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San Sebastian 1911-1912, 2011-2012, Anniversary Tournament (Updated)

City hall of San SebastiánIn a recent interview with GM Leinier Dominguez, the Cuban star mentioned that he will play in the San Sebastian tournament by the end of the year.

A lot of the readers where puzzled by this as the San Sebastian event was not listed in the chess calendars.
IA Mikel Larreategi helped in solving the mystery by pointing to a brief announcement on what will be official webpage.

We are preparing a tournament to be played in late 2011 and early 2012 commemorating the legendary chess tournaments organised in San Sebastian in 1911 and 1912.

We are now giving 3 details about the tournament, and will be providing more information in coming weeks:

– Prize fund of 100.000 €
– Tournament will be played using K.O. system and creating one more parallel tournament for the losers of the first round and an International Open.
– Each player will play each round 2 simultaneous games, one with white and the other with black.

We will have many sponsors and helpers to the tournament, one of them will be Gros Xake Taldea which will provide the venue of the tournament from 28th of December 2011 to 5th of January 2012.

UPDATE:

 
Top rated players:
1 Shakhriyar Mamedyarov Azerbaijan 2733
2 Ruslan Ponomariov Ukraine 2723
3 Arkadij Naiditsch Germany 2712
4 Leinier Dominguez Cuba 2712
5 Maxime Vachier-Lagrave France 2710
6 Viktor Laznicka Czech Republic 2703
7 Laurent Fressinet France 2700
8 Andrei Volokitin Ukraine 2695
9 Loek Van Wely Nederlands 2686
10 Rustam Kasimdzhanov Uzbekistan 2675
11 Christian Bauer France 2641
12 Hicham Hamdouchi France 2606
13 Sebastian Mazé France 2577
14 Manuel Rivas Pastor España 2559
15 Fabien Libiszewski France 2500

System of play

 
A Tournament

A Tournament will be played in KO System playing 1 round each day. Each match will consist of 2 simultaneous games, one with white pieces and the other with black pieces. The rate of play will be 2 hours for all moves + 30 seconds per move. In case of draw, a tie-break match will be played, also with 2 simultaneous games at rapid rate of play (15 mins + 10 sec/move or so). In case of draw, an Armageddon game will be played. All players who lose each round will be redirected to Tournament B except the last 16 players who will play for the prizes.

B Tournament

The system of play will be like in A Tournament. Those losing their matches in Tournament B will be redirected, if wanted, to the C Tournament with the same points like the leader of this tournament.

C Tournament

C Tournament will be an International Open, played on a single board and the rate of play will be 90 minutes + 30 seconds/move. Players can be registered directly to the Open to play there from round 1

Blitz Tournament

In the morning groups of 12 players will be formed and they will play a round robin. In the afternoon they will play play-off matches for the prizes.

Initial ranking and pairings

1. A Tournament: on the first day all players will be sorted according to their FIDE rating and the first 32 will be awarded the first 32 numbers. All other numbers will be assigned by lot. With these numbers the pairing tree will be made in which the number 1 will play with the last number, etc. The pairing tree will not be changed.
2. B Tournament: in each round, the players list will be reordered according to the FIDE rating of players playing the 1st with the last and so on, avoiding to repeat pairings.
3. C Tournament: Swiss System based on Rating. Players entering from Tournament B will be awarded the number of points of the leader of the tournament
4. Blitz Tournament: groups will be made according to rating.

These tournaments will not be valid for FIDE rating.

Prizes

 
A Tournament: 80000 €

* Winner: 20000 € and an electric motorbike from “BSG ELECTRICS”
* 2nd: 14000 €
* Losers of semi-finals (2): 8000 € / player
* Losers of quarter-finals (4): 4000 € / player
* Losers of 1/8 finals: (8): 2000 € / player
* 1st Basque: an electric motorbike from “BSG ELECTRICS”

B Tournament: 5000

5000 € for players reaching semi-finals and finals.

C Tournament: 5100 €

1. 1000 €
2. 750 €
3. 600 €
4. 450 €
5. 400 €
6. 350 €
7. 300 €
8. 250 €
9. 200 €
10. 150 €
11. 150 €
12. 150 €

* 1st Basque: 150 €
* 2nd Basque: 100 €
* 3rd Basque: 50 €
* 1st rating < 2000: 50 € Torneo Blitz: 4900 €

1. 1000 €
2. 750 €
3. 500 €
4. 500 €
5. 300 €
6. 300 €
7. 300 €
8. 300 €
9. 150 €
10. 150 €
11. 150 €
12. 150 €

* 1st Basque: 150 €
* 2nd Basque: 100 €
* 3rd Basque: 50 €
* 1st rating < 2000: 50 €

Schedule

 
A Tournament

* 28 December 2011: previous round (if necessary): 10:00
* 28 December 2011: round 1, 15:00, tie-break 20:00
* 29 December 2011: round 2, 15:00, tie-break 20:00
* 30 December 2011: round 3, 15:00, tie-break 20:00
* 31 December 2011: rest day
* 1 January 2012: rest day
* 2 January 2012: round 4 (1/8 finals), 15:00, tie-break 20:00
* 3 January 2012: round 5 (1/4 finals), 15:00, tie-break 20:00
* 4 January 2012: round 6 (semi-final), 15:00, tie-break 20:00
* 5 January 2012: round 7 (final), 15:00, tie-break 20:00

B Tournament

* 29 December 2011: round 1, 15:00, tie-break 20:00
* 30 December 2011: round 2, 15:00, tie-break 20:00
* 31 December 2011: round 3, 10:00, tie-break 15:00
* 1 January 2012: rest day
* 2 January 2012: round 4, 15:00, tie-break 20:00
* 3 January 2012: round 5, 15:00, tie-break 20:00
* 4 January 2012: round 6, 15:00, tie-break 20:00
* 5 January 2012: round 7, 15:00, tie-break 20:00

C Tournament

* 28 December 2011: round 1, 10:00
* 29 December 2011: round 2, 10:00
* 30 December 2011: round 3, 10:00
* 31 December 2011: round 4, 10:00
* 1 January 2012: rest day
* 2 January 2012: round 5, 10:00
* 3 January 2012: round 6, 10:00
* 4 January 2012: round 7, 10:00
* 5 January 2012: round 8, 10:00

Blitz Tournament

* 6 January 2012: groups, 10:00 – 14:00
* 6 January 2012: final matches, 16:00 – 20:00

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