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Friday, April 8, 2011

Looking for chess title norms? Check out Big Slick Chess in London this June-end

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Hi everyone,
Call it the next chess-poker connection because Big Slick is a poker club. But we talk of a nice chess tournament.
The 2nd Big Slick International Chess Tournament will take place from June 25th to July 3, 2011 in Surrey. There is a little change from the first edition of the event held in June 2009.
There will be four 10-player nine round all-play-alls with at least
one section where it is possible to get GM norms and at least one additional section where IM norms will be possible. It will, of course, also be possible to get WGM and WIM norms in those sections. In addition, there will be a blitz tournament after the final
round of the all-play-alls on July 3.

The entry fees for the events are as follows:
GM norm event: £200 for titled players (IM/WGM/WIM/FM/WFM); £300 for non-titled.
IM norm events: £100 for titled players (WGM/WIM/FM/WFM); £150 for non-titled.
Rated events: £50 for rated players; £100 for unrated.

The Chief Arbiter will be International Arbiter David Sedgwick. Simon Williams. 

The time limit will be 40 moves in 2 hours followed by a further 30 minutes for all remaining moves. All rounds will start at 12.00 and finish by 17:00. Players arriving one hour or more after the start of a round shall lose, unless the arbiter decides otherwise. The event has been made possible by the support of The Friends of Chess and the John Robinson Trust.

Grandmasters willing to take part in the event should contact Lawrence Cooper at

The winner(s) of the rated section(s) will receive free entry to the 2012 Big Slick IM norm section and the winner(s) of the IM norm section(s) will free receive entry to the 2012 GM norm event.

You can read an interesting article on the first edition of the tournament here.

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