European hybrid qualification tournament for the FIDE World Cup

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3/26/2021 – The European Hybrid Qualification Tournament for the FIDE World Cup will take place on May 22-30 and will be played Online as a hybrid event. 36 players will qualify for the FIDE World Cup 2021. The event will be played under a knock-out system with matches consisting of 2 standard games plus tiebreaks if needed.

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The European Hybrid Qualification Tournament for the FIDE World Cup will take place on May 22-30 and will be played online as a hybrid event, through the Tornelo online platform.

36 players will qualify for the FIDE World Cup 2021.

The event will be played under a knock-out system with matches consisting of 2 standard games plus tiebreaks if needed.

  • 1st Round – Preliminary round
  • 2nd Round – 288 players knock-out 
  • 3rd Round – 144 players knock-out 
  • 4th Round – 72 players knock-out 
  • Tiebreaks for Prizes – 36-player Swiss tournament, 9 rounds with a time control of 10 minutes + 3 seconds of an increment.

The time control of the standard games will be 120 minutes for the whole game with an increment of 30 seconds per move, starting from move one. Tiebreak matches will consist of 2 games (with reversed colours) with a time control of 10 minutes + 3 seconds of an increment per move. If the score is still level after tiebreaks, the winner of the match will be decided in an Armageddon game.

European Chess Union

All the players compete from the approved tournament halls in their countries. The tournament halls shall be selected and installed by federations and local organizers. Each national federation may select up to 2 venues that will be approved by the European Chess Union. In exceptional cases, ECU may decide on more venues in one country.

Players may compete from another country venue after consultation between the nationals’ federations and ECU. In each playing venue, the necessary number of panoramic cameras shall be installed to ensure ample supervision. Additionally, each player shall be supervised by a camera (PC camera or panoramic).

In each playing venue, Zoom calls with screen sharing are mandatory. The event’s Chief Arbiter shall be provided with all Zoom recordings.

A detailed guide for the venues set up will be sent to National federations.

Each European national chess federation has the right to nominate players:

A. European Players rated 2550 and over (according to FIDE Standard rating list from 1st of April 2021)
B. 8 additional players if a national qualification event will take place
C. 5 additional players if a national qualification event will not take place

Each national federation shall appoint one captain/representative for the technical meeting and communication during the event.

By signing in the tournament, the national federation and participants confirm to have read and accepted the terms and conditions of this championship.

Registrations are made by the national federation by filling the special registration form and sending it to eocc@europechess.org. The players are registered and ranked by their FIDE standard rating. The tournament will not be FIDE rated.

The registration form can be downloaded here.

The registration deadline is Monday 10th May 2021.

The total prize fund for the event will be 32,000 euros. Money prizes cannot be shared, but will be distributed according to tiebreak criteria which is defined within the regulations of the event.

European Chess Union

The tournament is supported by the FIDE European Development Fund.

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