European Individual Chess Championship 2021 kicks off on August 26 in Reykjavik, Iceland.
190 players from 36 different European federations are fighting for the title of European Champion and qualification spots for the FIDE World Cup 2023. The best-ranked player aged U20 will be granted a qualification spot for the 2021 FIDE Grand Swiss.
The total prize fund of the event amounts to â‚¬100,000, with â‚¬20,000 reserved for the champion.
32 players rated 2600+ lead the field, and the top seeds are: Gawain Jones (ENG, 2684), Gabriel Sargissian (ARM, 2682), David Navara (CZE, 2675), Matthias Bluebaum (GER, 2674), Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu (GER, 2671), Nils Grendelius (SWE, 2666), Constantin Lupulescu (ROU, 2659), Alexander Donchenko (GER, 2657), Nijat Abasov (AZE, 2656), Rauf Mamedov (AZE, 2654).
The event is played over 11 rounds, Swiss system, with time control: 90 minutes for 40 moves plus 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move, starting from move one.