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15th Univé Chess Tournament

Unive ChessThe 15th Univé Chess Tournament is taking place from 14th to 22nd October in the town hall of Hoogeveen, The Netherlands. The tournament consists of the Crown Group, Unive International Open and two Amateur Groups.

Crown Group

The Crown Group is traditionally a four-player double round robin and this year has a very strong line-up. Former world champion Vladimir Kramnik (Russia), the top Dutch chess player at the present Anish Giri, the strongest woman of all time Judit Polgar (Hungary) and the winner of the 14th Unive tournament Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (France), form the lineup of an average rating of 2726 in category 20.

The Crown Group starts on 16th October. Games will be broadcasted on the Chessdom/Chessbomb live platform.

Unive International Open

The Unive Open is played over nine rounds of Swiss system. The prize fund is € 7.500 with a first prize of € 3,000. This tournament starts on 14th October.

Top rated players are: GM Tiviakov Sergei NED 2647, GM Baklan Vladimir UKR 2617, GM Ernst Sipke NED 2581, GM Zherebukh Yaroslav UKR 2580, GM Lenderman Aleksandr USA 2562, GM Nyzhnyk Illya UKR 2561, GM Haslinger Stewart ENG 2542, IM Van Kampen Robin NED 2529, GM Brandenburg Daan NED 2522, IM Grover Sahaj IND 2514, GM Van Der Wiel John T.H. NED 2459, IM Raznikov Danny ISR 2433, IM Vaibhav Suri IND 2430, IM Tania Sachdev IND 2419 and IM Van Delft Merijn NED 2413.

Amateur Tournament

Group I (afternoon group): for players with a rating of 2100
Group II (morning group) also for players with a rating of 2100
Each group is open to a maximum of 84 players. The first prize for both groups is € 250 each.


Univé is chief sponsor of the Tournament. Univé is pleased that this event has become one of the most famous international tournaments.

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