In the beginning of the new year, European Chess Union and the Luxembourg Chess Federation signed a contract for the organization of the 2nd European Small Nations Individual Chess Championship.

The contract was signed between the ECU Secretary General, Mr. Theodoros Tsorbatzoglou and the President of the Luxembourg Chess Federation, Mr. Pierre Fattebene.

Theodoros Tsorbatzoglou and Pierre Fattebene signing the contract

The Championship will be held in the city of Luxembourg from 1 – 11 April 2016.

The event will be a twelve-player Round Robin tournament and all players will be hosted on a full board basis in Luxembourg-City.


The time control of the tournament is 90 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move, starting from move one.

Each member Federation is invited to send one player as its representative. The host Federation will have 2 players and the 12th player will be selected from the top 3 players of the Zone.

The winner of the Zone Championship will be one of FIDE president nominations for FIDE World Cup 2017.

The prize fund is 4500 EUR, with the followed prizes: 1st – 2,000 EUR,  2nd – 1,500 EUR and 3rd – 1000 EUR.

The registration deadline is Monday 7th March 2016. Registrations and travel details should be sent to the Tournament Director:

Pierre Fattebene

More information at the Official website