Numerous GMs participating in Miami Chess Open
(Spanish release)

The GM Alexander Shabalov announced his participation in the Miami Chess Open. Shabalov has been US champion 4 times (1993, 2000, 2003, 2007). Some other strong players are included in the list as well, beginning with the Israeli GM Viktor Mikhalevski (2675 USCF) armenian-american grandmaster Varuzhan Akobian (2652) a former US Junior Champion and two times World Open Champion and Gilberto Hernandez (2564) three times Mexican champion. Together with this players are the Cuban born GM Julio Becerra (2650), and GM Darmen Sadakasov (2600) from Kazahakstan.

All the above players have confirmed their participation in this very excited tournament pending confirmation are GM Hikaru Nakamura (2700) and GM Juan Carlos Gonzalez Mexico which have also been invited.

Among female players we have WFM Liulia Cardona (2257) who was the second highest rated female player in Cuba before she arrived to the US.

We should call the attention to the fans about the prizes offered in this event. 100,000 USD in prizes will be given with 70% of these prizes guaranteed regardless of the amount of players who20sign up. There will be 8 different sections or categories (Open, under 2100,under 1900,under 1700, under 1500, under 1300, under 1100 and one for players who do not have any rating)

The hours of play will be: Wednesday 10 at 7pm, the 11th at 1pm and 7pm, on the 12th and the 13th at 11am and 6pm and on Sunday the 14th at 10 am and 4:30pm but there also different schedules for the players wanting to play the event in 3 or 4 days if the participant prefers it.

We would like to remind the media that the pictures with flash should be taken within the first ten minutes of the game been played. The spectators will have the opportunity to follow the games in a projected screen that will be at the tournament site.

Aside from that and completely free in different rooms within the hotel facilities conferences, analysis of games and simuls will be offered in all cases offered by grandmasters and the most outstanding players of the event.

The party is about to begin! Enjoy the ride!

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