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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

School Chess Champions: Entries Open for Hopes of the World Open Festival in Varna, Bulgaria

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Hi everyone,

The Bulgarian Chess Federation, the National Children Chess Foundation 'Sea Horse', Chess Club 'Veselin Topalov' and the Municipality of Varna are holding 'Hopes of the World – 10th Jubilee European Open Festival for School Champions' – Tournament for school children - U8, U10, U12, U14, U16 from June 23.
The chess tournaments will be held in the halls of Grand Hotel “Varna 5*” in the resort complex of Sts. Constantine and Elena. The venue won two awards on September 2 in Antalya – Turkey at the traditional ceremony of the World Travel Awards. The awards were: 'The Best Holiday Complex in Bulgaria' and 'The Best Spa Complex in Bulgaria'.

Parallel to the festival, the Seventh Open International Chess Tournament “Varna Open” and the Second International “Fischer’s chess” tournaments will be held.

23rd of June, Saturday 14:00 Arrival, accommodation and registration16:00 Technical conference
20:00 Official Opening of the Festival
24th of June, Sunday 9:30 First Round
25th of June, Tuesday 9:30 Second Round
26th of June, Wednesday 9:30 Third Round
27th of June, Thursday Day-off – Excursions
16:00 Fischer Random Chess – I-IV round
28th of June, Friday 10:00 Fourth Round
29th of June, Saturday 10:00 Fifth Round

30th of June, Sunday 10:00 Sixth Round15:00 Fischer Random Chess – V-VII round
1st of July, Monday 10:00 Seventh Round
2nd of July, Tuesday 10:00 Eight Round
3rd of July, Wednesday 10:00 Ninth Round
19:00 Award Ceremony

Eligible to participate in the tournament are school champions (boys and girls) in various age groups (under the age of 8,10,12,14 and 16), born after the 1st of January, 2005, 2003, 2001, 1999 and 1997. The tournaments shall be held on the Swiss system in 9 rounds. The event shall be played according to the FIDE rules. The time control for a game is 90 minutes per player plus 30 seconds per move counting from the first move onward.
More details: or by fax: +35952642877 by the 20th of May, 2013.

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