International chess event will include elite players
01:00 AM EDT on Friday, August 8, 2008

PAWTUCKET –– An international chess tournament is scheduled to start Monday, with games being simulcast on the Internet and also shown on a large projection screen.

The tournament will begin with a 4 p.m. reception at the To Kalon Club, 26 Main St. The first round of the nine-round tournament will start at 6 p.m.

There will be two games at the To Kalon Club every day for the rest of the week, according to David Harris of Blackstone Chess of Rhode Island, which is sponsoring the tournament. The first game will start at 11 a.m.; the second, starts at 6 p.m.

The tournament will give players a chance to earn the titles of International Master and Grandmaster, competing with titled players from different nations.

Top seed is Grandmaster Leonid Kritz, representing Germany, who won the World Under-16 Championship in 1999, and took part in the FIDE World Championship in 2004.

Other top players include Grandmaster Sergey Erenburg from Israel, Grandmaster Timur Gareev from Uzbekistan and British Grandmaster Keith Arkell

On the weekend, Aug. 16, and 17, a second competition will take place, the Blackstone Chess Festival Open, at the Comfort Inn, 2 George St. The first game will start at 11 a.m., Saturday.

As the games are played, master commentators will discuss strategy and assess moves. Members of the Blackstone Chess Academy will be on hand to explain the fine points of the game to newcomers.

The simulcast will be on the academy’s Web site,


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