International Chess Festival Astana Open-2017 will be held in Astana from July 13-29.
Today, more than 300 chess players from 12 countries like Kazakhstan, Russia, Egypt and Bulgaria, Ukraine and Mongolia, Uzbekistan and Iran have already registered for the tournament. 26 of the registered participants are GM and 10 – IM.
Sanan Sjugirov and Boris Grachev (both from Russia), Vladislav Kovalev (Belarus), Farrukh Amonatov (Tajikistan) as well as Kazakhstan’s champions of 2017 Rinat Jumabayev and Guliskhan Nakhbaeva will be playing in the tournament. Russian GM Aleksandr Rakhmanov is the tournament’s favourite, who, according to the FIDE rating, is among the 100 best world chess players.
On 13 July the festival starts with the Astana Masters tournament where young promising chess players (U16) will be able to complete norm requirements for the titles of the International Master. The venue of the tournament is the Utemisov Schoolchildren’s Palace (1 A. Bukeikhan str. embankment of the Ishim River). The opening ceremony of the festival is at 16:30 July 20. It is expected that the ceremony will be attended by FIDE President Kirsan Illyumzhinov, Galimzhan Yessenov, President of the Kazakhstan Chess Federation (KFC) and the city’s Mayor Aset Isekeshev.
A blitz tournament will take place immediately after the official opening ceremony, followed by tournament A, which is also the Stage 1 of the Kazakhstan Chess Cup and tournament B, a Stage 4 of the Children’s Cup. The latter consists of two competitions, U10 and U14.
FIDE Arbiter’s seminar will be held on July 22-25 during Astana Open-2017. Kazakhstan Chess Federation is organizing the workshop for the Kazakhstani judges and arbiters from other countries. The seminar is delivered by the International Arbiter Ashot Vardapetyan (Armenia).
The deadline for Astana Open-2017 registration is July 10th, organizers are expecting the number of participants reach 400 to 500 chess players.
For information about Stage 1, Kazakhstan Chess Cup click here.
For information about Stage 4, Children’s Chess Cup click here.