10th European Individual Women’s Chess Championship starting on 7 March
Written by content team of latestchess.com
1 March 2009

Russian Chess Federation, European Chess Union, St. Petersburg Chess Federation and the City of St. Petersburg are organizing the 10th European Women Chess Championship. 11 rounds Swiss tournament will be played on March 7 – March 21.The first Women Grand Prix tournament is overlapping with the European Individual Championship. It’s little surprising to see the two big events clashing with each other. Report with pictures of Saint Petersburg city.

The 10th European Women Chess Championship will take place from March 7 – March 21 at Saint Petersburg . The playing time will be 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 one.

The high interest in the tournament is defined by the fact that the Individual European Women’s Championship 2009 is a qualification event for the next World Championship for Women. According to FIDE regulations and the decision of the ECU Board, 14 players will qualify. Besides, the top 20 players will divide a prize fund of 70 000 euro.

Saint Petersburg is a city and a federal subject of Russia located on the Neva River at the head of the Gulf of Finland on the Baltic Sea. Founded by Tsar Peter I of Russia on 27 May, 1703, it was the capital of the Russian Empire for more than two hundred years. Saint Petersburg ceased being the capital in 1918 after the Russian Revolution of 1917. It is Russia’s second largest and Europe’s third largest city after Moscow and London. The city has 4.6 million inhabitants, and over 6 million people live in its vicinity. Saint Petersburg is a major European cultural center, and an important Russian port on the Baltic Sea.

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