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Schwarzach Chess Open

An institution of the European chess scene

The Salzburg Sun Terrace is the home of great chess traditions. The Schwarzach Chess Open, one of the most popular chess tournaments in Austria with the highest prize money, best ranked-participants and likely the highest Elo average in the country, has been attracting top-level chess action since 1986. Experienced grandmasters and ambitious amateurs meet to do battle on the most important board in the entire chess world.

A look back at the Schwarzach Chess Open 2019

The Schwarzach Chess Open has been an essential part of the Austrian tournament calendar for decades. Its 34th edition from 13 to 21 July at Festsaal Schwarzach – on a new date in July this year – attracted 170 players from 15 different nations.

Five grandmasters and 20 international tournament winners backed up the extraordinary level of this tournament. Gripping games were guaranteed thanks to a total prize money of € 13,000 and valuable Elo points for the global rankings. Ensuring the top level was a 17-person delegation from the “Botvinnik chess school”, one of Russia’s most famous chess schools.

The tournament’s great success meant plans for the 35th Schwarzach Chess Open are already in motion. It has already been confirmed that the tournament in 2020 will once again take place in July.

About the Chess Open

The rich-in-tradition chess open is a Swiss-system tournament. It counts for the national Elo rankings of both Austria and Germany as well as for the international EU Elo rankings. The top-class participant field with grandmasters and international tournament winners is divided into an open main tournament as well as several different rating tournaments for various Elo rating levels.

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