Statement by the Organizing Committee

18. November 2021

During the regular tests of the Championship one player went through all the necessary tests and was declared by the doctors as a positive case. The player is isolated according the Slovenian protocols and will not continue the tournament.

Even all the rest regular tests were negative, everyone who was in contact was examined and had already 2 additional tests. All the tests including Rapid and PCR tests were negative.

We note that according the official instructions of National Institute of Public Health of Slovenia for persons who have been vaccinated against COVID-19, quarantine due to contact is not required if less than 9 months have elapsed since the establishment of COVID-19 protection.

The player who tested positive may be replaced. The Chief Arbiter may apply additional safety measures to any player or captain as foreseen in the tournament protocol.

We wish everyone a safe rest of tournament and the affected player best and fast recovery. Players and Captains and tournament officials shall continue follow strictly the sanitary rules and the Organising Committee will continue to monitor the situation and ask for additional tests according the health protocols and Slovenia law. 

Covid testing

11. November 2021

The participants who came to Čatež on Wednesday 10th or earlier have covid test on Thursday 11th between 9 and 11 AM in Hotel Terme (hall A and B).

Venue

ECU Trainers Seminar CANCELLED

5. November 2021

The Trainers seminar as part of the European Team Chess Championship at Terme Čatež, which was scheduled to take place on 14 November, has been cancelled due to lack of applications.

ETCC 2021 health protocol

4. November 2021

A. Tests

  1. All players, captains, arbiters, and tournament staff after their arrival in the venue on 10th or 11th November are obliged to take a rapid Antigen test by the Organizing Committee.
  2. All players’ captains, arbiters and tournament staff on 17th November free day are obliged to have an additional rapid Antigen test by the Organizing Committee.
  3. Tournament Medical Staff may decide on additional Rapid/PCR test in special cases and tracing of close contacts according to the Slovenia health legislation.

Recommendation:

It is strongly recommended to all National federations to make a test (Rapid/PCR) to their delegations one day before departure (vaccinated or not vaccinated members of the teams).

B. Personal Safety Measures:

Face Masks are obligatory in the playing hall under the current conditions during the round which will be able to put off during the game while sitting in their position.Arbiters and the rest of officials/staff in the playing hall shall always wear a face mask.

Surgical, Cloth masks or plastic face covers can be used by players/arbiters.  Chief Arbiter after an advice of the medical staff may oblige a player to use a face mask during the whole game in case of symptoms or close contact with a positive case. 

Screening for Acute Respiratory Infections: Participants shall inform the organizing committee for any health symptoms (fever, cough etc).

Walking restrictions in the Playing Hall: It is highly advisable to not allow any unnecessary walking of the participants in the Playing Hall.

Hand Sanitizers: Hand sanitizers should be hanging at the Entrance of the Playing Hall as well as the   Exits of the Toilets, Smoking Areas and any additional needed areas for the participants.

Social Distancing measures: This includes provision of the safe social distancing at the playing hall (at least 1.5m) from everyone except the opponent.

C. Safe Playing Environment:

1.  Adequate ventilation of the closed spaces:

  • Open space or open windows that provide adequate supply of the fresh air is the best.
  • Ventilation system that provides adequate circulation of the air inside the closed hall.

2.  Daily disinfection of the touched surfaces in the Playing Venue:

3.  Open Area where one can be allowed to take off the mask.

4.  Doctor’s Room/Isolation rooms where one can wait for the arrival of medical services in  

     case anyone feels sick.

5.   Hand Sanitizers at designated places with clear directions of use.

6. No visitors allowed in the playing venue. Players, Arbiters, Captains members of the Appeals Committee, officials, and tournament staff.

7. Safety Protocols and Special Rules and Regulations hanging in clearly visible places.

D. Special Competition Rule in case of positive player or medical enforced quarantine

In case a player of a team has a positive test on the arrival day or during the tournament,

the player must follow an enforced medical quarantine. The team could replace him/her with a new player not in the initial team composition of 5 players. Each team has the right for one such substitution during the tournament. 

E. Additional state protocols and restrictions shall be also applying according to the Slovenian law.

We would like to inform you that since 8th of November 2021, the use of surgical or FFP2 masks is mandatory in accordance with the new epidemiological measures for restraint and movement indoors. Fabric masks are no longer suitable as a means of protection.

Mandatory Proof upon entry into Slovenia

18. October 2021

A person who meets the recovered/vaccinated/tested rule (RVT rule) may enter the Republic of Slovenia without being ordered to quarantine at home. The RVT rule is met if a person provides one of the certificates listed below:

  1. a negative PCR test provided that no more than 72 hours have passed since the swab was taken, or a negative rapid antigen test provided that no more than 48 hours have passed since the swab was taken,
  2. EU Digital COVID Certificate in digital or paper format and with a QR code (EU DCC),
  3. a digital COVID certificate of a third country in digital or paper format and with a QR code, which must contain the same data as the EU DCC and be issued in English by a competent health authority of the third country (DCC of a third country),
  4. a certificate of COVID-19 vaccination to show that the person has received:

– the second dose of the Comirnaty vaccine produced by Biontech/Pfizer or the Spikevax COVID-19 vaccine produced by Moderna or the Sputnik V vaccine produced by Russia’s Gamaleya National Centre of Epidemiology and Microbiology or the CoronaVac vaccine produced by Sinovac Biotech or the COVID-19 vaccine produced by Sinopharm or the Vaxzevria COVID-19 vaccine produced by AstraZeneca or the Covishield produced by the Serum Institute of India/or a combination of two previously listed vaccines;

– the dose of the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine produced by Johnson and Johnson/Janssen-Cilag. Proof of vaccination is obtained as of the day of vaccination.

  1. a certificate of a positive PCR test result that is older than 10 days, unless a doctor determines otherwise, but not older than 180 days;
  2. proof of recovery from COVID-19 referred to in the preceding point and proof of vaccination against COVID-19 to show that the person has received one dose of a vaccine under indent one of point 4 within a period of no more than 180 days since receiving a positive PCR test result or from the onset of symptoms; The person is protected as of the day of vaccination.

PCR test is deemed to be valid if performed in an EU member state, a Schengen Area country, Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Israel, Turkey, Canada, New Zealand, Russia, Serbia, the UK or the US. If a PCR test is performed in a country other than those listed above, it is deemed to be valid if it meets all of the following conditions:

  • it contains at least the same data set as a PCR test issued in an EU member state or a Schengen Area country: name, surname, the person’s unique identifier (personal identification number, health insurance number, number of passport or another document issued by that country, date of birth or other similar identifier), data on the test type (producer, date and time of taking the swab), data on the issuer of the certificate, and the date of the issuing of the certificate, and
  • has a QR code in accordance with the standards and technological systems that are interoperable with the European Digital COVID Certificate System, and
  • allows the authenticity, validity and integrity of the certificate to be verified in the same way as a European Digital COVID Certificate.

A rapid antigen test is deemed to be valid if performed in an EU member state, a Schengen Area country, Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Israel, Turkey, Canada, New Zealand, Russia, Serbia, the UK or the US. If a rapid antigen test is carried out in a country other than those listed above, it is deemed to be valid if it meets all of the following conditions:

  • it contains at least the same data set as a rapid antigen test issued in an EU member state or a Schengen Area country: name, surname, the person’s unique identifier (personal identification number, health insurance number, number of passport or another document issued by that country, date of birth or other similar identifier), data on the test type (producer, date and time of taking the swab), data on the issuer of the certificate, and the date of the issuing of the certificate, and
  • has a QR code in accordance with the standards and technological systems that are interoperable with the European Digital COVID Certificate System, and
  • allows the authenticity, validity and integrity of the certificate to be verified in the same way as a European Digital COVID Certificate.

Regardless of the issuing country, a rapid antigen test is valid only if it is listed in the on the common list of COVID-19 rapid antigen tests

Proof of vaccination (referred to in point 4) may be:

  • a filled-in card of the vaccine producer, or
  • an entry in the vaccine booklet, or
  • a certificate of vaccination (including a card issued upon vaccination).

Vaccinated persons can print out their vaccination certificate via the zvem.eZdrav.si portal (access with a digital certificate) or smsPASS.

A vaccination certificate of a country with which Slovenia has not concluded an agreement or arrangement must contain at least the following information: name, surname, date of birth, personal identification number or health insurance number or other unique identifier, information on the type of vaccine (manufacturer, batch, dose number, date of vaccination) and information on the institution that issued the certificate or proof. The decree does not explicitly prescribe the language of certificates. In addition to certificates in Slovenian, valid certificates include those in the languages of the national minorities (Italian, Hungarian) in bilingual areas and the languages of countries recognised by mutual agreements or arrangements (Hungarian, Serbian). In order to avoid possible uncertainty at the border, we suggest that foreigners have their vaccination certificates translated into English or German. 

person who does not provide one of the above is referred to quarantine at home for a period of 10 days. In the case of a foreigner who is not resident in Slovenia, they may enter Slovenia and are sent to quarantine at home for 10 days if they provide unequivocal proof that they have a guaranteed place in which to undergo quarantine, otherwise entry to Slovenia will not be permitted.

You can find more information on next website: https://www.gov.si/en/topics/coronavirus-disease-covid-19/border-crossing/

ECU Trainers Seminar

18. October 2021

You are kindly invited to the Trainers seminar, which will be organized as part of the European Team Championship in Terme Čatež. The seminar will take place on 14 November in Hotel Terme.

It will discuss a number of topics related to chess training, and in an interview with top experts you will get answers to many questions.

Each participant receives an official Trainers certificate – a diploma of the European Chess Union ECU, and all recipients of the diploma will be published on the official websites of the European chess academy.

More information

ECU trainers

FIDE Arbiters’ Seminar in Čatež

6. October 2021

With the cooperation of the Slovenian Chess Federation and FIDE Development Commission, the European Chess Union is organizing a FIDE Arbiters’ Seminar in the English language. The event will run from Sunday, 15 November to Thursday, 19 November 2021 in Terme Čatež, concurrently with the European Team Championship.

The lecturer will be Ms Jiřina Prokopová, International Arbiter and FIDE Lecturer. At the Seminar norms and titles of FIDE Arbiter will be given, according to the Regulations for the titles of Arbiters.

The seminar is free of charge and there are twenty-five places available.

The venue of the Seminar will be the Terme Čatež S.p.A. – Terme Čatež d.d., Topliška 35, 8250 Brežice.

Seminar invitation

Seminar Annex