PDF – Tournament Regulations for ETCC 2015

1.         Participation

1.1       A European Chess Union (abbreviated hereinafter to “ECU”) chess federation is a federation that belongs to one of the FIDE Zones 1.1 to 1.10.

1.2       All ECU Chess Federations shall have the right to participate in the European Team Championship.

1.3       Women competitions are exclusively for female players. Female players are allowed to participate in any competition.

1.4       All players participating in the European Team Championship must be entitled by birth, citizenship or naturalisation to represent their Federation.

The rules of eligibility for participation in ECU events follow the FIDE Handbook Chapter C.05.

1.5       Each federation shall have the right to be represented by one team of four players and one reserve in the open competition and by one of four female players and one reserve in the women’s competition.

1.6       One month before the scheduled start of the European Team Championship, each participating federation shall send to the organising federation and to the ECU Tournament Director the basic team lists.

2.         Laws of chess

2.1       The general FIDE Laws of Chess shall be applied with their supplements and interpretations as accepted by the FIDE General Assembly.

2.2.      In European Team Championship players may only agree to a draw after the 40th move has been made by black. Players violating this rule will be forfeited. If a player is offered a draw before the 40th move has been made by black, he should call an arbiter. His opponent shall be punished for distracting, according to the FIDE Laws of Chess.

2.3.      Any player who arrives at the chessboard 15 minutes or later after the start of the session, shall lose the game.

2.4.      The FIDE Anti-Cheating guidelines are valid for all the European Championships. (Ref. FIDE Handbook A. Administrative subjects). During a tournament the arbiter shall have a duty to require submission of a written record of each and every allegation of breach of AC regulations by a FIDE-rated player. Therefore, a person cannot “informally” tell an arbiter that they suspect that another player is in breach of AC regulations. This also applies to any other person having a FIDE Identity Number. Instead, a formal complaint must be filed. All written complaints and any written communications related to such complaint(s) shall be duly recorded by the arbiter and subsequently presented to the ACC.

2.5.      During European Team Championship random AC inspections are possible.

2.6.      During European Team Championship random delay of internet transmission of the games are possible.

2.7.      During European Team Championship random doping tests will be provided by FIDE Medical Commission

3.         Tournament systems

3.1       The European Team Championship shall be held on the Swiss system in 9 rounds, with one open section and one women’s section, considered as separate competitions.

3.2       European Team Championship shall be played according to the “FIDE Olympiad Pairings Rules” (ECU GA 2015 in Bar, Montenegro).

4.         Rate of play

4.1       All ECU championships shall be played with electronic clocks approved by the FIDE General Assembly.

4.2       The rate of play shall be 90 min for 40 moves + 30 min for the rest of the game + 30 sec increment for every move played starting from the first move.

4.3       No games will be adjourned.

5.         Scoring and tie-breaking system

5.1       The score in each game is 1 for a win, ½ for a draw and 0 for a lost game.

5.2       The sum of scores of each game in a match is referred to as the board points.

The team which scores more board points in a match than its opponents receives two match points, the opponents receives no match points. In the case a match ends in such a way that the sum of the board points is equal to that of its opponents, each team receives one match point. However, if both teams score 0 board points, both teams will receive zero match points.

The ranking will be made according to match points, the team obtaining the highest number of match points being declared the winner of the competition. In case of equality, 5.3 shall be applied.

5.3       The order of teams that finish with the same number of match points shall be determined by application of the following tie-breaking procedures in sequence, proceeding from (a) to (b) to (c) to (d) the extent required:

(a)        by the sum of Sonneborn-Berger points, which is calculated as follows: match points of each opponent, excluding the opponent who scored the lowest number of match points, multiplied by the number of board points scored against each opponent respectively. The highest number wins. In case of two or more opponents with this same number of match point the lowest results of multiplication should be excluded. (ECU GA 2015 in Bar, Montenegro).

(b)       by the number of board points won, the highest number wins;

(c)        by the sum of the board points of all team’s opponents, the highest number wins;

(d)        by the sum of the board points of all opponents defeated plus one half of the board points of all the opponents with which a tied result was achieved, the highest number wins.

6.         Titles and prizes

6.1       In the European Team Championship the title of “European (or European Women’s) Team Champion 20.. (current year)” is bestowed on the winning team. In the European Senior Team Championship the title “European Senior Team Champion 20.. (current year) is bestowed on the winning team.

6.1.1    Each winning team shall receive a trophy from the organising federation.

6.1.2    In addition,

(a)   the winning team in the open competition of the European Team Championship two years before the World Team Championship will represent Europe in that competition,

(b)   the winning team in the women’s competition of the European Team Championship two years before the World Women’s Team Championship will represent Europe in that competition.

If, however, one of these teams will qualify through the next year’s Olympiad, the highest ranked not qualified in any other way, may represent Europe in the World Team Championship.

6.2       Each member of the winning team (players, reserves and captain) shall receive a gold medal. The members of the second and third placed teams shall each receive a silver and bronze medal respectively.

7.         Individual prizes in team competitions 

7.1       The players who achieved the best performance rating on their respective boards shall receive gold medals. Silver and bronze medals shall be awarded to the second and third place winners.

7.2       For this purpose the player’s performance score is calculated if the player takes part in at least 70% of the rounds (for basic players) or 50% of the rounds (for reserve players).

The highest performance rating wins. In case of a tie it shall be broken by:

(a)        mutual results (if all played each other);

(b)       number of games, the highest number wins;

(c)        percentage score, the highest number wins;

(d)       final ranking of a team, the player in the highest ranked team wins.

For calculating of performance rating the maximum rating difference of two players shall be 400 points. In the case of unplayed games for all calculations the current FIDE Tournament Rules shall be applied.

8.         Procedure of appeals 

8.1       Protests, including protests against decisions of the Chief Arbiter or his assistants, or the Tournament Director, must be submitted in written form to the Chairman of the appeals committee within one hour after completion of the playing session.

The protest must be accompanied with the sum of 100 € or the equivalent in local currency, as a deposit from the signatory. The deposit must be handed to the Chairman of the appeals committee. If the appeal is granted, the sum shall be returned immediately. If the appeal is refused, the deposit is forfeited to the European Chess Union.

8.2       In team competitions the appeal has to be lodged by the team captain or – if present and known before the start of the competition – by the chief of delegation.

8.3       The decisions of the Appeals Committee are final.

9.         Team captains 

9.1       In team competitions each team must have a team captain.

9.1.1    The team captain may be one of the players or any of the reserves of the team, in which case he is referred to as a “playing captain”. If he is no player of the team he is referred to as a “non-playing captain”. All the team captains shall be FIDE licensed trainers.

9.1.2    Each team is entitled to have only one team captain. The team captain may appoint a deputy to exercise his function but must inform the Chief Arbiter of this in writing. However, during the course of playing only one team captain will be allowed into the playing area.

9.2.1    The chief of delegation is not allowed to enter the playing area.

9.3       Team composition

9.3.1    The team captain must list the players of his team in a fixed board order, upon the time appointed by the Chief Arbiter before the start of the first round; this list is called the final players list. The board order cannot be altered during the tournament; hence reserves may play on the bottom boards only.

9.3.2    Before the start of a round, the team captain must deliver to the Chief Arbiter a list of the team members who are to take part in the round in question.

9.3.3    If this list is not delivered by the appointed time, the team may not use its reserve players. Every deviation from a board order 1,…, N (with N the number of boards in the competition) will result in the loss of the game(s) in question.

9.3.4    If the board order in which a team plays differs from the board order of its final players list, this will result in the loss of the game(s) in question.

9.3.5    The use of any player who does not figure in the final players list will cause the round to be forfeited N:0, in which N is the number of boards in the competition.

9.4       The basic duties and rights of a team captain are defined in the FIDE Tournament Rules.

9.4.1    In the exercise of his function the team captain has the right of access to the area reserved for the players, but it is his duty to ensure that the members of his team who are not involved in the current match or have finished their games do not enter or remain in this area.

9.4.2    During the games the captain must refrain from interfering in any way. He is, however, entitled to advise his players on the offering or accepting of draws or resigning of games, provided that he makes no comment on the actual position on the chess board, and confines himself to giving brief information which can in no way be regarded as an opinion about the progress of the game. The exchange of information should be done in the presence of the Arbiter.

9.4.3    At the end of the playing session, the captain is responsible both for reporting the result to the arbiters and for delivering to them legibly written score sheets of the finished games.

10.       Dress Code for the participants 

10.1     All participants as well as the officials (arbiters, captains and others being in the playing area) must comply with the Dress Code of the ECU.

Participants will present themselves in a neat and clean appearance.

10.2     Dress rules for the players during the games

In general, players are required to follow the code of casual dressing which means:

–      for men dress trousers or jeans, a long-sleeve or shirt-sleeve dress shirt, alternatively T-shirt or polo, loafers or dressy slip-ons, socks, shoes or sneakers (no beach-wear slips, etc.) and, if appropriate, a sport coat or blazer. The trousers, the jeans as well as the shirts and polo’s worn should be crisp and show no excessive wear, no holes and shall be free of body odor.

–      for women blouses, turtleneck, T-shirts or polo’s, trousers, jeans or slacks, skirts, dresses, and appropriate footwear (boots, flats, mid-heel or high-heel shoes, sneakers with sock) or any other appropriate clothing modification.

–      a jacket, vest or sweater, a scarf, as well as jewelry (earrings, necklace, etc.) coordinated to the outfit may be worn.

–      the pieces of the clothing should be clean and crisp, show no excessive wear or holes.

–      with respect to shirts, the second from the top button may also be opened in addition to the very top button.

–      glasses, neck ties can be worn during the games, but no caps or hats, except for religious reasons

–      in general, this category of appearance demands a pulled-together, harmonious, complete look with colors, fabrics, shoes, and accessories, for both men and women.

  • national costumes which fit into the generally accepted dress code and are not offensive or indecent to others can be worn

10.3     Dress rules for the winning players or the winning teams during prize-giving ceremonies

–      the rules set for these events are valid for a player or any member of a team, including the captain and the delegation chief who is rewarded by a prize in the chess event and thus he/she appears and receives the award in front of the other players and the audience

–      such a person shall follow the dress code of business casual (or by another name elegant casual) which means long trousers, shirt, jacket, with or without tie (no t-shirts, no polo, no jeans, no sports shoes or sneakers or slippers, no hats or caps -except for religious reasons-) and the equivalent style of dress for the women players.

–      national costumes which are not offensive or indecent to others may be worn.

–      it is recommended that teams should be uniformly dressed even if a team uniform is not available.

  • a special set of rules is established for the European Individual Championship award ceremonies where the dress code is informal which means a suit with tie, appropriate shoes and the equivalent style of dress for the women player. National costume may be worn in the event.

10.4     The Tournament Director or the Chief Arbiter will have the right to give official warning to any player not properly attired. The first warning will be a verbal one. When a player is a member of a team, his/her captain will also be informed. The second time a player will be in breach with the Dress Code he/she will receive a second warning. This warning will be confirmed to the player in writing the same day. When a player is a member of a team, his/her captain will receive a copy of this warning the same day. The player received the written warning will present him/herself to the tournament officials, if it is a team player accompanied by the captain, one hour before the start of the next round. If a player is then still in breach of the Dress Code he/she can be sent back to dress appropriately. If he/she does not cooperate, he/she will be denied access to the playing area.

10.5     A player not dressed according to the Code can be refused to attend the opening or closing ceremony.

The Tournament Director can likewise act towards arbiters, captains or others being present in the playing area.

Spectators not properly attired will have to leave the playing area.

11.       Other matters

11.1     All players, team captains and organisers are to take part in the opening and closing ceremony.

11.1.1  If one of the prize winners (player, member or captain of a team) is absent during the closing ceremony, then:

his (their) money prize will be reduced by 20 % with a minimum of 100 €

any other prize (medal, trophy, …) will not be awarded as long as a penalty of 100 € per player (or captain) has not been paid.

The money will be forfeited to ECU.

11.2     The fact of beginning the game in the first round of a championship implies acceptance of the General Tournament Rules and the Specific Rules for this championship.

11.3     Teams who are not represented at the technical meeting – one day before the start of the competition – will not be paired for the first round. Exceptions of this rule can be accepted by the chief arbiter of the tournament.

11.4     If a team wants to withdraw from the tournament before the last round the approval of the Chief Arbiter is necessary.

11.4.1  The Chief Arbiter may accept the withdrawal if it is based on an acceptable written certificate of a doctor or in case of an acceptable “force majeure”.

11.5     The organising federation shall hold in reserve a second men’s team and a second women’s team (“B” Teams), which shall take part in the respective competition if, and only if, it is required to make even the number of teams in the first round.

11.6     Once a “B” team has played the first round it shall remain in the competition even if the number of participating teams is uneven.

11.7     Players that verbally offend other players and/or officials, or act unethical or are perceived, by the tournament officials, to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs may be removed from the tournament hall and suspended from participation. The threshold of alcohol above 0.10 g/L (hematological values) will be treated as a rule violation.

Swiss Pairing Rules for European Team Championship

The basic pairing system for ECU Team Competitions is the FIDE Olympiad Pairings Rules. (ECU GA 2015 in Bar, Montenegro).