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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Botvinnik Chess Memorial in St. Petersburg from Aug 25

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Hi everyone,
The 2012 edition of the International chess festival M.Botvinnik Memorial will take place August 25 – September 2 in St. Petersburg, Russia. The classical tournament is a stage of the Russian Cup and a week before the start includes more than 40 Grandmasters. Top seeded are GM Areshchenko, GM Inarkiev, GM Tiviakov, GM Zvjaginsev, GM Matlakov, GM Timofeev, GM Khismatullin, GM Khairullin, GM Lysyj, GM Khalifman, GM Hovhanissyan.

The time control of the tournament is 90 minutes for 40 moves, 30 seconds increment per move from move 1. Players who are late for the game for 30 minutes get loss by default. No draw offer can be made before move 41. A total of 9 round Swiss system will be played, valid for FIDE rating and international norms. The venue of the M. Botvinnik Memorial is hotel “Park” (metro station “Krestovsky ostrov”, Severnaya doroga 12, St. Petersburg, Russia).

More entries are accepted this week by email and phone, or from 9:30 till 20:00 on August 24, from 9:30 till 12:45 on August 25 at the playing hall. There will be an additional pairing for the players registered on August 25 from 12:45 till 16:45.

More information:, 
+7 (921) 441 8 144 – Irina Sudakova

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