European Championship

system with 32 players for EGC:

Selection of players:

32 top European players (passport of active EGF member country required) will participate in the event. They can be either amateur or professional players.

The players qualify for participation in order of their best achieved EGF-ratings within the last twelve months (June 16th of a previous year – June 15th of a current year), as given in the EGF rating database by June 15th, before the EGC.

Only players with a tournament-result in the last twelve months (16th of June of a previous year – 15th of June of a current year) documented in the EGD will be taken into account.

The selection is done as follows:

Nominate the Top 8 from last European Championship

Nominate additional 6 players after the end of the previous Grand Prix. Of course, not the ones who are already qualified after previous ECC, then:

  • nominate 15 players from EGD list, mid-June (based on max rating)
  • Wildcard from EGC organization
  • Wildcard of U20 champion
  • Wildcard from EGF

Unused wildcards would increase the number of players from the EGD


Championship modus:

  • All 32 players start with the same Mac Mahon score. This start, Mac Mahon score, is the same as the top-bar Mac Mahon score of the EGC main-tournament.
  • The European championship shall be played during the first week (starting on Sunday) and second weekend of the EGC. 8 games shall be played by the two finalists (one each day).
  • Games played on the same day as the EGC shall be taken into account as well for the main EGC tournament (i.e. 5 games)
  • A final phase with 8 players shall take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday
  • It is a double knock-out tournament – hence, the players with two lost games in the preliminary rounds leave immediately the European Championship and may continue playing in the main EGC tournament.
  • Playing rules are different to the EGC main tournament: the championship will be played with Fisher time 90min basic plus 45 seconds additional
  • There is no need to define 5th to 8th positions. Hence, the players may play the weekend tournament if they wish so. Only for semi-finals, the games for 3rd place and the final are played over the weekend.


Pairings for the first round is based on EGF rating by mid-July.

Championship Schedule:

  • 5 rounds played during the main EGC tournament on the first week
  • 2 extra rounds played on Saturday and Sunday (2nd weekend) – semi-finals and finals.