General Regulations

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European Chess Union
Slovak Chess Federation

NR klub



Vysoke Tatry, Slovakia

7th April – 20th April 2018



1. Organizers

Slovak Chess Federation and NR klub, under the auspices of European Chess Union.

2. Venue, Date & Schedule

The championship will be held in Vysoke Tatry, Slovakia from 7th of April (day of arrival) until 20th of April 2018 (day of departure). The venue of the tournament will be 4* Hotel Bellevue, which is located in the national park Vysoke Tatry.

Schedule of tournament is the following:

Saturday 7th of April   Arrival day
    17:00 Technical meeting
    19:00 Opening ceremony
Sunday 8th of April 15:00 1st round
Monday 9th of April 15:00 2nd round
Tuesday 10th of April 15:00 3rd round
Wednesday 11th of April 15:00 4th round
Thursday 12th of April 15:00 5th round
Friday 13th of April 15:00 6th round
Saturday 14th of April 15:00 7th round
Sunday 15th of April   Free day
Monday 16th of April 15:00 8th round
Tuesday 17th of April 15:00 9th round
Wednesday 18st of April 15:00 10th round
Thursday 19th of April 11:00 11th round
    20:00 Closing ceremony
Friday 20th of April   Departure day


3. Participation

The 19th European individual chess championship for women is open to all players representing the Chess Federations members of the European Chess Union, regardless of their title or rating. There is also no limit of participants per federation. However, only the National federations shall send the applications.

Players with FIDE ID registered in the Bulgarian Chess Federation can send the application of participation only individually, through the ECU secretariat ( and play under the FIDE or ECU flag.

By the registration each player confirms that she will participate in the 19th European Women’s Individual Chess Championship 2018, part of the World Championship Cycle and has acquainted herself with the applicable ECU Tournament Rules, FIDE Code of Ethics and ECU  &  FIDE  Anti-Cheating  Guidelines,  and  accept  the  conditions  relating  to  her participation as described in the General Regulations of the Championship.

4. System & Rate of Play

The championship is based on Swiss system in accordance with the ECU Tournament Rules and FIDE Rules of Chess. The playing time 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. Default time is 15 minutes after the start of each round. 

5. Ranking & 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) to (e) the extent required:

(a) Results of direct encounters between the tied players (If all the tied players have met each other, the sum of points from these encounters is used. The player with the highest score is ranked number 1 and so on. If some but not all have played each other, the player with a score that could not be equaled by any other player (if all such games had been played) is ranked number 1 and so on.),

(b) Buchholz Cut 1

(c) Buchholz

(d) The greater average ELO rating of the opponents

(e) The greater number of wins.

In the case of unplayed games, for the calculation of tiebreak criteria the current FIDE Tournament Rules shall be applied.

6. Qualifying & Prizes

The 19th  Individual European Chess Championship for women is qualification event for the next World Women Championship. According to the current FIDE regulations and the decision of the ECU Board, 14 players will qualify. FIDE (World Chess Federations) is the only responsible body for the qualification spots and any change in the qualification system.

Money prizes will be awarded as following:

Rank Prize (EUR)
1 11000
2 9000
3 7000
4 5000
5 4500
6 4000
7 3000
8 2700
9 2300
10 2000
11 1900
12 1800
13 1.700
14 1.600
15 1.500
16 1.400
17 1.300
18 1.200
19 1.100
20 1.000
Total 65000 euros


According to the agreement between ACP and O.C there will be 5 additional prizes (1000 Euro each prize, 5000 euros in total) for the 5 highest-placed ACP Premium Members, who did not win a higher prize in the EICC.

According to Article D.4.5 of the ECU Tournament Rules and regulations, the money prizes will be equally shared among the players with the same score. According to Article B. 14.1.1 of the ECU Tournament Rules, if one of the prize winners is absent during the closing ceremony, his money prize will be reduced by 20% with a minimum of 100 €. The prizes will be transferred into the award winning players' bank accounts no later than 15th of May 2018.

7. Arbiters & Appeals Committee

The name of the Chief Arbiter and Members of the Appeal Committee will be announced not later than February 1st, 2018.

8. Appeals Procedure

Protests against 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 200 €, as a deposit from the signatory. 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. 

9. Registration 

The  registration  fee  of  100  €  must  be  paid  by  all  players  before  1st  of  March  2018 (registration deadline) and includes: official accreditation, free transfer from Kocice Airport or Poprad Railway Station Railway Station, coffee, tea, water and sweets during rounds.

10. ECU fee 

In accordance with the ECU regulations, GM, IM, FM, WGM, WIM, and WFM are required to pay a fee of 65 EUR/person, while other players have to pay 130 EUR/person as the entry fee. ECU is invoicing only the National Chess federations for the participants.

According to the ECU regulations, the ECU fee shall be paid by the federations to ECU Bank account before or at the start of the competition. If the entry fee is not paid for a player until the end of 2nd round, this player will not be paired in subsequent rounds. The ECU fees must be paid to the account of the European Chess Union:

Bank: Credit Suisse, Postfach 357, CH - 6301 Zug
Account number: 1835105-42
Holder: European Chess Union
National Bank Code: 4835
IBAN Code: CH3604835183510542000

11. Lodging and Meals 

All players, guests and extra participants are invited to stay in the official 4* Hotel Bellevue, Vysoke Tatry, Slovakia. Accommodation price includes full board (3 meals), free Wi-Fi and access to gym and spa. Accommodation per person per day costs

Single Room 90 EUR
Double Room per person 65 EUR

Reservations and an amount of 30% for hotel accommodation (lodging and meals) must be made before 1st of March 2018(registration deadline). This amount is non-refundable. Full payment for hotel accommodation (lodging and meals) must be completed before 1st of April 2018.

12. Bank account for accommodation and registration 

Bank: VUB Bank
Bank Account IBAN: SK49 0200 0000 0035 8987 8855
Account Number: SK49 0200 0000 0035 8987 8855
Address: Namestie sv. Mikulasa 27, 06401 Stara Lubovna, Slovakia 

Sender should pay all bank commissions.

13. Additional  Regulations 

  • The ECU Dress code as in detail described in the ECU regulations, the Fide and ECU anti-cheating guidelines, Fide Code of Ethics and the ECU Fair Play Code are valid for all the European Championships.
  • Flashes may be used only in the first ten minutes of each round. Only the players and arbiters shall be allowed in the actual playing area, except with the express permission of the Chief Arbiter.
  • Awarded players will offer interviews and photo session for minimum 15 minutes after the last round and after closing ceremony.

14. Medical care

During the Tournament there will be Medical Services according to the ECU and FIDE Tournament Regulations.

15. Local Information

The standard voltage in Slovakia is 220 Volts.

The local currency is EURO.

16. Travel and Visas

Organizers provide free transfer at arrival and departure from/to:

Transfer can be provided and from Vienna International Airport (300 km) with an additional fee of 80 euros from and to Vienna airport on the arrival and departure dates.

Slovakia is a member of EU and Schengen area with no visa regime with most of the European countries. Organizers will provide easy visa procedure for representatives of countries that need Schengen visas.

17. Contact information

Tournament director:

Eva Repkova +421905977662, e-mail address: 

President of Slovak Chess Federation:

Ing. Frantisek Jablonicky +421917466628, e-mail address: