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The Vietnam Chess Federation has the honor to invite your Federation to participate in The 1st HDBank Cup Open Chess tournament 2011 which to be held from 03 to 10 January 2011 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

1. Schedule:

03 January 12.00 Arrival
  19.00  Technical meeting
04 January 08.30 Opening Ceremony
  09.00 Round 1
  15.30 Round 2
05 January  09.00 Round 3
  15.30 Round 4
06 January 09.00 Round 5
07 January 09.00 Round 6
  15.30 Round 7
08 January 10.00 Round 8
09 January 09.00 Round 9
  14.00 Closing Ceremony
10 January before 12.00 Departures

2. Time control:
The tournament shall be conducted as a Swiss System competition of 9 rounds and will be played according to FIDE regulations. The time control is 90 minutes for the whole game with an addition of 30 seconds per move starting from move one.
Draw offers below 30 moves shall not be allowed.
Pairings will be made by Swiss Manager.

3. Prize fund:
Twenty five thousand U.S. Dollars (US$25,000) in cash prizes shall be awarded:

1st $6,000
2nd $4,000
3rd $3,000
4th $2,000
5th $1,000
6th $800
7th $700
8th $600
9th to 10th $500 each;
11th to 20th $250 each;
Women only: 1st $1200; 2nd $800; 3rd $500; 4th $300; 5th to 6th $200 each.
Special prize: Best U16 $100 and U12 $100

Cash prizes shall be shared equally among tied players. Players not present at the Opening Ceremony shall be fined 5% of their prize. The champions should be present at the closing ceremony. Players not present at the closing ceremony shall be fined five percent (5%) from their prize.
For trophies (Top 3 Standings), ties will be decided by Tiebreak: Buchholz, followed by Sonneborn- Berger; Number of Wins with the Black pieces.

4. Entry fee:
For all players based on the 1st November 2010 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 deposit fee will be US$100 for each protest, refundable if the protest is upheld. Protests should be submitted to the Chief Arbiter in writing within half an hour after the round.

6. Accommodation:
The Grandmasters who have ratings above 2550 and Women Grandmasters who have ratings above 2350 will be provided accommodation on a twin sharing basis for the duration of the tournament.

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

8. Entry deadline:
National Federation should be fill the registration and send before 10th December 2010. The registration form is enclosed but no later than 20th December 2010.
Players who send entry late than above deadline, they will be paid double entry fee.

9. Hotel:
The official hotel and venue: REX Hotel (5 star hotel)
Add: 141 Nguyen Hue Blv., Dist. 1, Hochiminh City.

The cost: - $50 for twin room with breakfast only.

10. Visa
Participants who need visas shall apply for visas at the Vietnam Embassy in your respective countries. If you have any problem, please do not heritage contact to following address:
Vietnam Chess Federation
36 Tran Phu St, Hanoi, Vietnam

Tel: (84-4) 3823 2471 Fax: (84-4) 3823 2471 Email: ldc@hn.vnn.vn