era-park1. Invitation

Iasi County Chess Association, Romanian Chess Federation and European Chess Union have the honour of inviting youth teams from each national chess federation, ECU affiliated, to participate in the EUROPEAN YOUTH U18 TEAM CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP organised in Iasi, Romania, from 14th July (Arrival) to 22nd July (Departure) 2014.

2. Participation

2.1. Each national federation may enter an unlimited number of teams.

2.2. The team players shall not have reached the age of 18 by January 1st 2014.

2.3. The tournament will be organized in 2 categories – Open and girls. The teams in the open section shall consist of four players, the teams in the girls section shall consist of two players. Each team is entitled to have one reserve player. Participation of girls in the open tournament is admissible.

2.4. Accommodation and travel expenses for teams will be covered by national chess federations or teams themselves.

3. Entry - Registration fees & ECU fees

3.1. In accordance with ECU regulations an entry fee of 100 EUR is required for each team.

3.2. The ECU entry fee must be paid before the start of the first round alternatively directly to ECU or to the Organizing Committee in Iasi.

3.3. The ECU bank account:

Bank: Credit Suisse, Postfach 357, CH-6301 Zug
Account Number: 1835105-42
Holder: European Chess Union
National Bank Code: 4835
IBAN Code: CH3604835183510542000

4. Registration and Travel conditions

4.1 Entry forms must be filled in and sent to the Organizing Committee not later than June 1st 2014. If the registration form is not completed by the federation, a copy must be sent to the national federation.

4.2. The complete registration form must include the surname/s, first name/s, FIDE ID number, FIDE rating and title, and passport number or identity card number of each player and each accompanying person. It must also include the name and telephone/e-mail/fax number of the delegation chief.

4.3. The organisation committee can arrange the transfer from Bucharest airport to Iasi. The cost of bus transportation (400 km) from Bucharest airport to Iasi (July 14) with return on the departure day (July 22) is 60 EUR per person. Other airports, mainly for domestic flights and low costs flights for Central Europe are in the following cities: Bacau, located at 120 km Iasi (transfer - 30 Euro/person), Suceava, located at 100 km (transfer - 30 Euro/person). Transportation in other days is possible after personal requests. There is a very good and cheap railway connection between Bucharest and Iasi. Daily, four speed–trains connect Bucharest to Iasi.

4.4 At the moment of registration (until 1st June 2014) the amount of 30% of the total accommodation cost + 60 EUR (or 30 EUR) transportation cost (if required) must be transferred, free of bank charges, to the following bank account of the organizing committee for each participant or accompanying person:

IBAN: RO55RNCB0175033613510008
ACCOUNT NUMBER: 2511.A01.0.3361351.0175.EUR.8
4.5. Once the transfer has been confirmed, the Organising Committee will confirm the assigned booking confirmation for all the room reservations.

4.6. As exception, all payments can be realized in cash or through credit and debet cards during the registration in Iasi.

5. Accommodation - Playing hall

5.1. Accommodation and board will be provided at the:

1. MOLDOVA HOTEL ***, . Participants will get double rooms with their own WC and shower. The price for this accommodation with full board is 39 EUR per day per person, it means 312 EUR for the whole event (8 nights). Single rooms are available as well. The price is 50 EUR per day per room with full board.

2. TUDOR VLADIMIRESCU HOSTEL, Participants will get double rooms with their own WC and shower. The price for this accommodation with full board is 25 EUR per day per person, it means 200 EUR for the whole event (8 nights). Single rooms are available as well. The price is 35 EUR per day per room with full board.

5.2. The playing hall is the Sports Hall in Iasi (stands having a capacity of 2 000 people, well lit, located in downtown, total area of 5000 m2) at the distance of 300 m from the MOLDOVA HOTEL and 1300 m from T. VLADIMIRESCU HOSTEL.

5.3. All payments for all players and accompanying persons must be made on arrival in Iasi or in advance in EUR, USD, RON currency. No later payments will be accepted.

6. Playing schedule

July 14 20:00 - 22:00 registration

July 15 9:00 - 12:00 registration, 15:00 Opening, 15:30 Round 1

July 16 15:00 Round 2

July 17 15:00 Round 3

July 18 15:00 Round 4

July 19 15:00 Round 5

July 20 15:00 Round 6

July 21 9:00 Round 7, 15:00 Closing

July 22 Departure of Participants

7. Rules and regulations

The ECU Tournament Rules will be followed

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.

Zero - tolerance rule will be applied for each round.

Both tournaments (open and girls) will be played according to the Swiss System in 7 rounds. For the start ranking only FIDE ratings are used; national rating will not be accepted. Unrated players are counted with 1000. The teams are ranked according to the average rating of the four highest rated players in the open section, and of the two highest rated players in the girls section. The results will be sent to FIDE for rating.

The time rate should be 90 minutes for the first 40 moves followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an addition of 30 seconds per move starting from move 1.

The term of the lineup handover for the round to the arbiter:

1. round - before the beginning of the round

2.-6. round - during the previous round or between 9.00 and 10.00 on the day of the launching of the given round

7. round - during the 6th round

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;

(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.

Tournament Rules Byes

1. If there is an odd number of teams a bye should be given to one team which arbitrarily would be credited with a number of points equal to half the number of boards.

2. The team given the bye in the first round would be that team which had the highest ranking number.

3. The team given the bye in subsequent rounds would be the last ranked team which has not been given a bye in previous rounds. No team shall receive more than one bye.

4. The team having the bye is credited one match point.

If an opponent does not come out, a team will obtain 2 match points and 100% of points to the score.

In case of the low number of teams the organizing committee can decide that the tournament will be played by round robin system with different numbers of rounds. Time schedule can be changed except the dates of 1st and the last round.

8. Prizes - Awards

8.1. The winner of the open competition receives the title “European Youth Team Champion 2014”. The winner of the girls competition receives the title “European Youth Team Champion for girls 2014”.

8.2. Team-winners of the First, Second and Third places in both categories and the members of the teams will be awarded Gold, Silver and Bronze medals, Diplomas and Special Trophies.

9. Tournament bulletin

The games will be published on the official site.

10. Parallel & Culture Programme

• Swimming pool

• Trips

11. Contact the Organizing Committee

Tournament Director

Eng. Dr. Vasile Manole, President of Iasi County Chess Association, Iasi, Romania

Tel : 0040-332/404034, mobile phone: 0040-740/277850 ; fax : 0040-232/213796

E-mail:, web site

Chief Arbiter:

12. Visa information

Teams or players needing visa are requested to contact the organizing committee before June 1st 2014.

The organizing committee will provide invitations for visas only after the necessary payments.

For the Organizing Committee

Eng. Dr. Vasile Manole

Vicepresident Romanian Chess federation

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