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European Individual Chess Championship Plovdiv 2008

all info about the EICC chess competition in Plovdiv

The European Individual Chess Championship starts in a week in Plovdiv. Close to 500 players will participate in one of the major competitions in Europe for 2008. In the men section there are 332 participants with GM Sergey Movsesian as a top seeded. In the women section GM Pia Cramling is leading the list of 165 players.

Russia is the most represented country with more than 70 players. The hosts from Bulgaria have 45 players, and third is Greece with 41 players.

Chessdom.com will not be official media partner of the event as our website has agreement with the Games festival that takes place during the same period. However, you may expect frequent updates as more than 20 contributors of Chessdom will be in Plovdiv and will send interesting info, photos, videos, and reports.

Opening ceremony of EICC Plovdiv 2008

The opening ceremony of EICC Plovdiv 2008 will be this Sunday, April 20, at 17:00 CET. The championship will be opened by the Prime Minister of Bulgaria, Mr. Sergey Stanishev. Games will start the next day. Here is the full schedule

20.04 at 17.00 CET Opening ceremony

20.04 at 21.00 CET Technical Meeting

21.04 at 13.30 CET 1st round

22.04 at 13.30 CET 2nd round

23.04 at 13.30 CET 3rd round

24.04 at 13.30 CET 4th round

25.04 at 13.30 CET 5th round

26.04 at 13.30 CET 6th round

27.04 at 13.30 CET 7th round

28.04 CET rest day

29.04 at 13.30 CET 8th round

30.04 at 13.30 CET 9th round

01.05 at 13.30 CET 10th round

02.05 at 13.30 CET 11th round

02.05 at 23.00 CET Technical meeting for tie-breaks

03.05 at 09.00 CET Tie-breaks

03.05 at 20.00 CET Closing Ceremony

04.05 CET Departures

Prize fund of the EICC in Plovdiv

The prize fund is 140 000 EUR

Men: 100 000 EUR

Women: 40 000 EUR

Main Prizes

Rank / Men: 92 200 EUR

1 15 000

2 10 000

3 8 000

4 6 500

5 5 500

6 5 000

7 4 500

8 4 000

9 3 500

10 3 200

11 3 000

12 2 800

13 2 500

14 2 200

15 2 000

16 1 900

17 1 800

18 1 700

19 1 600

20 1 500

21 1 400

22 1 300

23 1 200

24 1 100

25 1 000

Rank / Women: 34 500 EUR

1 6 000

2 5 000

3 4 000

4 3 000

5 2 000

6 1 900

7 1 800

8 1 700

9 1 600

10 1 500

11 1 400

12 1 300

13 1 200

14 1 100

15 1 000

Special prizes (Performance minus Rating)

Rank / Men: 7 800 EUR

1 1 000

2 900

3 800

4 700

5 650

6 600

7 550

8 500

9 450

10 400

11 300

12 280

13 250

14 220

15 200

Rank / Women: 5 500 EUR

1 1 000

2 900

3 800

4 700

5 600

6 500

7 400

8 300

9 200

10 100

More about the EICC in Plovdiv

The championship will be 11 rounds, played in the Swiss system in accordance with the ECU Tournament Rules and FIDE Laws of Chess.
The playing time will be 90 minutes for 40 moves plus 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move, starting from move one.

The order of players that finish with the same number of points shall be determined by application of the following tie-breaking procedures in sequence, proceeding from (a) to (b) to (c) to (d) to the extent required:

a) Median-Buchholz 1, the highest number wins;

b) Buchholz, the highest number wins;

c) Number of wins, the highest number wins;

d) Progressive Score, the highest number wins.

In the case of unplayed games for the calculation of (a) and (b) the current FIDE tournament rules shall be applied: „Independently of the result of an unplayed game (win by Bye, win or loss by forfeit, no game because the player has withdrawn or was absent for some round(s)) for reasons of tie-break the result shall be counted as a Draw against the player himself.“

In the European Individual Chess Championship and European Individual Women’s Chess Championship tie-breaks are organized only in the following cases:

a) to establish the Champion;

b) to establish the medal winners;

c) to establish qualifiers, for the World Chess Championship.

In the case of a) and b) the relevant tie-break matches will decide the final ranking and the money prizes connected with these places.
In the case of c), the relevant tie-break matches will not influence the final ranking and the money prizes will be shared equally.

System of the Tie-break matches:

Additional matches of two games will be played with 15 minutes on the clock and addition of 10 seconds before each move.
If this match is drawn again, then two games will be played with five minutes plus two seconds per move.
If this match is again drawn, then the sudden-death game will be played with white having 5 minutes on the clock and black having 4 minutes, without any addition. White has to win the sudden-death game in order to win the match.
In case that more than three tie-break rounds have to be played, the Chief-Arbiter – after confirmation by the ECU President or his representative – may change the playing schedule in such a way that the tie-break matches can be finished within one day.

World Cup qualification

The Individual Men’s European Championship 2008 and the Individual European Women`s Championship 2008 are qualification events for the next World Cup or the next World Championship for Women respectively. According to FIDE regulations and the decision of the ECU Board, 22 players from the men’s section and 13 players from the women’s section will qualify.

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