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Sh360m at stake at FIDE Women's OnlineSpeed Chess

By Michael Nsubuga

Added 17th June 2020 09:13 AM

Woman Fide Masters (WIM) Christine Namaganda and Gloria Nansubuga, as well as Woman Candidate Master (WCM) Maria Nakanyike can try their luck on winning up to sh18m when they compete in the 2020 Women's Online Speed Chess Championship.

Sh360m at stake at FIDE Women's OnlineSpeed Chess

A group of pupils in action during the Chess Parents and Gurdian Association Chess Youth Championship Eastern Region qualifiers at Jinja College. PHOTO: Michael Nsubuga

Woman Fide Masters (WIM) Christine Namaganda and Gloria Nansubuga, as well as Woman Candidate Master (WCM) Maria Nakanyike can try their luck on winning up to sh18m when they compete in the 2020 Women's Online Speed Chess Championship.

The International Chess Federation and Chess.com organised event is due on June 18-20 and consists of four stages: Titled Swiss Tournaments, Play-Off Qualifiers, Grand Prix, and WSCC Super Final.

The first stage will comprise a total of six Swiss tournaments open to any titled women player (WCM/WFM/WIM/WGM/IM/GM), to be played between June 18 and June 23 (5pm).

These Swiss chess events will be played under different time controls:

I & IV are 9-round events with a time control of 5 minutes + 1 second per move, II & V are 13-round events with a time control of 3 minutes + 1 second per move, and III & VI are 21-round events with a time control of 1 minute + 1 second per move.

Christine Namaganda could try her hand at the sh18m top prize if selected to play by FIDE. PHOTO: Michael Nsubuga
Christine Namaganda could try her hand at the sh18m top prize if selected to play by FIDE. PHOTO: Michael Nsubuga

The eight first players of each Titled Swiss Tournament (A) will qualify for a Play-Off Qualifier (B). Any player is allowed to play an unlimited number of Titled Swiss Tournaments until she qualifies for the Grand Prix.

Second Stage: Play-Off Qualifiers

The eight players qualified from each one of the Titled Swiss Tournaments (from I to VI) play a respective 2-round Play-Off Qualifier held the same day, right after the respective Swiss tournament.

These playoffs will be played under the same time-control than the Swiss tournament that preceded them: I & IV are 2-game matches with time control 5 minutes + 1 second per move;

II & V are 2-game matches with time control 3 minutes + 1 second per move; III & VI are 2-game matches with time control 1 minute + 1 second per move.

In the case of a tie, an Armageddon game is played. Two finalists of each Play-Off Qualifier advance to the next stage.

Third Stage: Grand Prix

The Grand Prix will consist of four legs, with a total of 21 participants: the 12 players who qualified through the Swiss and Playoffs, plus 9 players seeded. These 9 players will be nominated by FIDE and Chess.com, with the final list being announced by June 16.

The final has a prize fund of $10,000, with $6,500 going to the winner, and $3,500 to the runner up.

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