actual playing area, except with the expressed permission of the Chief Arbiter.
Players are not allowed to enter the closed area of the top boards if they don’t play there themselves.
As long as the game is in progress, a player may talk only to an arbiter or with his opponent as permitted by the Laws of Chess.
In case of pre-arranged results the Chief Arbiter can decide that the result of the respective game is 0 – 0.
The English text of these Tournament Regulations is the authentic version.
18. MEDICAL CARE
During the rounds there will be Medical Services according to the FIDE Tournament Regulations.
19. TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR
Tournament Director – GM Smbat Lputian.