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2015 Zone 4.3 Individual Chess Championships


April 17 – April 26, 2015

Shire Highlands Hotel, Blantyre, Malawi

Dear Friends, Under the auspices of the African Chess Confederation, the Chess Association of Malawi has the honour of inviting Zone 4.3 Federations affiliated to the World Chess Federation (FIDE) and in good standing, to participate in the 2015 Zone 4.3 Individual Chess Championships.

1. 2015 Zone 4.3 Individual Chess Championships

The Chess Association of Malawi has the honour of inviting all chess federations in Zone 4.3 that are affiliated to the World Chess Federation (FIDE) to participate in the 2015 Zone 4.3 Individual Chess Championships.
The event will comprise an Open Section and a Women’s section.
The Championships will be held from 17th April (arrival) to 26th April 2015 (departure) at Shire Highlands Hotel in the Central Business District (CBD) of Limbe (Blantyre) in Malawi.

2. Participants

In accordance with FIDE regulations, the Zone 4.3 Individual Championships are open to all players from federations within the Zone 4.3 region which are affiliated to FIDE and in good standing.
Federations will be allowed to enter a maximum of five (5) players in each category.
The host federation reserves the right to field up to seven (7) players in each category and also hold a player in reserve; that can be registered in the event that there are an odd number of participants.
Subject to agreement with the organizers, the Continental President may allow additional participants for the tournament.

3. Tournament Regulations

It is intended that the Championships will be played in accordance with FIDE regulations as a 9 Round Swiss System tournament.
Time control will be 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game, with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from move one (1).
The games will be played using DGT clocks; and pairing will be published on www.chess-results.com
Swiss Manager will be used for the Championship, and players from the same Federation will not be paired together in the last round.
Draw offers are not allowed before Black’s 30th move.

4. Tie-Break

In case of a tie for the overall winner or other places, the tie will be broken as follows:
    a) By the results between the players involved in the tie
    b) Buchholz, the highest number wins;
    c) Number of wins, the highest number wins;
    d) Number of wins by black, the highest wins
    e) The highest rating

5. Title Awards

The winner in the Open Section will be awarded International Master (IM) title whilst the winner in the Women’s Section will be awarded the Woman International Master (WIM) title.
Other titles will be awarded in accordance with FIDE title requirements.

6. Cash Prizes

The Prize structure for the Open Section will be as follows:
   1st Prize:           US$ 1,350
   2nd Prize:          US$ 1,000
   3rd Prize:          US$ 750
   4th Prize:          US$ 500

The Prize Structure for the Women Category will be as follows:
   1st Prize:          US$ 750
   2nd Prize:         US$ 500
   3rd Prize:         US$ 350

7. Qualification for 2015 FIDE World Cup

The 2015 Zone 4.3 Championship is a qualification event for the 2015 FIDE World Cup in Baku, Azerbaijan.
The winners in the Open Section will qualify for the 2015 FIDE World Cup.

8. Tournament Schedule

The tournament schedule is as follows but subject to some changes if need be. However any change to the schedule will be communicated during the Technical Meeting before the start of 1st round.
Table 1: Schedule of Tournament

Dates                               Time                             Activities
17th April, Friday                                                  Arrival
17th April, Friday              18.00hrs                        Opening Ceremony
18th April, Saturday          10:00 – 11:00                Technical Meeting
                                      14:00 hrs                       Round 1
19th April, Sunday            09:00 hrs                       Round 2
                                      17.00 hrs                       Round 3
20th April , Monday           09:00 hrs                      Round 4
                                      17.00 hrs                       Round 5
21st April , Tuesday          09:00 hrs                      Round 6
22nd April, Wednesday     ALL DAY                         Free Day
23rd April, Thursday         14:00 hrs                      Round 7
24th April, Friday              14:00 hrs                      Round 8
25th April, Saturday          09:00 hrs                      Round 9
                                      16:00 hrs                      Award and Closing ceremony
26th April, Sunday                                               Departure

9. Chief Arbiter & Appeals Committee

The Chief Arbiter for the 2015 Zone 4.3 Chess Championships will be appointed by the African Chess Confederation President, Mr. Lewis Ncube.
The Appeals Committee will consist of 3 members and 2 reserves chosen from among the participating Federations.
Appeals should be submitted in writing to the Chief Arbiter within two hours (2 hours) after the end of the round in question, with a US $100 deposit. The deposit is refundable, if the appeal is successful
10. Board and Lodging

All players, officials and accompanying persons from participating federations will lodge at Shire Highlands Hotel at Euros 50 per person per day (sharing) or Euros 65 per person per day (single room).
This cost includes 3 meals (breakfast, lunch and supper).
All payments related to board and lodging must be effected before the 1st April 2015, which will be the deadline for confirmations, or upon arrival (after confirming with the organizers).
Players, officials and accompanying persons who arrive before the 17th April 2015 or depart after 26th April 2015 will be expected to arrange their own accommodation for the extra days or pay for the additional days at the tournament lodging venue, Shire Highlands Hotel.
Participating Federations will receive free board and lodging for one player in each category.
Important note: all payments must be made to the account of the Chess Association of Malawi as indicated in item 14, Bank Details or upon arrival subject to a specific request to the Organizers.
If payments are not received before the start of the competition, players will not be allowed to participate in the tournament.

11. FIDE Fees

In accordance with FIDE regulations both official players and additional players shall be required to pay FIDE fees of €70 per player.
One player in the Women Category and one in the Open category from each federation will be recognized as official players while all others will be additional players.
Fees must be paid into Chess Association of Malawi Account by 1st April 2015.

12. Accreditation

Each federation shall send names together with Passport size photos for all their Players, Officials and Accompanying persons by 1st April 2015

13. Registration Fees:

The Registration Fee for each participating player is 100 Euros and must be paid into the Chess Association of Malawi account before 1st April 2015.
Payments may also be made upon arrival, provided a request is made to the Organizers.
Players whose Fees remain unpaid at the start of the Technical Meeting will not be allowed to participate to the tournament.
Please note: Only Federations can register players.
The Registration Fee for each official and each accompanying person will be 100 Euros.
No refunds will be made for any player, official or accompanying person who fails to make it to the Tournament after paying registration or FIDE fees.

Registration detailss for entries are appended herein; Federation officials must fill them in and return them to the designated Chess Association of Malawi officials on or before 1st April 2015 by e-mail to confirm entry.
All registered players, officials and accompanying persons are entitled to:-
   1. Free Transfer (to and from) Chileka International Airport and Wenela Bus Terminus on arrival and departure.
   2. Shuttle to various places in the city depending on the Shuttle schedule.

14. Bank Details

Bank: Standard Bank
Branch: Lilongwe
Account Name: Chess Association of Malawi
Account number: 0140 0067337 00
Account type: Current (Cheque)
Swift Code: SBICMWMX

15. Local Currency

The Local Currency is the Malawian Kwacha (MWK). About 435 Malawian Kwacha (MWK) is equivalent to 1 (One) United States Dollar (US$)

16. Travel Arrangements

There are two International Airports in Malawi, but you need to fly to Chileka International Airport.
Chileka Intl Airport is 30Km away from Limbe, the venue of the tournament
The following flights fly to Chileka on most days of the week including 17th and 26th April 2015:
Malawian Airlines,
South African Airlines,
Ethiopian Airlines and
Kenya Airways.

All traveling arrangements and costs to and from Chileka International Airport are to be taken care of by respective Federations or respective players participating in the tournament.
Organizers will meet participants and accompanying persons at Chileka International Airport provided that full itinerary for each participant and their accompanying persons are communicated to the organizer in advance, (not later than 1st April 2015).

17. Visas

17.1 Players, Officials and Accompanying persons from the following countries will need entry visas into Malawi:
          1. Angola
          2. Democratic Republic of Congo and
          3. The Comoros Islands

17.2 For delegations coming from countries requiring entry visas into Malawi, these can be obtained from Malawian Embassies or consulate offices in your country.
we will issue an official invitation for delegations requiring the same for Visa processing. In some cases Visas may be obtained at the border of entry into Malawi but you will still need invitation letters.
For any problems please contact us at the following contact details: Chess Association of Malawi Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

18. Deadline Date

Entry forms must be filled by the respective Federation and returned to the host federation not later than 1st April 2015.
This date is the registration deadline.
Late registration attracts a penalty charge of 50 Euros.
The host Federation will thereafter reserve the rights to accept or reject any player who wants to register later than the official deadline date
Players who arrive unannounced or later than 17th April 2015 will cover all their costs.

19. Organizers Contacts

Chief Organizer:
Eng. Kezzie Msukwa
Phone: +265 999 951 590/ 888 951 590)
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Technical Director:
Eng. Mark Chikoko
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Cell: +265 (0)8888 30266/ (0)9942 92343
Organizing Committee Chairperson
Susan Namangale
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Cell: +265 (0)9999 51477/ (0)8848 49321

20. Zone 4.3 Countries
Comoros Islands
Democratic Republic of Congo
South Africa

We look forward to hosting all of you in our beautiful commercial city, Blantyre for a feast of exciting chess games.

Yours Sincerely,

Kezzie Msukwa

Registration Details – Open Category

Name of Federation: ………………………….

Registration Details – Women Category

Name of Federation:……………………………………………….


Name of Federation Official: (President or Secretary) ………………………………….. Signature: …………………………………. Date: ……………………………………………

FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY (To be filled by Host Federation)

I …………………………… have verified that the Federation of ………………..is not in arrears with FIDE as published. Date checked: ……………April 2015. Signature:………………………

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