Krakow, Poland, 29 June – 8 July, 2018,


The Malopolska Chess Association, the Polish Chess Federation, the Community of Krakow, the European Chess Union (ECU), have honour to invite all the Chess Federations, and eligible players to take part in the European School Chess Championship 2018 (open and girls under 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17 years old) organized in Krakow (, Poland from 29th June to 8th July 2018.


2.1. Every National Federation, School Association, School may enter an unlimited number of players in each of the 12 age groups. In case that one girl group is less than 10 participants then it will be merged with the same age open group category.

2.2. Entitled to participate are players (Boys & Girls) who shall not have reached the age:

of 7, by 1st January 2018 (date of birth – January 1st, 2011 and after) – Tournament Under 7,

of 9, by 1st January 2018 (date of birth – January 1st, 2009 and after) – Tournament Under 9,

of 11, by 1st January 2018 (date of birth – January 1st, 2007 and after) – Tournament Under 11,

of 13, by 1st January 2018 (date of birth – January 1st, 2005 and after) – Tournament Under 13,

of 15, by 1st January 2018 (date of birth – January 1st, 2003 and after) – Tournament Under 15,

of 17, by 1st January 2018 (date of birth – January 1st, 2001 and after) – Tournament Under 17,

Upon arrival chief of delegation, coach or players may be requested to present the passports of their players for the verification of the age eligibility.

2.3. All participants, including parents, coaches, observers and relatives are obliged to stay in official hotels. The access to the playing areas, venues will be allowed only to the organizer accredited people. The booking in the hotels must be done through the organizer.

2.4. Accommodation and travel expenses are covered by the participants, federations, schools or their sponsors. The players delegations must be accompanied at least by one adult (chief, coach or parent), who is responsible for the players. Participants insure themselves on their own.


3.1. ECU fee. In accordance with the ECU regulations an entrance ECU fee of 20 EUR is required for each player. Their National Federations must send this amount directly to the ECU account.

3.2. Registration fee. Every participant, coach and accompanying person shall pay 100 EUR to the organizer in Krakow as the registration fee. This payment includes transport from Krakow-Balice Airport, accreditation, badge, excursions.

3.3. That payments are compulsory and represent the confirmation of the participation. The hotel bookings are made only for people who confirm those payments.

4. REGISTRATION – deadline 15th May, 2018

4.1. Chess players can participate in the championships provided an official application is made by his/her National Federation, the School Association, the School on the registration forms.

4.2. The registration must include the Country/Federation, FIDE ID number, surname, first name, international rating and FIDE title, the passport details of every player, every coach and every accompanying person. It must also include the name, phone, email of the Delegation Chief.

4.3. The registration forms and the confirmations of both ECU fee and Registration fee payment must be sent to the organizer by fax +48-12-411-48-01 or by email: before 15th May, 2018.

4.4. An identity photo (2×3 cm) should be send for the badge of the players, coaches and accompanying persons by 15th May by the email: The photo can be taken on arrival, cost 5 EUR.

5. PAYMENTS – deadline 15th May, 2018

5.1. All payments (hotel, registration fee) made in EUR shall be transferred to the bank account of the organizer. The organizer account information:

Name Malopolski Zwiazek Szachowy

Address 31-549 Krakow, Aleja Powstania Warszawskiego 6/65, Poland

Bank Powszechna Kasa Oszczednosci, Bank Polski SA, Oddzial 25 w Krakowie

Bank address 31-072 Krakow, ul. Wielopole 17


Account number 61 1020 2892 0000 5002 0429 6554

5.2. The foreign bank commissions must be paid by the sender. The players will not be paired until all the payments are effected to the organizer.

5.3. The deadline of all payments is 15th May, 2018.


6.1. The participants (players, coaches, accompanying persons) will stay in 4* stars hotel: Galaxy (8 Gesia st.). The playing hall is in the Galaxy hotel. Galaxy Hotel has 435 beds. After exhausting the Galaxy Hotel, participants will be accommodated at another hotel of the same standard under the same conditions.

6.2. In the hotel there is a free wireless connection in the rooms and in the lobby for all participants.

6.3. The accommodation charges must be paid in advance. The payment must be done in EUR.

6.4. The price includes an accommodation plus three meals per day starting on June 29 th (dinner) till 8 th July (lunch), 2018. Every person shall pay per day:

85 EUR in a single room 63 EUR in a double room 53 EUR in a triple room


All participants applying for a visa must sent the copy of the passport before 16th February, 2018 to the Organizer. The Organizer will give full support to assist participants to receive entry visas.


29 June Friday Arrival of Participants

29 June Friday 20:00 Technical Meeting, Pairings

30 June Saturday 11:00 Opening Ceremony

30 June Saturday 15:30 1 Round

1 July Sunday 9:30 Excursion “Chess in the museums of Krakow”

1 July Sunday 15:30 2 Round

2 July Monday 15:30 3 Round

3 July Tuesday 9:30 4 Round

3 July Tuesday 15:30 5 Round

4 July Wednesday 9:30 Sightseeing tour of Krakow

4 July Wednesday 16:30 School Chess Teachers Seminar

5 July Thursday 15:30 6 Round

6 July Friday 9:30 7 Round

6 July Friday 16:30 Blitz tournament

7 July Saturday 15:30 8 Round

8 July Sunday 9:30 9 Round

8 July Sunday 16:00 Closing Ceremony

9 July Monday Departure of Participants


The championships will be played according to the Swiss System in 9 rounds. It will be FIDE rated. The national ratings will not be taken into consideration for the pairings. Rate of play will be according to FIDE regulations 90 minutes for 40 moves plus 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from move 1. Default time is 15 minutes for each round.


10.1. The first winner in each open age category is the European School Champion for 2018. The first girl in each girl age category is the European Girl School Champion for 2018.

10.2. Special offer: The 6 ECU Champions (U7, U9, U11, U13, U15, and U17) and the 6 GIRLS ECU Champions (U7, U9, U11, U13, U15, and U17) will play as personal right players (free stay and accommodation) in the XXIX International Chess Festival “Cracovia 2018” (27.12.2018-04.01.2019) in Krakow, Poland. The invitation is a very kind offer of the Malopolska Chess Association.

10.3. Players placed first, second and third of each category will be awarded with medals.

10.4. Other special gifts will be given from the 1st to the 6th places in each group.

10.5. All players and arbiters will be given diplomas for participation.


According to ECU regulations all players, coach and accompanying persons shall cover the travel expense.

Krakow has regular flight connections to numerous European destinations.


The games will be displayed live in the internet from the 50 chessboards.

The final interpretation of the Regulations is one of the Organizers. For any other matter not mentioned in the General Regulations, the Organizing Committee may decide after consultation with ECU.


13.1. School Chess Teachers Seminar 4thJuly, 2018

13.2. Open Blitz Tournament – 6thJuly, 2018;11 rounds, Swiss system

13.3. Excursions with professional guides

13.4. Sport activities


Championship Director: Mr. Jan KUSINA

phone/fax +48-12-411-48-01;
mob. +48-695-210-120;