Second Chess 960 World Cup

Friday, December 28, 2012: Announcement

The International Correspondence Chess Federation




2nd Chess 960 World Cup

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The tournament will be played by server and will be organized in three or four stages, depending on the number of the entries. The sections of the preliminary round will have 6 players (10 games) with 2 qualified for the next round. All sections will be with double round robin (players will have the same position with Black and White but all positions will defer from one opponent to another). Time control will be 10 moves for 20 days. The event will be not rated.


Players may enter in the usual way through their National Federations or, where eligible, via the ICCF Direct Entry system.

Entries via National Federations should contain player’s name, e-mail address and ICCF ID and should be forwarded by e-mail to the Tournament Organizer, Leonardo Madonia, (e-mail: lmadonia@iccf.com) to reach him before 28th February 2013. It would be appreciated if Federations send entries “as received” and not delay them until closing date.

A player can apply for more than one preliminary group.


Allocation of players to their sections will be made as random as possible; however, geographical distribution as well as an achievement of reasonable equality of the average rating will be taken into account.


Tournament Organization


The tournament will start on 15.03.2013.

Registration will begin on 1.01.2013 and will close on 28.02.2013 to allow for pairings.

All preliminary groups will finish at the latest on 15.05.2014.

Any unfinished games that will decide promotional positions in the group will be adjudicated. The players involved will send the record of the game (with the required result –win or draw–) and an analysis to their TD for adjudication no later than 5.06.2014.

The adjudication will be organized in such a way that all qualified players will be known by 31.07.2014.


The second stage is expected to start on 1.09.2014 at the latest.





Prize 1000 € for the first 3 players (500 €; 300 €, 200 €), no tie break.

  • 6 months subscription to Chess Vibes for all winners of the preliminary groups
  • 1 year subscription for the winner + 6 months subscription for the runner up to Chess Vibes of Semifinal groups
  • 1 year + 6 months + 3 months subscription to Chess Vibes for the top three finalist (for all Chess Vibes subscriptions, tie break applies)




The first two players of each preliminary section will qualify for the next round.

Although the number of preliminary groups which each player may enter is unlimited, no player will qualify for more than two semifinal groups or more than one place in the final (in the case of four stages the qualification to the second round is unlimited).

In the case of same score in different groups, will be prefered the number of wins (Baumbach tiebreaking), then best SB, then highest ELO; to compare sections with different number of players in the preliminary round, will be prefered the best %, then cancelled the 7th place in the bigger sections and compiled a new scoretable, then highest ELO.


The following qualification can be achieved in the final:


  • The winner of the 2nd Chess 960 World Cup will qualify for a World Championship Candidates (tie break applies);


Member Federations are asked to give the tournament wide publicity to all their players.


We wish all participants many interesting games and new connections with CC friends in other countries, based on the spirit of friendship and the ICCF motto AMICI SUMUS.



Leonardo Madonia

Central Tournament Leader


Andrew Dearnley

ICCF Non-Title Tournaments Commissioner


Frank Geider

World Tournament Director



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