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29. november - 1. detsember 2013 Pühajärve Puhkekeskus
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Pühajärve Rapid Chess tournament

Pühajärve Rapid Chess tournament is a rather special chess event for especially invited chess enthusiasts from Estonia and around the World. This year, it will be held for the 14th time and the following players of note will participate:

Anatoli Karpov, RUS 2619
Kiril Georgiev, BUL 2648
Robert Hübner, GER 2595
Tomi Nybäck, FIN 2586
Kaido Külaots, EST 2567
Aleksandr Volodin, EST 2477

International Masters:
Riho Liiva, EST 2454
Olav Sepp, EST 2440
Tarvo Seeman, EST 2382

The event is traditionally held as a round robin tournament with 10+10 minutes handicap time control. All players are divided into 5 groups and the time difference between two adjacent groups is 4 minutes. For example, for two players belonging to the A group the time control will be 10 minutes for each, an A-B pair gets respectively 8 and 12 minutes and so on until 2 and 18 minutes for an A player against an E player.


29.11.2013 18.00, 10 rounds in a row
30.11.2013 10.00, 9 rounds in a row
a lunch break

30.11.2013 16.00, 9 rounds in a row
01.12.2013 09.30, 7 rounds in a row

Alltogether 35 players will be invited, among them businessmen, writers, journalists and politicians. Last year, the three best-scoring players were 1. GM Nigel Short GBR, 2. GM Kaido Külaots EST and 3. GM Tomi Nybäck FIN.

The event is sponsored by the Pühajärve Spa and Holiday resort and Silmet Group. The chief arbiter of the tournament is Mr. Jaan Narva and it is organized by the Stamina Sports Club (stamina[at] The event will be broadcast online by Playchess.