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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Strong chess in Sunny Rhodes Island: European Club Cup from October 19

Alexandra Kosteniuk's Chess Blog for Daily Chess News and Trivia (c) 2013

Hi everyone, 
The European Club Cup Chess Championships 2013 will be played in the sunny Rhodes Island from October 19-27. The venue will be the excellent 5-star Rodos Palace Convention Resort in Rhodes, the sunny island of the southeastern Aegean Sea which offers a plethora of leisure alternatives in a cosmopolitan character. 

A total of 64 teams have signed up. The defending champions SOCAR and Cercle d’Echecs de Monte-Carlo are fielding their top players. Tournament Director is IO Nikos Kalesis. 

From each National Club Championship in European countries, one (1) to four (4) clubs qualify to the European Club Cup, depending on the strength of each national event. The European Club Cup will be held in 7 rounds for both categories (open/men teams with 6 boards and women teams with 4 boards), played with the Swiss system.

The time control 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. Players may only agree to a draw after the 40th move has been made by black.

According to FIDE regulations, the European Club Cup offers the possibility for players to achieve GM, IM, WGM and WIM norms based on 7 games.

The winners of the European Club Cup (currently SOCAR Azerbaijan) and the European Women’s Club Cup (currently Cercle d’Echecs de Monte Carlo) qualify directly to next year’s European Club Cup. For more information, access the official website

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