European Individual Chess Championship 2021 will take place from August 26th (1st round) – September 5th in Reykjavik, Iceland.
The Championship will be played according to the ECU Tournament Rules Swiss system of 11 rounds.
The European Individual Chess Championship 2021 is a qualifying event for the FIDE World Cup 2023 with 23 qualification spots.
The total prize fund is 100,000EUR, with 20.000EUR reserved for the Winner of the event. Besides the regular prizes, there will be special prizes for best junior players, best women players, best senior players and prizes for the 5 highest placed ACP Premium Members.
The event is open to all players representing the Chess Federations which are members of the European Chess Union, regardless of their title or rating. There is no limit to participants per federation. However, applications can only be sent by national federations.
Registration deadline is July 15th.. Prolongation of the registration deadline may be possible for some federations if a very special reason is presented as a justification for the delay.
The event will be held in a historic venue at Hotel Natura.
Hotel Natura has a rich history of chess events, hosting several previous editions of the Reykjavik Open. The hotel accommodated Bobby Fischer during the 1972 World Championship match, when he defeated Boris Spassky to become World Chess Champion.
Several other high-level chess events took place in Hotel Natura, such as the 1977 Spassky vs Hort Candidate match, and GMA World Cup in 1991.
The European Individual Championship 2021 will be played in 11 rounds, swiss system. The event used to be a qualification tournament for the World Chess Cup, but this year, the qualification spots will be decided at the European Hybrid Qualification Chess Tournament 2021. Simultaneously with the European Individual Chess Championship, the Natura Hotel will host Reykjavik Open 28 August- 3 September.