Chess will make its first step in the European Games – European Olympic Committees as an accompanying event under the aegis of the Organising Committee of Krakow-Maloposka 2023, Report informs, citing the European Chess Union.
ECU regulated a new special competition the European Pair Blitz Chess Championship 2023, which will take place on June 19, 2023, in Krakow, Poland, as the accompanying event and part of the European Games Krakow-Malopolska 2023.
Eight teams (ECU members) are invited according to the best combined Pair FIDE Classical rating – March 1, 2023 list: Ukraine, Azerbaijan, France, Poland, Romania, Germany, Armenia, and the Netherlands. Each team shall consist of one player over 2650 (classical rating) in the open section, one female player over 2350 (classical rating) in the women’s section, and one representative/captain.
Both Women’s and Open events will consist of two phases: Qualification: 8 teams round-robin tournament; Playoffs with the knockout system for the best-ranked 4 teams of the Qualification stage.