FIDE Zone 1.10
2nd European Small Nations Individual Championship
Luxembourg, 2 – 10 April 2016

1.  Invitation

The Luxembourg Chess Federation and FIDE Zone 1.10, with the support of ECU and the FIDE Events Commission, are pleased to invite the members of Zone 1.10 to the 2nd European Small Nations Individual Championship

2. Tournament System

2.1. The event will be a twelve-player round-robin event and all players will be hosted on a full board basis in Luxembourg-City.

2.2. Each member Federation is invited to send one player as its representative.

2.3. The host Federation will have 2 players and the 12th player will be selected from the top 3 players of the Zone.

2.4. Players accept that they have read the FIDE and Tournament Regulations and are obliged to follow them.

2.5  The Tournament Director is Pierre Fattebene and may be contacted via or our contact form

3. Time Control

For each player 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move from move one.

4.  Draw Offers

“The players cannot draw a game by agreement before black’s 30th move. A claim for a draw before black’s 30th move is permitted only through the Chief Arbiter (or his Deputy) in the cases of perpetual check or threefold repetition.”

5.  Schedule


Friday – 01/04/2016 Arrival Day & Opening Ceremony
Saturday – 02/04/2016 at 3 pm Round 1
Sunday – 03/04/2016 at 10 am & at 5 pm Round 2 & Round 3
Monday – 04/04/2016 at 3 pm Round 4
Tuesday – 05/04/2016 at 10 am & at 5 pm Round 5 & Round 6
Wednesday – 06/04/2016 FREE DAY
Thursday – 07/04/2016 at 3 pm Round 7
Friday – 08/04/2016 at 10 am & at 5 pm Round 8 & Round 9
Saturday – 09/04/2016 at 3 pm Round 10
Sunday –  10/04/2016 at 10 am & at 7 pm Round 11 & Closing Ceremony (Prize Giving)
Monday – 11/04/2016 Departure Day

6. Travel Expenses and Airport Transfers

 Travel expenses shall be covered by the participating Federations or players.

All players and accompanying persons are kindly asked to notify the organizers of their travel arrangements.

The transfer from the airport to the hotel in Luxembourg will be managed by the organizers, free of charge. For any additional information about Luxembourg we suggest the following site:

7.  Board & Lodging

The participants will be provided with full board and lodging from dinner of 1st April 2016 to breakfast of 11th April 2016.

Any additional accompanying person will have to pay for their stay, directly in the hotel. The Zone Council will ensure that the playing hall and hotel is up to international standard.

8. Prizes and trophies

The prizes for the event are :   1st – 2,000 euros     2nd – 1,500 euros     3rd – 1000 euros

In case of a tie, any prize money will be split equally.

If two or more players tie for any of the first three places, the tie to decide the awarding of the trophies will be broken (in descending order) by:

Direct encounter
    • The greater number of wins
    • Sonnenborn Berger
    • Score Koya System

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

9.  Drawing of Lots and Pairings

The drawing of Lots will be made during the Technical meeting or Opening Ceremony at the start of the event. Players will be called out to select a number based on their rating with the highest rated player first.

Pairings will be made with Swiss Manager software and pairings/results will be posted on the Luxembourg Chess Federation’s Sub-website as well as on

10.  Arbiters

Chief Arbiter: FA Olivier Jeitz

Deputy Chief Arbiter: IA René Recking

Deputy Arbiter: Claude Birtz

11.  Appeals Committee

·           The Appeals Committee will be selected prior to the first round during the Technical Meeting.

·           This Committee shall consist of three members and two reserve members.  Its members will be chosen by the players from their own number or from representatives of the national federations present at the tournament.  The members of the Committee should belong to different federations.

·           No member of the Committee is entitled to take decision in cases affecting a player of his own federation.

·           The protest must be accompanied with the sum of €50 EUR, as a deposit from the signatory. If the protest is accepted and the decision changed, then the deposit will be returned back to the claimant.  Otherwise money will be transferred to the Luxembourg Chess Federation’s Treasury.

·           Protests must be submitted to the Appeals Committee in writing, not more than 30 minutes after the end of the relevant playing session.

·           The Committee shall reach its decision before mid-day on the day following the protest.  Its decision is final.

12.  Registration – Information

Dead Line for Registration is Monday 7th of March 2016

Registrations and travel details should be sent to the Tournament Director:

13 .  Any Other matter

For any other matter not mentioned in the General Regulations, the Tournament Director may decide according to the FIDE Tournament Regulations.