New England Masters 2008

The New England Masters 2008 will take place at the Blackstone Chess Academy, 26 Main Street, Pawtucket (near Providence), Rhode Island, USA, from August 11-15, 2008. As usual, the event will be a 9 round FIDE rated Swiss with norm opportunities available to the participants.

Already confirmed to take part are GM Leonid Kritz (Germany), GM Timur Gareez (Uzbekistan), GM Sergey Erenburg (Israel), GM Eugene Perelshteyn (USA), GM Keith Arkell (ENG) and now two-time winner of Dos Hermanas, Jorge Sammour-Hasbun (PLE).

Free entries and reduced rate accommodation are offered to Grandmasters, non-USA International Masters and players rated FIDE 2500 or higher. To help attract foreign players to the event, which helps with norms, all entry fees are discounted by $100 for anyone participating who is not listed as USA.

Entry will be limited to players rated FIDE 2100 or higher although we are allowing 4 special participants rated under the minimum limit the chance to participate. Also, due to the size of the location, entry is limited to the first 50 confirmed entries received.

The event will also be part of the Blackstone Chess Festival that will also encompass the Blackstone Open on the weekend after the New England Masters, August 16-17, 2008.

For complete details and entry information please visit the tournament website at

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