Tournament Details

Info The traditional Swiss tournament will be held in the attractive spa town of Bad Homburg with a prize fund of more than 5,400 €.
Date May 25th to May 29th, 2016.
Venue Bürgerhaus Kirdorf, Stedter Weg 40, 61350 Bad Homburg vor der Höhe (Link to Google Maps).

The venue is located close natural Park of Bad Homburg and it is about 2 km to the pedestrian zone of the city of Bad Homburg.

Some hints for accomodation can be found here (in German).

Participants Group A: The tournament is open to all chess players.
Group B: Only for players with a tournament rating (= greater of national rating or ELO, if available) up to 2000.

The drawing of lots and the admission to start in group B are based on the rating lists by Fide and DSB respectively, available to the public by May 18th, 2016.

All players need a Fide-ID. For Members of the DSB this will be applied for by the organizer. Foreign players must provide their Fide-ID.

The total number of participants is to 220. This gurantees, that every board gets its own table.

Early registration is highly recommended.

Registration Registration in advance only via bank transfer of the entry fee until May 18th, 2016.

Registered players marked in the registration lists need not register in the tournament room and will be drawn by lot for the first round in any case.

Registrations - beyond the first 220 bank transfers - will be put on a waiting list and processed chronologically in case of withdrawals. Here contact details and a confirmation of participation within very few days are mandatory.

In case of less than 220 pre-registrations, players can pay on-site until 6:00 pm (on time). In this case the chronological order of on-site registration decides on the right of participation.

Mode of Tournaments Both tournaments: 7 rounds according to Swiss System, ELO and DWZ rated.

1st tiebreak is individual Buchholz, 2nd tiebreak is Sum of Buchholz.

Time Control 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, then 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from move one.

All boards are equipped with DGT XL digital clocks and wooden pieces.

1st round: Wed. 5/25/2016   6:30 pm
2nd round: Thu. 5/26/2016 10:15 am
3rd round: Thu. 5/26/2016   4:30 pm
4th round: Fri. 5/27/2016   4:30 pm
5th round: Sat. 5/28/2016 10:15 am
6th round: Sat. 5/28/2016   4:30 pm
7th round: Sun. 5/29/2016 10:15 am
The closing ceremony is scheduled for 4:45 pm.

The waiting period is one hour. Any player who doesn't arrive at the chess board within 60 minutes after the scheduled start loses the game and will be disregarded in the following rounds until he gives an explanation.

At Fri., 5/27/2016, 9:30 am, there will be a tennis/chess tournament for interested participants. More Information

Entry fee Paid on or before May 18th, 2016:

Adults45 € 30 € 30 € 15 €
Juniors30 € 15 € 15 € 15 €

After this date or on the on-site registration 50 € or 30 € respectively. In case of withdrawal before the start of the tournament, 10 € of the entry fee are withheld.

GM und IM are free. No other benefits are granted.

Registration via bank transfer only. Please specify name, club, group A or B, rating and day of birth:
SK Bad Homburg, Taunus Sparkasse, IBAN: DE49512500000001118927, BIC: HELADEF1TSK

Additional online registration is welcome.

Grand Prizes Group A:
1st prize: 750 € 2nd prize: 500 € 3rd prize: 400 € 4th prize: 300 €
5th prize: 250 € 6th prize: 200 € 7th prize: 150 € 8th prize: 120 €
Group B:
1st prize: 300 € 2nd prize: 250 € 3rd prize: 200 €  
4th prize: 150 € 5th prize: 100 €    
Rating Prizes For both groups at least two rating sections will be defined.

Prizes: 80 €, 60 €, 40 € each.

Special prizes For both groups special prizes are granted for the best juniors (born 1998 or later) and the best seniors (born 1956 or earlier, women 1961 or earlier):

Prizes: 80 €, 60 €, 40 € each.

These prizes are paid only if the corresponding group is composed of at least 6 participants.

Team Prizes Team awards for teams of 4, composed of the best four players of a club, regardless of the group they play.

Prizes: 80 €, 60 €, 40 €.

This prize is granted only if at least 6 clubs participate.

Payout Rules Prizes are guaranteed with at least 150 paying participants

The prizes will be split according to the Hort system. The number of prizes does not increase.

Rating and special prizes will be awarded after tiebreak. Double prizes are excluded, the higher prize is paid and the lower one falls to the next player. Decisions of the Tournament Director are final.

Tiebreak for Team awards is the cumulative tiebreak. In connection with these awards double prizes for individual players are possible. Only one team per club is eligible for prizes.

Electronic Devices FIDE Article 11.3 applies in the following form: It is allowed, to store a mobile device, which is completely switched off, in a closed bag in the tournament hall. Any usage and any sound of such a device during a players game leads to the loss of the game. The decision of the arbiter is final.
Arbiters International Arbiter Holger Bergmann
National Arbiter Roland Schmitt
National Arbiter Wolfgang Hettler
Organizer Chess Club Bad Homburg
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