START “ASTANA OPEN 2018”

The international chess festival ASTANA OPEN 2018 has started in the capital city of Kazakhstan. The biggest intrigue of this holiday of intelligence are the 1st stage of the Kazakhstan Adult’s and the 3rd stage of the Children’s Cup. The total prize fund of the festival is 6,250,000 tenge.

As part of this awesome sports event, the following tournaments will be held from June 17 to July 4:

June 17-25 – tournament with players having achieved the norm of the international master Astana Masters,

June 17-25 – Astana Open-B (3rd stage of the Kazakhstan Children’s Chess Cup among players up to 14 years),

June 17-25 – Astana Open-B (3rd stage of the Kazakhstan Children’s Chess Cup among players up to 10 years),

June 26 – Astana Open-blitz (blitz tournament),

June 27 – July 3 – Astana Open-A (1st stage of the Kazakhstan Adult’s Chess Cup).

In order to improve the skills of chess referees from Kazakhstan, the Kazakhstan Chess Federation has invited the international referee Ashot Vardapetyan, who will hold a FIDE seminar on July 1 – 4.

All tournaments are held according to FIDE rules. Following the results of the festival, candidates will be chosen to participate in the finals of the Kazakhstan Adult’s and Children’s Chess Cups in 2018.

This competition is traditional and has been held for seven years already. The festival is one of the most important stages in the preparation of men’s, women’s and children’s and youth teams before the world championships.

According to preliminary data, about 450 sportsmen from Kazakhstan and the near-abroad countries will take part in the tournament.

The chief referee of the Kazakhstan Adult’s Cup is the FIDE referee, Dias Isabaev,

The chief referee of the Kazakhstan Children’s Cup is the international referee, Oleg Rinas.

Cheating control will be provided in strict accordance with the requirements of the FIDE Anti-Cheating Rules with a standard level of protection.

The general management of the festival organization is provided by the Kazakhstan Chess Federation, the Ministry of Culture and Sports of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Central Chess Club “ASTANA”. Sponsors of the festival: “Kazakh susyndary” LLP.

The festival is held at the Central Chess Club “ASTANA”: Asankayghy street 2, block 2 (Erzhan Shakenov: +7 771 111 77 17, Azamat Aubakirov: +7 702 888 14 15).

Official website of the tournament: www.kazchess.kz.