Namibia Chess Federation (NCF) is inviting eligible players from all African Chess Federations affiliated to the World Chess Federation (FIDE) to participate in the2014 African Individual Chess Championships (AICC) to be held at the Safari Court Hotel & Conference Centre, Windhoek, Namibia, from December 12th (arrival) to December 23rd, 2014 (departure).
– African players holding the title of GM, WGM or WIM have a personal right to enter the tournament.
– Each National Federation can enter a maximum of 3 players for the Open Championship and 3 for the Women’s Championship. This does not include the players qualifying under Clause 2.1.
– The African Chess Confederation President also has the right to nominate players.
– All entries must be registered with the Namibia Chess Federation.
– It is intended that the Championships will be played in accordance with FIDE regulations as a 9 Round Swiss System tournament.
– Time control will be 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, follow ed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game, with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from move one (1 ).
– The games will be played using DGT clocks; and pairing will be published on www.chess-results.com
– Swiss Manager will be used for the Championship, and players from the same Federation will not be paired together in the last round.
– Draw offers are not allowed before Black’s 30th move.
In case of a tie for the over-all winner or other places, the tie will be broken as follows:
a) By the results between the players involved in the tie;
b) Buchholz, the highest number wins;
c) Number of wins, the highest number wins;
d) Number of wins by black, the highest wins;
e) The highest rating.
The winner in the Open Section will be awarded the International Master (IM) title whilst the winner in the Women’s Section will be awarded the Woman International Master (WIM) title.
Other titles will be awarded depending in accordance with FIDE title requirements.
Open / Women
1st Prize US$ 6,000 / US$ 3,000
2nd Prize US$ 4,000 / US$ 2,000
3rd Prize US$ 3,000 / US$ 1,500
4th Prize US$ 2,000 / US$ 1,000
5th Prize US$ 1,500 / US$ 750
6th Prize US$ 1,000 / US$ 500
7th Prize US$ 750
8th US$ 500
The total cash prizes amount to USD 27,500
Qualification for 2015 FIDE African Grand Prix Circuit:
– The 2014 African Individual Chess Championships is also a qualification event for the 2015 African Chess Confederation Grand Prix Circuit.
– The top three placed players in each section will qualify for the 2015 African Chess Confederation Grand Prix Circuit.
President of Namibian Chess Federation: Otto Z. Nakapunda
African Countries affiliated to FIDE:
1. Algeria 2. Angola 3. Botswana 4. Burkina Faso 5. Burundi 6. Cameroon 7. Central African Republic 8. Comoros Islands 9. Congo 10. Cote d’Ivoire 11. Egypt 12. Ethiopia 13. Gabon 14. Gambia 15. Ghana 16. Kenya 17. Lesotho 18. Libya 19. Madagascar 20. Malawi 21. Mali 22. Mauritania 23. Mauritius 24. Morocco 25. Mozambique 26. Namibia 27. Nigeria 28. Rwanda 29. Sao Tome and Principe 30. Senegal 31. Seychelles 32. Sierra Leone 33. Somalia 34. South Africa 35. Sudan 36. Swaziland 37. Tanzania 38. Togo 39. Tunisia 40. Uganda 41. Zambia 42. Zimbabwe
On behalf of the Namibia Chess Federation I look forward to your valued presence at this premier Continental chess event.
Otto Z. Nakapunda
President, Namibian Chess Federation