The 18th European Senior Chess Championship will be held from 3rd-13th August 2018 in Drammen, Norway.
The event will take place in 4 stars hotel Scandic Ambassadeur, as the official venue and the official hotel of the Championship. This traditional hotel is located along the Drammen river, next to the Drammen Fjord, and within short distance and good connections to Oslo.
The European Senior Chess Championship is open to all players representing ECU Chess Federations which comprise European Chess Union (FIDE zones 1.1 to 1.10) who have been born in the year 1968 or earlier, regardless of their title or rating. There is also no limit in the number of participants per federation. However, applications have to be sent by the National federations or to be approved by the National federations. Registration is done online on the Official Website of the Championship.
European Senior Chess Championship will be played in two categories, men and women separately: 50+ (for players born in 1968 or earlier) and 65+ (for players born in 1953 and earlier). Players who have reached the age of 65 by the 31st December 2018 are allowed to participate in the category for Seniors 50+ if they request it. If there is less than 9 women players women category will be merged with Open competition.
The Championship will be played in 9 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.
Total prize fund of the event will be 10.000 EUR. Top three players of each category will be awarded with cups and medals.
According to FIDE Handbook D.03.7, the top 3 players from each category of the European Senior Championship 2018 are qualified with personal rights (free board and lodging) to the World Senior Championship 2019.
The Norwegian Chess Federation
tel: (+47) 22 15 12 41