The European Chess Union is hosting the 2022 European City & City Chess Championship which will take place on Sunday, 11 December 2022, in hybrid city venues. The event will be played as a team competition in four categories: Open, Women, Senior and Youth (U12). The first edition of the new European Competition is supported by the ECU Development fund.
Each City or City reserves the right to nominate a team of 4 players in each of the 4 categories:
- Open Tournament (what age)
- Women’s Tournament (female participants)
- Senior Tournament (players over 50 years old, born in 1972 or earlier)
- Youth Tournament (players up to 12 years old, born in 2010 or later
The event will be played in 9 rounds, Swiss System, with a game rate of 10 minutes for play per player + 3 second increments after each move. All players compete from an approved tournament hall per city/city. Tournament halls are selected and installed by local organizers.
Each City or Town may participate in one or more tournaments without being required to compete in all tournaments. The teams are registered by the representative of the city (municipality) or/and by the Chess Union or local club.
Each City/City will appoint one representative for any technical and communication meetings during the event. The ECU registration/entry fee is 100 euros per team per tournament paid directly to the ECU.
Registration must be done online in the period 15 October to 30 November via the Tornelo Online Chess platform. Early registration and any inquiries can be sent to [email protected] The deadline for registration and payment of fees is Wednesday 30th November 2022.
The event will be broadcast live with video footage of all venues, interviews and all games. Further details will be announced.
According to the FIDE Online Chess Rules, at least two arbitrators will be appointed for each venue: a Chief Local Arbitrator (LCA) and a Local Technical Arbitrator (LTA). If there are more than three teams (12 players) on the playing field, then one additional arbitrator is required for that. Local arbitrators must have a FIDE license and be able to communicate in English. The arbitrators are independent and cannot be team representatives. The National Chess Federation will appoint a local arbitrator at the venue to be approved by the ECU Board of Arbitrators.
Title – Prize – Qualification
- The first winning team (gold medal) in each of the 4 categories is the 2022 European Chess City Champion in each category.
- The first 3 winners from each category will be awarded a Trophy and their players with a special e-medal (gold, silver, bronze).
- The first winner of the City/City of the combined category of the competition (Number of match points from 4 tournaments, then, if equal, the number of game points) receives the title “22nd Absolute European Chess City/City Champion”.
- 4 players from the Winner Open team will host the 2023 European Individual Chess Championship (2 FB double rooms) at ECU expense.
- 4 Winner Women team players will be hosted in European Individual Chess Championship 2023 (2 double room FB) with ECU fee
- The Winning Team in the Senior Section will be hosted in the 2023 European Senior Team Championship with an ECU hosting fee for 4 players (2 FB double rooms).
- The winning team in the Youth Section will be hosted at the 2023 U18 European Youth Team Championships (2 FB double rooms) at ECU fees.
- 4 players from 2and and 3rd Youth Section teams will be provided with an annual (7 months) training program through the European Chess Academy program with the best chess coaches.
- ECU certificate will be available to all teams