Dedicated to the memory of Vugar Gashimov
30 March – 09 April 2019
Shamkir, Azerbaijan

1. Organization

"Shamkir Chess 2019" international chess tournament ("Tournament") dedicated to the memory of the Azerbaijani grandmaster Vugar Gashimov will be held in Shamkir (Azerbaijan) during 30 March – 09 April 2019.

The organizers of the Tournament are "State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic" and "Azerbaijan Chess Federation".

The Tournament shall be governed by applicable FIDE ruless and regulations and FIDE Laws of Chess. The organizational and financial issues shall be settled in accordance with the decisions of the organization committee appointed by the organizers ("Organization Committee").

2. Venue and Date

The playing venue of the Tournament is Haydar Aliev Centre in Shamkir city, Azerbaijan. The official opening of the Tournament will take place on 30 March 2019 at 18:30 hours at the playing venue. The drawing of lots shall take place at the end of the opening ceremony.

3. Tournament System

Tournament shall be held in round-robin system.

10 players at this Tournament are invited by the Organization Committee.

4. Schedule

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

March 30th - 18.30 - Opening Ceremony and Drawing of Lots
March 31st - 15.00 - Round 1
April 1st  -    15.00 - Round 2
April 2nd -    15.00 - Round 3
April 3rd -     15.00 - Round 4
April 4th -     15.00 - Round 5
April 5th -     Rest day
April 6th -     15.00 - Round 6
April 7th -     15.00 - Round 7
April 8th -     15.00 - Round 8
April 9th -     14.00 - Round 9
April 9th -     Closing Ceremony

5. Rate of play

Time control: 120 minutes for the first 40 moves, 60 minutes for the next 20 moves and then each player shall be allotted 15 minutes after the second time control; an increment of 30 seconds per move shall be allowed from move 61 onwards.

6. Ranking and Draw system

The final standing of the players shall be determined according to points.

In case if the top two players score equal points, they shall play a tie-break match. The tie-break match shall consist of two games with a time-control of 10 minutes per player + 5 seconds added for every move played. In case of a tie, another match of two blitz-games shall be played with a time-control of 3 minutes per player + 2 seconds for every move played. In case of another tied result – there shall be played a last "suddendeath" decisive game with a timecontrol 6 minutes for the whole game for the White-player and 5 minutes for the whole game for Black-player. The White-player shall only need a victory in this game to win the tournament; while the Black-player shall win the tournament by just not losing that final decisive game.

In all other cases (i.e. other than the case of the top two players described above), if two or more players score equal points – the following criteria shall be decisive for the tie-break:

  • A greater number of wins;
  • The result of the direct mini-matches between contenders;
  • Berger.

7. Prizes

The total prize fund of the Tournament is 100,000 (one hundred thousand) euros.

The amount is net and cleared of any taxes applicable in the Republic of Azerbaijan. The money prizes shall be allocated as follows (in euros):

1th place: 30,000
2nd place: 20,000
3rd place: 15,000
4th place: 10,000
5th place: 8,000
6th place: 6,000
7th place: 4,000
8th place: 3,000
9th place: 2,500
10th place: 1,500

The prizes shall not be divided.

8. Conduct of Players

No draw agreements by the players are allowed before and including move 40. Any such draw claim shall be permitted only through the Chief Arbiter in the following cases:

  • a triple-repetition of the position,
  • a perpetual check,
  • in theoretically drawn position

Players are required to participate in official Tournament events, unless otherwise agreed with each player.

The players are required to grant interviews to the media provided that the timing and conduct of the interview do not infringe any applicable rule.

The players are required to comply with the dress code of the Tournament: suit and a tie.

9. Arbiters

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


Protests against the decisions of the Chief Arbiter may be lodged before the Appeals Committee. The selection and appointment of the members of the Appeals Committee are made by the Organization Committee.

The protests shall only be lodged in the written form within 1 hour from the end of the playing session and shall be accompanied with the proof of the appeal fee (500 euros) payment.

11. Media

Taking pictures in the Tournament hall shall only be permitted during the first 10 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 service.

12. Accommodation

The accommodation of the players will be in Excelsior Hotel Shamkir.


The Organizers will arrange and/or assist players in obtaining visas entry into the Azerbaijan Republic.

14. Contacts

Chess Federation of Azerbaijan

Address: K.Safaraliyeva str.12,  Baku, Azerbaijan, AZ1010.
Phone/fax: +99412 511 13 56