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Friday, February 22, 2013

Razuvaev Chess Memorial in Washington DC Aug 6-12: Stars Alburt, Tukmakov, Gulko, Kosteniuk Confirm Participation

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Hello everyone,

"When someone you care about and respect passes away, it’s hard to find the right words to explain your sorrow. You have emptiness and pain in your heart, knowing that you won’t be able to meet someone so dear to you," wrote 12th Women's World Chess Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk in her blog post last year for her dear coach Yuri Sergeevich Razuvaev.

A photo of GM Yuri Razuvaev with Chess Queen™ Alexandra Kosteniuk from the latter's private album.

This year, GM Kosteniuk goes to Washington DC from August 6-12 to play the 'Razuvaev Memorial Chess Tournament' in memory of her beloved teacher.

Friends and colleagues of GM Yury Razuvaev will join the event as well. Participants include:

Team “Beauty of chess saving the world”: GM Alexandra Kosteniuk (Russia); WGM Anna Zatonskih (USA); WGM Irina Krush (USA; WGM Elena Sedina (Italy); Captain: Michael Khodarkovsky (USA)
Team “Admirers of chess beauty”: GM Lev Alburt (USA); GM Adrian Mihalcisin (Slovenia); GM Vladimir Tukmakov (Ukraine), GM Boris Gulko (USA); Captain – GM Sam Palatnik (USA).
Event details are as follows: Dates: August 6th to August 12th 2013.
Site: Rockville Hilton, 1750 Rockville Pike, MD 20852, USA
Invitational Crown section: “Razuvaev Memorial Chess Tournament”:
1 round 2 teams sheveningen system. Time control: 40/90, SD/30, incr/30. $25,000 
Guaranteed prize fund: individual prizes in each of two teams: - $4,000-$3,000-$2,000-$1,000; 
Team prizes- $4,000-$1,000.

Washington International - Open section: $17,000 Guaranteed prize fund GPP- 150, 9 rounds Swiss system. Prizes: $5,000-$3,000-$2,000-$1,000-$900-$800-$700-$600-$500-$500, U2500 $700-$300, U2300 $700-300. Possibility of GM and IM norms, 40/90, SD/30 +30i.

Washington International - B section: Under 2201 USCF and Under 2200 FIDE, FIDE rated) $4,000 in Guaranteed Prizes: $1,500-$700-$400; 1st under 2000-$600; 2nd under 2000-$300; 1st under 1800-$500

Crown section Schedule:
08/06 – Arrival day Crown Section;
08/07 – Reception for Crown section at 6:00 pm; Special presentation of the new book- “Yuri Razuvaev” by GM Sosonko and GM Gulko , stamps presentation.
08/08 – 1st round at 2:00 pm.
08/09 – 2nd round at 2:00 pm; Washington International Blitz tournament at 8:00 pm
08/10 – 3rd round at 2:00 pm; Washington International Rapid.
08/11 - 4th round at 10:00 am; Dinner & closing ceremonies at 6:00 pm/ Hilton
08/12 – Departure day

Also read Chess Queen Kosteniuk's post on

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