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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Fantastic Chess Online Blitz - You Can Play for Prize money $38K!

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Hi everyone,

A very special online chess event will take place from June to August of this year - an open Online Blitz Grand Prix. This is surely the world's biggest online chess competition so far!

As the title suggests, this chess competition will be held on the Internet, and it will truly be a Grand Prix - the prize fund is more than 30,000 euro ($30,000 approx.)! This is pretty much the first time such a sum is at stake in this kind of competitions.

The Grand Prix is organized by the Russian Chess Federation. The competition is open to everyone and all players have equal opportunities! Even though many leading chess players will participate, no one will be able to play in the Finals without winning in the qualifying tournaments.

For those already interested, the competition will include 4 qualifying tournaments on the first and last Sundays of June and July, starting on June 3, 2012. The Final and Super Final tournaments will take place August 14-15, 2012. All tournaments start at 16-00 UTC.

The first qualifying tournament will be held on the 3rd of June, and all you need to participate is download the ChessOK Playing Zone client program for Windows OS or Android OS, register an account and buy membership at The membership also lets you play in individual and team tournaments for all levels held daily in the Playing Zone. International Masters and Grandmasters can become members for free by writing a request to

The ChessOK Playing Zone is one of the world's most advanced chess playing zones. More than 116 000 registered and active players, 1 160 chess teams, daily individual and team tournaments, chess tutoring, an extensive online database and many other features will keep you entertained. The Playing Zone can be accesed using Windows-based personal computers or Android-based smartphones/tablet PC's.

Qualifying Tournaments Schedule:1st qualifying tournament – June 3, 2012. 16-00 UTC;
2nd qualifying tournament – June 24, 2012. 16-00 UTC;
3rd qualifying tournament – July 1, 2012. 16-00 UTC;
4th qualifying tournament – July 29, 2012. 16-00 UTC.

For more details, read the official regulations for the Grand Prix.

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  • At June 1, 2012 at 2:23 AM , Anonymous alexis cochran, nz said...

    wow that's a good one give it to the russians to hold it. they had fantastic broadcast at the wcc


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