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Friday, December 13, 2013

Zurich Chess Festival Dec 26-30

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Hello everyone,

The 37th Zurich Weihnachtsopen is taking place from 26th to 30th December at the Crowne Plaza Zürich in Zurich, Switzerland. The Master Tournament (for players rated over 2000) and General Tournament (U2050) will each be played over 7 rounds of Swiss system.

Top rated players already registered for the chess tournament include: Wojtaszek Radoslaw POL 2711, Alekseev Evgeny RUS 2698, Grachev Boris RUS 2669,Gharamian Tigran FRA 2656, Bartel Mateusz POL 2649, Balogh Csaba HUN 2648, Popov Ivan RUS 2644, Kovalenko Igor LAT 2643, Bauer Christian FRA 2630, Van Kampen Robin NED 2601, Mareco Sandro ARG 2581,Pelletier Yannick SUI 2576, Fier Alexandr BRA 2572, Sengupta Deep IND 2570, Bogner Sebastian SUI 2558, Cvitan Ognjen CRO 2558, Miezis Normunds LAT 2554, Sethuraman S.P. IND 2553 and Viktor Korchnoi SUI 2499.

Last year's winner was GM Levente Vajda

Prizes in Master Tournament: CHF 5000, 4000, 3000, 2000, 1500, 1000, etc. (20 prizes)
Special prizes CHF 200 each: for best woman, best senior over 60, best U20 and best U16. Top U2200 player will earn CHF 500.

Prizes in General Tournament: CHF 1000, 800, 600, 500, 400, 300, etc. (20 prizes)
Special prizes CHF 200: for best woman, best senior over 60, best U20, U16, best U1800 Elo and best U1600 Elo.

Total prize money of both tournaments is exceeding CHF 30,000.

Hilton Basel Chess Festival is scheduled for 1-5th January, 2014, in Basel, Switzerland. (

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