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10/2/2003 – The First European Internet Championship will be held from October 20 to November 09, 2003. The organizers are the European Chess Union and ChessBase. Any player who has the right to start for a national federation in Europe can take part. The prize fund for the finals is €6,000.00. All games are played on the playchess.com server. More...

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The First European Internet Championsship

Invitation and information

The games are played at blitz speed (five minutes, no increment). The tournament is divided into eight qualifiers, one candidates' tournament and one final. All qualifiers, the candidates and the final will be played on the playchess.com server.

Every player with the right to start for a national federation in Europe has the right to play in the qualifiers. The best players in the qualifier move on to the candidates' tournament. In addition to that, some more players have the right to play directly in the candidates:

  • Every grandmaster (man/woman);
  • Every player with a FIDE Elo of 2500 or better – as per July 31, 2003;
  • Every reigning World or European Champion, male or female, no matter of what age;
  • Two players per European federation, nominated by their federation.

In the final, the sixteen best players of the candidates will meet 16 players nominated by ECU and ChessBase. This final will be played for a prize fund of € 6,000.00.

  • Full information

  • In order to participate in this Internet tournament you can use Fritz 8 or any Fritz-compatible program (Shredder, Junior, Tiger, Hiarcs), or you can download a free trial client here.


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