Millionaire Open begins in Las Vegas

by David Llada
10/8/2015 – The Millionaire Chess Open in Las Vegas can boast of a prize fund of more than 1.000.000 USD, more than any other open in chess history. The open attracts world class players such as Fabiano Caruana, Hikaru Nakamura, Wesley So or Yu Yangyi but amateurs can also win huge prizes in their respective rating groups. David Llada sends pictures from the opening ceremony.

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Millionaire Chess is a 7 round Swiss tournament followed by a 4-player knock-out on Millionaire Monday. For all sections but the unrated section, the top-4 will qualify for Millionaire Monday. A tie-break will decide who goes on to Millionaire Monday in case there will be a playoff based on the number of participants trying to qualify. In the Open group all players who didn't qualify for Millionaire Monday will play a regular 8th and 9th round.

Pictures from the Opening Ceremony

Robert Hess (left) and Lawrence Trent (right)

Tania Sachdev (left) and Sabrina Chevannes (right)

Tania Sachdev and Lawrence Trent

Maurice Ashley, the organiser of the Millionaire Chess Open (left), with Fabiano Caruana (right)

Maurice Ashley (right) with one of his assistants

The opening took place on the pool terrace of the Planet Hollywood Hotel


All photos by David Llada, official photographer of Millionaire Chess 2015


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David Llada was born in Asturias, north of Spain. On his website he describes himself as "journalist, enterpreneur, book worm, fixer, photographer, chess addict, gambler, media consultant".
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