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Friday, December 30, 2011

Unique San Sebastian Chess Formula: GMs play two games at the same time!

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Hello everyone,

A very interesting chess tournament is taking place in San Sebastian from December 28 to January 6 - The Donostia Chess Festival. The festival includes A, B, C tournaments and a blitz competition. It is being held in memory of famous chess tournaments which were held a century ago in San Sebastian - the first edition won by José Raúl Capablanca. Look at the videos to see how it works:

One hundred years later the tournament has a prize fund of 100,000 Euro (the first prize being 20,000 Euro + an electric motorbike!) and a unique format. It is a knock-out event with some modifications, as the players who get eliminated will keep playing in a parallel group. Some top names at the event include Ruslan Ponomariov, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Antoaneta Stefanova, Vugar Gashimov and others. Following David Bronstein's idea, matches consist of two games of classical chess played simultaneously. This way no one has the advantage of playing the first game with the white pieces. You can access the official website here.

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