Announcement of the World Cup XVI by Germany
Sunday, June 4, 2006: The International Correspondence Chess Federation is delighted to announce that the German Correspondence Chess Federation will be the main organiser of the ICCF World Cup XVI Tournament.
The International Correspondence Chess Federation is delighted to announce that the German Correspondence Chess Federation will be the main organiser of the ICCF World Cup XVI Tournament.
The tournament will be played in three stages. The Preliminary section will be played via postal only and is expected to start on 15.12.2006. Registration will begin upon receipt of this announcement and will close on 15.10.2006 to allow for pairings. All chess players are warmly invited to participate to this event. It will be possible for any player to apply for multiple entries during the preliminary stage. The preliminary section via postal is expected to be finished no later than 15.06.2010.
Preliminary stage: Each section will consist of 7-11 players. Every participant will play one game against each other player of his section (round robin tournament). The winners of each section will qualify for the semi-final stage. Other qualifications will depend upon the number of entries in the preliminary stage. If two or more players share first place in the section, the qualification will be decided according to ICCF rules through the Sonneborn-Berger system.
Pairings for the semi-final and final stages will be announced later, depending upon the number of entries and the form of play selected by the applicants in the preliminaries.
Allocation of players in the preliminary and semi-final stages will be made as random as possible; however, geographical distribution as well as achievement of reasonable equality of the average rating will be taken into account. In addition, those players who qualified for World Cup XIII and XIV finals will also be entitled to play in the semi-final stage of World Cup XV and the winner of WC XIV final will be eligible to participate in World Cup Final XV.
Although the number of preliminary groups for each player is unlimited, no player will be allowed to qualify for more than two semi-final sections or for more than one place in the final.
Winners of preliminary and semi-final stages will receive book prizes. A cash prize of one thousand (1000) Swiss Francs will be awarded to the winner of World Cup XV, with a trophy and gold medal. There will also be prizes of six hundred (600) Swiss Francs to the silver medalist and four hundred (400) Swiss Francs to the bronze medalist. The above prize money is subject to the formal approval of the ICCF Congress 2006 in Dresden.
The following qualifications can be achieved in the final:
- The winner of the World Cup Final XV will qualify for the Final of the next World Cup Tournament (ICCF Tournament Rules, Article 3.6) and will gain the IM title (ICCF Tournament Rules, Article 8.6.c).
- All participants in the final will qualify for the semi-final of the next World Cup Tournament (ICCF Tournament Rules, Article 3.6)
- The top two finishers in the Final will qualify for the Candidates’ Tournament of the World CC Championship when the category of the final is VII or above (ICCF Tournament Rules, Article 1.3.1.e).
- All participants in the final who score at least 60% of the possible points and/or top two finishers (when the category of the final is XI or below) will qualify for the semi-final of the World Cup CC Championship (ICCF Tournament Rules, Article 1.2.2.e).
The German Correspondence Chess Federation has appointed:
Phone: 049 (0)5161-4642
Fax: 049 (0)5161-941594
Herr Höbel has been selected as Central Tournament Leader (CTL) of this tournament. He will be assisted by a team of Tournament Directors (TD). The appeal instances are the ICCF Appeals Commission (Playing Rules) for cases concerning the application of ICCF Playing Rules and the ICCF Appeals Commission (Other ICCF Rules) for cases concerning the application of Tournament Rules, Code of Conduct and any other rules matters not covered elsewhere.
Entries (including the ID-number from the ICCF rating system, name, e-mail address) should be submitted via National CC Federations.
Entry fee for National Federations is 20 CHF per player. The Direct Entry fee is calculated based on method of payment and currency used. The actual DE total will be presented to the player during his/her registration process.
Applications via National Correspondence Chess Federations must reach the CTL not later than 15.10.2006, preferably by e-mail. We ask that first applications be sent as soon as possible and thereafter on a weekly basis.
We wish all participants many interesting games and new links with CC friends in other countries based on the spirit of friendship and the ICCF motto:
World Tournament Director
Non-Title Tournaments Commissioner
Central Tournament Leader