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Monday, July 23, 2012

Biel Chess Festival Begins with Carlsen, Nakamura, Morozevich, Giri, Bacrot, Hao

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Hi everyone,

The 45th edition of the Biel Chess Festival has begun. It runs from July 21 – August 3 in Biel, Switzerland. The main Grandmaster Tournament is a category 21 event with the participation of USA Chess Champion GM Hikaru Nakamura, the Russian top 10 player GM Alexander Morozevich, the Chinese No. 1 GM Hao Wang, GM Etienne Bacrot, just-crowned Dutch champion GM Anish Giri and world No. 1 Magnus Carlsen who is replacing Cuba's GM Leinier Dominguez Perez. The Grandmaster Tournament will be a double round robin with classical time control.

Biel Chess Festival - Grandmaster Tournament

The Festival also features Exhibition Blitz Tournament, Master Tournament, Main Tournament, Rapid Tournament, Blitz Tournament, Chess960 Tournament, Youth Tournament, Simultaneous Exhibitions and Chess-Tennis Tournament.

The Exhibition Blitz Tournament yesterday already witnessed a sensation by 12th Women's World Chess Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk. Chess Queen beat Wang Hao in the match. Read the Chess Queen blog entry at : Two games with 5‘+ 2‘‘/move. If 1-1, one Armageddon game with 5’ for white (has to win) and 4’ for black.

The Master Tournament will be an 11-round Swiss event, taking place on July 23rd – August 3rd, 2012. Rest day on July 29th. Total prize fund: CHF 43’000.

Prizes: CHF 7’000, 5’000, 4’000, 3’000, 2’500, 2’000, 1’500, 1’200, 2×1’000, 3×700, 3×500, 4×300, 5×200, best ladies: CHF 600, 400, 300, best senior (1952-), best junior (1994+), best child (1996+), best player without title: each CHF 500, best players with Elo <2200 and <2100: CHF 500, 400, 300, 200, 100, best Swiss players (with CH-passport): CHF 1'000, 700, 500, 300, 200.

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