Viva Las Vegas!

by André Schulz
10/10/2014 – Maurice Ashley and Amy Lee want more people to enjoy chess and benefit from it. Thus they organised an open tournament boasting of a record prize-fund of one million USD. More than 500 players paid a fee of 1.000 USD to take part. They play seven rounds Swiss, the first four qualify for a knock-out - and if you win that you will win 100.000 USD.

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The Millionaire Chess Tournament, organised by Maurice Ashley and Amy Lee, began yesterday, October 9th. It is the first open tournament in chess history with a prize-fund of one million USD. With this record prize-fund the organisers hope to draw more attention to chess, to fascinate people for the game and to make them experience the benefits and joys of chess. However, to enjoy playing in the Millionaire Open each player first had to pay a starting fee of 1.000 USD. More than 500 players were ready to do so. According to their rating they play in different tournaments, and in each of these tournaments one can win a lot of money. The winner of the open will receive no less than 100.000 USD.

The venue of the tournament is the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas

Maurice Ashley explains the tournament

 

Standings after two rounds

Rg. Snr   Name FED Elo Pkt.  Wtg1   Wtg2   Wtg3 
1 2 GM BU Xiangzhi CHN 2710 2.0 0.0 2 1
  10 GM SHANKLAND Samuel L USA 2633 2.0 0.0 2 1
  20 GM RAMIREZ Alejandro USA 2574 2.0 0.0 2 1
  24 GM BRUNELLO Sabino ITA 2552 2.0 0.0 2 1
  26 GM CHIRILA Ioan-Cristian ROU 2529 2.0 0.0 2 1
  28 IM STOPA Jacek POL 2515 2.0 0.0 2 1
  37 IM XIONG Jeffery USA 2470 2.0 0.0 2 1
8 21 GM HOLT Conrad USA 2571 2.0 0.0 2 1
  25 GM MARGVELASHVILI Giorgi GEO 2540 2.0 0.0 2 1
  32 IM WAN Yunguo CHN 2489 2.0 0.0 2 1
11 4 GM YU Yangyi CHN 2697 2.0 0.0 2 1
  17 GM LENDERMAN Aleksandr USA 2589 2.0 0.0 2 1
  19 GM FELGAER Ruben ARG 2577 2.0 0.0 2 1
  23 GM KULAOTS Kaido EST 2564 2.0 0.0 2 1
15 5 GM MAMEDOV Rauf AZE 2667 2.0 0.0 2 1
  15 GM GHAEM MAGHAMI Ehsan IRI 2594 2.0 0.0 2 1
17 1 GM SO Wesley PHI 2755 2.0 0.0 2 1
  12 GM GAREEV Timur USA 2612 2.0 0.0 2 1
  16 GM SADORRA Julio Catalino PHI 2592 2.0 0.0 2 1
  18 GM ZHOU Jianchao CHN 2580 2.0 0.0 2 1
21 27 GM MATAMOROS FRANCO Carlos S. ECU 2517 2.0 0.0 2 0
22 49 IM ALDAMA DEGURNAY Dionisio MEX 2408 1.5 0.0 1 1
  57 IM BRENDEL Oliver GER 2359 1.5 0.0 1 1
24 9 GM NAJER Evgeniy RUS 2635 1.5 0.0 1 1
  31 GM SHABALOV Alexander USA 2499 1.5 0.0 1 1
  36 GM BERCZES David HUN 2471 1.5 0.0 1 1
  40 IM DROZDOWSKI Kacper POL 2458 1.5 0.0 1 1
  54 IM ARNGRIMSSON Dagur ISL 2376 1.5 0.0 1 1
29 42 IM BARTHOLOMEW John USA 2446 1.5 0.0 1 1
  59 IM FELECAN Florin USA 2355 1.5 0.0 1 1
  95   ZYGOURIS Hristos GRE 2200 1.5 0.0 1 1
32 22 GM KAIDANOV Gregory S USA 2569 1.5 0.0 1 1
  29 IM PAKLEZA Zbigniew POL 2509 1.5 0.0 1 1
  38 IM ASHWIN Jayaram IND 2468 1.5 0.0 1 1
  61 IM ZULUAGA Cesar COL 2344 1.5 0.0 1 1
36 13 GM NARODITSKY Daniel USA 2601 1.5 0.0 1 1
37 7 GM AKOBIAN Varuzhan USA 2640 1.5 0.0 1 1
  11 GM ROBSON Ray USA 2628 1.5 0.0 1 1
  14 GM KACHEISHVILI Giorgi GEO 2597 1.5 0.0 1 1
40 39 GM BARCENILLA Rogelio PHI 2462 1.5 0.0 1 0
41 128 GM ORTIZ SUAREZ Isan Reynaldo CUB 2611 1.5 0.0 0 0

... 128 players

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dansafee dansafee 10/11/2014 04:24
I had the exact same thought. They managed to lose a lot of money on this one.
snooper snooper 10/11/2014 05:00
500 * 1000 == 500,000. How are they managing to give out double that in prize money, besides the tremendous cost in organizing the tournament in LV?
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