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Asian Continental Chess Championships 2015

The UAE Chess Federation and Al Ain Chess Club on behalf of Asian Chess Federation and FIDE, invite Federations to participate in the Asian Continental Chess Championships (Open and Women’s) from 1-13 August 2015 at the Hilton Hotel in Al Ain, UAE.

Each Federation from FIDE Zones 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6 and 3.7 can enter one official player in the Open and one official player in the Women’s Division.

In addition, each Federation may send extra players rated 2300 and above for the Open, and 2000 and above for Women based on the July 2015 FIDE Rating List.

Extra players will be responsible for the payment of their board and lodging through the Organizing Committee. Exceptions for the rating floor may be made by the Continental President on request of national federations.

The tournament shall be conducted as a Swiss System competition of 9 rounds and will be played according to FIDE regulations. Live games with computer analysis by the TCEC top engines Komodo, Stockfish, and Houdini, daily on Round 1 starts August 2nd and games are daily at 15:00 local time.

Hilton Hotel in Al Ain

Hilton Hotel in Al Ain

The time control is 90 minutes for the first 40 moves followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an addition of 30 seconds per move starting from move one. Players from the same federation with more than 50% score shall not be paired together in the last round.

Entry shall be submitted by the national federation in the attached registration form on or before 1st July 2015 together with payment of the entry fees. A digital ID photo and clear scanned Passport Copy of each player or accompanying person should be sent by email to the Organizing Committee.


Prize fund is $50,000 for the Open and $25,000 for Women’s as follows:

1st $11,000
2nd $9,000
3rd $7,000
4th $5,000
5th $3,000
6th $2,000
7th $1,000
8th $800
9th $700
10th-30th $500 each

1st $6,000
2nd $5,000
3rd $4,000
4th $3,000
5th $1,000
6th $900
7th $800
8th $700
9th $600
10th-11th $500
12th-16th $400

Cash prizes shall be shared according to the Hort System.

$12,000 in cash prizes for Rapid and Blitz, open and women: $1500, $1000 and $500

The top five (5) from the 2015 Asian (Open) Championship shall qualify for the 2015 World Cup. The 2015 Asian Women’s champion shall qualify for the Women’s World Championship.

If previous qualifiers are among the winners, the next in line in the Continental shall take the Continental qualification place to the World Cup / Women’s Championship.

In the Asian Individual Chess Championships, tie-breaks are organized only in the following cases:
– to establish the Champion;
– to establish qualifiers for the World Cup / Women’s World Championship

Tie break system to make ranking will be calculated in the following order:
a) Direct Encounter if tied players have all played each other;
b) More number of victories (forfeits counted);
c) The average rating of opponents except 1 highest and 1 lowest Opponent;
d) The Buchholz System Cut 1 (less 1 lowest);
e) The Median Buchholz System (less 1 highest and 1 lowest).

All Players are obliged to wear uniforms that represent their national federation and/or the national flag. Shorts and slippers, sun glasses, sport caps and revealing attire are not allowed. Award winners should follow the dress code at the closing ceremony.


Asian Chess Federation Secretary General: Mr. Hisham Al Taher,
Technical Delegate: IA Casto Abundo, mobile +971-50-3544938,
Finance: Dr. Essam Zenhum,
Visas: Mr. Moheb, mobile +971-56-4747391,
Live Broadcast: IA Mehrdad Pahlevanzadeh,
Reception and transport: Mr. Rafiq Thengil, mobile +971-50-9314161,
Hotel reservation: Mr. Ebraheem Alkadomi, +971-50-7337544

Download full regulations (PDF)

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