Expect the Third Festival of the ChessBomb Tour 2017

ChessBomb Tour 2017


Organizers: the chess portal ChessBomb.com and the Chess Club ChessBomb - Plovdiv
With the support of the municipalities of Sofia, Plovdiv, Varna and Burgas


The chain will include four festivals. Each festival will include three qualification tournaments:
  • Tournaments of Group A - for international players with ELO> 2100
  • Tournaments of Group B - for players with an international ELO <2200
  • Tournaments of Group C - for children up to 16 years (born after 01.01.2001)  

The Festivals will be held according to the following schedule:
  • Festival I on 06.05.2017, in the town of Sofia - tournaments A1, B1, C1
  • Festival II on 03.06.2017, in the town of Plovdiv - tournaments A2, B2, C2
  • Festival III on 01.07.2017, in the town of Varna - tournaments A4, B4, C4
  • Festival IV on 05.8.2017, in the town of Bourgas - tournaments A3, B3, C3
  • Final tournament: 16 and 17.09.2017 in the town of Plovdiv.

In the Final tournament will take part those 20 chess players who ranked:
  • among the first 3 in one of the the tournament A1-A4 - 12 finalists;
  • first in one of the tournaments B1-B4 and C1-C4 - 8 finalists.

The 10 participants, invited by the organizers, will also take part in the Final tournament. They will be ten of the best chess players in the world chess elite. They will play with the participants in the Final tournament.

All 30 participants in the Final tournament will be awarded.

  • The tournaments of Group A will be for players with international ELO> 2100
  • The tournaments of Group B will be for players with an international ELO <2200
  • The tournaments of Group C will be for children up to 16 years (born after 01.01.2001)
  • The chess players with international ELO between 2100-2200 can choose in which tournament to take part.
The Festival I will be held in Sofia, in the garden in front of the National Theatre Ivan Vazov.
The Festival II will be held in Plovdiv, in the Tsar Simeon garden.
The Festival III will be held in Varna, in the Marine garden.

The right to participate in tournament A, B and C have all the players who declare their participation on the tournament on 03.06.2017 until 1.00 pm., and pay the tournament fee. Preliminary applications are accepted on email: aleksandar.delchev@gmail.com


10:00 am to 1:00 pm. - Registration of participants
1.00 pm - Announcing the participants for the three tournaments
1.30 pm - Technical Conference
2.00 pm - Opening of the Festival
2.15 pm - I Round
2.30 pm - II Round
3.00 pm - III Round
3:20 pm - IV Round
3.40 pm - V Round
4.00 pm - VI Round
from 4:20 pm. to 5:00 pm - Pause
5.00 pm - VII round
5.20 pm - VIII Round
5.40 pm - IX Round
6.00 pm - Closing Tournament C and awarding the winners
6.30 pm - X Round
7.00 pm - XI Round
7.20 pm - XII Round
7:40 pm - XIII Round
8.30 pm - Closing Tournaments A and B and awarding the winners

  • The tournament A will be held in 13 rounds following the Swiss system, according to the FIDE tournament rules and FIDE Regulation from 1.07.2014. (Appendix В. Bliz - В4). The playing couples will be determined using the Swiss Manager software.
  • The tournament B will be held in 11 rounds following the Swiss system, according to the FIDE tournament rules and FIDE Regulation from 1.07.2014 (Appendix В. Bliz - В4). The playing couples will be determined using the Swiss Manager software.
  • The tournament C will be held in 9 rounds following the Swiss system, according to the FIDE tournament rules and FIDE Regulation from 1.07.2014(Appendix В. Bliz - В4) . The playing couples will be determined using the Swiss Manager software.
The time control of all tournaments will be 5 minutes per player until the end of the game with the increment of three (3) seconds per move starting from the first.

The ranking of players whose finishing points are equal is determined by:
(A) The result of the games between players in the same group;
(B) Reduced Buchholz-1;
(C) Buchholz;
(D) Number of games won.

You can learn more for the First festival of the ChessBomb Tour 2017 and for the Second festival of the ChessBomb Tour 2017  in the ChessBomb blog.


Paris Grand Chess Tour Rapid Day 3 Recap

Paris Grand Chess Tour
Rapid Day 3 Recap

by Tatev Abrahamyan

World Champion Magnus Carlsen won the rapid portion of the Paris Grand Chess Tour with an impressive 14/18 score. Former Blitz World Champion Alexander Grischuk had a very strong showing in day three and is only a point behind Carlsen. Both players were impressive throughout the event, playing very high level chess even during the most tense moments and in time scramble. Hikaru Nakamura is also close behind with 12/18; Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave finished with 11 points each. With the upcoming 18 games of blitz in the next two days, the tournament is still wide open. If the blitz portion is anything like the rapid, then the audiences are in for a treat!

Round 7

The day started with some explosive games and changes in the standings. Sergey Karjakin missed the computer’s top choice, which would have allowed him to punish Magnus Carlsen’s ambitious yet somewhat unnatural play. Instead, he played defensively and found himself in a lost position. Carlsen wasn’t able to convert and the game eventually ended in a draw. Hikaru Nakamura wasn’t able to keep pace with Carlsen as he suffered his first loss in the hands of the local hero Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov surpassed Nakamura by drawing Etienne Bacrot and was joined by Alexander Grischuk, who took advantage of Fabiano Caruana’s terrible form and delivered another blow to the suffering former U.S. Champion. Wesley So drew Veselin Topalov and fell down to sixth place in the standings.

Round 8

Entering the round, Carlsen had a two point lead and facing the struggling Caruana. However, he was only able to draw the American, while Mamedyarov and Grischuk defeated Topalov and Bacrot respectively. Mamedyarov went for the throat by giving up his queen side to go after his opponent’s king, a strategy that paid off quite nicely. Vachier-Lagrave showed off his prowess in the Sicilian Najdorf by outplaying his opponent in the middlegame and finishing him off in the endgame. Nakamura yet again failed to keep up after drawing his compatriot Wesley So from a better position. Going into the last round, Carlsen was still in first place, with Grischuk and Mamedyarov chasing him by only one point.

Round 9

The dramatic round remained tense until the very end as the games finished approximately at the same time. Grischuk and Mamedyarov were facing off, meaning that depending on Carlsen’s result, one of them could come out on top! Grischuk played an instructional positional game and won in style without giving his opponent any chances. Unfortunately for him, Etienne Bacrot did not find the correct plan after sacrificing a piece and allowed Carlsen to consolidate his position and win with the extra piece. Nakamura and Karjakin ended the tournament on a high note by defeating Topalov and So respectively. It seemed as though Caruana’s luck was turning around when he launched a mating attack, but Vachier-Lagrave found a study like miracle queen sacrifice to save the game.
All information is available on GrandChessTour.org. Live commentary by GM Yasser Seirawan, GM Cristian Chirila, and IM Jovanka Houska will give online spectators even more opportunity to experience the tournaments. As last year, GM Maurice Ashley will be on-site in Paris to interview players and will be joined by GM Romain Edouard. Watch live.

Photo credits: Chess Club and Scholastic Center/Kevin Duggin/Spectrum Studios/Lennart Ootes

Further Information:
Web: GrandChessTour.org | Twitter: @GrandChessTour

Venue: CANAL FACTORY — Les Studios de Boulogne
Dates: 21-25 June 2017