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B.11. Appeals committee

B.11. Appeals committee

B.11.1 The chairman of the appeals committee will be nominated by the ECU President.

B.11.2 In the case of the Individual European Chess Championship (Open and Women), the European Team Championship, the European Youth Chess Championship and the European Club Cup the ECU President will nominate two appeal committee members.

B.11.3 In the case of the other ECU competitions four appeals committee members shall be selected before the beginning of the tournament (e.g. at the occasion of the Captain’s Meeting). These members shall be elected by the players. In the case of European Chess Union Tournament Rules 2016 Page 8 team competitions the members may be elected by the team captains. The first two elected will be effective members, the last two elected will be reserve members. If the federation of the chairman or a member of the Appeals Committee is concerned in an appeal, the chairman shall replace this person by one of the reserve members.

B.11.4 In all cases the nominated or elected Appeals Committee members shall belong to different ECU federations. None of these members shall belong to the chief arbiter’s federation.

B.11.4.1 In the case of a fully nominated Appeals Committee, this Committee will take a decision irrespective of the federation(s) involved in the appeal.

B.11.5 Procedure of appeals. Protests, including protests against decisions of the Chief Arbiter or his assistants, or the Tournament Director, must be submitted in written form to the Chairman of the appeals committee within one hour after completion of the respective game. The protest must be accompanied with the sum of 200 € or the equivalent in local currency, as a deposit from the signatory. The deposit must be handed to the Chairman of the appeals committee. If the appeal is granted, the sum shall be returned immediately. If the appeal is refused, the deposit is forfeited to the European Chess Union.

B.11.5.1 In individual competitions the appeal has to be lodged by the player. B.11.5.2 In team competitions the appeal has to be lodged by the team captain or – if present and known before the start of the competition – by the chief of delegation.

B.11.6 The decisions of the Appeals Committee are final.