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Monday, June 25, 2012

Riga Chess Open Begins in Latvia on August 6

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Hi everyone,

The second Chess Open at the Riga Technical University will be held from August 6 – 12 at the main building of the Riga Technical University in Latvia. The chess festival actually includes two classical time control tournaments and one blitz chess tournament. 
Riga Technical University Chess Tournament in 2011
GM Alberto David won the first Riga Technical Chess Open in August 2011. A total of 138 chess players from 17 countries had taken part in the main tournament and includd eight Grandmasters and seven International Masters.

The guaranteed prize fund for the second edition of the chess festival is 5250 LVL (7500 EUR). First prize of the tournament A is guaranteed to be 1000 LVL (1410 EUR), special prizes for women, juniors, seniors and rating prizes.

Tournament A

Swiss System, 9 rounds, August 6-12, open for all players. The tournament will have GM, IM, WGM and WIM norms. Already, 106 participants from 28 countries have registered for the event including 24 GMs.

Tournament B

Swiss System, 7 rounds August 9-12, open for players with ELO below 2150.

Early entries for the ELO tournaments and accommodation requests should be sent before 15th of July. Special prices for hotels are available till this date, too. More detailed information about schedule, accommodation and registration can be found in regulations attached to this mail or in the official homepage of the tournament.

The festival can also be combined with annual Latvian chess festival “Liepajas Rokade 2012” that will take place in Liepaja (~200km from Riga) on August 2 – 5.

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