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Vietnam Chess Federation has the honor of inviting your Federation to participate in the 4th HDBank Cup International Open Chess tournament 2015 held from 16th to March 23th, 2015 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

1. Schedule:

March 16th  12:00  Arrival 
  19:00 Technical meeting
March 17th  08:30 Opening Ceremony
  09:30 Round 1
  16:00 Round 2
March 18th 09:00 Round 3
March 19th 09:00 Round 4
  15:30 Round 5
March 20th 15.30 Round 6
March 21st 09:00 Round 7
  15:30 Round 8
March 22th 09:00  Round 9
  16:00 Awarding Ceremony
March 23rd before 12:00 Departures

2. Format:
2.1. All players must have FIDE ID number.
2.2. Swiss System of 9 rounds. Pairings will be made by Swiss-manager program.
2.3. The time control is 90 minutes for the whole game with an addition of 30 seconds per move starting from the first move.

3. Prize fund:
3.1. Thirty five thousand US Dollars (US$35,000) in cash prizes shall be awarded:

1st $12,000
2nd $5,000
3rd $3,000
4th $2,000
5th $1,000
6th $800
7th $700
8th $600
9th to 10th $500 each
11th to 15th $300 each
16th to 20th $200 each
Best women: 1st $3,000; 2nd $2,000; 3rd $1,000
Best U16, U14: $200 each

3.2. Cash prizes shall be shared equally among tied players.
3.3. For trophies (Top 3 Standings), ties will be decided by Tiebreak: Direct Encounter, Buchholz, Greater number of Wins, Greater number of Wins with the Black pieces, Sudden death games.

4. Entry fee:
For all players based on February 1st, 2015 FIDE Ratings list, the entry fee is as follows:
4.1. Registration is free for GM, IM, WGM and players with a FIDE Rating of 2500 and above.
4.2. For all other players, the entry fee is as follows:
Above 2399 $50
2350 to 2399: $ 75
2300 to 2349: $100
2250 to 2299: $125
2000 to 2250: $150
Below 2000: $200

5. Appeals Committee:
An Appeals Committee shall be constituted before the beginning of the tournament in accordance with FIDE practice. The advance fee is US$100 for each protest and refunded if the protest uphelds. Protests should be submitted to the Chief Arbiter in writing within half an hour after the round.

6. Accommodation:
6.1. The Grandmasters who have ratings above 2550 and Women Grandmasters who have ratings above 2350 will be provided accommodation with 3 meals on a twin sharing basis during the tournament.
6.2. Other participants will responsible for their own accommodation with the cost as follows:
 Twin room: US$45 per person per night with breakfast only;
 Single room: US$80 per person per night with breakfast only.

7. Travel:
Players and people accompanied will be picked up at Tan Son Nhat airport, Ho Chi Minh City  and taken to the Hotel by Organising committee.

8. Entry deadline:
National Federation should fill the registration and send before February 1st , 2015. The registration form is enclosed but no later than  February 1st, 2015.
Players, who send entry later than the deadline above, will be charged double entry fee.

9. Venue: First Hotel. 18 Hoang Viet street, Tan Binh District, Ho Chi Minh city

10. Visa:
Participants who need visas shall apply for visas at the Vietnam Embassy in your respective countries. If you have any problems, please do not hesitate to contact us by the following address:
36 Tran Phu street, Hanoi, Vietnam
Tel: (84-4) 3823 2471 Fax: (84-4) 3823 2471, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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