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Biel Chess Festival 2018

Biel Chess Festival 2016The traditional Biel Chess Festival will be held from July 23 – August 1, 2018.

It will be 9 rounds Swiss system. Time control is 90 minutes for the first 40 moves + 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an addition of 30 seconds per move starting from move one.

Around 140 players are expected. The top players are GM Pavel Eljanov, GM Dmitry Gordievsky, GM Eduardo Iturrizaga, GM Saleh Salem etc…

Prizes CHF 1’200, 1’000, 800, 600, 500, 2×400, 3×300, 5×200, 5×100. Best women players, best seniors (1958-), best juniors (1998+): each CHF 200, 100, best children (2002+): CHF 150, 50. Best players with Elo <1800 and <1700: CHF 400, 300, 200, 2x100. Total prize fund: CHF 10'600. New: Prizes in kind gifted by Auberson&Fils, La Neuveville, to the three top ranked teams. Final standings will be established according to number of points scored, truncated Buchholz and truncated Sum of Buchholz. The worst score in each case will be disregarded. Prizes will be shared upon the final ranking (“Hort System” won’t be used). Additional events- ATO: Team Competition For participants of the ATO: This year team prizes will be awarded. If you are already registered for the General Tournament and would like to form a team, you can do so by e-mail ( Please indicate the three team members and the desired team name. Participation in this team competition has no affect on the registration fee. ACCENTUS Youth Simul If you're 16 years old or younger and would like to participate in the ACCENTUS Youth Simul (July 21, 2018, 1.30 p.m.) please contact us by e-mail at Participation is free, each participant receives a gift. Live games with analysis will be provided daily with the best chess software competing in the Top Chess Engine Championship – Komodo, Houdini, and Stockfish.

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