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European Senior Chess Championship 2018

YpsilonThe European Senior Chess Championship will be held in Drammen, Norway from August 3 (day of arrival) until August 13 (day of departure) 2018. The tournament will be held in Scandic Ambassadeur, a traditional hotel along the Drammen river, next to the Drammen Fjord, and within short distance of Oslo. This hotel is only 50 meters from the train station with great connection possibilities to Oslo and Oslo Airport.

Date Day Time Program
August 3 Friday Arrival
August 3 Friday 14.00-20.00 Registration
August 4 Saturday 09.00-14.00 Registration
10.00 Players Meeting
14.30 Opening Ceremony
15.00 Round 1
August 5 Sunday 15.00 Round 2
August 6 Monday 15.00 Round 3
August 7 Tuesday 15.00 Round 4
August 8 Wednesday 15.00 Round 5
August 9 Thursday 15.00 Round 6
August 10 Friday 15.00 Round 7
August 11 Saturday 15.00 Round 8
August 12 Sunday 15.00 Round 9
20.00 Closing Ceremony
August 13 Monday Departure


The European Senior Chess Championship is open to all players representing ECU Chess Federations which comprise European Chess Union (FIDE zones 1.1 to 1.10) who have been born in the year 1968 or earlier, regardless of their title or rating. There is also no limit in the number of participants per federation. Applications have to be sent by the National federations or to be approved by the National federations.

In accordance with the ECU tournament rule the Championship will be played in two categories: one for those who shall have reached the age of 50 (category SENIOR 50+), and one for those who shall have reached the age of 65 (category SENIOR 65+).
Players who have reached the age of 65 by the 31st December 2018 are allowed to participate in the category SENIOR 50+ if they request it. In each age category an Open and a Women’s competition is organized. There is also no limit of participants per federation.

System and 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 1.
Women tournament will be played separately. If in total the women participants are less than nine they will play in the Open tournaments with separate prizes.

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