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The International Bled Chess Festival 2017 is scheduled to take place from March 10-12, 2017, in the great hall of the luxurious Grand Hotel Toplice*****, situated in the Slovenian tourist town of Bled. The event is organized and promoted by ŠD Caissa, in cooperation with the association Turizem Bled and ŠK Ljubljana.

The event is a 5-round Swiss FIDE tournament, open to all chess enthusiasts. However, a dress code must be observed. The time control will be 90′ + 30″, while pairing will be determined by the WINSVICAR computer program.

Competition program
Friday, 10/03/2017:
• 16:30 – Application confirmation
• 16:45 – Opening ceremony with the presence of GM Judit Polgar
• 17:00 – Round 1
Saturday, 11/03/2017:
• 10:00 – Round 2
• 17:00 – Round 3
Sunday, 12/03/2017:
• 9:00 – Round 4
• 15:00 – Round 5
• Announcement of the results and award ceremony will be half an hour after the conclusion of the last round

Entry fee – EUR 30
GM, WGM – Free of charge;
IM, female players, juniors U20 – EUR 20

Deadline for preliminary applications is Friday, 3rd March, 2017 via e-mail address: darjakaps@gmail.com.

The prize fund in the amount of EUR 4,070 will be divided among the winners as follows:
1st place: EUR 800 + weekend package in Bled
2nd place: EUR 500 + weekend package in Bled
3rd place: EUR 400 + weekend package in Bled
4th place: EUR 300 + practical prize
5th place: EUR 200 + practical prize
Top women: EUR 150; EUR 100; EUR 50
Top veterans: EUR 150; EUR 100; EUR 50
Top junior players: EUR 150; EUR 100; EUR 50
Top three up to the rating of 1800: EUR 70 + practical prize; EUR 50 + practical prize; EUR 30 + practical prize
Top three up to the rating of 2000: EUR 70 + practical prize; EUR 50 + practical prize; EUR 30 + practical prize
Top three up to the rating of 2200: EUR 100 + practical prize; EUR 70 + practical prize; EUR 50 + practical prize
Top three up to the rating of 2400: EUR 200; EUR 150; EUR 100

Prizes will be paid after the conclusion of the tournament to the recipient’s bank account, upon presenting the relevant information (ID, address, tax number and bank account number).

VIP guest of the festival will be no less than GM Judit Polgar will be VIP guest of the festival. On Saturday, March-11, she will present her chess career to the youngest tournament participants and later on her views on chess training to chess mentors and instructors. A press conference will follow.
– 11:00 to 12:00: Judit Polgar meeting with the youngest (“World of inspiration”)
– 15:00 to 17:00: meeting with chess mentors and instructors (“World of hard work”)
– 17:15: Press conference

Contact:
WGM, FT Darja Kaps
Email: darjakaps@gmail.com
Mob. number: +386 31 321 518

Official websites: www.caissa.si, www.sahklub-ljubljana.com

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