Tournament Announcement for the 8th WebChess Open

Saturday, May 14, 2022: Please review the tournament announcement for the 8th WebChess Open.


ICCF is delighted to announce the start of the 8th WebChess Open tournament on the server. This announcement is posted on the ICCF website and distributed to all national federations. Working in collaboration with ICCF, the Non-Title Tournament Commissioner, IM Jörg Kracht, IA (GER), will organize the tournament.


The WebChess Open Tournament is a tournament open to all correspondence chess players worldwide, with or without any previous ICCF experience.


The tournament is played over three rounds (preliminary, semi-final, and final). Winners from each group in each round advance to the next round. After tie-breaking, a small number of best placed 2nd place players (number of points, number of wins, points evaluation by the Sonneborn-Berger-System) will qualify for the final semi-final stage.


The preliminaries will start on 15th September 2022.

The semi-finals will start in September 2024 (sooner if all preliminary groups are completed).

The final will start in September 2026 (sooner if all semi-final groups are completed).


All games will be played by webserver with the triple block system. All stages for a 700-day event, with 50 days initial bank and 5 days increment for the first 50 moves with guaranteed time, and conditional moves will be permitted.


All games will be rated with title norms possible. Title norms are not available in the preliminary round.


Entry Fee

4,68 Euros per entry



Multiple entries are allowed.


Although the number of preliminary groups each player may enter is unlimited, no player will qualify for more than two semifinal groups or more than one place in the final.


You may use Direct Entry (DE) or registration via the national federation (MF).

New players to ICCF can enter 1 section for free. All extra entries should be paid if they wish to enter more than one section. They should send their contact information: name, email address, and country to Jörg Kracht/ NTTC (nttc@iccf.com).



The total prize fund is 6.000 euros.


Each preliminary and semi-final group winner will receive a voucher prize, value to be confirmed before the start of the preliminary round. It is expected that these we are around 20 and 50 Euro respectively, but the actual amount will depend on entries, and the final shall have a 2.000 Euro prize fund (900 Euro for 1st place, 700 Euro for 2nd place, 400 Euro for 3rd place (prizes will be shared on equal points). All prizes will be given only after the completion of each stage.


Registration Deadline

The closing date for all entries is 31st August 2022. Pairings will be issued as soon as possible after that date.


All chess players are heartily invited to enter this tournament, both for the enjoyment of games and for friendly contact/communication with players worldwide.


National federation delegates are asked to give tournament-wide publicity to their players.


Amici sumus,


Frank Geider

World Tournament Director


Jörg Kracht

Non-Title Tournament Commissioner


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