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Monday, October 31, 2011

Tournament chess news capsule

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Hi everyone,

A quick update on all the chess news from tournaments. 

  • The 42nd Annual National Chess Congress will be held from November 25-27, 2011 at the Sheraton Hotel Philadelphia City Center, 17th & Race Streets, Philadelphia. The event has a $30,000 prize fund guaranteed. The event has 10 sections: Premier, Under 2200, Under 2000, Under 1800, Under 1600, Under 1400, Under 1200, Under 1000, Under 800 and Under 600. All sections are 6 round Swiss tournaments with the Master to Under 1200 Sections having 3-day and 2-day schedules to play in and the Under 1000 to Under 600 Sections having a 2-day schedule. Premier section is open to all rated 2000/above and juniors under 18 rated 1800/above. Prizes are $3000-1500-700-400-200, clear win or 1st on tiebreak $100, U2400/Unr $1400-700. Section is FIDE rated. Official website.
  • The 2nd Copa Latinoamericana de Ajedrez will be held from 1st to 6th November at the Torre de las Comunicaciones in Montevideo, Uruguay. The Championship is organized by the Uruguay Chess Federation and will be played over nine rounds of Accelerated Swiss system. The tournament will have massive participation, with 213 players from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela. Among them are 19 Grandmasters, 14 International Masters and 18 FIDE Masters. Top seeded is GM Lazaro Bruzon from Cuba, who recently played in good shape at the World Chess Cup. Eduardo Iturrizaga is back in action, after missing the Magistral Casino de Barcelona due to car accident. Top Argentina players are also competing, while Peru is represented by the Cori siblings. Deysi T Cori is the reigning World Junior Girls Champion. Official website.

  • The International Chess Tournament “Open Skopje 2011″ is being played in hotel “Continental” from 23rd October to 1st November. The tournament is part of the Balkan Grand Prix Tour and is organized by the FYROM Chess Federation and Alkaloid AD – Skopje. The prize fund is 8000 EUR, while the first place is 1500 EUR worth. All relevant information can be found in the Tournament Regulations. Top seeded GM Robert Markus, winner of the Karposh Open in Skopje this spring, defeated the earlier leader GM Vlatko Bogdanovski with black pieces. Meanwhile, Macedonia’s first board Vladimir Georgiev beat IM Lucian-Costin Miron. Markus and Georgiev lead the standings after six rounds with 5 points each.

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