ECU Senior Chess Championship 50+ 65+

25 May – 04 June 2023

Acqui Terme (AL) Piedmont Italy
A competition held by ECU

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FIDE International Organizer Cristina Pernici Rigo
Via Venezia 3/c, 38062 Arco (TN) Italy

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ECU Senior Chess Championship 50+ 65+


This is the official invitation to all National Chess Federations of ECU to participate.
The organizer invites all senior Ladies and Gentlemen throughout the European Countries to participate at the ECU Senior Individual Chess Championship (50+ 65+), which is to be held in Acqui Terme AL – Piedmont, from 25.05 arrival day till 04.06 departure day.
All players shall have reached their age of 50 and 65 (by December 31st of the year in which the tournament will commence). In accordance with the ECU tournament rules, the Championship will be played in four categories: age 50+ and 65+ (Open and Women).


Our target is to organize the ECU Senior Individual Chess Championship at best, spreading the tradition of hospitality and good living typical of Italy.
The players will certainly be interested in the programme, which will be lively and supplemented by several additional events, Blitz Tournament, and tastings of local products.
As usual you will find in the prospect, the hotels available, rules and application form. You will also find a small map for an easier arrival.
Tournament Director: International Arbiter and FIDE International Organizer Cristina Pernici Rigo.

Final report

Final standings Open 65+
  1. GM John Nunn (Great Britain) European champion
  2. GM Josè Luis Fernandez Garcia (Spain)
  3. GM Lubomir Ftacnik (Slovakia)
Final standings Women 65+
  1. WGM Gisela Fischdick (Deutschland) European champion
  2. GM Nona Gaprindashvili (Georgia)
  3. WFM Mira Kierzek (Deutschland)
Final standings Open 50+
  1. GM Zurab Sturua (Georgia) European champion
  2. IM Fabrizio Bellia (Italia)
  3. IM Josè Antonio Lacasa Diaz
Final standings Women 50+
  1. WGM Marina Makropoulou (Greece) European champion
  2. WFM Olga Birkholz (Deutschland)
  3. Ni Polina (Latvia)


  • May, 25th 
    • 15:00-19:00 Arrival day Registration
  • May, 26th 
    • 10:00 End of registration
    • 10:00 Technical Meeting  in Tournament Venue
    • 15:00 Round 1
  • May, 27th                     
    • 15:00 Round 2            
    • 21:30 Blitz Fide Rated
  • May, 28th                     
    • 15:00 Round 3            
  • May, 29th 
    • 15:00  Round 4              
  • May, 30th                     
    • 15:00  Round 5            
    • 21:30 Blitz Fide Rated
  • May, 31st                              
    • 15:00  Round 6             
  • June, 1st                       
    • 15:00  Round 7            
  • June, 2nd                     
    • 15:00  Round 8              
  • June, 3rd                      
    • 15:00  Round 9
  • June, 3rd                        
    • 21:30  Closing Ceremony, Prize awards
  • June, 4th          
    • Departures


The games will take place in the conference centre of Acqui Terme

Viale Antiche Terme, 15011  - ACQUI TERME AL


The Championship shall be played in 9 rounds of the Swiss System. The time is 90 minutes for 40 moves followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an addition of 30 seconds per move starting from move 1.
Default time at the start of all 9 rounds is 30 minutes.
Participation: player who is registered by his/her federation with FIDE ID.
The Women Tournament will be played separately if there are more than 9 participants in total.
According to the ECU regulations if there are less than 9 women participants in one age group the tournament merges with the respective open category.
F. e if the ladies 65+ are less than 9 will play in open 65. The prizes remain for the women, but they can also play for the open prizes.
The ECU Officials (Chief Arbiter, Deputy Arbiter, Appeals Committee and FIDE Technical Delegate) will be appointed by FIDE in due time.
Arbiters team will cover the following languages: ITA, GER, ENG, ESP, POR, FRA, DEN, ISR, GRE.
Appeals procedure:

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 respective game. The protest must be accompanied with the sum of 200 EUR 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. The decisions of the Appeals Committee are final.


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

  1. Results of direct encounters between the tied players - If all the tied players have met each other, the sum of points from these encounters is used. The player with the highest score is ranked number 1 and so on. If some but not all have played each other, the player with a score that could not be equalled by any other player (if all such games had been played) is ranked number 1 and so on;
  2. Buchholz Cut 1;
  3. Buchholz;
  4. The greater number of games played with black;
  5. The greater number of wins.

In the case of unplayed games, for the calculation of tiebreak criteria the current FIDE Competition Rules shall be applied.

PRIZE FUND 10.000€

Open Senior 50+
  1. € 1.000,00.- trophy and Gold medal
  2. €  700,00.- Silver medal
  3. €  500,00.- Bronze medal
  4. €  400,00.-
  5. €  330,00.-
  6. €  300,00.-
  7. €  240,00.-
  8. €  220,00.-
  9. €  210,00.-
  10. € 200,00.-
Women 50+
  1. €  400,00.- trophy and Gold medal 
  2. €  300,00.- Silver medal 
  3. €  200,00.- Bronze medal 
Open Senior 65+
  1. € 1.000,00.- trophy and Gold medal
  2. €  700,00.- Silver medal
  3. €  500,00.- Bronze medal
  4. €  400,00.-
  5. €  330,00.-
  6. €  300,00.-
  7. €  240,00.-
  8. €  220,00.-
  9. €  210,00.-
  10. € 200,00.-
Women 65+
  1. €  400,00.- trophy and Gold medal 
  2. €  300,00.- Silver medal 
  3. €  200,00.- Bronze medal 
Other special prize: 1st, 2nd, 3rd Over 75 Special Cup

A player can get one prize only. According to the ECU Tournament Rules and regulations, the money prizes will be equally shared among the players with the same score. If one of the prize winners is absent during the closing ceremony, then: his/her 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€ has not been paid. The money will be forfeited to ECU.

Qualification to World Senior Championship

According to FIDE Handbook D.03.7, the top 3 players from each category of the European Senior Championship 2023 are qualified with personal rights (free board and lodging) to the World Senior Championship 2024. Any change of regulations is a FIDE matter