International Tournament in Barcelona

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11/2/2015 – Barcelona is always worth a visit. And from 4. to 8. November the city invites to a six-player all-play-all with an attractive line-up: Alexander Morozevich, Karen Grigoryan, Csaba Balogh, Axel Bachmann, Marc Narciso and Hipólito Asis start in this category 14 tournament. With a rating of 2695 Morozevich is nominal favorite. More information...

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The Catalonian Chess Federation is the organizer, Barcelona City Hall is sponsor of the tournament. Six players play a round-robin tournament with a time control of 90 minutes + 30 sec increment per move from move one to move 40. Then the players get an additional 30 minutes + 30 sec increment per move till the end of the game. Draw offers before the first time control are not allowed. The rounds begin every day at 16:30 pm local time, the first round begins on 4. November. Tournament venue is the Catalonian Chess Federation (Federació Catalana d’Escacs). Fabra i Coats complex.  Sant Adrià Str 20. Free entry.

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Alexander Morozevich, Russia

Karen H. Grigoryan, Armenia

Csaba Balogh, Hungary

Axel Bachmann, Paraguay

Marc Narciso, Spain

Hipólito Asis, Spain

In his welcome to the 20th International Tournament in Barcelona, Antoni Ayza Casamitjana, the president of the Catalonian Chess Federation invited chessplayers to visit the tournament and drew attention to a number of side events.


by Antoni Ayza Casamitjana
President of the Catalonian Chess Federation

It´s a great pleasure for me, to announce a new edition of the Chess Magistral Ciutat de Barcelona to the chess world. The Catalonian Chess Federation just beat its all-time record: for the first time we have reached 7.500 licenses. This big news, associated to the traditional dynamism of the catalan chess clubs as for organizing different chess events, makes Catalonia the World´s most active chess place. And its capital - Barcelona, indeed deserves to have a prestigious international tournament, such as the Magistral Ciutat de Barcelona, which will be celebrating its 20th edition now. The last twelve editions have been Round Robin ones, composed of  strong GMs and IMs.

This 2015 edition though, copies once again last year´s format, being a closed 6-player-event. All of the participants are World known high class players. Also two other tournaments will be held at the same time; for younger Catalan players U10 and U12, respectively. We do believe, the format was successful last year, thus we would like to repeat it this year as well.

This year we also want to introduce even more chess activities into the programme, in order to popularize the city who is hosting the tournament. For this very reason, we will be organizing yet another two different events in public spaces in Barcelone, where chess lovers and amateurs will have a nice opportunity to enjoy participating in simultaneous exhibitions and Giant Chess games.

Therefore, I would like to ask the chess lovers to be present at this important event. This year the tournament will be held at the very Catalonian Chess Federation Offices, at the venue Fabra i Coats, belonging to Sant Andreu district in Barcelone. Besides of the unique opportunity to follow the games in situ, we will be offering live commentary with a bunch of prestigious players for the public. Also the participants will be commenting their own games every single day just after finishing those.

Last but not least, I would like to thank the Barcelona City Hall for their support and huge efforts to make this amazing chess event happen in Barcelona.

Thank you very much.

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