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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Guernsey Chess International from Oct 21

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The 38th Guernsey International Chess Festival will be held from October 21-27 October 2012 at the Peninsula Hotel, Guernsey, according to the latest Fide update. The Open Tournament – Sponsored by Intertrust Guernsey.

A Seven Round, FIDE rated, Swiss Competition, open to players of any grade. Players with low ratings will be encouraged by the organisers to enter the Holiday tournament.

Time limit: 40 moves in 100 minutes and then 40 minutes to finish with a 30 second increment per move from move 1
Entry fee: £40 (includes prize-giving dinner: juniors £30 entry fee)
Main Prizes: £1,200 : £600 : £300 : £200 : £150

Currently 77 players are registered for the Open. Top rated are GM Spraggett Kevin (Canada 2588), GM Hillarp-Persson Tiger (Sweden 2578), GM Hebden Mark (England 2512), GM Tischbierek Raj (Germany 2468), WGM Houska Jovanka (Engalnd 2411) and IM Godard Maxence (France 2363). Last year's winner was GM Sarunas Sulskis from Lithuania.
The Holiday Tournament – Sponsored by the Peninsula Hotel
A Seven Round, Swiss Competition (with a bye possible in any of the first four rounds) open to players graded bellow 1800 FIDE (150 ECF). FIDE rated players with a FIDE rating above 1800 may enter as long as they can demonstrate their national grade is below the required cut-off. This rule is applied at the organisers’ discretion.

Time limit: 40 moves in 2 hours and then 1 hour to finish
Entry fee: £40 (includes prize-giving dinner: juniors £30 entry fee)
Main Prizes: £400 : £200 : £100 : £75
Rounds 1 – 6 commence at 2.00 pm each day. The final round commences at 9.30 am on Saturday.
New ECF grades and ECF / Elo conversion formula are being used. All games will be ECF graded. The default time will continue to be one hour. You can access the official website for more details.

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