Romanian Kings Tournament celebrates national centenary

by ChessBase
11/7/2018 – The annual Kings Tournament which, since last year, is held "in memoriam Elisabeta Polihroniade" is now in its 12th Edition. This time the tournament takes place solely in Bucharest from November 19th-21st. It will be an all-Romanian tournament — including players from the Romanian diaspora — in celebration of the country's centenary — December 1st marks 100 years after Unification Day, a holiday born in 1990 but referring to the unification of the provinces which occurred in 1918 in the aftermath of the First World War.

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Nisipeanu and Bulmaga lead two round-robins

This year the organisers have assembled a field of Romanian players (including expats) in two groups (men and women) of four players:

GM Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu
GM Mircea Emilian Parligras
GM Andrei Istrachescu
GM Viorel Iordachescu

IM Irina Bulmaga
IM Alina l'Ami
WGM Iozefina Paulet
WGM Sabina Francesca Foisor

The tournament has moved between the capital Bucharest and the country's interior in Transylvania where players have competed in rural Bazna and the Romgaz oil and gas museum in the city of Medias.

For the centenary celebration, the capital Bucharest is the sole location, specifically the assembly hall at Politehnica University of Bucharest.

Format and time control

Double-round robin — 6 games, 15 minutes plus 10 seconds per move starting from move 1.

Quadruple-round robin — 12 games, 3 minutes plus 2 seconds per move starting from move 1.

Schedule of the event

There will be live commentary (in Romanian) by GM Dorian Rogozenco.

Elisabeta Polihroniade logo

Monday, November 19th

14:00 — drawing of lots
15:00 — Tournaments A, rapid chess rounds 1-3. 10-minute breaks between rounds.

Tuesday, November 20th

15:00 — Tournaments A, rapid chess round 4-6. 10-minute breaks between rounds.

Wednesday, November 21st

13:00 — Tournaments B, blitz chess 12 rounds. 5-minute breaks between rounds.

Drawing of lots and tiebreaks

Romanian chess federation logoFor the round-robin events, the following procedure will take place: the 4 players (in descending order, from highest rated to lowest rated) will draw the starting numbers. In the Blitz event, the players will maintain their order but will inverse the colors in comparison to the Rapid event. Through this system all players will play 9 rounds with the white pieces, and 9 rounds with the black pieces.

For each tournament (A and B) if two or more players finish with the same number of points, the placement in the final standings will be determined by application of the following tie-breaking procedures in sequence to the extent required:

  1. Results of the direct encounters between the tied players
  2. The greater number of wins
  3. Sonneborn-Berger tie-break

The chief arbiter is IA Faiq Gasanov, the Deputy arbiter is IA Radu-Cătălin Chirilă and the tournament director is Dan Gabăr.


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