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Women’s World Rapid and Blitz Championship 2012

The Women’s World Rapid and Blitz Championship 2012 will be held from 30th May to 6th June at the Sheraton Hotel, Batumi, Georgia.

The event is organized and conducted by the ACP and the Georgian Chess Federation and approved by FIDE.

Rapid Swiss, 11 rounds
Blitz Swiss, 15 rounds

Time control
Rapid 25 min + 10 seconds
Blitz 4 min + 2 seconds

FIDE Rules for Rapid Chess and FIDE Rules for blitz are applied.
Zero tolerance rule will not be applied.
The game is lost by the player who arrives at the chessboard after her flag has fallen.

Right of participation

Every female player with the Elo of 2500+ in one of the official FIDE rating lists as well as all former World Champions and Olympic Champions have the personal right to participate in the Championship.

Besides, every national federation can nominate one player for participation in the Championship. In addition, up to five more players can be nominated from the same federation, provided they have Elo of 2300+ in one of the official FIDE rating lists in 2012.

Georgian Chess Federation will get three additional wild cards as a host of the event.


30 May – Arrival, Opening Ceremony, Technical meeting.
31 May – Rapid (rounds 1-3) 15:00, 17:00, 19:00
1 June – Rapid (rounds 4-6) 15:00, 17:00, 19:00
2 June – Rapid (rounds 7-9) 15:00, 17:00, 19:00
3 June – Rapid (rounds 10-11) 15:00, 17:00
4 June – Blitz (rounds 1-8) 15:00, 15:30, 16:00, etc…
5 June – Blitz (rounds 9-15), 15:00, 15:30, 16:00, etc… Closing Ceremony.
6 June – Departure


The total prize fund of the two events of 100.000 (one hundred thousand) USD is distributed as follows:

1st place 12000 USD
2nd place 9000 USD
3rd place 7000 USD
4th place 6000 USD
5th place 5000 USD
6th place 4000 USD
7th – 8th place 3000 USD each
9th – 10th place 2000 USD each
11th – 12th place 1500 USD each
13th – 15th place 1000 USD each

1st place 10000 USD
2nd place 7000 USD
3rd place 5000 USD
4th place 4000 USD
5th place 3000 USD
6th place 2000 USD
7th – 10th place 1500 USD each
11th – 13th place 1000 USD each
14th – 15th place 500 USD each

In case of a tie, all prizes will be split equally, except for the first prize.
In case of a tie for the first place, the tie-break will be played among the two players with the highest Median Buchholz.
The details of the tie-break match will be announced at the technical meeting.
In case of a tie for the second and third places, the medals will be awarded based on the Median Buchholz.

The winners of the Championships will be declared Women’s World Rapid Champion-2012 and Women’s World Blitz Champion-2012 respectively.


All the players who have a personal right of participation will be provided with the full board accommodation in the Sheraton Hotel, Batumi.

All other participants are free to choose from the variety of the hotels in Batumi.
The organizers will offer a special price for the official hotel(s).

The information will be published on the official website

Confirmation of participation

All the participants should confirm their participation not later than May 1st, 2012.
Late registration might be approved only by the special decision of the organizing committee.

Contact information

Director of the Championship, George Giorgadze,

Technical director, Akaki Iashvili, / tel: +995577414121

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