Aeroflot Open 2017 regulations
Information and Regulations
of the International Chess Open Festival "AEROFLOT OPEN 2017"
and the Blitz Tournament.
General information of the festival:
The International Chess Festival "Aeroflot Open 2017" will be held in Moscow from 20 February (the date of
arrival) to 3 March 2017 (the date of departure).
The Aeroflot Open Chess Festival, which is popular throughout the world, will be held in February 2017 for the
15th time. This major event is open to chess players of most varied qualification: from unrated to having a very high
rating. As before, the festival is held “under the wings” of our leading air company –“ Aeroflot – Russian airlines”. The
festival will be held in the hotel “Cosmos”, which is one of the largest in Moscow ( over 1700 rooms). The hotel is
located in one of the most beautiful and environmentally pure Moscow districts within 20-minutes travelling from Red
Square and only 200-m walking from the nearest subway station (VDNKh). This time the festival has the guaranteed
prize fund amounting to EUR 140 000 (taking into account the prizes for the Blitz Tournament).
Three Open Tournaments (A, B and C) are made up according to the rating of the participants, and are 9-round
Swiss – tournaments. Naturally, the greatest interest is aroused by A tournament, requiring from a participant a rating
above 2550 and in which usually take part a number of extra class players.
In addition to the Open Tournaments, a Blitz Tournament will be held within the festival.
The official accommodation for the participants and also the venue of the Tournament will be at the “Cosmos”
The Organizers of the Festival are the "Aeroflot-Russian Airlines", the Russian Chess Federation and the
Association of Chess Federations.
Type of Chess Festival:
The festival consists of three open tournaments, each of which is a nine round Swiss event.
The Tournaments and Prize Fund:
The total prize fund of the three tournaments is EUR 120 000.
Tournament A:
for chessplayers with a FIDE rating higher than 2549.
Total prize fund Group A: EUR 65 000
1st Prize
6th - 10th Prizes
2nd Prize
11th - 15th Prizes
3rd Prize
16th -20th Prizes
4th Prize
21st - 30th Prizes
5th Prize
The winner of the A tournament will be entitled to participate in the round-robin Super Tournament in
Dortmund (13 – 24 July, 2017).
Tournament B:
for chessplayers with a FIDE rating less than 2550, but higher than 2299.
Total prize fund Group B: EUR 35 000
1st Prize
6th - 10th Prize
2nd Prize
11th -15th Prize
3rd Prize
16th - 25th Prize
4th Prize
26th- 35th Prize
5th Prize
Tournament C:
for chessplayers with a FIDE rating lower than 2300 or without rating.
Total prize fund Group C: EUR 17500
1st Prize
6th - 10th Prizes
2nd Prize
11th -15th Prizes
3rd Prize
16th - 25th Prizes
4th Prize
26th- 35th Prizes
5th Prize
Placing of players into tournaments (A,B,C) will be according to their respective FIDE ratings as of 1 February
2017. In exceptional cases the Organising Committee has the right to permit a chessplayer to play in a higher rated
tournament than his/her FIDE rating indicates.
In case of a tie of 2 or more participants, the prizes are divided according to the Hort system.
The number of prizes in each tournament does not exceed that indicated above in the tables.
Tiebreak systems:
For tournament A and B:
1. The number of games played with Black pieces. Byes and forfeited games will be considered as games played
with White.
2. The average of the opponents ratings minus the highest and the lowest rating.
For Tournament C:
1. The Buchholz score
Explication of the Hort System for the prize distribution.
In cases of a tie of two or more participants prizes will be divided according to the Hort system. The following example
will explain this system.
Suppose 4 players share the same place. The four prizes are as follows:1st EUR 10,000, 2nd EUR 8,000, 3rd EUR 6,000,
4th EUR 4,000.
We have to split the amount of EUR 28,000. We split it into two equal parts of EUR 14,000 each.
The first part will be split equally. Each of the players receives EUR 3,500.
The second part will be split according to the ranking after tiebreak.
#1 receives 3,500 + 5,000 = 8,500
#2 receives 3,500 + 4,000 = 7,500
#3 receives 3,500 + 3,000 = 6,500
#4 receives 3,500 + 2,000 = 5,500
Special Prizes:
There will also be special prizes for the best performance among seniors, women and juniors in all tournaments
amounting to EUR 2500 in total.
There will also be a prize for the best result shown by an unrated player in section C.
For the purposes of prize distribution, girls who were born after 31.12.1998, are considered to be adult players.
Only one prize can be awarded to a player (the highest one).
The exact distribution of the special prizes will be announced after the second round of the tournament, when the numbers
of seniors, women and juniors and the ratings of these players are known.
Attention is called to the fact that for such prizes to be awarded there should be at least 3 players in each of the above
Seniors, Juniors and Women:
A player will be considered a Senior when he was born before 01-01-1957.
A player will be considered a Junior when he was born after 31-12-1998.
Time control:
Tournament A: 100 minutes for the first 40 moves, then 50 minutes for the next 20 moves and 15 minutes for the rest of
the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move, starting from the first.
Tournament B: 90 minutes for the first 40 moves and 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30
seconds per move, starting from the first.
Tournament C: 90 minutes for the whole game with an increment of 30 seconds per move from the first.
The participants must keep the record of moves till the end of the game.
The Festival Schedule:
Tournaments A, B
Tournament C
Opening Ceremony
Feb.20: 21.00
Feb.20: 21.00
Round 1
Feb. 21: 15.00
Feb. 21: 9.30
Round 2
Feb. 22: 15.00
Feb. 22: 9.30
Round 3
Feb. 23: 15.00
Feb. 23: 9.30
Round 4
Feb. 24: 15.00
Feb. 24: 9.30
Round 5
Feb. 25: 15.00
Feb. 25: 9.30
Round 6
Feb. 26: 15.00
Feb. 26: 9.30
Round 7
Feb. 27: 15.00
Feb. 27: 9.30
Round 8
Feb. 28: 15.00
Feb. 28: 9.30
Round 9
Mar. 1: 15.00
Mar. 1: 9.30
Closing Ceremony
Mar.2: 16.00
Mar.2: Time will be announced
Blitz Tournament
Mar.2: 10.00
Mar. 2 - 3
Arrival and Registration
of the Players
Mar. 2 - 3
Appeals Committee
There will be an Appeals Committee of 3 members and two reserve members.
An appeal must be delivered to the non-voting Chairman of the Appeals Committee, Mr. A.Bach, within one hour after
the round involved.
Appeals against pairings are not accepted, unless the following rules of the Swiss system are violated:
1. Two players shall not meet more than once.
2. A player can receive only one bye.
A player who appeals has to pay a deposit of EUR 200,which will be returned if the Appeals Committee decides to satisfy
the appeal.
Swiss system
The Swiss pairings program used in all the tournaments and in the Blitz tournament is Swiss - Manager based on ratings.
2 March 2017 a double nine-round Swiss Blitz Tournament will be held in the same venue ( Hotel
“Cosmos”).The time control is 3 minutes with an increment of 2 seconds per move till the end of the game. The
prize fund of the Blitz Tournament constitutes EUR 20,000 to be distributed as follows:
The Organizing committee reserved the right to pay the prizes in the same currency in which the packages were
paid for.
The participants of tournaments A and B are admitted without a fee. The other players will be admitted upon the
following terms:
admission fee: EUR 300
2 nights at the hotel (single room:EUR 90; double room: EUR 150 for two persons)
airfare (depending on the zone): See the table
Determination of the winner
1. If two players tie for the first place, then two blitz games with the same control as in the tournament will be
played to determine the winner. If the outcome is still undecided, then a sudden-death game with a time
control of 5 min. vs 4 min. will be played.
2. If more than two players tie for the first place, then the first two are determined as follows:
Buchholz score
number of wins
result of personal encounter
Whereupon an additional match is played between the first two players, as per paragraph 1.
Attention of all potential participants!
All participants and accompanying persons who enjoy, within this project, the services of the air company Aeroflot
– Russian airlines and who have paid for their respective packages, will get their fully paid for air tickets by email.
The earlier you pay for the tournament package the smaller the amount will be.
The minimal fees are accepted until 30 November 2016. All prices are given in EUR.
Visa, tickets and payment
From the tables given below one can see the financial conditions of participation. The price of the package (airfare,
transfer, accommodation and entry fee) is given at a discount. The packages include breakfast. Those who
wish to have meals in addition to breakfast should additionally pay EUR 200 for full-board for
the entire period.
Attention is drawn to the fact that within the package air flights are possible in the period from 12.01.2017 till
20.03.2017. Also possible are flights from Moscow to all the zones and back.
A participant who does not need air ticket and accommodation should only pay the entrance fee, which is the same for all
participants. The earlier the payment is made the smaller its amount. Buffet breakfast is included in a package.
We again call the attention of all foreigners who wish to participate in the festival “Aeroflot Open 2017” that in order to
get their visas and air tickets in time they should pay for the package no later than February 5, 2017.
After the payment is made please send to our e-mail or fax addresses the registration form, including the name and
surname, Elo rating, birth date, home address, number and expiry date of your passport, as well as a (scanned) copy of it,
your itinerary (with arrival and departure dates). Please name the city in which you want to get your entry visa. The
further course of action is this – the Association of Chess Federations receives a confirmation of payment and sends an
invitation to start arranging for a visa. Electronic tickets will be sent to the e-mail address you indicate.
Accommodation at the hotel room from February 20 to March 3, 2017 is paid for by the package. Those who wish to
come earlier and/or depart at a later date should book and additionally pay for their rooms in advance (not later than
February 5, 2017). The room prices in the periods from February 17 to 20 and from March 3 to 6, 2017 are:
single room (standard) – EUR 55
single room (superior) – EUR 65
double room (standard) – EUR 80
double room (superior) – EUR 90
One person may stay in a double room only if he has paid the whole price (EUR 90).
Attention is called to the fact that full packages that have already been paid for are not refundable.
Additional information will be published on the site
Payments in US dollars is accepted at the rate EUR 1=USD 1.2
e-mail: [email protected]
tel/fax: +7 (495) 635-5684
tel.: +7 (985) 763-3616
Attention of foreign participants
All foreigners who wish to participate in the festival “ Aeroflot Open 2017” should pay the entry fee not later than
5.02.2017 in order to be able to get a visa and airticket in time.
Bank details
We kindly request the participants to transfer the payment in EUR or USD for the package to the following doublecurrency (EUR, USD) account:
Interchess Ltd.
IBAN LV36RTMB0000639806488
Rietumu Banka
Vesetas 7, Riga, LATVIA
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