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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Commonwealth and South African Open Chess Championships in July

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Hi everyone, 

Here is some chess tournament news for all those looking to have some fun in South Africa. This year’s Commonwealth Open Chess Championship, the South African Open Chess Championship, the Nelson Mandela Bay Open Chess Championship and the South African Open Blitz chess Championship are all scheduled a few months from now.

These Championships will be held at The Boardwalk Hotel, Convention Centre and Spa in the city of Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa from 5th July 2013 to 14th July 2013. The Championship and B-section will be run over 11 rounds, while the SA Blitz Championships will be run under the FIDE Laws of Blitz Chess over 9 rounds. The rate of play for the Championship and B sections will be 90 minutes for the first 40 moves followed by an additional 30 minutes per player added from move 40 with the addition of 30 seconds per move from move 1.

The rate of play for the Blitz Championships will be 3 minutes per player with an increment of 2 seconds per move from move one. The prize fund will amount to 250 000 rand (approx. 27 000 USD). The overall winner will receive R40 000 in cash plus a 7 night holiday vacation at a private game reserve situated in the Eastern Cape. 2nd – R33 000; 3rd – R24 000; 4th – R17 000; 5th – R13 000, etc.

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