4th Chess 960 World Cup

Saturday, December 27, 2014: Announcement



The International Correspondence Chess Federation


4th Chess 960 World Cup


The tournament will be played by server and will be organized in three or four stages, depending from 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 30 days. The event will be rated for Chess 960 rating system.


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

·  All the finalists of the 2nd Chess 960 World Cup can start the 4th Chess 960 World Cup from the Semi-Finals (starting approx. in the first half of 2016), entering via Direct Entry up to 28.02.2015 or via National Federation up to 30.09.2015.

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 2015. 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 15.03.2015.

Registration will begin on 1.01.2015 and will close on 28.02.2015 to allow for pairings.

All preliminary groups will finish at the latest on 15.06.2016.

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 5.07.2016.

The adjudication will be organized in such a way that all qualified players will be known by 31.08.2016.

The second stage is expected to start on 1.10.2016 at the latest.



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



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 case the total number of players is not a multiple of 6, the players with the highest ELO (up to a maximum of 5, no multiple entries) will be moved directly to the next round.


· The winner of the 4th 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


Markus Hömske

ICCF Non-Title Tournaments Commissioner


Frank Geider

World Tournament Director



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