The first Marrakech International Chess Tournament is taking place from 25th June to 2nd July in Marrakech, Morocco. Players from 23 countries registered thus far, among them are 37 Grandmasters. Nine rounds according to Swiss system will be played, with time control of 75 minutes per player.
The rich prize fund consists of – 1st: € 4,000 + trophy – 2nd: € 3,000 – 3rd: € 2,000 – 4th: € 1,500 – 5th: 1000 € – 6th: 700 € – 7th: 500 € – 8th: 350 € – 9th: 250 € – 10th: 200 €. In addition, € 1,500 is allocated for special prizes for locals, women and seniors.
On 2nd July GM Judit Polgar will play a simul on 20 boards.
Top rated players are Evgeny Miroshnichenko (UKR 2684), Kiril Georgiev (BUL 2662), Sergey Fedorchuk (UKR 2646), Georg Meier (GER 2638), David Alberto (LUX 2631), Michal Krasenkow (POL 2628), Yuriy Kuzubov (UKR 2628), Sergey Volkov (RUS 2619), Andrey Sumets (UKR 2614), Victor Mikhalevski (ISR 2614), Rafal Antoniewski (POL 2607), Hichem Hamdouchi (FRA 2605), Gadir Guseinov (AZE 2602), Eduardo Itturizaga (VEN 2599) etc.
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– GM Susan Polgar