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Monday, March 19, 2012

Women's World Rapid and Blitz Championship 2012 from May 30 in Georgia

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Hi everyone,

The ACP has announced a fantastic new chess event for women to take place in Batumi, Georgia - Women's World Rapid and Blitz Championship 2012 (30 May – 06 June 2012). 

The event will consist of an eleven-round Swiss Rapid (25 minutes + 10 seconds) and a 15-round Blitz (4 minutes + 2 seconds), using the FIDE rules for Rapid and Blitz, except for the "zero tolerance rule", which will not be applied – the game is lost by the player who arrives at the chessboard after her flag has fallen.

The tournament is open to any female player rated over 2500 in an official FIDE rating lists, as well as all former World Champions and Olympic Champions. In addition, every national federation can nominate one player for participation in the Championship. Up to five more players can be nominated from the same federation, provided that they have Elo of 2300+ in one of the official FIDE rating lists in 2012. The Georgian Chess Federation will receive three additional wild cards as a host of the event.

The total prize fund is US $100,000, with the winner of the Rapid obtaining $12,000 and the winner of the Blitz $10,000. All the players who have an official right of participation will be provided with full board and accommodation in the Sheraton Hotel, Batumi. All other participants are free to choose from the variety of the hotels in Batumi. The organizers will offer a special price for the official hotels.

Check out the official website for more details here.
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