The portal is now open fro application to the 2005 Individual European Championship. Consult the URL:-
The Championship will be held from June 17th (day of arrival) until July 3rd (day of departure), 2005 in Warsaw - Zegrze Poludniowe (about 35 km from the Warsaw Airport and 30km from the Warsaw Central Railway Station). The Technical Meeting will take place on June 17th at 8 p.m. at the tournament hall at the Hotel 500, Zegrze Poludniowe, Warszawska 31A
The championship will be 13 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 15 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per a move, starting from move 1.
The European Championship is open to all players representing the Chess Federations which comprise the European Chess Union (FIDE zones 1.1 to 1.9) regardless of their title or rating. There is also no limit of participants per federation, however applications have to be sent by the national federations, only.
The European Individual Championship 2005 is a qualification event for the next World Chess Championship. According to the decision passed by the ECU Board, 34 players will qualify for the WCC.
The Guaranteed Total Prize Fund (after the deduction of required payments of around 25.000 Euros to the ECU and to FIDE) is 120.000 Euros. Moreover, the top 10 players with highest ratings will receive all inclusive accommodation in a single room, at the expense of the organizers.
Information courtesy of Bartlomiej Macieja.