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1: Organization

 Vugar Gashimov Chess Foundation


2: Venue and Date

 Baku city, Fairmont Hotel

December 17-24, 2021


3: Tournament System 

Round-robin rapid and blitz tournament with 8 players


4: Schedule

The rounds are scheduled daily from 15:00 (GMT + 4, CET +3)

Rapid tournament 18-21 December, blitz tournament 22-23 December


Time *




Opening Ceremony

Round 1.1

Round 1.2



Round 2.1

Round 2.2

Round 3.1

Round 3.2



Round 4.1

Round 4.2

Round 5.1

Round 5.2



Round 6.1

Round 6.2

Round 7.1

Round 7.2




Blitz rounds




Blitz rounds


Closing Ceremony

*All times are local time, GMT+4

  • in case if the rapid mini-match results 1:1, then “Armageddon” will be played.


5: Time Control

The competition will be held with two time control:

  • Rapid-15 minutes + 10 seconds until the end of the game
  • Blitz- 5 minutes + 3 seconds until the end of the game

An Armageddon game will consist of 5 minutes for white and 4 minutes for black, with a 3       second increment after the 60th move. 

6: Calculation of points

The winner of the Rapid mini-match gets 3 points, while the loser gets 0 points.

  • in case of draw in a Rapid mini-match, the players earn 1 point, additionally the “Armageddon” decisive game is played to determine the winner.

In Armageddon, the winner is awarded by 1 extra point.


7: Tie-break rules

In case two players share first place they will play a tiebreak. An Armageddon game will consist of 5 minutes for white and 4 minutes for black, with a 3 second increment after the 60th move. 

Tiebreak criteria for a play-off in case more than two players share first place:

a) Great number of points in rapid games
b) The mutual result
c) A greater number of wins from both tournaments.
d) the Sonneborn-Berger score


8: Arbiters

The arbiters, including the Chief Arbiter, shall be appointed by the Organization Committee in accordance with FIDE rules.

9: Procedure of appeals

Protests, including protests against decisions of the Chief Arbiter or his assistants, or the Tournament Director, must be submitted in written form to the Chairman of the appeals committee within one hour after completion of the respective game. The protest must be accompanied with the sum of 500 € or the equivalent in local currency, as a deposit from the signatory. The deposit must be handed to the Chairman of the appeals committee. If the appeal is granted, the sum shall be returned immediately. If the appeal is refused, the deposit is forfeited to Vugar Gashimov Chess Foundation.

10: Media

Taking pictures in the Tournament Hall shall only be permitted during the first 5 minutes after the beginning of the games.

TV broadcasting of the games can be done throughout the playing area in accordance with applicable rules and instruction of the Tournament’s press officer.

11: Contacts

Vugar Gashimov Chess Foundation






Street Address

Nasibbey Yusifbeyli 93