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9th Annual Philadelphia International

The 9th Annual Philadelphia International will be held on June 29 – July 3, 2012, at the Sheraton Philadelphia City Center Hotel, 17th & Race Streets, Philadelphia PA 19103.

The tournament will be 9-round Swiss, FIDE rated with IM & GM norms possible, and time control of 40/90, SD/30, inc/30.

Guaranteed prize fund $8000:
$2000-1200-800-700-600-500-400-300, top FIDE under 2300 or unrated $1000-500.

$500 minimum prize to foreign GMs (must play 9 games). Minimum prize will be reduced to $300 after eight foreign GMs have entered. $300 minimum prize to US GMs, foreign IMs, foreign WGMs (must play 9 games).

Currently registered foreign Grandmasters:
Evgeny Romanov (RUS) 2628
Marin Bosiocic (CRO) 2580
Alexander Evdokimov (RUS) 2569
Alojzije Jankovic (CRO) 2568
Gildardo Garcia (COL) 2414

Entry fees
GMs, IMs, WGMs – Free
Foreign FIDE rated players: $125 if check mailed by 6/18, $127 online by 6/23, $150 at site.
USA current/former 2200/up players: $225 if check mailed by 6/18, $227 online by 6/23, $250 at site.
Others: $325 if check mailed by 6/18, $327 online by 6/23, $350 at site.

Note from the organizer: Last year this event had a very poor turnout, including only one foreign GM, because hotel rooms sold out almost two months the tournament. This year we have more rooms reserved, have offered more to foreign GMs, and expect a larger and much stronger field, providing good chances for GM and IM norms.

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