2017-09-09

Expect the Third Festival of the ChessBomb Tour 2017

OPEN CHESS GRAND PRIX IN BLITZ OUTDOORS 
ChessBomb Tour 2017

Bulgaria


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

             

The chain will include four festivals. Each festival will include 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 01.06.2017, in the town of Varna - canceled
  • Festival IV on 05.08.2017, in the town of Bourgas - tournaments AB4, C4
  • Festival III on 09.09.2017, in the town of Vidin - tournaments AB3, C3
  • Final tournament 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.

REGULATION OF THE QUALIFICATION TOURNAMENT IN VIDIN
  • The tournament AB3 - open - Group A and B
  • The tournaments of Group C will be for children up to 16 years (born after 01.01.2001)
The Festival III will be held in VIDIN, near the Gallery of art Nikola Petrov.
The right to participate in tournament AB3 and C3 have all the players who declare their participation in the tournament till 08.09.2017 and pay the tournament fee. Preliminary applications are accepted on email: aleksandar.delchev@gmail.com and on phone: +359 877657700 Emilia Djingirova

IMPORTANT! Preliminary applications pay  tournament tax reduced with 5 leva.

PROGRAMME OF TOURNAMENTS:

11:00 am to 1:00 pm. - Registration of participants
1.00 pm - Announcing the participants for the three tournaments and Technical Conference
1.30 pm - Opening of the Festival
2.00 pm - I Round
2.30 pm - II Round
3.00 pm - III Round
3:30 pm - IV Round
4.00 pm - V Round
4.30 pm - VI Round
Pause
5.30 pm - VII round
6.00 pm - VIII Round
6.30 pm - IX Round
7.00 pm -  Closing Tournaments and awarding the winners

CONTROL AND SYSTEM OF A PLAY
  • The tournament AB 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 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.

TIE-BREAK
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.

2017-08-13

Super-GM Tournament - Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz GCT 2017

The Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz GCT 2017 is held in Saint Louis, USA from 14th till 18th of August 2017

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Its a super-GM Tournament in which play: Kasparov, Aronian, Caruana, Nakamura,  Anand, Karjakin, Nepomniachtchi, Dominguez, Navara, Le Quang Liem


Rapid - Single Round-Robin
Blitz - Double Round-Robin

Rate of play:
Rapid: 25 minutes all moves + ; 10 seconds increment
Blitz: 5 minutes all moves + ; 3 seconds increment

Schedule : UTC/GMT -5 hours
14 August,2017 (Monday)
13:00 -  (Rapid) Round 01
14:30 -  (Rapid) Round 02
16:00 -  (Rapid) Round 03
15 August,2017 (Tuesday)
13:00 -  (Rapid) Round 04
14:30 -  (Rapid) Round 05
16:00 -  (Rapid) Round 06

16 August,2017 (Wednesday)
13:00 -  (Rapid) Round 07
14:30 -  (Rapid) Round 08
16:00 -  (Rapid) Round 09
                         
17 August,2017 (Thursday)
13:00 -  (Blitz) Round 10
13:30 -  (Blitz) Round 11
14:00 -  (Blitz) Round 12
14:30 -  (Blitz) Round 13
15:00 -  (Blitz) Round 14
15:30 -  (Blitz) Round 15
16:00 -  (Blitz) Round 16
16:30 -  (Blitz) Round 17
17:00 -  (Blitz) Round 18
18 August,2017 (Friday)
13:00 -  (Blitz) Round 19
13:30 -  (Blitz) Round 20
14:00 -  (Blitz) Round 21
14:30 -  (Blitz) Round 22
15:00 -  (Blitz) Round 23
15:30 -  (Blitz) Round 24
16:00 -  (Blitz) Round 25
16:30 -  (Blitz) Round 26
17:00 -  (Blitz) Round 27

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24th Abu Dhabi Festival - Masters Tournament 2017

24th Abu Dhabi Festival - Masters Tournament 2017 is held in Abu Dhabi, UAE from 14th till 22nd of August 2017

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System of play: 9 Round Swiss

Rate of play:  90 minutes all moves + ; 30 seconds increment

Schedule : UTC/GMT +4
14.08 2017 - 17:45 -  Round 1
15.08 2017 - 17:15 -  Round 2
16.08 2017 - 17:15 -  Round 3
17.08 2017 - 17:15 -  Round 4
             REST DAY
19.08 2017 - 10:15 -  Round 5
19.08 2017 - 18:15 -  Round 6
20.08 2017 - 17:15 -  Round 7
21.08 2017 - 17:15 -  Round 8
22.08 2017 - 10:15 -  Round 9

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2017-08-12

La Palma Island Open 2017

La Palma Island Open 2017 is held in sSanta Cruz de La Palma (Canary Island of La Palma), Spainfrom 12th till 18th of August 2017

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System of play: 9 Round Swiss

Rate of play: 90 minutes  all moves + ; 30 seconds increment

Schedule : * UTC/GMT +1 hour
12.08 2017 - 18:00 -  Round 1
13.08 2017 - 10:00 -  Round 2
13.08 2017 - 18:00 -  Round 3
14.08 2017 - 18:00 -  Round 4
15.08 2017 - 10:00 -  Round 5
15.08 2017 - 18:00 -  Round 6
16.08 2017 - 18:00 -  Round 7
17.08 2017 - 18:00 -  Round 8
18.08 2017 - 09:30 -  Round 9

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Iranian Chess Festival 2017

The Iranian Chess Festival 2017 is held in  Hamedan, Iran from 12th till 19th of August 2017.

Official site

System of play: 11 Round Swiss

Rate of play:  90 minutes all moves + ; 30 seconds increment
 
Schedule : * UTC/GMT +4,5 hours
12.08 2017 - 17:10 -  Round 01
13.08 2017 - 09:40 -  Round 02
13.08 2017 - 17:10 -  Round 03
14.08 2017 - 17:10 -  Round 04
15.08 2017 - 09:40 -  Round 05
15.08 2017 - 17:10 -  Round 06
16.08 2017 - 17:10 -  Round 07
17.08 2017 - 09:40 -  Round 08
17.08 2017 - 17:10 -  Round 09
18.08 2017 - 17:10 -  Round 10
19.08 2017 - 09:40 -  Round 11

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European Senior Championships 2017

European Senior Championships 2017 is held in Sabadell, Spain from 12th till 20th of August 2017
The games are from the sections : Senior 50+, Senior 65+ and Women's 50+
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System of play: 9 Round Swiss

Rate of play: 90 minutes in 40 moves + ; 30 minutes all moves + ; 30 seconds for each move
starting from move 1

Schedule : * CEST (UTC/GMT +2)
12.08 2017 - 16:00 -  Round 1
13.08 2017 - 16:00 -  Round 2
14.08 2017 - 16:00 -  Round 3
15.08 2017 - 16:00 -  Round 4
16.08 2017 - 16:00 -  Round 5
17.08 2017 - 16:00 -  Round 6
18.08 2017 - 16:00 -  Round 7
19.08 2017 - 16:00 -  Round 8
20.08 2017 - 15:00 -  Round 9

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6th Annual Washington International 2017

The 6th Annual Washington International 2017 is held in Rockville, Maryland, USA from 12th till 16th of August 2017

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System of play: 9 Round Swiss

Rate of play: 90 minutes in 40 moves +; 20 minutes all moves + ; 30 seconds for each move
starting from move 1

Schedule : UTC/GMT -4 hours
12.08 2017 - 11:00 -  Round 1
12.08 2017 - 17:30 -  Round 2
13.08 2017 - 11:00 -  Round 3
13.08 2017 - 17:30 -  Round 4
14.08 2017 - 11:00 -  Round 5
14.08 2017 - 17:30 -  Round 6
15.08 2017 - 11:00 -  Round 7
15.08 2017 - 17:00 -  Round 8
16.08 2017 - 11:00 -  Round 9

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2017 Sinquefield Cup Recap - Round 9

2017 Sinquefield Cup

Round 9 Recap


The standing tradition of the Sinquefield Cup of no repeat winners remained as Maxime Vachier-Lagrave emerged as the winner of the 2017 tournament! Entering the round, the eventual winner was tied with Viswanathan Anand and Levon Aronian with Magnus Carlsen and Sergey Karjakin just half a point behind them. The day started off well for the Frenchman as Anand had a quick draw against Welsey So, while Aronian was already suffering in Carlsen’s hands. Vachier-Lagrave did his part by converting his advantage against Ian Nepomniachtchi on the white side of the Najdorf. He was officially crowned the winner once Aronian accepted the inevitable and resigned. For his efforts, Vachier-Lagrave collected $75,000 and 13 Grand Chess Tour points. He is now only three tour points behind Carlsen in the overall standings.

Full recap >
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave vs Ian Nepomniachtchi 1-0

For once, Vachier-Lagrave was facing the Najdorf instead of playing it with the black pieces. He played a very instructive game where he had a very classical example of a good knight against a bad bishop after exchanging all the right pieces. He converted masterfully as his opponent never got the chance to even make a threat or hope to defend his position. This important move also moved Vachier-Lagrave to the number two spot on the live rating list. 
Magnus Carlsen vs Levon Aronian 1-0

The Armenian Grandmaster’s dreams of winning were destroyed as his opponent played a high-class game. Aronian tried to create an imbalance in the position by changing the pawn structure to get activity. Carlsen defended against his opponent’s threats and the resulting position was simply advantageous for him. Black’s position fell apart as he had too many weaknesses and no real counterplay. This was truly a heartbreaking way to end the tournament for Aronian who had played creative and inspiring chess throughout tournament.
Wesley So vs Viswanathan Anand ½

The American had a disastrous tournament and it was clear that he simply wanted to play a solid game and end the tournament. He got a nice advantage in the middlegame but did not put any pressure on his opponent. It was an unfortunate situation for Anand who needed the win as Vachier-Lagrave had the white pieces and a good chance to score a victory. In the postgame interview, Anand was in good spirits and felt good about his overall tournament.
Hikaru Nakamura vs Sergey Karjakin ½

After his win yesterday, Karjakin had some mathematical, albeit unlikely, chances of still tying for first. Nakamura played an enterprising and quick b4 in a relatively new variation of the reverse Sicilian English. Karjakin had to find some precise moves to equalize the game as he found his bishop quite offside. However, once the bishop was retrieved, the Russian considered he had no problems. The logical conclusion led to massive exchanges and the draw.
Peter Svidler vs Fabiano Caruana 1-0

The opening of the game was offbeat, and the players found themselves in uncharted territory quite quickly. Svidler was ahead in development and played precisely to keep his advantage. In a critical moment, he shied away from sacrificing a piece and admitted in the confession booth that he probably should have gone for the complications. His intuition was correct as the sacrifice would have ended the game before move 30. He went on to win the game anyway, as he still had a slight advantage and Caruana’s poor form did not allow him to put up a tenacious defense to bring home the half a point.
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2017-08-11

Irena Warakomska Memorial - Open 2017

The 1st International Irena Warakomska Memorial - Open 2017 is held in Sulawki, Poland from 11th till 18th of  August 2017

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Irena Warakomska Memorial - Open A 2017  is for players with FIDE rating above 2100

System of play: 9 Round Swiss
Rate of play: 90 minutes in 40 moves + ; 30 minutes all moves + ; 30 seconds for each move
starting from move 1

Schedule : * CEST (UTC/GMT +2)

11.08 2017 - 16:00 -  Round 1
12.08 2017 - 16:00 -  Round 2
13.08 2017 - 09:00 -  Round 3
13.08 2017 - 16:00 -  Round 4
14.08 2017 - 16:00 -  Round 5
15.08 2017 - 16:00 -  Round 6
16.08 2017 - 16:00 -  Round 7
17.08 2017 - 16:00 -  Round 8
18.08 2017 - 09:00 -  Round 9

Irena Warakomska Memorial - Open B 2017 is for players with FIDE rating 1601-2100

System of play: 9 Round Swiss
Rate of play:  90 minutes in 40 moves + ; 30 minutes all moves + ; 30 seconds for each move
starting from move 1

Schedule : * CEST (UTC/GMT +2)
11.08 2017 - 16:00 -  Round 1
12.08 2017 - 16:00 -  Round 2
13.08 2017 - 09:00 -  Round 3
13.08 2017 - 16:00 -  Round 4
14.08 2017 - 16:00 -  Round 5
15.08 2017 - 16:00 -  Round 6
16.08 2017 - 16:00 -  Round 7
17.08 2017 - 16:00 -  Round 8
18.08 2017 - 09:00 -  Round 9

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2017 Sinquefield Cup Recap - Round 8



2017 Sinquefield Cup

Round 8 Recap


Round eight of the Sinquefield Cup did not bring any changes to the top of the leaderboard. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Viswanathan Anand and Levon Aronian all drew their games and remain ahead of the field by half a point. Sergey Karjakin had the only decisive result of the round and has joined Magnus Carlsen in the chase, as the two are half a point behind the leaders. One of the most shocking results of the tournament has been the struggle of last year’s winner, Wesley So, who has lost four games already and finds himself in last place. It will all come down to the final round as there are several possible scenarios for this tournament to end, including a four-way tie!

Full recap >
Viswanathan Anand vs Maxime Vachier-Lagrave ½

The former World Champion chose the English Opening, an unusual choice for him. He usually opts for 1.e4, which would have allowed his opponent to play his favorite Najdorf yet again. Vachier-Lagrave was not expecting to face the English but actually ended up surprising Anand with his reply. White had a slight edge as he had the better development, but a rapid series of exchanges simplified the position into a drawn endgame.
Levon Aronian vs Peter Svidler ½

Svidler repeated the same line Nepomniachtchi played against Aronian in round 1. Even though that game ended in a sparkling win for Aronian, he chose a different line knowing that his opponent would be well prepared. The game became extremely complicated when the players decided to repeat the position instead of entering the wilderness of the variations. The computers disapproved of their decisions but the lines were too unnatural for humans to play over the board and a peaceful result was reached.
Ian Nepomniactchi vs Magnus Carlsen ½

The World Champion needed to win this game to have a chance to catch the leaders. He found an interesting idea where his rook got adventurous roaming all over the board. At one point, Carlsen needed to play more solid and make a draw but he knew he needed to win thus he chose a risky line. This decision put him in a worse position but Nepomniachtchi did not press enough and the game ended in a draw. 
Sergey Karjakin – Wesley So 1-0

The opening that was played yesterday in the Ding Liren vs Anish Giri match was repeated today until Karjakin deviated on move 12. The game was balanced for a while until move 38 when So made a dubious move opening the c file, which only allowed his opponent’s rook to become active. The resulting endgame was better for Karjakin, who converted masterfully without ever letting the advantage slip or giving his opponent any chances.
Fabiano Caruana vs Hikaru Nakamura ½

Nakamura chose one of his favorite openings, the King’s Indian Defense, which is one of the sharpest opening choices that requires a lot of theoretical knowledge. Caruana completely mishandled the opening and the middle game, finding himself in a worse position with the white pieces. Nakamura had the bishop pair and the type of position where he could play for a long time trying to squeeze the win. Right before making time control, Nakamura blundered but Caruana returned the favor right away as he allowed a perpetual.

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2017-08-10

18th Miquel Mas Open 2017

The 18th Miquel Mas Open 2017 is held in Castell de Sant Ferran, Spain from 10th till 17th of  August 2017

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System of play: 9 Round Swiss

Rate of play:  90 minutes  all moves + ; 30 seconds increment

Schedule : * CEST (UTC/GMT +2)
10.08 2017 - 16:30 -  Round 1
11.08 2017 - 16:30 -  Round 2
12.08 2017 - 10:00 -  Round 3
12.08 2017 - 16:30 -  Round 4
13.08 2017 - 16:30 -  Round 5
14.08 2017 - 16:30 -  Round 6
15.08 2017 - 16:30 -  Round 7
16.08 2017 - 16:30 -  Round 8
17.08 2017 - 09:30 -  Round 9

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The Wroclaw Open 2017

The Wroclaw Open 2017 is held in Wroclaw, Poland from 10th till 15th of  August 2017

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System of play: 9 Round Swiss

Rate of play: 90 minutes all moves + ; 30 seconds increment;

Schedule : * CEST (UTC/GMT +2)
10.08 2017 - 16:00 -  Round 1
11.08 2017 - 10:00 -  Round 2
11.08 2017 - 16:00 -  Round 3
12.08 2017 - 10:00 -  Round 4
12.08 2017 - 16:00 -  Round 5
13.08 2017 - 16:00 -  Round 6
14.08 2017 - 10:00 -  Round 7
14.08 2017 - 16:00 -  Round 8
15.08 2017 - 10:00 -  Round 9

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IRQ Men Final 2017

The IRQ Men Final 2017 is held in Iraq from 10th till 16th of August 2017

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System of play: 11 Round Swiss

Rate of play: 90 minutes all moves +; 30 seconds increment

Schedule : * UTC/GMT +3 hours
10.08 2017 - 17:00 -  Round 01
11.08 2017 - 09:30 -  Round 02
11.08 2017 - 17:00 -  Round 03
12.08 2017 - 09:30 -  Round 04
12.08 2017 - 17:00 -  Round 05
13.08 2017 - 09:30 -  Round 06
13.08 2017 - 17:30 -  Round 07
14.08 2017 - 16:00 -  Round 08
15.08 2017 - 09:30 -  Round 09
15.08 2017 - 17:00 -  Round 10
16.08 2017 - 09:00 -  Round 11

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2017-08-09

Armenian 1st League 2017

The Armenian 1st League 2017 is held in Yerevan, Armenia from 9th till 22nd of August 2017

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Top 3 players will qualify to Highest League of 78th Armenian Chess Championship.

System of play: 13 Rounds - 14 Player Round Robin

Rate of play: 90 minutes in 40 moves + ; 30 minutes all moves + ; 30 seconds for each move
starting from move 1

Schedule : * UTC/GMT +4 hours
09.08 2017 - 15:00 -  Round 01
10.08 2017 - 15:00 -  Round 02
11.08 2017 - 15:00 -  Round 03
12.08 2017 - 15:00 -  Round 04
13.08 2017 - 15:00 -  Round 05
14.08 2017 - 15:00 -  Round 06
15.08 2017 - 15:00 -  Round 07
              REST DAY
17.08 2017 - 15:00 -  Round 08
18.08 2017 - 15:00 -  Round 09
19.08 2017 - 15:00 -  Round 10
20.08 2017 - 15:00 -  Round 11
21.08 2017 - 15:00 -  Round 12
22.08 2017 - 11:00 -  Round 13

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2017-08-08

5th Pontevedra Open 2017

The 5th Pontevedra Open 2017 is held in Pontevedra, Spain from 8th till 14th of August 2017.

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System of play: 9 Round Swiss

Rate of play: 90 minutes  all moves + ; 30 seconds increment

Schedule : * CEST (UTC/GMT +2)
08.08 2017 - 17:00 -  Round 1
09.08 2017 - 17:00 -  Round 2
10.08 2017 - 10:00 -  Round 3
10.08 2017 - 17:00 -  Round 4
11.08 2017 - 17:00 -  Round 5
12.08 2017 - 10:00 -  Round 6
12.08 2017 - 17:00 -  Round 7
13.08 2017 - 17:00 -  Round 8
14.08 2017 - 10:00 -  Round 9

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2nd Spanish League 2017

The 2nd Spanish League 2017 is held in Linares, Spain from 8th till 12th of August 2017

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System of play: 7 Round Swiss

Rate of play: 90 minutes  all moves + ; 30 seconds increment

Schedule : * CEST (UTC/GMT +2)
08.08 2017 - 17:00 -  Round 1
09.08 2017 - 10:00 -  Round 2
09.08 2017 - 17:00 -  Round 3
10.08 2017 - 17:00 -  Round 4
11.08 2017 - 10:00 -  Round 5
11.08 2017 - 17:00 -  Round 6
12.08 2017 - 10:00 -  Round 7

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Ding Liren vs Anish Giri Match 2017

The Ding Liren vs Anish Giri Match 2017 is held in Wenzhou, China from 8th till 11th of August 2017. Its a 4-game friendly match.

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Rate of play: 90 minutes in 40 moves + ; 30 minutes all moves + ; 30 seconds for each move
starting from move 1

Schedule : UTC/GMT +5
08.08 2017 - 14:00 -  Round 01
09.08 2017 - 14:00 -  Round 02
10.08 2017 - 14:00 -  Round 03
11.08 2017 - 14:00 -  Round 04


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2017-08-07

Mislata Open 2017

The Mislata Open 2017 is held in Vlissingen, Netherlands from 7th till 13th of August 2017

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System of play: 9 Round Swiss

Rate of play: 90 minutes all moves + ; 30 seconds increment

Schedule : * CEST (UTC/GMT +2)
07.08 2017 - 16:30 -  Round 1
08.08 2017 - 10:00 -  Round 2
08.08 2017 - 16:30 -  Round 3
09.08 2017 - 16:30 -  Round 4
10.08 2017 - 10:00 -  Round 5
10.08 2017 - 16:30 -  Round 6
11.08 2017 - 16:30 -  Round 7
12.08 2017 - 16:30 -  Round 8
13.08 2017 - 09:30 -  Round 9


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