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Win the Festival Grand Prix

10 Mar 2023

The reliable and time-proven model of the Festival with closed GM tournaments Masters and Challengers, a closed Futures tournament, an Open tournament, and rating tournaments continues during this year’s 5th anniversary of the Festival. This year we shall introduce side tournaments of various models and pace, which will be held every Festival morning. 
 
One-day tournaments represent an integral part of the Prague Festival ever since the first year. This year though, players shall not rest even in the morning. Enthusiasts can test their skills in standard games such as speed chess, blitz chess, or Fischer random chess, as well as in basque chess, thematic tournaments, or popular bughouse chess, and even fans of chess composition won’t miss out. “We aim to fill literally every minute of the Festival with chess and offer the participants and visitors more opportunities to play at least several tournaments during the Festival, in times their schedule allows,“ says Petr Boleslav, the Festival Director, about the new model. Thanks to this, devotees can actively play chess every morning and enjoy the game of the leading GMs starting at 15:00 on every June afternoon of the Festival. 


Every game, every point, and every position will be crucial. Collected points for each place in the tournaments will be continuously uploaded to the Grand Prix PICF chart, which will reveal the winner on the last day of the Festival. “Every little result counts, even the successful solvers of two-movers will gain points. The new two-movers will be set every morning on the wall-mounted chessboard at the front desk,“ explains Deputy Director Petr Laušman. Thanks to the number of tournaments played throughout the entire Festival, even the Grand Prix competition may get unexpected and interesting twists. It’s quite possible that the side tournaments will lure in the top GMs from the closed tournaments who can get extra points there and improve their position in the GP. “I believe this is going to turn into a prestigious title. The participants will have the opportunity to win the Grand Prix PICF for the first time ever, and anyone can make a difference,“ says Petr Boleslav. 
 
You can find the schedule of the tournaments in the Schedule part of the website or below, the rating system is described in the Festival regulations.

Side tournaments
SAT
24 June
2023
Solving competition, registration at 8:45am - 9:00am
right of participation without limitations 
material prizes for players 
starting fee: 2.5 EUR
SAT
24 June
2023

Open rapid tournament, 7 rounds, registration at 8:45am - 9:00am
right of participation without limitations
7 rounds by Swiss system, 2 x 10 min/5 sec per move
'rating for ELO FIDE
financial prizes in CZK: 2 500, 2 000, 1 500, 1 000, 500, material prizes for other players
starting fee: 8.5 EUR

SUN
25 June
2023
Open blitz tournament, 11 rounds, registration at 8:45am - 9:00am
right of participation without limitations, rating for ELO FIDE
11 rounds by Swiss system, 2 x 3 min/2 sec per move
financial prizes in CZK: 1 500, 1000, 700, 500, 300, material prizes for other players
starting fee: 4.5 EUR
MON
26 June
2023
Open tournament 960 Chess, 7 rounds, registration at 8:45am - 9:00am
right of participation without limitations
7 rounds by Swiss system, 2 x 10 min/5 sec per move
financial prizes in CZK: 1 000, 700, 500, material prizes for other players
starting fee: 5 EUR
TUE
27 June
2023
Open thematic tournament, 7 rounds, registration at 8:45am - 9:00am
right of participation without limitations
7 rounds by Swiss system, 2 x 10 min/5 sec per move
financial prizes in CZK: 1 000, 700, 500, material prizes for other players
starting fee: 5 EUR
WED
28 June
2023
Open tournament Basque chess, 7 rounds, registration at 8:45am - 9:00am
right of participation without limitations
7 rounds by Swiss system, 2 x 10 min/5 sec per move
financial prizes in CZK: 1 000, 700, 500, material prizes for other players
starting fee: 5 EUR
THU
29 June
2023
Open tournament Bughouse, registration at 8:45am - 9:00am
right of participation without limitations
7 rounds by Swiss system, 2 x 10 min/5 sec per move
financial prizes in CZK: 1 000, 700, 500 (for pair), material prizes for other players
starting fee: 10 EUR / pair