CAPEA’s 50th Anniversary Open - Semifinal

Monday, May 9, 2022: - registrations no later than 1st June 2022

50th Anniversary of CAPEA


CAPEA (Club de Ajedrez Postal Español en Alemania / Spanish Postal Chess Club in Germany) was founded by a group of Spaniards on the 1st January 1971 in Mühlheim am Main (Germany). During all this time, it has permanently been organizing multiple tournaments for its members, including especially 10th Anniversary International Open, 20th Anniversary Open, Live Chess International Tournament of La Pobla de Lillet (Barcelona), 25th Anniversary International Open, and 40th Anniversary International Open. It has also published the magazine Revista Ajedrez Postal CAPEA, a yearbook with many articles, analyses and anecdotes on our modality, as well as an original Calendar.

Following our track record, we are pleased to celebrate our 50th anniversary in 2021, one of its events is CAPEA’s 50th Anniversary Open. When the Preliminaries Phase of this event is finishing, we open the registration for the Semifinal Phase. The start date for this phase will be 1 July 2022.



CAPEA’s 50th Anniversary Open - Semifinal

It is open to all correspondence chess players, regardless of their ELO ranking. It will be developed in three phases: Preliminary, Semifinal and Final. Now we open the registrations to players who want to joint to the CAPEA's 50th Anniversary Open in the Semifinal phase and have the minimum required ranking.

General Features of the Tournament

The transmission of moves will be made through the ICCF server.

Semifinals starts on the 1st of July 2022 and the Final on the 1st of December 2023.

Time control: Triple-Block System will be used.

  • Semifinal Phases: 15 months duration (450 days)
  • Final: 18 months’ duration (550 days)

Groups in the Semifinal Phase will consist of 9 or 11 players depending on the number of entrants, trying to get the best possible balance of ELO among them, as well as the most appropriate geographical distribution of players in each group.

The first of each group will qualify for the Final and, depending on the number of entrants, the runner-up may also qualify. This criterion will be announced at the beginning of the Tournament.

Prizes (in Final):

1st: 1000 € and a Cup.

2nd: 450 € and ChessBase Correspondence 2020 (worth 199.90 €).

3rd: 300 € and Chessbase 15 (worth 189.90 €).

4th: 150 € and Program Fritz 17 2020 (worth 79.90 €).

5th: 100 €.


The tiebreak systems to be used in all phases will be, in this order, Baumbach, Sonnenborn-Berger and result between players. If a tie in the places that qualify to the next phase persists in the Qualifying or Semifinal phases once the previously listed rules are applied, all these players will pass to the next phase. In the event of a tie in the Final, after all the tie-breaking criteria have been applied, the prize money will be divided equally among all the tied players. However, the Cup and ChessBase products will be awarded to the player with the highest ELO in the current rating list on the date of the tournament.


Registration for the Semifinal phase is possible for players who have an ELO above 2225 in the Rating List 2022-2. The registration fee for the Semifinal phase is 20 €. A maximum of two entries are allowed in the Semifinal Phase, but a player only can get an entry to the Final. Semifinal phase registrations no later than 1st June 2022.

The registrations and the payment of the fees for 50 Anniversary CAPEA – Semifinal must be done by the DE system in the server of the ICCF opening the menu Spain in New Events. The link https://iccf.com/EventAnnouncement.aspx?id=97950 leads to the registrations for the Semifinal of 50 Anniversary CAPEA.


Organization and TD will be run by the AEAC. CAPEA provides and delivers the prizes.

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