The 16th Corsican Circuit, including the Corsica Masters, Orange Blitz and BNP Paribas Youth Trophy, will take place on 27-31st October in Bastia and Ajaccio. This year the Corsican Circuit is part of the FFE Grand Prix Final.

The Festival will start on Saturday, 27th, at 11h with the 60-player simul by Grandmasters Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Artur Yusupov and Loek van Wely.

Later on Saturday, from 15th, the Corsica Masters rapid tournament will have the first seven rounds played. The time control is 15 minutes + 3 seconds and the total prize fund is 60,000 EUR.

On Sunday 10:30 the last two rounds of the Masters will take place. Already at 14:00 the 5,000 EUR worth Orange Blitz is starting. Top prizes are EUR 600, 500, 400, 350 etc.

On Monday, 29th, the BNP Paribas Youth Trophy is starting at 10h. The tournament is offering 15,000 EUR in goods, including Macbook Air, iPads, Laptops, home cinema etc.

Also on Monday, the quarterfinals (14h) and semifinals (17h) between the eight top finishers in Masters qualification will be played. 

Tuesday will be a rest day and on Wednesday, 31st, the Festival is moving to the Convention Center in Ajaccio for the conclusion of the BNP Paribas Youth Trophy and the Final match of the Corsica Masters.

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