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European Team Chess Championship Kicks-off in Hersonissos, Crete

The European Team Chess Championship 2017 has opened in the Creta Maris beach resort, in Hersonissos, Crete and will be held from the 27th October to the 7th November.
Forty teams will compete in Open section and 32 teams in Women’s section. Top seeds in both sections are the teams from Russia who will try to defend their titles as European Team Champions from 2015.
The total number of players is 198 in Open section, among whom are 138 Grandmasters and 35 IMs, which is making the event one of the strongest ever.
The Championship will be played according to the Swiss system in 9 rounds, with time control 90 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game + 30 second increment for every move played, starting from the move one.
According to ECU and FIDE rules, the time control will be 90 minutes for 40 moves + 30 minutes for the rest of the game, with a 30 seconds increment for every move played starting from move one. The total prize fund of the event is €20.00.
The organizers have provided plenty parallel activities during the Championship, such as excursions on the free day to Knossos – Heraklion and Agios Nikolaos – Spinaloga.
The International Open Chess Tournament which will be held in the same playing venue and played as a 9-round Swiss tournament, from October 28th to November 5th.

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