Grandmasters Sofio Gvetadze (Georgia), Irene Kharisma Sukandar (Indonesia) and Iva Videnova (Bulgaria) are signed up to take part in the 2nd qualifying tournament of the FIDE World Online Women Blitz Championship 2015 that is taking place 9th July on the official FIDE Online Arena.
The 1st FIDE World Online Women Blitz Championship 2015 is a new attractive event in which players can participate from the comfort of their home, without costs associated with the airfares and hotels.
The first stage of the Championship will be completed over eight (8) qualifier tournaments, followed by a semifinal with 64 players, and a final tournament with 10 players.
The winner of the Championship will be awarded with the prestigious title of FIDE World Online Women Blitz Champion and a rich prize fund of 9000 USD will be distributed in the final tournament.
The schedule of the qualifier tournaments is as follows (Date | GMT/UTC time):
- June 18th, 2015 | 19:00 – won by former World Champion GM Alexandra Kosteniuk
- July 9th, 2015 | 13:00
- July 30th, 2015 | 7:00
- August 27th, 2015 | 19:00
- September 3rd, 2015 | 19:00
- September 10th, 2015 | 13:00
- September 17th, 2015 | 7:00
- September 24th, 2015 | 13:00
Eight (8) players advance from each qualifier tournament to the semifinal.
The qualifier tournaments are Swiss tournaments of 9 or 10 or 11 rounds depending on the number of participants. The final number of rounds shall be announced when registration for the specific qualifier is closed.
The time control of the qualifiers is 3 minutes for the whole game for each player plus 2 seconds increment starting from move 1.
The players who can participate in the Championship need to fulfil the following criteria:
- They must be full members of FIDE Online Arena, having purchased a Platinum membership.
- A membership upgrade is required for members who previously acquired the “FIDE membership” package.
- Players with FIDE title GM/WGM and IM/WIM are entitled of a free lifetime Platinum membership upon proof of their identity.
- An entry fee of 10 euros is required. Players who acquire the Platinum membership until June 30th, 2015 are excluded from paying the entry fee.
- Players with FIDE title GM/WGM and IM/WIM are excluded from the entry fee.
- Female players, who represent a National Chess Federation, can play in the Championship.
Prizes after tie breaks:
1st – 3000 USD
2nd – 2000 USD
3rd – 1000 USD
4th – 750 USD
5th – 550 USD
6th – 500 USD
7th – 400 USD
8th – 400 USD
9th – 200 USD
10th – 200 USD
The competition will take place on the official FIDE Arena Online platform. FIDE Online uses AceGuard, anti-cheating and security software of new generation. Based on advanced behavioral analysis and the activities of the players, AceGuard indicates deviations from proper procedures of play.
Make sure to read the FULL Regulations
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IA/A Anastasia Sorokina