European Individual Chess Championship 2021- official invitation

European Individual Chess Championship 2021 will take place from August 26th (1st round) – September 5th in Reykjavik, Iceland.

The Championship will be played according to the ECU Tournament Rules Swiss system of 11 rounds.

The European Individual Chess Championship 2021 is a qualifying event for the FIDE World Cup 2023 with 23 qualification spots.

The total prize fund is 100,000EUR, with 20.000EUR reserved for the Winner of the event. Besides the regular prizes, there will be special prizes for best junior players, best women players, best senior players and prizes for the 5 highest placed ACP Premium Members.

The official venue of the championship is Hotel Natura, a historic place with a rich history of chess events held there. Bobby Fischer stayed at this hotel during his 1972 World Championship match against Boris Spassky. A replica of the famous table used in 1972 can be found at the hotel. Several other high-profile events have been held at the hotel, including the 1977 Spassky vs. Hort Candidates match and the 1991 GMA World Cup. as well as the GMA World Cup in 1991.

The event is open to all players representing the Chess Federations which are members of the European Chess Union, regardless of their title or rating. There is no limit to participants per federation. However, applications can only be sent by national federations.

Registration deadline is July 15th.. Prolongation of the registration deadline may be possible for some federations if a very special reason is presented as a justification for the delay.

Contact information

Contact person: Gunnar Björnsson

Official website:

IMPORTANT – Border rules information

European Individual Chess Championship 2021 – Official regulations