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46th Biel International Chess Festival

The 46th Biel International Chess Festival will be held from 20th June to 2nd August in Biel, Switzerland.

The main Grandmaster Tournament will be dedicated to the memory of Olivier Breisacher. Six players will play in a category 19 double round robin event:

Etienne Bacrot, FRA, Elo 2725
Ian Nepomniachtchi, RUS, Elo 2717
Alexander Moiseenko, UKR, Elo 2711
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, FRA Elo 2706
Ding Liren, CHN, Elo 2702
Richard Rapport, HUN, Elo 2674 (Juniors U18 #1)

Player biographies are available on the official website. Last year winner was Wang Hao.

46th Biel International Chess Festival

Master Tournament

July 22nd – August 2nd 2013; 2-8 p.m. (August 2nd: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.). Rest day on July 28th. 11 round Swiss system.

Prizes: CHF 7’000, 5’000, 4’000, 3’000, 2’500, 2’000, 1’500, 1’200, 2×1’000, 3×700, 3×500, 4×300, 5×200, best ladies: CHF 600, 400, 300, best senior (1953-), best junior (1995+), best child (1997+), best player without title: each CHF 500, best players with Elo <2200 and <2100: CHF 500, 400, 300, 200, 100, best Swiss players (with CH-passport): CHF 1'000, 700, 500, 300, 200.

Total prize fund: CHF 43'000.

Admission: players with FIDE-rating (list May, June or July 2013) or national rating (e.g. Swiss ELO list 2/2013 or 3/2013) ELO 2000 and more.

Main Tournament

July 24th – August 2nd 2013; 2-8 p.m. (August 2nd: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.). Rest day on July 28th. 9 round Swiss system.

Prizes: CHF 1’200, 1’000, 800, 600, 500, 2×400, 3×300, 5×200, 5×100, best ladies, best seniors (1953-), best juniors (1995+): each CHF 200, 100, best children (1997+): CHF 150, 50, best players with Elo <1800 and <1700: CHF 400, 300, 200, 2×100.

Total prize fund: CHF 10'600.

Admission: players with FIDE rating ELO 2050 and below (list May, June or July 2013) or players with national rating ELO 2050 and below (e.g. Swiss ELO list 2/2012 or 3/2012), independent of their FIDE rating.

Swiss Rapid Chess Championship

July 21st 2013, 9.30 a.m. 9 round Swiss system.
Cadence: 7′ + 7” per move and per player.

Prizes: CHF 1’200, 800, 600, 500, 400, 300, 200, 150, 2×100, natural prizes for players with 5½ points and more, best lady, best senior (1953-), best junior (1995+): each CHF 200, best child (1997+), best player without title: each CHF 100, best Swiss (with Swiss-passport): CHF 400, 300, 200, 2×100, best players with Elo <2000 and <1800: CHF 300, 200, 100, 2×50.

Total prize fund: CHF 7'650 + natural prizes.

Swiss Blitz Chess Championship

July 28th 2013, 2 p.m. 13 round Swiss system.
Cadence: 3′ + 2” per move and per player.

Prizes: CHF 1’000, 750, 600, 500, 400, 300, 250, 200, 150, 100, 2×50, best lady, best senior (1953-), best junior (1995+): each CHF 100, best child (1997+): CHF 50, best Swiss (with Swiss passport): CHF 300, 200, 150, 100, 50.

Total prize fund: CHF 5’500 + natural prizes.

Swiss Chess960 Championship

Mode of playing: Chess960, onJuly 20th 2013, 1.00 p.m. 7 round Swiss system.
Time control: 15′ + 5″ per move and per player.

Prizes: CHF 500, 400, 300, 200, 100, natural prizes for all players.

Total prize fund: CHF 1’500 + natural prizes.

Youth Tournament

The Foundation Vinetum offers free entry fee, free lunch and prizes for all participants at the Youth tournament. Sunday, July 28th 2013, 10 a.m. 7 round Swiss System, 15 minutes per player.

Three categories:
U18 (born 1995-1999)
U13 (born 2000-2002)
U10 (born 2003 or later)

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