The Association Schachfestival Basel is organizing the Hilton Basel Chess Festival on 1-5th January, 2013, to mark the 15th edition in Basel, Switzerland.

The Festival will consist of the main Master tournament and Amateur tournament. In addition, a Rapid tournament will take place on 6th January, a Blitz tournament will be held on 3rd January, and Youth Rapid event on 6th 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.

Master tournament prizes: CHF 2500, 2000,1500,1000, 700, 500, 300, 200, 200, 200

ELO U2300, U2100, Woman, Senior: CHF 200.

Currently top rated players are GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, GM Romain Edouard, GM Boris Grachev, GM Mateusz Bartel, GM Hrant Melkumyan, GM Yaroslav Zherebukh, GM Andrei Istratescu, GM Vajda Levente, GM Yannick Pelletier, GM Sergey Volkov, GM Merab Gagunashvili and GM Alexandr Fier.

Amateur tournament prizes: CHF 1000, 700, 400, 300, 250, 200, 150, 100, 100, 100
ELO U1800, U1600, U1400: CHF 100.-

Blitz tournament prizes: CHF 150, 100, 50, 30, 30, 30

Rapid tournament is dedicated to the 150th anniversary of the Basel Chess Society. The tournament will be played over 9 rounds of Swiss pairings with time control of 20 minutes per player. Top prizes are: CHF 1000.-, 700, 500, 300, 200, 200, 150, 150, 100, 100. In addition there will be special ELO, Women and Senior prizes.

For more information contact Bruno Zanetti, Austrasse 9c, 4153 Reinach BL
Telefon: +41 (0)61 712 30 42, Email:

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