World Cup 22 Semi-Finals
Sunday, August 11, 2019: are almost here.....
The International Correspondence Chess Federation
in association with the
Nederlandse Bond van Correspondentieschakers
The ICCF World Cup 22 (webserver) Semi-finals
On behalf of the ICCF, the tournament is being organized and administered by the Netherlands Chess Federation (Nederlandse Bond van Correspondentieschakers).
The preliminaries of this World Cup started on 1st October 2017 with 871 players in 67 server sections and now it is coming to an end. Almost 99% of the games are finished already and most qualifiers are known.
The semi-finals of the ICCF World Cup 22 will start on 1st October 2019.
ICCF Rules valid at the start of the semi-final stage (1st October 2019) will be binding, including tie-breaking (number of wins, points evaluation by the Sonneborn-Berger System, results of the tied players against each other). The tournament will be played by webserver, 50 days for 10 moves.
The event will be rated with title norms, which is usually possible at the semi-final and final stages.
The semi-final stage is open to the 2 top players of each preliminary section (no more than 2 semi-final groups per player). Most of them already confirmed their participation. There is no additional entry fee (for those playing in the ICCF World Cup 22 preliminaries and earning qualification to the semi-final stage).
In addition, those players who qualified for World Cup 20 and 21 Finals will also be entitled to play in the semi-final stage of World Cup 22 and the winners of World Cup 20 and 21 Finals will be eligible to participate in World Cup Final 22 – unless, they have exploited their right to play at that stage in previous editions of the World Cup. These players need to pay an entry fee.
Should there be any non-starters or unexpected withdrawals, the semi-final sections might be filled by players from a prioritized list of reserves. Some of these players might be contacted (if applicable) by TO Joop Jansen via e-mail to fill any vacancies which arise.
Players (other than qualifiers from the World Cup 22 preliminaries) may enter in the usual way through their National Federations. Entries should contain player’s name, e-mail address, ICCF-ID, current rating and background, and should be forwarded by e-mail to the Tournament Organizer, Joop Jansen (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org), before 5th September 2019.
Allocation of players to the semi-final 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 considered.
There will be 10-12 semi-final groups (13-15 players each) and the winner from each section will qualify for a 13-15 player final.
The start date for all semi-final sections will be 1st October 2019 with closing date of 1st April 2021.
Any unfinished games are called for adjudication in line with ICCF rules.
The Final is expected to start not later than on 1st August 2021.
Prizes will be awarded to winners of the Semi-final sections (such prizes will be vouchers or monetary payment at the discretion of the EB , each to the value of approximately €25, with tie-breaks to be applied if necessary to determine section winners).
In the Final medals and certificates will be awarded to the top 3 players (if necessary tie-breaks will be applied to determine the top 3 places). Also in the Final cash prizes of €1,000, €600, €300 and €100 will be awarded to the top 4 players. Tie-breaks will not be applied in respect of these cash prizes and instead those players scoring equal points will equally share any prize money due.
Only the group winner (ties in line with ICCF rules) will be promoted to the World Cup final. No player will qualify for more than one place in the Final.
In addition, those players who qualified for World Cup 20 and 21 Finals will also be entitled to play in the semi-final stage of World Cup 22 and the winners of WC 20 and 21 Finals will be eligible to participate in World Cup Final 22.
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:
Central Tournament Leader