53rd Biel International Chess Festival

by ChessBase
6/23/2020 – The organizers in Biel were confident that they would be able to hold the 53rd Chess Festival this year as planned. In a press release they now confirm that the event will indeed take place. From 18 to 29 July 2020 the tournament will be played in the Biel Congress House. Time to register!

ChessBase 17 - Mega package - Edition 2024 ChessBase 17 - Mega package - Edition 2024

It is the program of choice for anyone who loves the game and wants to know more about it. Start your personal success story with ChessBase and enjoy the game even more.


53rd Biel International Chess Festival

Press release, June 23, 2020

www.bielchessfestival.ch 18.- 29.07.2020

After the last announcement of the Federal Council of 19 June 2020 and the review of our corona protection concept, we are now able to officially confirm that the 53rd Biel International Chess Festival will definitely be held.We would like to thank all players which are already signed up. Now, they are welcome to transfer the tournament entry fee. Due to the alleviated distance rule, it is furthermore planned to organize the C-HTO with one single chessboard per game. The corresponding distance has been reduced from 2 m to 1.5 m. Possibly one needs to get up from chair in order to execute certain moves or to press the clock button. That is why the time bonus per move will be increased from the usual 30 sec to 45 sec.

Please take notice of the new corona protection concept on our homepage: Therein you will find all special sanitary precautions that are planned for this time period, as well as its impact towards the tournaments. Every participant receives during the check-in process upon signature the mentioned document in the latest version and a badge for access to the Congress Center. Due to these adminstrative procedures and the social distancing rules to be met all players of the C-HTO are kindly requested to arrive on Monday 20 July early for the check-in, so that the first round can start as planned at 2:00 pm.

All information details will be published some days before the start of the festival on our website.

We thank you for taking note to this information!

For further information please refer to:
Paul Kohler, General Secretary, info@bielchessfestival.ch
Peter Bohnenblust, OC President, +41 76 405 80 87


Reports about chess: tournaments, championships, portraits, interviews, World Championships, product launches and more.


Rules for reader comments


Not registered yet? Register