Wednesday, 3 September 2014

FIDE Today: Against Dictatorship & Empire

Myanmar Intenational Open 2014



MYANMAR INTERNATIONAL OPEN 2014
Organized by Myanmar Chess Federation

Generously funded by Kasparov Chess Foundation Asia-Pacific


1. Organization

This event is organized by Myanmar Chess Federation under the auspices of the Myanmar National Olympic Council.


2. Schedule

23rd November : Arrival of Players (After 1200 hour) : Technical Meeting - 2000 hour (Absent players shall not be paired for Round 1)
24th November : Opening Ceremony - 0900 hour : Round 1 - 0930 hour; Round 2 - 1600 hour 
25th November : Round 3 - 0900 hour; Round 4 - 1530 hour 
26th November : Round 5 - 0900 hour; Round 6 - 1530 hour 
27th November : REST DAY
28th November : Round 7 - 0900 hour; Round 8 - 1530 hour
29th November : Round 9 - 0900 hour; Closing Ceremony - 1630 hour
30th November : Departure of Players (Before 1200 hour)


3. Time Control and Format

- 90 minutes for the whole game with 30 seconds increment for every move starting from the first move.
- Zero-Start shall be applied.
- Swiss System; FIDE-rated and titled; Swiss Manager shall be used for pairing.


4. Prizes 

Open: 1st US$ 3,000; 2nd US$ 1,600; 3rd US$ 1,400; 4th US$ 1,200; 5th US$ 1,000; 6th US$ 700; 7th US$ 500; 8th US$ 300; 9th to 12th US$ 200 each. 
Best Myanmar Players: 1st US$ 700; 2nd US$ 500; 3rd US$ 300.
Best Women Player and Best Junior Players (U-18, U-14, U-10): US$ 100 each. 
Remark - The players must have minimum score of 4 points to qualify for the prizes. Prize money shall be shared equally among the tied-players.


5. Entry Fees 

Rated Players: Myanmar Chess Federation Members - US$ 60; Others - US$ 120
Unrated Players: Myanmar Chess Federation Members - US$ 80; Others - US$ 160
Entry fee is non-refundable. Entry Fees are waived for GMs, WGMs, IMs and WIMs. There will be a discount of 25% of entry fees for those who register on or before 30th September, 2014.


6. Registration

Registration form shall be completed and sent back to the organizer by email via mgmglwin25@gmail.com by 15th October, 2014. 
IMPORTANT NOTICE: FIDE regulations do not allow us to accept any entries without an official FIDE ID number. The rating of this tournament depends on this rule and any player who wishes to participate must obtain his/her FIDE ID from their own federations.
Extra charges of late entry fees (US$ 50) shall be applied to the players, who register from 16th October to 15th November, 2014.
No registration shall be accepted after 15th November, 2014.
10 GMs who register first will be provided with free hotel room on twin sharing basic including breakfast.


7. Souvenirs

Souvenirs are to be distributed free for the participants by the organizer.


8. Playing Venue & Official Hotel 

Also for Technical Meeting.

Central Hotel
Bogyoke Aung San Road
Yangon.
Tel: (95-1)241001to241020; Fax: (95-1)248003; Email: centralreservationygn@gmail.com

The hotel is located in the center of Yangon. There are many places of interest such as the landmark of Myanmar; Shwedagon Pagoda, Sule Pagoda, Bogyoke Aung San Market, Central Railway Station, Yangon Port, National Museum within the walking distance. More information can be found at www.myanmar.com.

Room rates (Inclusive of breakfast) [Free Wi-Fi]
Superior - US$ 80; Deluxe - US$ 95; Junior Suite - US$ 120; Executive Suite - US$ 195

Reservation can be made directly to the hotel by fax or email.

There are a number of budget hotels within walking distance from the venue. They can be found at www.agoda.com


9. Payment

Myanmar Chess Federation members shall have to pay their dues upon registration. Foreign players have to settle the full payment to the organizer upon the arrival. Otherwise, they shall be expelled from the tournament.


10. Entry Visa 

This is necessary to have the entry visa before entering Myanmar. The players from foreign countries have to apply and get the entry visa from the nearest Myanmar Embassy in their countries. The information is available at http://www.myanmar-visa.org/ and http://evisa.moip.gov.mm/


11. The organizers have the right to reject any entry without giving reasons.

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Chess Asia




Dear Friends,
There is very little information to be found about chess in Asia and is especially glaring when one goes to global chess websites where besides a focus on the elite players and super tournaments, beyond World Chess Championships, the coverage is largely European.
Yet there is so much going on in Asia!
While it is true there is good information in some country websites even if they naturally focus on the achievements of their players and from time to time we see excellent stories and reports in many places, none of them offer a comprehensive picture of what is happening in Asia and certainly many wonderful events are under reported or completely missed.
In recent months I have personally seen an “Asia Rising” for chess so now is perhaps the time for change!
Of course our effort to develop a website to showcase chess in Asia might seem to be rather ambitious given the vastness of the continent together with the enormous variety of cultures and of course languages and of course to the extent that we can succeed with this dream ultimately depends on Asians themselves stepping forward to contribute but we are encouraged.
Chess Asia is for all of us who see ourselves as chess players who live in or come from Asia and are proud of it!
Peter Long
Managing Editor
1 July 2014

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