San Francisco Bay Area International returns in the new year

9/14/2018 – The 2019 Bay Area International Chess Tournament which already has many strong players signed up and runs from Jan 1-7, 2019, in Burlingame, California, USA. The early registration deadline is tomorrow, September 15th.

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Bay area norm tournament to kick off 2019

BayAreaChess is co-organizing this tournament open to players with FIDE Ratings above 2000, and to ensure players have good chances to make GM norms, a maximum of one-third of the total field will be permitted to be under 2200 FIDE.

Both GM and IM norms possible! The Bay Area International begins only a couple of days after the Pan American Intercollegiate (in the same hotel) so it should attract the strongest college students as well as players ringing in the New Year in Las Vegas at the North American Open.

A prize fund of USD $13,000 is guaranteed with $5,000 for first place. 

The tournament takes place at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport

With the relaxed seven day schedule, there should be ample opportunity for players to tour one of the USA's most popular cities; five days of the tournament have only one game.

Schedule

  Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Rd 7 Rd 8 Rd 9
Date Jan 1 Jan 2 Jan 3 Jan 3 Jan 4 Jan 5 Jan 5 Jan 6 Jan 7
Time 6 pm 2 pm 10 am 6 pm 2 pm 10 am 6 pm 2 pm 10 am
 

This will be one of the very few US events which will allow players the opportunity to earn GM norms required by FIDE to obtain the Grandmaster title.

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Eight players over 2600 are already registered

Top 20 players (as of September 14th)

No. Player September FIDE Rating Federation
1. GM Le Quang Liem 2715
VNM  
VNM
2. GM Parimarjan Negi 2656
IND  
IND
3. GM Lazaro Bruzon 2653
CUB  
CUB
4. GM Vasif Durarbayli 2629
AZE  
AZE
5. GM Peter Prohaszka 2626
HUN  
HUN
6. GM Yuniesky Quesada 2622
CUB  
CUB
7. GM Daniel Naroditsky 2615
USA  
USA
8. GM Emilio Cordova 2609
PER  
PER
9. GM Hovhannes Gabuzyan 2592
ARM  
ARM
10. GM Andrey Stukopin 2588
RUS  
RUS
11. GM Kamil Dragun 2568
POL  
POL
12. GM Bartlomiej Macieja 2502
POL  
POL
13. GM Carlos Hevia 2463
CUB  
CUB
14. IM Raja Panjwani 2450
CAN  
CAN
15. GM Denes Boros 2439
HUN  
HUN
16. IM Marc Esserman 2438
USA  
USA
17. IM Joshua Ruiz 2438
COL  
COL
18. IM Kevin Wang 2434
USA  
USA
19. IM Konstantin Kavutskiy 2424
USA  
USA
20. IM Yian Liou 2412
USA  
USA

The tournament was last held in 2014 when first place was shared six-ways between GMs Anton Kovalyov, Wei Yi, Sam Shankland, Bartlomiej Macieja, Daniel Naroditsky, and IM Darwin Yang (now a GM).

Signed board

Board signed by all 2014 participants | Photo: Inga Gurevich / sfinternationalchess.com

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NMcrazyim5 NMcrazyim5 9/15/2018 02:40
Great initiative to bring Chess to the West coast United States but only $5,000? It is less than a month's rent for a decent apartment in San Francisco!
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