Minsk ready for European Rapid & Blitz Championships 2015

MinskThe National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Belarus, the Ministry of Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Belarus and Belarus Chess Federation, under the auspices of the European Chess Union organize the European Rapid & Blitz Chess Championship 2015, from 17-21 December, 2015, in Minsk, Belarus.

The tournament venue will be Sports Palace,  Pr. Pobeditelei, 4, Minsk, Belarus.

The European Individual Blitz Chess Championship is held on 18th December, 2015. It will be played according to the Swiss system, in 11 paired rounds, with the time control 3 minutes game  + 2  seconds per move starting from the first move.

So far 127 players have registered, and the first seed is the defending champion GM David Navara (CZE 2806).

European Blitz Chess Championship list of participants

Total prize fund is EUR 10,300, with main prizes: EUR 7,650 and special prizes: EUR 2,650.

The European Individual Rapid Chess Championship is held on 19-21 December, 2015.

143 players have registered in Rapid Championship so far, and the top seed is GM Sergey Movsesian (ARM 2724). The defending champion is Jan-Krzysztof Duda.

European Rapid Chess Championship list of participants

Rapid Championship will be played according to the Swiss system, in 11 rounds, with the time control 15 minutes game  + 10 seconds per move starting from the first move.

Total prize fund is EUR 20,120, with main prizes: EUR 16,250 and special prizes: EUR 3,870.

Both Championships are open to all players representing Chess Federations which are ECU members (FIDE zones 1.1. to 1.10), regardless of their title and rating. There is no limit to the number of participants per federation.

Applications must be sent to the email address chessminsk2015@yandex.ru after 1 September 2015.
The registration deadline is 20 November 2015. The application shall state the player’s first name and surname, FIDE rating and birth date.

The Chief Arbiter is IA Andrzej Filipowicz (POL).

All the information are available on the official website of the championship: http://champ.openchess.by/en/

Office phone: + 375 17 328 63 37

Tournament Director: Nikolai Zarubitsky
E-mail: nik_zar@tut.by
Phone: + 375 29 713 61 62

Regulations can be found below or here

European Blitz 2015 (PDF)

European Rapid 2015 (PDF)

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