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Monday, September 26, 2011

Open chess festival in Spain with special additions!

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Hello everyone,

Tournament chess news has it that there's going to be an amazing new chess festival in the capital of Spain - Madrid - this October. The Oliver Gonzalez Memorial will be a unique chess open held from October 8 to 16 in Madrid.

• 5000 euros to the winner: One of the highest first prize ever seen at a Spanish open tournament.

• Side events organised for each day: Football, ping-pong, soccer, gastronomy night, karaoke, fiestas on the streets of Madrid, magic show, museums, theatre, rowing a boat at the Retiro, ‘Madrid from the air’ with a cable car, visiting the Real Madrid stadium and so on.

• Special playing system: Participants can decide to play with a normal playing schedule (one round each day from 8 to 16 October) or to play the first six rounds with double rounds (8, 9 and 12 October) and gain free days on this way. The two groups will be united for the last three rounds (14, 15 and 16 October). Players can ask for up to three bye-s (earning half a point with each bye), but this is only an option for the first six rounds.

• Madrid in October: While the summer can be too hot and the winter quite cold, the spring and the autumn are ideal seasons to visit the Spanish capital.

The main sponsor of the tournament, the Vázquez & Torres Ingeniería S.L, provides in total 54 prizes with almost 15.000 euros as a prize fund. The building of VTI at the Technologic Park of Leganés will serve as the playing venue, and will be equipped with DGT boards, standard boards, ping-pong and soccer tables.

There's plenty more fun planned, we've heard. You can access the official website for more information.
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