Come play chess in Rio de Janeiro!

by Albert Silver
10/14/2017 – From November 11-18, 2017, the Marcel Duchamp International chess festival will be held in sunny Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. There will be no fewer than eight events, from the Master group with grandmasters and masters already inscribed, a sub-2200 and sub-1800 event, as well as the Brazilian Rapid and Blitz championship. All in the gorgeous setting of Rio de Janeiro. | Photo: Albert Silver

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The Marcel Duchamp International

Rio de Janeiro plays host to what promises to be a festival of chess for all levels and chess lovers. It will take place from November 11 to 18 just two blocks from the world famous beach of Copacabana in Rio de Janeiro. Held in the South American Copacabana hotel, this festival will host a series of fun competitions and activities for all.

Sunset view of Leme and Copacabana beach | Photo: Albert Silver

At the very top is the Master group, open to all, but also where grandmasters and masters will be playing, allowing norm seekers a chance at their dream. Among the grandmasters participating is the legendary Henrique Mecking, former Candidate and world no. 3. Alongside the Masters group, for those wishing for a less ruthless set of opponents, not to mention a chance at prize money, there will also be a sub-2200 open, as well as a sub-1800 tournament. A closed round-robin will also be held for IM norm seekers, and for players seeking a bit more dynamic play, there will also be the Brazilian Rapid championship and the Brazilian Blitz championship. Both events will also qualify the best Brazilian into the next World Rapid and Blitz championships.

Finally, there will be a grandmaster master class open to all, and a GM simul. Be sure to register your intent to join early, as places are limited.

The total prize fund of the events will be a minimum of R$30 thousand guaranteed (roughly US$10 thousand), and is generously sponsored by the Brazilian Chess Federation and the Marcel Duchamp foundation.

Rio de Janeiro is famous for many postcard views, including this one from Dona Marta Lookout | Photo: Albert Silver

Players seeking to enjoy the city will also find no end of activities, as well as a burgeoning nightlife. During the day, the beaches are always a lure, and visitors can enjoy the sidewalks to walk, run, or bicycle, with rental bicycles placed all along the beach side. There are ample opportunities for standup paddling, eco-tours, and of course the postcard sites and views that have always been Rio’s calling card. Remember the seasons are inverted, so a visit to the famous Botanical Gardens in the middle of Spring means a breathtaking sight of plants, flowers, and more, to see and photograph.

Rio de Janeiro, and Brazil as a whole, has a hugely active craft beer market with unique flavors, earning top prizes in international competitions around the world | Photo: Albert Silver

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During the day, enjoy the many opportunities for outdoor activities | Photo: Albert Silver

At the website, you will find full information on the various packages available, such as the 4-star Golden Park Hotel at $80/day (meals included), and naturally, you can seek out your own arrangements.

Don’t miss out on this chance to see one of the most famous cities in the world, renowned for its unique combination of natural beauty and modern metropolitan.

For more information, be sure to consult the official site at Inscriptions and questions can be sent via the event’s secretary at or sent directly to the tournament director, GM Darcy Lima at

Born in the US, he grew up in Paris, France, where he completed his Baccalaureat, and after college moved to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He had a peak rating of 2240 FIDE, and was a key designer of Chess Assistant 6. In 2010 he joined the ChessBase family as an editor and writer at ChessBase News. He is also a passionate photographer with work appearing in numerous publications, and the content creator of the YouTube channel, Chess & Tech.


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