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Malta Chess Federation – Preliminaries

By January 25, 2016News



Open to MCF Members with a rating less than 1800 (refer to January’s 2016 rating list)

Venue:  Malta Chess Federation club at Tal-Handaq Qormi.

Days of play: 25th Feb, 29th Feb, 3rd Mar, 6th Mar, 10th Mar, 13th Mar, 17th Mar.

All rounds start at 6pm and a player should turn up within 30 mins of the start of the clocks.

Time Limit:  90 minutes + 30 sec per move for all game

If less than 21 players take part, the top 6 qualify to Maltco Candidates. If between 21 and 30, the top 8 will qualify and so on.


  1. Direct encounter result. 2. Greater number of victories. 3. Most games played as black. 4. Buchholtz (0,0,N,Y,0,N [37])
  2. Sonnenborn-Berger (0,0,N,S,0,N,N [2])

Software used for pairings:  Swiss-Manager.

Tournament will be 7 round Swiss System and all games will be Internationally rated with FIDE.


1st:  €50; 2nd: €35; 3rd: €25.  Trophies and medals for all qualifiers.

Players should apply by 23rd February by sending email to [email protected] (reply to this email) or by sending an sms to 77386226. Please send your date of birth and mobile number when applying.

While the MCF will take all possible steps to ensure all applicants participate, there is a limit of the maximum number of players that can take part. Should this limit be imposed, applicants will be accepted in order of applications.

Participation fee is of €5 (under 16) and €10 (16 and over). Payment will be accepted before the first round.

As per statute:

Only persons who are members of the Malta Chess Federation and are Maltese citizens (as defined in Cap. 188 of Maltese law) or who have been ordinarily resident in Malta for a period of at least six years in the preceeding 8 years can participate in the Men, Women and Junior National championships of Malta.