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Open Tournaments in Korea and Singapore

APAC Pro Tour is expanding

The Korea Chess Federation has announced the 1st Korea Open Chess Tournament to be held from 29 November to 5 December 2008 in Seoul, Korea, and this will be followed three days later by the 5th Singapore Chess Festival (International Open & Challengers) to be organised by the Singapore Chess Federation from 9 to 15 December 2008 (visit www.singaporechess.org.sg for more details).

This first ever Korea International Open Tournament which is being sponsored by the City of Seoul is also the third leg of the APAC Pro Tour.

1. Schedule

29th November: Arrival of Players, 1700: Technical Meeting

30th November: City Tour

1st December 0900: Round 1, 1500: Round 2

2nd December 0900: Round 3, 1500: Round 4

3rd December 0900: Round 5, 1500: Round 6

4th December 0900: Round 7, 1500: Round 8

5th December 0900: Round 9, 1800: Closing Ceremony

6th December Departure of Players

2. Time Control and Format

FIDE Rated, 9 Round Swiss System (Accelerated). Rate if play is 90 minutes for the whole game with 30 seconds increment for every move starting from the first move.

3. Net Prizes (after 22% tax and APAC Pro Tour deductions)

1st: USD 6,240

2nd: USD 3,744

3rd: USD 2.496

4th: USD 1,972

5th: USD 1,248

6th-9th: USD 624

Top Woman: USD 624

Top Under 2200: USD 312

Top Under 2000: USD 312

4. Venue and Official Hotel

The tournament will be played at the Olympic Park Convention Centre, Seoul, Korea and the official hotel is the 5 star Olympic Parktel, Seoul, Korea. Free rooms on a twin sharing basis with 3 meals will be provided to Grandmasters (and other titled players) subject to availability.

5. Registration and Entry Fees

The closing date for entries is 30 October 2008 and a deposit of USD 100 is required. Men and Women Grandmasters and International Masters and those rated over 2400 will have free entry. Between 2201-2400 the entry fee is USD 200 and between 2000-2200 the entry fee is USD 300. Below 2000 the entry fee is USD 400.

Registration is to be directed to peter@aseanchess.com, prospect on koreaopen2008.pdf

Payment (Net of bank charges) is to be made to:

Account Name: Korea Chess Federation

Bankers: Korea Exchange Bank

Address: 181, 2-Ka Euljiro, Chung Ku, Seoul 100-793, Korea

Account Number: 630-006504-293

Swift Code: KOEXKRSE

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