The FIDE World Women’s Chess Team Championship has started in Sitges, already famous for eight editions of the popular chess open, ‘Sunway Chess’.
As many as 13 out of the world’s top 20 women players are taking part in this championship, running from 26 September until 3 October.
Following an opening ceremony that was held in the Prado, the matches are being played between Monday and Saturday in the Hotel Meliá, where a special hall has been set up to host the tournament. The players, the organisation and the accredited media are distributed among five hotels in Sitges.
The World Cup features 60 chess players representing twelve teams: Germany, Armenia, Azerbaijan, CFR TEAM (which brings together Russian players), Spain, FIDE Americas (combined American players), France, Georgia, India, Kazakhstan, Poland and Ukraine.
The national teams are divided into two groups of six, in which the top four will be ranked. From here, there are quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals in round-robin matches. The champion team will be announced on the first Saturday in October.
In parallel to the World Championships, various other activities have been organised around Sitges. The International Chess Federation, the Catalan Federation, Sitges Town Council and the Prado are involved in the organisation of the World Championships.
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