Batumi in the summer

5/13/2002 – The exotic, subtropical city south-west coast of Georgia is full of palms, cypresses, magnolias, oleanders, lemon and orange trees, for huge beds of flowers, sparkling fountains, tennis courts, lace-work buildings, holiday homes and lots of other attractive features. If you want to see it why not attend the 3rd European Individual Championship. More

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THE 3rd EUROPEAN INDIVIDUAL CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP

June 11 - June 27, 2002. Batumi, Georgia

Batumi is on the south-west coast of Georgia, directly on the Black Sea. The name of the city probably derives from the words "batis limen" meaning "a deep haven" in Ancient Greek.


Click on the map to find out everything about Batumi and Georgia.
Unfortunately the web site is very slow. The following, on the other
hand, is fast, but it is the wrong Georgia!

Batumi is an exotic-looking subtropical city. Palms, cypresses, magnolias, oleanders, lemon and orange trees, thuja and box trees grow flowering and fragnant in the parks, the alleys of the famous Primorsky Boulevard and on the streets. Add to these huge beds of flowers, in bloom all the year round, sparkling fountains in gardens and squares, tennis courts, lace-work buildings of sanatoria, boarding houses and holiday homes, and you have the picture of present-day Batumi.

You can find out much more about Batumi and the country of Georgia here. Unfortunately the web site is very slow. This one, on the other hand, is fast, but it is the wrong Georgia!

TOURNAMENT REGULATIONS

1.Organizers:

· European Chess Union
· Georgian Chess Federation
· Black See Chess Association
· Government of Autonomous Republic of Ajara
· Municipality of Batumi-city.

Contact: Georgian Chess Federation:
380009 Kostava str. 37a Tbilisi, Georgia
Tel: + 995 32 99 84 00 (office), + 995 32 23 36 08 (home)
Fax: + 995 32 987 053
Mobile: + 995 99 55 99 89 (English & Russian) or + 995 77 472 472 (English)
or + 995 77 44 27 27 (Russian)
E-mail: azik@access.sannet.ge
Http: www.chess.batumi.net (Available from 15th of May)

2. Participation:

According to the 2001 ECU Regulations, all players from the federations in Zones 1.1 to 1.9 are entitled to participate. Nominations have to be submitted by the National chess federations only.

3. Venue, date, schedule:

The Championship will be held from June 11th (arrival) to June 27th (departure), 2002 in Batumi-city Chess palace. Memed Abashidze memorial and Blitz- Tournament "Agordzineba" will be held from June 28th to July 1

SCHEDULE:

11.06 Arrival of participants
11.06 at 20.00 Opening ceremony
11.06 at 22.00 Technical Meeting
12.06 at 15.00 1st round
13.06 at 15.00 2nd round
14.06 at 15.00 3rd round
15.06 at 15.00 4th round
16.06 at 15.00 5th round
17.06 at 15.00 6th round
18.06 at 15.00 7th round
19.06 free day
20.06 at 15.00 8th round
21.06 at 15.00 9th round
22.06 at 15.00 10th round
23.06 at 15.00 11th round
24.06 at 15.00 12th round
25.06 free day
26.06 at 15.00 13th round
27.06 at 11.00 tie - break
27.06 at 19.00 Closing ceremony and departure
28.06 at 11.00 Registration of participants
Memed Abashidze memorial
28.06 14.00 - 20.00 1- 4 round
29.06 11.00 - 18.30 5 - 9 round
29.06 20.00 Closing ceremony
30.06 at 11.00 Registration of participants blitz
Tournament "Agordzineba"
30.06 13.00 - 18.00 1 - 11 round
30.06 at 19.30 Closing ceremony
01.07 Departure

4. Referees:

The Chief Arbiter of the tournament: Dr. Dirk De Ridder (Belgium).

5. Appeal Committee:

Chairman will be Mr. Boris Kutin. The members will be announced later

6. System and rate of play:

  • The European Championship shall be played in 13 rounds of the Swiss system in accordance with the FIDE and ECU Regulations and the 2000 FIDE Rules of Play.
  • The playing session shall be approximately 4 hours. The new time control shall be: 90 minutes for the whole game with an incremental time of 30 seconds per move from move 1. (DGT chess clocks will be used

7. Tie-breaks:

The order of players is determined according to the numbers of points obtained. The tiebreaks are limited to the following cases:

  • To establish the Champion.
  • To establish the medal winners.
  • To establish the players, qualified for the World Championship

8. System of the tie-breaks:

Additional two games match (the knock-out system) with 15 minutes on the clock and the addition of 10 seconds before each move. If this match is again drawn, then - two five minutes games plus two 2 seconds per move. If this match is again drawn, then the sudden death game shall be played with White having 5 minutes on the clock and Black 4 minutes. White has to win the game to win the match.

9. Participants and players qualifying for the 2003/2004 World Chess Championship:

  • The European Championship is open to all players representing ECU member Federation (zones 1.1 - 1.9) regardless of their title or rating. Applications have to be sent by National federations only.
  • The European Championship is a preliminary qualification event for the 2003/2004 World Chess Championship. According to the decision of ECU, board In Aosta 2002 first five players will qualify for the WCC.

10. Applications, Registration:

The National federations are kindly requested to fill in and return the enclosed Application Form 1 (Players - Nominal conformation) to the organizers soonest as possible but not later than May 5, 2002. The National federations are kindly requested to fill in and return the enclosed Application Form 2 and Application Form 3 (Players and Accompanying person's hotel reservation and transport) to the organizers soonest as possible but not later than May 20, 2002

11. Fees:

The FIDE fee of 100 CHF Swiss francs (per player) - Every National Federation has to pay this fee directly to FIDE per player.

  • Entry fee for Memed Abashidze memorial per player: 30 lari
  • Entry fee for Blitz-Tournament per player: 15 lari

12. Accommodation and board:

The Organizers offer accommodation possibilities at different hotels in Batumi-city. The participants, coaches and visitors may choose among the following hotels:

  • Oasis - **** 50$ per person 37$ per person. If alone 57$. 65$ per person (hi category) 30 (hi cat. suites) 24 suites, and 16 single rooms
  • L. Bakuri - *** 35$ per person 48$ per person 65$ per person 4 suites, 4 double and 16 single rooms
  • Intourist - *** 27$ per person 47$ per person 37$ per person 57$ per person 24 Suites and 30 other rooms
  • Boni - *** 35$ per person 43$ per person 8 suites and 20 other rooms
  • Batumi - *** 27$ per person 35$ per person 52 per person 10 suites and 16 other rooms
  • Sputnik- ** 25$ per person 25 rooms

The indicated prices are per person per day, including full board accommodation / VAT, insurance, service tax included, three meals per day offering rich and various Georgian and European meals /. The number of double rooms is limited for the National federations. According to the ECU decision, all the participants have to accommodate at the hotels offered by the hosts. The hosts will bear the expenses of the Winners previous championship in Ohrid: Emil Sutovsky (2001 Champion), Ruslan Ponomarev (II place) and Zurab Azmaiparashvili (III place) on a basis of full board accommodation in a single room. There will be free transportation from hotels to playing hall and back.

11. Transportation:

a) There are regular flights from several European cities' to Tbilisi: Moscow daily flights, Frankfurt 3 times weekly, Vienna 3 x, London 2 x, Istanbul 3 x, Prague 2x, Athens 1 x, Tel-Aviv 1 x (each per week).

b) There are regular flights to Batumi: Moscow 2 x per week, Istanbul 1 x by week (Tuesday). Note: 11th of June there is a flight from Istanbul to Batumi at 12.20. And if you would like to fly by this way please inform us and we will book the tickets for you. Return flight from Batumi to Istanbul is 2nd of July. The price of round trip ticket will be approximately 220USD.

12. Local transport:

We offer the following fees for bus transfer (round trip):

  • Tbilisi - Batumu - Tbilisi 50 US$
  • Trabzon - Batumu - Trabzon 50 US$
  • Batumi Airport/Station - Hotels - Batumi Airport/Station free

13. Weather conditions:

Weather is quite pleasant for relaxation and sunbathing at this period of the year.

14. Electricity:

The standard voltage in Georgia is 220 Volts.

10. Prizes:

a) Prizes for European Individual Championship: Prize fund will be 50.000USD (the first prize 10.000 USD). According to the agreement between Georgian chess federation, Black See Chess Association and ECU, 15% will be deducted from the prizes.

Prize fund - US $50,000 Place Prize in US$
1 $10,000
2 $7,000
3 $5,000
4 $4,000
5 $3,000
6 $2,500
7 $2,000
8 $1,800
9 $1,650
10 $1,500
11 $1,250
12 $1,000
13 $900
14 $850
15 $800
16 $750
17 $700
18 $650
19 $600
20 $550
21 $500
22 $450
23 $400
24 $400
25 $350
26 $350
27 $300
28 $300
29 $250
30 $200
Total US$50,000

b) Prizes for Memed Abashidze memorial: Prize fund will be approximately 13.800 LARY (1st prize 2500 Lary and woman's 1st prize 800 lary). 10% will be deducted from the prizes.

Prize fund - Lari 13 800 Place Man's prizes Woman's prizes
1 2 500 800
2 2 000 600
3 1 500 400
4 1 250 300
5 1 000 200
6 750
7 500
8 400
9 350
10 300
11 250
12 200
13 200
14 150
15 150
Total 11 600 Lary 2 300 Lary

c) Prizes for Blitz-Tournament "Agordzineba": Prize fund will be approximately
6 150 Lary (1st prize 1000 Lary and woman's 1st prize 500 Lary). 10% will be deducted from the prizes.


Prize fund - Geo Lari 6150 Place Man's prizes Woman's prizes
1 1,000 500
2 800 300
3 700 250
4 600 200
5 500 100
6 400
7 300
8 200
9 150
10 150
Total 4 800 Lary 1350 Lary

Note: For 25.03.2002 1.00USD is 2.20 Lary

President of GCF & BSCA Zurab Azmaiparashvili

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