December 5th – December 9th
Appealing and Exciting Championship
European Rapid & Blitz Chess Championship is very special event. This is evidenced by the fact, that the last player who won the medal in the same pace two years in a row, is Vladislav Tkachiev, who won bronze medal in blitz in 2012 and silver in 2013. In rapid the last situation like this was in 2010 – Vassily Ivanchuk got bronze after silver from previous year. Instead of fact that etery year Russia has a very high number of grandmasters in ERBCC, only in last two years they got medals in both tournaments. When Championships were organized in Poland (until 2013 in Warsaw, in 2014 in Wroclaw), medals got only two Russian players: two times Vladimir Malahov and one time Alexey Dreev. In this period only one competitor was champion more than one time: Maxime Vachier-Lagrave won blitz in 2010 & 2012. So results predicting is much difficult.
The Blitz Chess Championship will be played according to the Swiss system, in 11 paired rounds, with the time control 3 minutes game + 2 seconds per move starting from the first move
The Rapid Chess Championship will be played according to the Swiss system, in 11 rounds with the time control 15minutes game + 10 seconds per move starting from the first move.
Skopje Host City
Skopje is the capital of the Republic of Macedonia, the City that lies in the heart of the Balkan Peninsula, at the crossroad of important communications, a city with a 2000 years old tradition. Skopje is a modern city with population of almost one million and presents Macedonia’s major political, economical, educational and cultural center.
Sign up for the Tournament
The total prize fund of the event 30.000 EUR + 4.000 EUR of special prizes. The special prizes will be awarded to the best ranked player rated under 2600, the best ranked player rated under 2300, the best ranked players rated under 2000, the best ranked players rated under 1700, the best female players, the best senior players, the best Junior players and the best Macedonian players.