4-13 April in Merida, Spain
Festival Internacional de Ajedrez “Ruy Lopez” under organization of The Association Ruy Lopez de Zafra and the Club Linex-Magic of Merida is taking place on 4-13th April in the Assembly of Extremadura (Merida), Spain. The Festival consists of the main tournament – Magistral Ruy López, IM Tournament and open rapid.
Magistral Ruy López runs on 5-11th April as round robin with eight players. Rate of play is 90 minutes for 40 moves plus 30 minutes for the rest of the game with 30 seconds increment starting from the first move. Michael Adams of England is top rated player and world’s 2nd and 3rd best rated women will participate.
Michael Adams ENG 2729
Gabriel Sargissian ARM 2643
Zhang Pengxiang CHN 2640
Fabiano Caruana ITA 2620
Julio Granda Zuniga PER 2609
Humpy Koneru IND 2603
Hou Yifan CHN 2549
Manuel Pérez Candelario ESP 2537
IM Tournament will run paralel with the main event, while rapid open is scheduled for the last two days, April 12-13th. Organizers have prepared 11.000 Euros prize fund, top prize being 3000 Euros, and all games must open with 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5.