Expressions of interest are now required for the above event. Please see further info below.
European Seniors Team Championships 2016, Halkidiki, Greece, 18 April to 28 April 2016
EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST
DEADLINE: 16 JANUARY 2016
This note follows up our earlier note (http://www.welshchessunion.org.uk/internationalnews) about this event. Full details of the event are now available on the tournment website (http://www.europechess.org/european-senior-team-chess-championship-2016/).
The most significant change over the format of the last event (in Vienna) is that this time there will be separate open events for teams over 50 and over 65 at the end of the calendar year (rather than one open event for the over 60s). The facility to enter multiple teams in each event and the requirement that all players in a team are registered as Welsh with FIDE are unchanged. As for the last event, where teams badged as Wales (Dyfed) and Wales (Gwent) took part, the WCU wish to give as many players as reasonably feasible a chance to participate.
This note therefore asks:
a) anyone seeking to organise a club or regional side for the 2016 event; and
b) others who are either
i) unconnected with any such side they are aware of or
ii) would prefer in any case to play in Greece for a national team rather than such a side to
get in touch with Howard Williams (firstname.lastname@example.org), copying in Peter Bevan (email@example.com) if e-mailing, as soon as possible and in any case by 16 January 2016. If qualified for the over-65 event (i.e 65 or older by 31/12/16), please state whether you would also be willing to play for a Welsh over-50 team.
The tournament website (address above) contains a link to the invitation document with details of the schefule, format, deadlines, the cost of accommodation etc.
Briefly, the championship will be a nine-round Swiss with standard FIDE time limits and one round a day. Teams of four play in any one round but that team may be chosen from a squad of five. We shall endeavour to send squads of five. Teams may represent either a national federation or any regional structure of a federation’ and there is no limit to the number of teams a federation may enter. In common with all these seniors’ events the Greek organisers do not pay for the players’ accommodation. As the WCU are in no position to help with these costs (though the WCU will be willing to contribute towards the entry fee of E100 per team payable to the European Chess Union), accommodation and travel expenses will have to met by participants including the E60 being charged for the bus from Thessaloniki Airport to the venue and back.
Welsh teams, comprising players with an average rating of roughly 2000, finished about halfway in these enjoyable events in the years 2011-15.