The 40th Zurich Weihnachtsopen will take place from 26th to 30th December, 2016, at the Crowne Plaza Zürich in Zurich, Switzerland.
The Master Tournament (for players rated over 2000) and General Tournament (U2050) will each be played over 7 rounds of Swiss system.
Currently top rated Grandmasters are GM Safarli Eltaj AZE 2691, GM Laznicka Viktor CZE 2661, GM Bartel Mateusz POL 2641, GM Bauer Christian FRA 2635, GM Kunin Vitaly GER 2586, GM Vorobiov Evgeny RUS 2583, GM Moussard Jules FRA 2571, GM Brkic Ante CRO 2569, GM Donchenko Alexander GER 2564, GM Abasov Nijat AZE 2561 etc
The winner of previous two editions was Arkadij Naiditsch.
Prizes in Master Tournament: CHF 3000, 2000, 1500, 1200, 1000, 800, etc. (20 prizes)
Special prizes CHF 200 each: for best woman, best senior over 60, best U20 and best U16. The top U2200 player will earn CHF 400.
Prizes in General Tournament: CHF 1000, 800, 600, 500, 400, 300, etc. (20 prizes)
Special prizes CHF 200: for best woman, best senior over 60, best U20, U16, best U1800 Elo and best U1600 Elo.
The total prize money of both tournaments is exceeding CHF 22,000.