Salamanca Chess Festival: Adams, Muzychuk and Ponomariov amid strong field

by ChessBase
5/21/2024 – The seventh edition of the Salamanca Chess Festival takes place on May 21-25 at the “Centro Internacional del Español” in the city’s prestigious university. The Masters Tournament, including Michael Adams, Mariya Muzychuk and Ruslan Ponomariov, kicks off on Wednesday. The tournament, featuring four men and four women, is a single round-robin with a time control of 40 minutes plus 5-second increments.

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The cradle of modern chess

Salamanca Chess Festival 2024The University of Salamanca is organizing the seventh edition of the Salamanca Cradle of Modern Chess Festival on May 21-25. The festival commemorates the fact that the modern rules of chess were first formulated in 1497 by Luis Ramírez de Lucena in Repetición de Amores y Arte de Ajedrez con CL Juegos de Partido, the first extant chess book. Lucena was a student at the University of Salamanca. 

Besides the Masters Tournament, the festival includes many side events: conferences, simultaneous exhibitions, chess courses, amateur tournaments and the Pablo de Unamuno Open.

The Masters Tournament features eight players (four men and four women), who play a single round-robin rapid chess event. Games are played with a time control of 40 minutes and an increment of 5 seconds per move.


  • Kirill Alekseenko (Austria)
  • Mariya Muzychuk (Ukraine)
  • Michael Adams (England)
  • Elisabeth Paehtz (Germany)
  • Ruslan Ponomariov (Ukraine)
  • Nurgyul Salimova (Bulgaria)
  • Eduardo Iturrizaga (Spain)
  • Monica Calzetta (Spain)

Previous editions

Veselin Topalov

Veselin Topalov won the tournament in 2018, when the University of Salamanca celebrated its 800th anniversary

Full program 

Find more information on the festival’s official website

May 21

  • 17:30 Simultaneous games
  • 19:30 Opening ceremony of the Master Tournament

22 May

  • 17:00 Master Tournament: Rounds 1 and 2

23 May

  • 17:00 Master Tournament: Rounds 3 and 4

24 May

  • 17:00 Master Tournament: Round 5
  • 19:00 Open blitz chess tournament

May 25

  • 10:00 Children’s Tournament
  • 12:00 Conference: “The confrontation of two worlds. Seville-87. In memory of MI Fco. Javier Sanz Alonso” by Mr. Joaquín Espejo, International Referee/International Organizer
  • 16:00 Master Tournament: Rounds 6 and 7
  • 19:45 Closing of the Festival

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