Day 1 will be the “Rapid 30 minute” tournament (seven rounds), day 2 is for “Blitz 5 minute” (11 rounds) and finally the “Rapid 15 minute” (9 rounds) on the last day. The total prize fund will be €16,000, divided into €4000, €5000 and €7000 for the respective days.
Victor Ciocâltea was Romanian Champion in 1952, 1959, 1961, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1975, and 1979. He played for Romania in eleven Chess Olympiads from 1956 to 1982.
The tournament will change format slightly with the addition of one more player, making the UK’s most prestigious tournament even stronger. There will also be five days of junior coaching, a Grandmaster Open, and weekend tournaments for players of all levels.
The 8th Annual Susan Polgar Girl’s Invitational will be held this year July 24-29 at Texas Tech University (TTU) in Lubbock, Texas. This is one of the most prestigious all-girls events and will incorporate a three-day intense training with Susan Polgar and her team of chess instructors, followed by a 6 round (g/60) championship tournament.
The tournament will be split in two events, Grandmaster Group for players rated above 2300 and Master Group for players rated under 2300. The prize fund in the main event is approximately 7200 EUR, with 2000 EUR reserved for the winner, and the prizes in the Master Group amount to 2400 EUR.
The Open Section will be 9 rounds played over a 5-day schedule and will have GM and IM norm possibilities. The other sections, U2100, U1900, 1700, 1500 and U1200 will be 7 round events with 4-day, 3-day and 2-day schedules.
One month before the start of the competition already 139 players are signed to participate. The legendary GM Viktor Korchnoi, who will turn 80 in a few days, confirmed his arrival. Currently top seeded is GM Kevin Spraggett, for many years regular player in San Sebastián.
Beside the official World and European championships, the Chess Talents Tournaments in Frýdek-Místek are without question one of the biggest and most representative events for the European chess youth. The main event of the Festival is the 9-round Swiss tournament of young talents.
The town, which today has more than 23 thousand inhabitants, is dominated by the famous Black Tower, built between 1547-57, and the twin white towers of the Jesuit church completed in 1679. The town of Klatovy was founded around the year 1260 by King Premysl Otakar II near an old market village.
The Bangkok Chess Club and Thailand Chess Association have the honor of inviting all Chess Players to participate in the Thailand Open Chess Championship 2011 from 11th to 17th of April 2011 at Pattaya, Thailand. The tournament is expected to be the biggest and strongest ever held in Thailand.