World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen to attend Brazil Chess Fest in March
World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen will visit Brazil from 4th March to participate in the 13th Torneio Aberto Internacional de Xadrez "Festa da Uva" in Caxias do Sul, according to a FIDE chess tournament news update.
The chess events will include a blindfold chess simul with visually impaired players on 6th March, followed by a lecture, a 4-player knockout chess tournament, press conference and a regular simul with 35 players.
On 8-9th March Carlsen will play in the 13th Open Rapid Tournament "Festa da Uva". The tournament venue is club Recreio da Juventude, founded in 1912, placed in a beautiful area and offering complete comfort for chess tournaments and other sport events. The tournament format is slightly unusual, but already applied in 2010 and 2012 when the guests of honour were Vassily Ivanchuk and Judit Polgar.
The first two rounds will be played with the time control 16 min per player. Rounds 3-4 will be played with the time control 30 min per player. Rounds 5-9 will be played with the time control 60 min per player. In the last two rounds (8 and 9), draws will not be possible. In case of a tie, an Armageddon game will settle the score.
The organizers are expecting around 400 participants from the whole country. Already 80 players are signed in, with 14 Grandmasters among them.
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