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Oslo Chess International 2012 (Updated)

Oslo Chess International 2012 will be organized at Thon Hotel Ullevaal Stadion during the Norwegian autumn holiday 30 September – 7 October, again as a cooperation between IA IO Hans Olav Lahlum and the Akademisk chess club from the Oslo University.

Tournament system will be the same as in 2011, meaning a GM-group for players above 2150 and an ELO-group for players below 2150.

The tournament again will be played with the classical high quality time limits 2 hours in 40 moves and then 1 hour for the rest of the game.

Last year winner was GM Matthew Sadler

Currently top rated players are: GM Yuri SOLODOVNICHENKO UKR 2602, GM Rainer BUHMANN GER 2578, GM Eduardas ROZENTALIS LTU 2570, GM Stephen J. GORDON ENG 2556, GM Sipke ERNST NED 2548, GM Marc NARCISO DUBLAN ESP 2523, GM Salvador DEL RIO ESP 2491, IM Frode Olav Olsen URKEDAL NOR 2470, IM Axel ROMBALDONI ITA 2458, GM Rune DJURHUUS NOR 2436, IM Tymofey GALINSKY UKR 2431, IM Jovanka HOUSKA ENG 2398 etc

Official website

oslo international 2012

Playing venue: Thon Hotel Ullevaal Stadion, Address: Sognsveien 77c, Oslo, Norway.
A large hotel and conference centre, right next to Norway�s national football stadium in Oslo.
The hotel offers excellent facilities to play chess games in the playing hall, as well as for analysis and blitz playing outside the playing hall afterwards.The playing hotel is a two minute walk from the bus and tube station. It is two minutes tube travel from the Oslo University, and less than ten minutes from the main railway station (Oslo S).
Participants coming from other countries and cities in Norway can use a direct bus connection from Oslo Airport Gardermoen to the hotel door. Shops, restaurants etc can be found within a two minutes walking distance from the hotel.
Groups:
GM-group:   A 9-round Swiss open for all players having the official titles GM, IM, FM, WGM, WIM or WFM from FIDE.
Also qualified are other male players with an official FIDE-ELO of at least 2150, and other female players with an official FIDE-ELO of at least 2000.
Having had the required ELO on the official FIDE-list at the time of registering for the tournament will be sufficient, even if the player�s ELO drops below on the last list before the tournament.
Registration limit is 1 September 2012, but later registrations might be accepted if space etc allows.A very few players with an ELO below the official demand might be accepted for the GM-group. Players interested in this possibility must send a written application to the organizer at latest 1 September 2012.The top-3 players from the ELO-group in 2011 are qualified for the GM-group in 2012.The organizer expects in the GM-group about 70-80 players, out of whom 7-8 GMs and 10-15 IMs/WGMs, and with less than 20 % of the participants below 2200. Hence chances for all kind of title norms including GM-norms will be excellent.
ELO-group: A 9-round FIDE-rated Swiss open for all tournament players. Registration limit is 1 September 2012, but later registrations might be accepted if space etc allows.
The organizer expects around 40-50 players out of whom 75-80 % with a FIDE-ELO of 1800-2150, hence it will be an exciting tournament with excellent chances for ELO-norms.
Schedule:
Sunday 30 September 13.00-16.00 Registration
17.30-23.30 Round 1
Monday 1 October 16.30-22.30 Round 2
Tuesday 2 October 10.00-16.00 Round 3
17.30-23.30 Round 4
Wednesday 3 October 16.30-22.30 Round 5
Thursday 4 October 16.30-22.30 Round 6
Friday 5 October 16.30-22.30 Round 7
Saturday 6 October 12.00-18.00 Round 8
18.30-21.00 Blitz tournament
Sunday 7 October 10.00-16.00 Round 9
16.10 (latest) Prize giving

Players unable to play one particular round of the tournament can get walk-over with half a point for this round. Such a walk-over draw however must be accepted by the organizer before the start of round one, and it can not be accepted for round eight or nine.

Prize Fund:
GM-group
1. EUR 1500
2. EUR 1000
3. EUR 500
4. EUR 400
5. EUR 300
6. EUR 200
7. EUR 100
Book prizes for remaining
players within top 15.
ELO-group
1. NOK 5000
2. NOK 3000
3. NOK 2000
4. NOK 1000
Book prizes for remaining
players within top 10.

Prizes are guaranteed and may be increased and/or extended if the tournament economy allows.
Prizes are shared equally in case of equal points, but only in between the given number of money prizes.

Entry fee:
GM-group
GMs, IMs, WGMs and other players with FIDE-ELO above 2400: Free
FMs, WIMs and players with FIDE-ELO 2300-2399: NOK 700
Players with FIDE-ELO 2200-2299: NOK 1000
Players with FIDE-ELO 2150-2199: NOK 1300
Players with FIDE-ELO below 2150: NOK 1600

All entry fees are paid in accordance with the FIDE-ELO list of September 2012.
Titles later confirmed officially by FIDE however are accepted.

NOTE SPECIAL OFFER: All FMs, WIMs and players ratet below 2399 staying and paying at the Thon Hotel Ullevaal Stadion for the period 30 September – 7 October 2012, will get NOK 700 discount on the entry fee!
To achieve this special offer, it is necessary to register and order hotel via the organizer at latest 1 August 2012.

ELO-group
Players with FIDE-ELO above 2050: NOK 400
Players with FIDE-ELO 1900-2049: NOK 700
Players with FIDE-ELO: 1700-1899: NOK 1000
Players with FIDE-ELO below 1700 or without FIDE-ELO: NOK 1300

All entry fees are paid in accordance with the FIDE-ELO list of September 2012.

NOTE SPECIAL OFFER: All players with a FIDE-ELO of at least 1900 staying and paying at the Thon hotel Ullevaal Stadion for the period 30 September – 7 October 2012, will have a free entry fee in the ELO-group!
To achieve this special offer, it is necessary to register and order hotel via the organizer at latest 1 August 2012.
All players below 1900 staying and paying at the Thon Hotel Ullevaal Stadion for the period 30 September – 7 October 2012, will have a NOK 700 discount on their entry fee in the ELO-group!
To achieve this special offer, it is necessary to register and order hotel via the organizer at latest 1 August 2012.
In both groups free ice water and coffee during the games will be included in the entry fee for all players!

Accomodation offer: The playing hotel offers a special chess discount for the tournament period 30 September – 7 October 2012.
Price for each night including breakfast buffet then will be NOK 890 for a single room, NOK 1198 for a double room, and NOK 1497 for a triple room. (EUR 1 = about NOK 7.50)
NOTE: To get this strongly discounted chess price at the Thon Hotel Ullevaal Stadion, all hotel accommodation must be ordered via the tournament organizer at hanso.lahlum@c2i.net.
A further family discount is offered for children under age 15 travelling together with parents; contact the organizer for further details if interested.
Rate of Play: Classical 2 hours in 40 moves, then 1 hour for the rest.
Walk-over time limit is 60 minutes after the scheduled start of each round.
Live Games: Top games from the GM-group be sent live.
Arbiters: Chief arbiter: IA & IO Hans Olav Lahlum
Deputy arbiters: To be announced.
Evening program: In the evenings there will be two grandmaster lectures and one blitz tournament.
Conditions for
title holders:
Some very few GMs with an ELO above 2550 and reasonable travel costs, will be offered free hotel for the tournament period and food and travel expenses covered.
Interested GMs should contact the organizer as soon as possible and at latest 15 May 2012 by Email.A few IMs and WGMs will be offered a large discount on the hotel costs for the tournament period.
Interested IMs and WGMs should contact the organizer as soon as possible and at latest 15 July 2012 by Email.
Information: Please contact the organizer Mr. Hans Olav Lahlum at Email or mobile phone +47 95 75 82 86.

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