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Hilton Chess Festival Basel 2014 (Updated)

Der Verein Schachfestival Basel is organizing the Hilton Chess Festival Basel on 1-5th January 2014 at Hilton, Aeschengraben 31, in Basel, Switzerland.

The Festival will consist of four events:
– Master tournament
– Amateur tournament
– Blitz tournament will be held on 3rd January (start at 20:00h)
– Youth Rapid will be held on 5th January

Master and Amateur events will be played over 7 rounds of Swiss pairings. The time control will be 100 min for 40 moves + 30 min to finish + 30 sec increment from the first move.

Confirmed Grandmasters: Radoslaw Wojtaszek (POL, 2711), Boris Grachev (this year winner) (RUS, 2670), Maxim Rodshtein (ISR, 2681), Igor Kovalenko (LAT, 2643), Tigran Gharamian (FRA, 2658), Ivan Popov (RUS, 2652), Mateusz Bartel (POL, 2626), Robin Van Kampen (NED, 2618), Alexandr Fier (BRA, 2572), Deep Sengupta (IND, 2570), Yannick Pelletier (SUI, 2575), Sandro Mareco (ARG, 2573), S.P. Sethuraman (IND, 2553), Ulf Andersson (SWE, 2559), Felipe de Cresce El Debs (BRA, 2520), Gil Popilski (ISR, 2483), Vladislav Vorotnikov (RUS, 2480), Vlastimil Hort (GER, 2441), Alina Kashlinskaya (RUS, 2422), Nino Maisuradze (FRA, 2317) and Marta Bartel (POL, 2308).

Boris Grachev

GM Boris Grachev

Master tournament prizes: CHF 2500, 2000, 1500, 1000, 700, 500, 300, 200, 200, 200
ELO U2300, U2100, Woman, Senior: CHF 200.

Amateur tournament prizes: CHF 1000, 700, 400, 300, 250, 200, 150, 100, 100, 100
ELO U1800, U1600, U1500: CHF 100.-

Blitz tournament will be played over 9 or 11 rounds of Swiss system (depending on number of players) with time control 5 min per player per game. Prizes are CHF 150, 100, 50, 30, 30, 30.

Youth Rapid will be played in two groups – U16 and U12. Tournament format is 7-round Swiss with 15-minute per player per game.

Hilton Chess Festival Basel is conveniently set to take place immediately after the Zurich Christmas Open.

For more information contact Bruno Zanetti, Austrasse 9c, 4153 Reinach BL
Telefon: +41 (0)79 783 80 70, Email:

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