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Norwegian Chess Festival 2013

Norwegian Chess Festival 2013The 3rd Norsk Sjakkfestival (Norwegian Chess Festival), incorporating the 2013 Open Norwegian Championship, will take place from 24th to 31st March at the Quality Hotel & Resort Fagernes, with a central placement in Southern Norway, 2½ hours from Oslo airport.

The Festival is being held during the Easter week, and the program includes the 2013 Open Norwegian Championship, Fagernes Grand Prix, Fagernes Easter Blitz and two Children’s Tournaments.

Open Norwegian Championship

Group A:
Sunday 24 – Saturday 31 March
A semi-open IM and GM tournament of 9 rounds, with approximately 12 – 13 Grandmasters.
Open to players with a FIDE rating or Norwegian rating 1750 or higher.
40 moves in 2 hours, plus 1 hour extra to finish the game.
Top prize is EUR 1000 (app. NOK 7500) and trophy.

Currently top rated players are GM Jon Ludvig Hammer NOR 2633, GM Eduardas Rozentalis LTU 2613, GM Maxim Turov RUS 2599, GM Sergey Volkov RUS 2593, GM Normunds Miezis LAT 2589, GM Simen Agdestein NOR 2555, GM Aloyzas Kveinys LTU 2527 and GM Leif E Johannessen NOR 2521.

Last year winner was GM Vladimir Georgiev.

Group B:
Wednesday 27 – Sunday 31 March
Open to players with a rating between 1000 and 2000. Closed to players with a rating 2000 or higher.
A 7-round tournament, submitted for FIDE rating.
40 moves in 1½ hours, plus 30 minutes extra to finish.

Group C:
Wednesday 27 – Sunday 31 March
Open to players with a rating below 1250 or with no rating. (Some unrated players may also be allowed into group A or B if previous results indicate this.)
7-round tournament, for Norwegian national rating.
40 moves in 1½ hours, plus 30 minutes extra to finish.

Fagernes Grand Prix 2013 is an open tournament which will take place from 24th to 26th March with all players in one group. The tournament will be played over five rounds of Swiss system with the time control 60 min for 40 moves and 30 minutes extra to finish the game.

Fagernes Easter Blitz 2013 will be played on Thursday 28th March and is open to all. Counts in the Norwegian Grand Prix circuit 2012/13, and for FIDE Blitz rating.
Group A: Players with a rating 1500 or higher
Group B: Players with a rating below 1500
Thinking time: 5 minutes per player per game

Two open Children’s Tournaments on Sunday 24th March and Wednesday 27th March. Each separate tournament has 5 rounds and 20 minutes thinking time for each player and game.

Entries and information:
Mr. Øystein Brekke, tel (47) 32 82 10 64 Monday – Friday 1030 – 1630, mobile phone (47) 91 18 91 90, or preferably per e-mail: oeystei@online.no
Or enter directly at: http://festival.sjakkweb.no
Deadline for entries is Wednesday 20 March.

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