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Thursday, August 22, 2013

U.S. Shines at 24th NATO Chess Championships in Poland

Alexandra Kosteniuk's Chess Blog for Daily Chess News and Trivia (c) 2013

Hi everyone, 

Poland hosted the 24th edition of the NATO Chess Championship at the military resort of Rynia, about 30 miles outside of Warsaw. The organizing committee headed by Colonel Thomasz Malinowski of the Polish Army did a magnificent job in running the tournament. The resort is located on Zegrzyński Reservoir and while chess occupied most of our time, there was still a little bit of time to enjoy the beautiful scenery and stroll along the beach.

A five-day seven round Swiss, the event was open to all NATO member nations. Players had to be employed by their Armed Forces in order to participate. Retired service members were allowed to play in for one year beyond their retirement. Countries could send six player teams with the top four scores from a country determining the team champion. This year’s tournament had 13 countries and 82 players headed by one IM, four FMs and seven players rated over 2200 FIDE. The tournament was also quite balanced as over half the tournament was over 2000 and three quarters of the tournament are all within several hundred rating points of each other.

Read all the details by Colonel David A. Hater, U.S. Army at the website of the USCF.

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