10th Asian Continental Individual Championship

1st to 11th May at the Hotel Pardisan, in Mashhad, Iran

The 10th Asian Continental Individual Championship and First Asian Individual Blitz Championship (Open and Women’s) are scheduled to take place from 1st to 11th May at the Hotel Pardisan, in Mashhad, Iran. Members of all FIDE Affiliated Chess Federations in Asia, Zones 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6 and 3.7 are eligible to take participation.

Harika Dronavalli (2524) from India and former World Champion Rustam Kasimdzhanov (2687) from Uzbekistan are top rated among the currently registered players.

Mashhad is the second largest city in Iran and one of the holiest cities in the Shia Muslim world.

It is located 850 kilometers (530 mi) east of Tehran, close to the borders of Afghanistan and Turkmenistan. Its population was 2,427,316 at the 2006 population census.

The city benefits from the proximity of the mountains, having cool winters, pleasant springs, mild summers, and beautiful autumns. It is only about 250 km (156 miles) from Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.


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1.1 Each Federation from FIDE Zones 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6 and 3.7 can enter one official player in the Open and one official player in the Women’s Division.

1.2 In addition, each Federation may send extra players rated 2300 and above for the Open, and 2000 and above for Women based on the March 2011 FIDE Rating List. Extra players will be responsible for the payment of their board and lodging at the official hotel. Exceptions for the rating floor may be made by the Continental President on request of national federations.


The tournament shall be conducted as a Swiss System competition of 9 or 11 rounds and will be played according to FIDE regulations. If the players are 64 or less, it will be organized in 9 rounds and if more than 64 it will be in 11 rounds.

The tournament will be played according to FIDE regulations. The time control is 90 minutes for the first 40 moves followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an addition of 30 seconds per move starting from move one. The games shall be played with DGT clocks. Pairings will be made by Swiss Manager Program
Draw offers are not allowed before Black’s 30th move.

The blitz competition will be organized in 11 round Swiss System for players under the same conditions as the main tournament. Time control will be 3 minutes and 2 second increment per move.

3. SCHEDULE for 9 rounds

May 1 Arrival

May 2 Players’ Meeting 11:00

Opening Ceremony 14:00

Rd. 1 15:00-20:00

May 3 Rd. 2 15:00-20:00

May 4 Rd. 3 15:00-20:00

May 5 Rd. 4 15:00-20:00

May 6 Rd. 5 15:00-20:00

May 7 Rd. 6 15:00-20:00

May 8 Rd. 7 15:00-20:00

May 9 Rd. 8 15:00-20:00

May 10 Rd. 9 09:00-14:00

Blitz Competition 16:00-20:00

Closing Ceremony 20:30

May 11 Departure

SCHEDULE for 11 rounds

May 1 Arrival

May 2 Players’ Meeting 11:00

Opening Ceremony 14:00

Rd. 1 15:00-20:00

May 3 Rd. 2 09:00-14:00

Rd. 3 16:00-21:00

May 4 Rd. 4 15:00-20:00

May 5 Rd. 5 09:00-14:00

Rd. 6 16:00-21:00

May 6 Rd. 7 15:00-20:00

May 7 Rd. 8 15:00-20:00

May 8 Rd. 9 15:00-20:00

May 9 Rd. 10 15:00-20:00

May 10 Rd. 11 09:00-14:00

Blitz Competition 16:00-20:00

Closing Ceremony 20:30

May 11 Departure


Entry shall be submitted by the national federation in the attached registration form on or before April 10, 2011 together with payment of the entry fees. Late entries will be accepted till April 20, 2011 with a late fee of US $50.

A digital ID photo and Passport Copy of each player or delegate should be sent by email to the Organizing Committee.


Each participant must pay US$100 to the organizers for accreditation, internal transportation and other local organizational expenses.


Upon registration, each player shall pay to the Asian Chess Federation through the National Chess Federation of the I.R.Iran the entry fee of $150 on account of the participants as outlined in the Asian Chess Federation Financial Regulations, i.e. extra players pay double, $300 entry fee.

Entries are not confirmed unless Registration and Entry fees are received by the National Chess Federation of the I.R.Iran before the deadline.


In accordance with FIDE Regulations, air travel expenses shall be borne by the participating Federations.


The official players from each National Federation will be provided with board & lodging from afternoon of May 1 till noon of May 11. Participants will be accommodated in twin-shared bedrooms (two persons per room).

Each extra player/accompanying person should pay for their accommodation, $70 per person per day for double or $90 per day for single, both with full board. All players and accompanying persons should stay at the official hotel. Players not residing in the official hotel will not be allowed to participate. Hotel payments for all extra players and accompanying persons should be made in advance to the Organizing Committee or latest upon arrival in Mashhad.


The prize fund is US$65,000. All cash prizes shall be shared equally among tied players.

1st – 6000

2nd – 5000

3rd – 4000

4th – 3000

5th – 2500

6th – 2200

7th – 2000

8th – 1700

9th – 1400

10th – 1300

11th – 1200

12th – 1100

13th – 1000

14th – 18th – 900

19th – 23rd – 800

24th – 28th – 700

29th – 32nd – 600


1st – 3000

2nd – 2000

3rd – 1500

4th – 1000

5th – 900

6th – 800

7th – 700

8th – 600

9th – 11th – 500

12th – 14th – 400

The top four (4) from the 2011 Asian (Open) Championship shall qualify for the 2011 World Cup. The 2011 Asian Women’s champions shall qualify for the 2012 Women’s World Championship.

If previous qualifiers, namely top 5 of last year’s Asian Individual Open 2010 or the champion of the Asian Women’s Individual 2010, Zonal qualifiers and players seeded by rating are among the qualifiers, the next in line in the Continental shall take the Continental qualification place to the World Cup/Championship.

Open Blitz Prizes

1st US$1,500

2nd 1,000

3rd 500

Women’s Blitz Prizes

1st US$1,000

2nd 600

3rd 400


The Chief Arbiter, his Deputy and Assistants will be appointed by the Asian Chess Federation President, Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifah Al Nahyan. Any matter not mentioned in these regulations shall be decided upon, if necessary, after consultation with the Asian Chess Federation.


An Appeals Committee shall be constituted before the beginning of the tournament as stipulated in the FIDE regulations. The deposit fee will be US$100 for each protest refundable if the protest is upheld.


In the Asian Individual Chess Championship tie-breaks are organized only in the following cases:

a) to establish the Champion; b) to establish qualifiers, for the World Chess Championship.

Tie break system to make ranking will be calculated by the following system:

- Direct Encounter if tied players have all played each other

- The average rating of opponents except 2 lowest Opponents.

- The Buchholz Cut1, then Cut2, then Median


Entry visa will be issued by the Iranian consulates in the respective countries. Participants from countries which do not have Iran consulates may contact the National Chess Federation of the I.R.Iran for assistance at least 45 days in advance.


All payments due to the Organizers on account of registration fee and hotel accommodation expenses must be paid in advance to the credit of National Chess Federation of the Iran with proof thereof (bank transfer certificate) must be sent along with the registration forms, or at latest upon arrival in Mashhad.


It is cool season in Mashhad in May and it’s between 20- 30 Centigrade.


To change the face of chess competition more as an Official Sport Event, all players should use the official Uniform or Shirts with Logo of their Federation, National Olympic Committee or at least their National Flag!


Iran Chess Federation

Hadi Karimi, Secretary General, Email:,

Mr. Mehrdad Pahlevanzadeh, Email:


Mobile: +971502141121/+989123100039

Asian Chess Federation


Tel: +971-3-7633387

Fax: +971-3-7633362

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