The 2015 European Amateur Chess Championship is starting today and continues until 16th August at the Palace of Army Officers, Mickeviciaus str. 19, in Kaunas, Lithuania.
The Championship is open to all players representing Chess Federations in FIDE zones 1.1 to 1.10, who have no FIDE title and no FIDE rating above 2000 at the start of the tournament (9 August 2015), nor have had such a rating for at least two years prior to the start of the event (that is 9 August 2013 and on).
The winner of the championship receives the title “European Amateur Chess Champion 2015″ and the winner of the women’s championship receives the title “European Women Amateur Chess Champion 2015″.
The tournament will be played according to the Swiss system in 9 rounds,with the rate of play 90 minutes for 40 moves followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game, with an increment of 30 seconds per move, starting from move one.
The players taking the first three places in each championship will be awarded with cups and medals. The total prize fund of the Championship is 4 000 EUR.