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Jubilee Open of Schachgesellschaft Zürich

9-15th August 2009 at the Kongresshaus in Zürich

Alexander Morozevich sq

Alexander Morozevich

World class chess players will compete at the Schachgesellschaft Zürich’s
Jubilee-Open from 9 to 15 August 2009 at the Kongresshaus. New on the
participant’s list are Alexander Morozevich, highly regarded for his spectacular
and unorthodox playing style, and Chinese prodigy Hou Yifan. The chess
club’s jubilee events culminate in the Champions Simultan and the Champions
Rapid
on 22/23 August, when World Champions like Anand and Kasparov will
play at Zurich Main Station.

Alexander Morozevich, 31-year-old Muscovite chess wizard, is the top candidate at
the Alois Nagler Memorial, the Master Tournament of the Jubilee-Open. He
participated already twice at the FIDE World Chess Championship and heads an
array of grandmasters at the Zurich event. Among them are two 15-year-olds: the
Chinese Hou Yifan, 3rd on the women’s world ranking list and Women’s World Chess
Vice Champion, and Anish Giri, the world’s youngest grandmaster.

Experienced players like Alexey Dreev, Artur Yusupov and Lajos Portisch, who
played at the World Championship Candidates Tournaments in the past, will also be
competing. 281 players appear on the participant’s list of the Alois Nagler Memorial,
which is endowed with CHF 75’000 in prize money by the Alois Nagler Foundation.

The Accentus (Swiss Chess) Open, the general tournament for players with 2050
ELO or less, enjoys great popularity also. 260 players have registered already,
among them many juniors and seniors. They will compete for many attractive prizes
awarded to the 16 best contestants, and to the best in their age- and rating-group.
Single prizes will be as high as CHF 4’000, the total summoning up to CHF 25’000,
all donated by Accentus (Swiss Chess).

Tournament organiser Georg Kradolfer expects 500-600 players altogether. The
Jubilee-Open will therefore be one of the big chess events of this year. To offer good
playing conditions to all participants, the tournament will not take place as planned in
the Garden Room, but at the bigger Convention Hall of Kongresshaus Zürich.

More information on the official website

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