European Individual Chess Championship 2022 opens today

The European Individual Chess Championship 2022 opens today and takes place from 26th March – 6th April in Terme Catez, Slovenia.

The European Individual Chess Championship 2022 is a qualifying event for the FIDE World Cup 2023.  According to FIDE regulations for World Cup and the ECU Board decision, 20 players will qualify.

320 players coming from about 40 European federations registered for the event, among whom are 114 Grandmasters, 53 International Masters, 3 Women Grandmasters, 12 Women International Masters and in total 257 titled players.

The very strong battlefield is led by: David Navara (CZE, 2700), Anton Korobov (UKR, 2695), David Anton Guijarro (ESP, 2694), Ivan Saric (CRO, 2687), Andrei Volokitin (UKR, 2687), Yuriy Kryvoruchko (UKR, 2683), Gabriel Sargissian (ARM, 2681), Bogdan-Daniel Deac (ROU, 2679), Igor Kovalenko (UKR, 2674), Cheparinov Ivan (ECU, 2672) and others.

Starting list of the players can be found here.

The event will be played in 11 rounds, Swiss system, with time control: 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.

The total prize fund of the event will be 100.000 EUR, with 20.000 EUR reserved for the Winner of the event. Along with the regular prizes for the best ranked 23 players, the special prizes for best female players, best junior players, best senior players and best ACP players will be distributed.

The Opening Ceremony of the event will be held at the magnificent Knight’s Hall of the Brezice Castle, starting from 20:00 CEST. After the opening, players and arbiters will have a technical meeting, with drawing of lots, deciding pairings for the first round.

The first round of the event is scheduled for tomorrow, 27th March, from 15:00 CEST and the games will be live broadcasted through the official website of the event.

Official website of the event

ECU Statement on European Individual Chess Championship 2022