European Open and Women Rapid & Blitz Chess Championships 2022 – Official regulations

The 2022 European Open and Women Rapid & Blitz Chess Championships will take place from 16th-18th December in Katowice, Poland. Organiser is Silesian Chess Federation under the auspices of the ECU and Polish Chess Federation

The first tournament on the schedule will be the European Blitz Chess Championship which will be played on December 16th. Open and Women’s sections will be merged, with separate prizes for the best ranked female players. The event will be played in 11 double rounds, swiss system, with the time control: 3 minutes + 2 seconds increment.

European Rapid Chess Championship will be played from 17th-18th December, in 11 rounds, swiss system, with merged Open and Women’s sections and separate prizes. The time control will be 15 minutes + 10 seconds increment.

The Winner of each tournament will become European Open Blitz/Rapid Chess Champions for 2022, and the best ranked female players will become European Women Blitz/Rapid Chess Champions. The total prize fund of the event is 44.000 EUR. Complete prize list can be found within the official regulations of the event.

The playing venue of the events will be “Spodek” Sport and Entertainment Centre and Park Hotel**** is the official (recommended) hotel for participants and accompanying persons.

European Rapid & Blitz Chess Championships 2017, Katowice, Poland; Photo by: Walusza Photography

The event is open to all players representing one of the European federations (FIDE Zones 1.1 to 1.10) regardless of title and rating. Registrations can be done through chessmanager website or by fulfilling the registration form through the tournament website. The registration deadline is November 30th, 2022.

The organizers are providing special conditions (free accommodation and full board) for 2700+ players and 2450+ women players. Free accommodation and breakfast will be offered for the top 10 players and the top 8 women players.

Contact information:
Official website:
Registration contact: IA Michał Wejsig,

European Open and Women Rapid & Blitz Chess Championships 2022 – Official regulations