The Estonian Chess Federation is holding Paul Keres Memorial Festival 2014 on 10-16th January to celebrate the 98th birth anniversary of Grandmaster Paul Keres who was elected the Estonian Sportsman of the 20th century.

The playing venue will be at Paul Keres Chess House, Vene Str 29, Tallinn.

The Festival is organized by the Estonian Chess Federation in cooperation with the Council of Gambling Tax, the Estonian Ministry of Culture, the Tallinn City Sports and Youth Department, the Cultural Endowment of Estonia.

Concurrently, the Estonian Sports Association Kalev is holding its own 23rd International Rapid Chess Tournament Paul Keres Memorial on 10-12th January.

The Festival will consist of two events:
– A Tournament “International Paul Keres Memorial Tournament”, open to all players
– B Tournament “Youth Tournament Tallinn 2014″, open to all youth chess players born 1996 and later

The main A Tournament will be a 9-round Swiss System in accordance with the FIDE Laws of Chess. The rate of play will be 90 minutes for the entire game with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from move one.

The top prizes are EUR 2000, 1500, 1000, 700, 500, 400 etc
There are also special prizes for best women, seniors and youth categories.

Chief Arbiter – FA Marek Kolk
Tournament Director – IO Hendrik Olde

Tournament website

Participants (A Tournament):

1 GM Azarov Sergei BLR 2616
2 GM Iordachescu Viorel MDA 2611
3 GM Danin Alexandre RUS 2602
4 GM Yemelin Vasily RUS 2558
5 GM Miezis Normunds LAT 2555
6 GM Malakhatko Vadim BEL 2549
7 GM Lintchevski Daniil RUS 2541
8 GM Kveinys Aloyzas LTU 2540
9 GM Gleizerov Evgeny RUS 2534
10 GM Chatalbashev Boris BUL 2533
11 GM Gretarsson Hjorvar Steinn ISL 2511
12 GM Hasangatin Ramil RUS 2501
13 GM Meijers Viesturs LAT 2464
14 GM Thorhallsson Throstur ISL 2445
15 IM Smirnov Artem RUS 2418
16 IM Agopov Mikael FIN 2413
17 FM Kantans Toms LAT 2412
18 IM Beinoras Mindaugas LTU 2404
19 GM Okhotnik Vladimir FRA 2387
20 IM Thorfinnsson Bjorn ISL 2387

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