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Monday, April 9, 2012

Women's World Rapid and Blitz Chess 2012 in Batumi from May 30

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Hi everyone,

The Women's World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championship 2012 will be held from May 30 to June 6 in Batumi, Georgia. The event is organised and conducted by the ACP and the Georgian Chess Federation and approved by FIDE.

The format is as follows:
Rapid Swiss, 11 rounds
Blitz Swiss, 15 rounds

Time control

Rapid 25 min + 10 seconds
Blitz 4 min + 2 seconds
FIDE Rules for Rapid Chess and FIDE Rules for blitz are applied.

Zero tolerance rule will not be applied. The game is lost by the player who arrives at the chessboard after her flag has fallen.

Right of participation
Every female player with the Elo of 2500+ in one of the official FIDE rating lists as well as all former World Champions and Olympic Champions have the personal right to participate in the Championship. Besides, every national federation can nominate one player for participation in the Championship. In addition, up to five more players can be nominated from the same federation, provided they have Elo of 2300+ in one of the official FIDE rating lists in 2012.

Georgian Chess Federation will get three additional wild cards as a host of the event. 
30 May – Arrival, Opening Ceremony, Technical meeting.
31 May – Rapid (rounds 1-3) 15:00, 17:00, 19:00
1 June – Rapid (rounds 4-6) 15:00, 17:00, 19:00
2 June – Rapid (rounds 7-9) 15:00, 17:00, 19:00
3 June – Rapid (rounds 10-11) 15:00, 17:00
4 June – Blitz (rounds 1-8) 15:00, 15:30, 16:00, etc...
5 June – Blitz (rounds 9-15), 15:00, 15:30, 16:00, etc... Closing Ceremony.
6 June – Departure
The total prize fund of the two events of 100.000 (one hundred thousand) USD is distributed as follows:
In case of a tie, all prizes will be split equally, except for the first prize.

In case of a tie for the first place, the tie-break will be played among the two players with the highest Median Buchholz.
The details of the tie-break match will be announced at the technical meeting. In case of a tie for the second and third places, the medals will be awarded based on the Median Buchholz.

The winners of the Championships will be declared Women's World Rapid Champion-2012 and Women's World Blitz Champion-2012 respectively.
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