Eurasian Blitz Cup has $100,000 prizefund

6/7/2016 – Over the next few weeks, starting tomorrow, there will be two closed elite Rapid and Blitz events in Paris and London as has been announced. However, this is not the only top-notch action to come as the Eurasian Blitz Cup has been announced for June 17-20 in Almaty, Kazakhstan, open to all players rated over 2300 (2200 for women) with 22 rounds and a massive $100 thousand prizefund!

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The competition is officially labeled the Eurasian Blitz Chess Cup of the President of Kazakhstan and promises mouth watering action for the two days it runs. It will be held in Almaty, the largest metropolitan of Kazakhstan.

Evening view of the city of Almaty from the hill of Kok Tobe.
In the rear are the Tian Shan mountains. (photo by Michael Grau)

This leafy city with a backdrop of the snowcapped Zailiysky Alatau has always been among the more appealing Russian creations in Central Asia. Today Almaty’s new rich have expensive suburban apartments, large SUVs, glitzy shopping malls, Western-style coffee lounges, expensive restaurants, dance-till-dawn nightclubs and new ski resorts to help them enjoy life to the full.

A fountain in Almaty (photo by Andrey Moisseyev)

The competition will be held in the luxurious Ritz-Carlton hotel

Players rated 2300 and up for men, and 2200 and up for women are welcome to join, and registration is still open.

A sample of the players and guests who will be present

Players

Rk
Name
Fed
Ti.
Blitz Rtg
1
Ian Nepomniachtchi
RUS
GM
2846
2
Le, Quang Liem
VIE
GM
2805
3
Rauf Mamedov
AZE
GM
2796
4
Boris Gelfand 
ISR
GM
2792
5
Wang Hao
CHN
GM
2784
6
Alexander Grischuk
RUS
GM
2766
7
Dmitry Andreikin
RUS
GM
2759
8
Peter Svidler
RUS
GM
2754
9
Rustam Kasimdzhanov
UZB
GM
2736
10
Gawain Jones
ENG
GM
2734
11
Onischuk Vladimir
UKR
GM
2734
12
Artemiev Vladislav
RUS
GM
2722
13
Alexey Dreev
RUS
GM
2721
14
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov
AZE
GM
2714
15
 Savchenko Boris
RUS
GM
2706
16
Hou Yifan
CHN
GM
2704
17
Igor Kovalenko
LAT
GM
2699
18
Ruslan Ponomariov
UKR
GM
2695
19
Saric, Ivan
CRO
GM
2690
20
Francisco Vallejo Pons
ESP
GM
2686

With around 100 players registered so far

Prizes

The prizefund is a very generous $100 thousand, including a huge $30 thousand for first prize, and $20 thousand for second. there are also prizes for categories such as best female, best junior, best senior (50+) and more.

General prizes:
1st place USD 30,000
2nd place USD 20,000
3rd place USD 14,000
4th place USD 7,000
5th place USD 4,000
6th place USD 3,000
7th place USD 2,500
8th place USD 2,000
9th place USD 1,300
10th place USD 800
 
Special prizes:
Women:
1st place USD 2,500
2nd place USD 1,500
3rd place USD 1,000
4th place USD 700
5th place USD 500
 
Juniors under 16 (boys):
1st place USD 1,000
2nd place USD 800
3rd place USD 600
 
Juniors under 16 (girls):
1st place USD 1,000
2nd place USD 800
3rd place USD 600
 
Seniors 50+:
1st place USD 1,000
2nd place USD 800
3rd place USD 600
   
Best Kazakh players
Best male USD 1,000
Best female USD 1,000

Total: USD 100,000

Tournament schedule

Date Event Start time
17.06.2016 Arrival
17.06.2016 Technical meeting 19.00
18.06.2016 Opening ceremony 12.00
18.06.2016 Blitz rounds 1-14 14.00
19.06.2016 Blitz round 15-22 14.00
19.06.2016 Closing ceremony 18.00
20.06.2016 Simul with Gelfand and Jumabayev 11.00
20.06.2016 Departure  

For more information:

E-mail: office@kazchess.kz, kazchessfed@mail.ru
Website: http://kazchess.kz/


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ff2017 ff2017 6/8/2016 07:21
Hou Yifan in a high level blitz event, GREAT!!
basler88 basler88 6/8/2016 06:30
I have to agree with peter frost!
scoobeedo scoobeedo 6/8/2016 05:35
Peter Frost:

"pointless blitz tournament"?

"It will remain a "game", but "art" and "science" will be lost. "

Who gave you the authorization to say this in the name of all people?

I am a 2500+ player and I can tell you that blitz is, in my opinion, also a art! Rapid chess is in my opinion the most difficult version of chess. Blitz is a lot of fun. Rapid chess is to fast for standard chess and to slow for blitz players. It is a very strange time format for the most players.
Denix Denix 6/8/2016 02:08
Wow! I will mark this event on my calendar. It is always fun to watch high level Blitz games.
Bentzen Bentzen 6/8/2016 11:39
If event is well covered with good transmission and live pictures I find this kind of tournaments the most exciting ones to watch for recreational players like myself. The last World Rapid and Blitz Championship was covered, well, at norwegian 1. TV Channel, NRK! It was superb! Field here in Almaty looks great, I think this will be even better event than Paris and Brussels, where field is just to small and uneven.. Best of luck with event Kasakhs!
peter frost peter frost 6/8/2016 05:04
Great prize fund, but it's wasted on a pointless blitz tournament. I'd be much more impressed and interested if they were actually playing chess. Can't blame the players, as they are just pursuing their livelihood. But if we continue to give such events unmerited levels of respect and rewards, chess will lose two of its three pillars. It will remain a "game", but "art" and "science" will be lost. There will be little to distinguish us from computer games.
Steven E DuCharm Steven E DuCharm 6/7/2016 09:16
Go winners!
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