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European Union Individual Chess Championships

Liverpool World Museum

 

Liverpool MuseumWednesday 6th September to Friday 15th September, 2006

A 10 round Swiss, open to players affiliated to countries within the European Union

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Nigel ShortSep 18: Top seed Nigel Short (pictured right) won the European Individual Championship with an unbeaten 7.5/10. Scottish scores: GM Colin McNab 6, Craig Pritchett 6 (an impressive 1.68 more than rating expected), Jonathan Grant 5, John Shaw 4.5, Duncan Grassie 4, Michael Duke 3.5, Siegrun Macgilchrist 3.5.

Sep 4: The European Individual Championship takes place at the Liverpool World Museum, September 6-15. GM Nigel Short is top seed. The Scottish contingent is headed by GMs John Shaw, Colin McNab and Scottish Champion Jonathan Grant, IM Craig Pritchett, Duncan Grassie and Siegrun MacGilchrist also play. (British Champion Jonathan Rowson was in the original line up but has now withdrawn.)

Top seeds as at Sep 4.

Name

Country

Jul06

1

Short, Nigel

ENG

2676g

2

Gyimesi, Zoltan

HUN

2616g

3

McShane, Luke

ENG

2614g

4

Luther, Thomas

GER

2589g

5

Conquest, Stuart

ENG

2534g

6

Bischoff, Klaus

GER

2533g

7

Hebden, Mark

ENG

2532g

8

Galego, Luis

POR

2528g

9

Dgebuadze, Alexandre

BEL

2527g

10

Miezis, Normunds

LAT

2527g

11

Medvegy, Zoltan

HUN

2518g

12

Sulskis, Sarunas

LTU

2514g

13

Gormally, Daniel

ENG

2513g

14

Pert, Nicholas

ENG

2503g

15

Meijers, Viesturs

LAT

2474g

16

Shaw, John

SCO

2473g

17

Williams, Simon

ENG

2473m

18

Van der Weide, Karel

NED

2446g

19

Gordon, Stephen

ENG

2443m

20

Ciuksyte, Dagne

LTU

2440m

Main Prizes: £3000, £2000, £1200, £1000, £800, £600, £500, £400, £300, £200

Women's Awards £600, £400        

Junior awards (born on or after 1 st January 1985) £600, £400

Best rating improvement (using k=10) in the following rating bands: Under 2051, 2051-2150, 2151-2250, 2251-2350, 2351-2450 £300, £200 in each of the 5 bands

Best score by unrated player: £300, £200

No player may win more than one of the above prizes.

Free entry to gm, im, wgm, wim and to 2 representatives of each Chess Federation within the European Union. Entry fee for all other players £25 (on or before August 15 th ), £35 (after August 15 th ).

Timetable and Rate of Play: Each round will start at 12.30pm. The rate of play is 40 moves in 80 minutes + 1 minute per move, followed by an extra 20 minutes + 1 minute per move to finish the game.

Congress Director: David Welch (International Arbiter, Chief Arbiter of the English Chess Federation)

Chief Arbiter: Peter W. Purland (International Arbiter, Chief Arbiter of the Welsh Chess Union)

Venue: Our hosts are the World Museum Liverpool. This magnificent building is in the heart of Liverpool on William Brown Street, and only a short walk from Lime Street Station and the City Centre. The surrounding area is a pedestrian precinct and formal gardens, so the museum is isolated from the noise of Liverpool's traffic.

Conditions: A limited number of conditions for titled players will be available. Apply in confidence to David Welch, 63 Croxteth Road, Liverpool, L8 3SF, telephone +44 151 733 1866, or from the United Kingdom 0151 733 1866, e-mail dave.welch@blueyonder.co.uk

Bye: A player who is not receiving conditions may request one half-point bye. Round one byes must be claimed on the Entry Form, Other byes should be negotiated with the Chief Arbiter.

Prizes: Where  players qualify for more than one prize, the organisers reserve the right to redistribute prize money.

Refusal of Entry: The organisers reserve the right to refuse any entry.

Refunds: If a player withdraws before 1 st September 2006, half his entry fee will be returned.

Appeals: Any appeal against an Arbiting decision will be directed towards Gerry Walsh (European Chess Union Deputy President). The fee for such an appeal is £50.

Ratings: The FIDE rating list of 1 st July 2006 will be used. Unrated players should give some indication of their playing strength.

Grading: All results will be graded by the ECF

Registration: All players should register during the evening of Tuesday 5 th September. Details of a Reception will be announced. It is acceptable to register by e-mail or by phone. If you do not register, you will not appear on the Round 1 pairing list, but we will make every attempt to make sure that you will be paired once we know that you have arrived.

The event is part of the English Chess Federation Grand Prix. The highest two eligible players will qualify for the British Chess Championships.

All entrants must be members of a national chess federation of a European Union country affiliated to FIDE.



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