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Norwegian Chess Festival 2012

Norwegian Chess Festival 2012The second Norsk Sjakkfestival (Norwegian Chess Festival) will be held at the Norway’s new “chess hotel” Quality Hotel & Resort Fagernes, with a central placement in Southern Norway, 2½ hours from Oslo airport.

The Festival includes the 2012 Open Norwegian Championship and several other events for all friends of chess, irrespective of their level, from Beginner to Grandmaster.

Open Norwegian Championship 2012 will be an attractive international open tournament divided into three groups.

Group A:
Saturday 28 April – Saturday 5 May
A semi-open IM and GM tournament of 9 rounds, with approximately 10 – 12 Grandmasters.
Open to players with a FIDE rating or Norwegian rating 1800 or higher.
40 moves in 2 hours, plus 1 hour extra to finish.

Group B:
Saturday 28 April – Wednesday 2 May
Open to players with a rating between 1000 and 2000. Closed to players with a rating 2000 or higher.
7-round tournament, submitted for FIDE rating.
40 moves in 1½ hours, plus 30 minutes extra to finish.

Group C:
Saturday 28 April – Wednesday 2 May
Open to players with a rating below 1250 or with no rating. (Some unrated players may also be placed in group A or B if previous results indicate this.)
7-round tournament, for national Norwegian rating.
40 moves in 1½ hours, plus 30 minutes extra to finish.

Prizes

Group A:
1. Prize Euro 1000 (app. NOK 8000) + a trophy
2. Prize NOK 5500
3. Prize NOK 4000
4. Prize NOK 2500
5. Prize NOK 1500
6. Prize NOK 1000
7., 8., 9. and 10. Prize each NOK 600
The best players of the rating groups (FIDE rating) 2150 – 2299, 2000-2149 and below 2000 are all secured a prize of NOK 1000. Also NOK 1000 to best placed woman, and to best placed senior player born 1952 or earlier.

Group B:
Prizes NOK 2500, 1250 and 600
NOK 600 to the best player with a rating below 1500.

Group C:
Prizes NOK 2000, 1000 and 500
NOK 500 to the best player with a rating below 1000.

Top rated players:
GM Yuri Solodovnichenko UKR 2629
GM Sipke Ernst NED 2593
GM Eduardas Rozentalis LTU 2586
GM Vladimir Georgiev MKD 2559
GM Normunds Miezis LAT 2547
GM Salvador Del Rio De Angelis ESP 2534
GM Marc Narciso Dublan ESP 2534
GM Sergey Kasparov BLR 2521
GM Leif E Johannessen NOR 2515
GM Ramil Hasangatin RUS 2515
GM Igor Rausis CZE 2510
IM Axel Smith SWE 2480
IM Dmitry Stets UKR 2475
IM Timofey Galinskyi UKR 2415
FM Kjetil Stokke NOR 2409
IM Eirik Gullaksen NOR 2387
IM Nicolai Getz NOR 2385

Last year winner was Sergei Tiviakov

Tournament website

Fagernes is the largest settlement in the valley of Valdres, Norway, with a population of 1,801. Fagernes is the administrative centre of the municipality of Nord-Aurdal.

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