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10th Mediterranean Individual Championships

10th Mediterranean Individual Championships

15th – 26th of October 2015 – Beirut – Lebanon


Under the patronage of FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov



To     All FIDE Affiliated Chess Federations in Mediterranean Chess Association


The Lebanese Chess Federation, on behalf of the FIDE, invites your Federation to participate in the 10th Mediterranean Individual Men and Women's Chess Championships - Normal and Rapid chess, scheduled 15th (arrival) to 26th (departure) of October 2015 in Beirut, Lebanon.




The Championships will be played in accordance to the FIDE rules and regulations:




Each Federation from FIDE, listed in the MCA statute, can enter one official player in the Men's Championship and one official player in the Women’s Championship.


If a Federation wishes to have additional player(s) participating, besides those qualified though the normal way and by right, it should apply to the Organizing Committee. Additional players can participate in the competition only after getting official consent from the Organizing committee.





Entry shall be submitted by the MCA federations on the event website:


-          Application form to be filled.

-          A digital ID photo and passport scan to be uploaded.

-          Letter of designation of the official player by his MCA federation to be uploaded.

The registration should be before October 1st, 2015. If the Federations submit the registration form of their player(s) after the deadline, they may have to pay for their accommodation.


3.       Traveling Expenses and Airport Transfers

Traveling expenses shall be covered by the participating Federations.

Transportation from the Beirut International Airport to the hotel and back will be managed by organizers for free.


4.       Accommodation

The invited participants, a man and a woman identified by each federation will be hosted by the organizers with free accommodation (full board) in double or triple rooms in the hotel organizing the tournament. 

The 5 star hotel of the tournament: RIVIERA HOTEL - Beirut



Any additional participant or accompanying person will have to pay for all their expenses, (100$) per person per day in a double room, or ($120) per day for single occupancy, both options with full board. Hotel payments for the accompanying persons or extra players should be made in advance to the Organizing Committee or upon arrival in Beirut.


5.       System and rate of play


Men and Women players will participate in one joint tournament, giving the women category more opportunity for title norms. The Championships shall be conducted as a Swiss system, with 9 rounds. Time control is 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes until the end of the game, with 30 seconds additional time per move, starting from move 1, for each player for the whole game.


The Blitz Open competition will be organized as a Swiss System of 9 rounds (could be changed depending of the number of players). The time control will be 3 minutes per player with 2 seconds increment for each move starting from the first move.


All games will be played using digital clocks.



6.       TIE BREAK


The Tie break system for the overall ranking will be calculated by the following order:

-          Sum of Direct Encounters if tied players have all played each other.

-          Median Buchholz

-          Buchholz

-          Sonneborn-Berger


7.       Pairings


Pairings will be made using the software Swiss Manager. The pairings will be announced as soon as possible after the finish of each round.



The Chief Arbiter is (IA) Charles Kayle.

His Deputy and Assistants will be appointed by the Lebanese Chess Federation in consultation with the MCA General Secretary.





Protests against decisions of the Chief Arbiter or any of his assistants must be submitted in written form to the Chairman of the Appeals committee within one hour after completion of the playing session. The protest must be accompanied with the sum of 100 USD, as a deposit from the signatory. If the protest is accepted and the decision changed, then the deposit will be returned back to the claimant.

Otherwise money will be transferred to the MCA Treasury or Organising Committee. The Appeals Committee will be selected prior to the first round during the Technical meeting and will be made up of three persons selected by the majority of the players.





October 15         Arrival (after 12 noon)

                               Players’ Meeting               18:00

                               Opening Ceremony          19:00

October 16         Rd. 1                                        18:00

October 17         Rd. 2                                        16:00

October 18         Touristic Day & Blitz competition

October 19         Rd. 3                                        18:00

October 20         Rd. 4                                        18:00

October 21         Rd. 5                                        18:00

October 22         Rd. 6                                        18:00

October 23         Rd. 7                                        18:00

October 24         Rd. 8                                        16:00

October 25         Rd. 9                                        10:30

                               Closing ceremony              20:00

October 26         Departure (before 12.00 noon)



11.               PRIZES


The Total prize fund is 7,500 US$.

All cash prizes are noncumulative



1st :                  1,250$

2nd :                     750$

3rd :                    500$

4th :                    300$

5th :                    200$                                        



1st :                      800$

2nd:                      600$                                        

3rd:                      400$


Under 2200

1st :                      300$

2nd:                      200$                                        

3rd:                      100$


Under 2000

1st :                      300$

2nd:                      200$                                        

3rd:                      100$



1st                        500$

2nd                       400$

3rd                       300$

4th                        200$

5th                        100$



12.    VISAS


Where required, entry visa will be issued by the Lebanese consulates in the respective countries. Participants from countries which do not have Lebanese consulates may contact the Lebanese Chess Federation for assistance at least 15 days in advance.


13.               ON-LINE COVERAGE


The Organizing Committee will offer coverage for the event on the following websites:




Facebook à lebanesechessfederation (official page) 


14.               CONTACT  PERSONS


Lebanese Chess Federation

Mr. Nabil Badr                                                              

Lebanese Chess Federation - President

MCA - President                  

Tournament Director:

Mr. Roland Akhrass

Lebanese Chess Federation - Vice-President

MCA – Executive Director

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Mobile: (961) 3926776


Mr. Geoffrey D Borg

FIDE – Chief Executive Officer

MCA – General Secretary

Mr. Chihade Abou Nemri

Lebanese Chess Federation - General secretary

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Mobile: (356) 99434729

Mobile: (961) 3955700



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