El Prat will be the first stage of a championship that has the intention to become annual and be held in the Baix Llobregat. It will be organized by the editor of El Llobregat, Xavier Pérez Llorca, and has the argentine International Master Marcelo Panelo as tournament director.

The open has the approval and support of the Catalan Chess Federation, and will be held a few days before the prestigious Sunway Chess Festival in Sitges. This closeness of dates can be an incentive for players with a high Elo to attend the El Prat de Llobregat event and then move to the Sitges tournament -the Elo establishes the ranking of a chess player.

General bases

Participation regulations:

Failure to comply with any of the general bases indicated below, or the specific bases of each of the tournaments, may result in the loss of a game or even the expulsion from the tournament, as well as the loss of any right for prize and refund of any amount of registration fee that the player could have paid.

  1. The Llobregat Open Chess that will take place in the town of El Prat de Llobregat will be governed by the Chess Laws and by the current FIDE regulations, interpretations and supplements included.
  2. The participation in the first tournament of El Llobregat Open Chess implies the knowledge and the full acceptance of the present bases.
  3. It will be the responsibility of each player to register in the correct group of each of the tournaments that he decides to play in. Likewise, the player must verify that the data contained in the different registration lists and classifications are correct, and must inform the Open Organization in case of finding any error. If it is discovered that a player is not enrolled in the correct group or has provided any incorrect information deliberately, he will be directly expelled from the Open.
  4. The relocation of the pieces, board and clock to its original position will be equally the responsibility of the players, once the game is over. The elements necessary for the dispute of the games can not be removed from the gaming rooms.
  5. Players agree to attend the game rooms with proper dress and to have a correct and sportive behaviour.
  6. Smoking will not be allowed in the playing area and entire event hall. Mobile phones will not be allowed unless they are turned off and placed in a bag or backpack provided by the player for that purpose and remains so for the duration of the entire round. Neither will be allowed to enter into the playing area keeping any electronic device that could serve the possibility to provide any type of chess assistance to players. The player will authorize the arbitration team to verify that their phone is switched off in case of any doubt about this.
  7. Players may not leave the game rooms without justification or permission from an arbitrator while their games are in progress.
  8. Participation in any of the Open Chess Llobregat A and B tournaments implies acceptance by the player that their personal data and games may be published in the different media that the Organization considers appropriate for a better dissemination of the event. Among such means are, for example, registration lists (paper and online in different media), match results, tournament rankings, retransmissions, photographs, etc.

Registration:

Only those players with a current national license may participate in any of the El Llobregat Open Chess tournaments. In the case of players with a foreign flag, they must have a FIDE code. The players can register to the A and B tournaments of El Llobregat Open Chess through any of the following options:

  1. Fill in the form that you will find on this web page
  2. Register via an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  3. Contact phone number: 902 800 248/670 794 640

Registration for any of the Llobregat Open Chess tournaments will only be valid once the registration fee has been transferred into the open bank account:

Bank entity: TARGOBANK
IBAN: ES81 0216 1993 0580 0010 5194
BIC/SWIFT: CMCIESMM

In the concept of the bank transfer, remember to include your name and surname, as well as the text "Inscription El Llobregat Open Chess"; and then send us the bank receipt to the email address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Without these steps you will not be able to validate your registration.

The Llobregat Open Chess Organization reserves the right of admission, being able to reject any application for registration that it considers opportune.

Registration prices:

  1. Senior: € 70 (€ 50 if paid before 1/11/2019)
  2. Under-16 players and veterans: € 60 (€ 50 if paid before 1/11/2019)
  3. Players with recognized disability: € 50 (€ 40 if paid before 1/11/2019)
  4. GM and MI: Free registration
  5. Players with more than 2400 Fide: Free registration

Tie-breaks:

The tie-breaks will be valid both for the purposes of classification and for obtaining trophies and cash prizes. Therefore, neither trophies nor cash prizes will be divisible among the players who could have drawn points.

The tie-breaking system of all Open tournaments will be as follows and in the following order:

  1. Particular result.
  2. Highest number of victories.
  3. Buchholz FIDE minus the worst result.
  4. Buchholz FIDE total.
  5. Sonnenborg Berger
  6. Draw, in the presence of the Competition Committee.

For the calculation of the Buchholz systems, the "virtual opponent" will be applied in non-played games.

In the case of group A, once the previous tiebreaker systems have been applied, a provisional general classification will be available. However, if there is a tie by points between some of the first 4 classified in above mentioned provisional classification, the match-play tiebreaker will be applied to obtain the final general classification.

Above mentioned match-play tie-break will consist of an eliminatory system (semi-final and final if there are 3 or 4 tied players) among the players who have finished the tournament with the same number of points (whether the champion should be decided or not), in the following way:

  • 2 blitz games with a timing of 5 minutes + 3 seconds per play (5 '+ 3 "), alternating colours.
  • In case of a tie, a blitz match "Armaggedon", with 6 minutes for the player with white and 5 minutes for the player with black. The colour of each player will be drawn and, in case of finishing in tables, the player who has played with black will win.

Disabled players can choose whether or not to play tie-breakers. In case of not doing so, they will get the prize they would be entitled in the provisional classification, without applying these tie-breaks.

Examples:

  • The first 4 players tied to points: 2 semi-finals and final to decide the positions first to fourth.
  • Champion decided but 3 players tied to points in the second to fourth places: 1 semi-final (third and fourth) and 1 final (the second would go directly to that final).
  • 2 players tied to points in the first 2 places, and 2 tied for points in the third and fourth places: 2 finals, one to decide the champion, and another to decide the third place.

Byes:

The byes, of zero points, must be requested from the arbitration team in writing, and must include both the request for bye and the signature of the player.

In case the disputed tournament allows the request of a bye (see bases of each of the Open tournaments), the bye for a certain game may be requested, at the latest, before the end of the previous round.

The byes that are requested for the first game of a certain tournament will only be accepted if requested by email to the Organization prior to the start of the tournament, and if the request is answered affirmatively. Applications by byes of players who had not made the entry of the registration fee to the tournament for which they request the bye will not be met.

Arbitral claims:

Any claim before an arbitration decision will have to be addressed in writing to the Competition Committee. It must be done no more than one hour after the end of the game in which the decision in dispute took place.

The Competition Committee will be integrated by the Open Director and by 5 players (3 full members and 2 alternates), the latter for those conflicts in which one of the holders could be involved, or in case of not being able to locate a titular member). During the first round of the Llobregat Open Chess game, the Organization will proceed to choose the above mentioned Committee.

The decisions of this Committee will be final and non appealable.

In the fast game tournaments, the decisions of the main arbiter of the Open will be non appealable.

Validity:

The slow game tournaments are eligible for ELO FIDE, FEDA and FCE, and will be valid for obtaining international standards.

Awards:

The prizes of each one of the tournaments that are disputed during the Festival will be subject to the legal withdrawals and the established taxes. The specific list of prizes of each one of the tournaments that make up El Llobregat Open Chess Internacional de Ajedrez can be found in the specific bases of the tournament.

The prizes are not cumulative and in the case that a player has access to two prizes, he will opt for the highest amount, in case of equal amount the order of prizes will correspond, first to the general table and then to the ELO- categories.

The awards ceremony will take place at the end of the tournament, at the time indicated in the agenda that you will find on this website. In the event that a player has the right for a prize but is not present at the time when he should be handed over during the prize-giving ceremony, he will lose any right to receive it, and may not claim it later. Likewise, in order to collect the prize it will be essential to present an identity document or passport.

Hotel reservations: In process

  • Single room: please ask
  • Double room: please ask
  • Third person: please ask

Players wishing to stay at the hotel during their stay must make their reservation by any of the following methods:

  1. Sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  2. Calling 902 800 248 / 670 794 640

In order to be eligible for the prizes for players staying at the official hotel, it is essential to inform the Festival Organization once the reservation has been made. These players will appear in the listings with a specific indication next to their name.