Two Georgian cities with long chess history and tradition – Batumi and Tbilisi will be hosts of two big chess events during April and May.
First of them is the third leg of the FIDE Women’s Grand Prix series, which will be held in Batumi/Georgia, from 19th April to 3rd May, 2016.
The players participating are:
GM Mariya Muzychuk (UKR 2561)
GM Alexandra Kosteniuk (RUS 2557)
GM Anna Muzychuk (UKR 2555)
GM Nana Dzagnidze (GEO 2535)
GM Xue Zhao (CHN 2504)
GM Valentina Gunina (RUS 2497)
GM Bela Khotenshvili (GEO 2493)
IM Lela Javakhishvili (GEO 2489)
IM Nino Batsiashvili (GEO 2476)
IM Almira Skripchenko (FRA 2453)
GM Elina Danielian (ARM 2445)
WGM Olga Girya (RUS 2442)
The opening ceremony will be held on 19th April, while the first round is scheduled for 20th April.
In the meantime, in the capital of Georgia, the International Chess Tournament – ACP Open, dedicated to the 75th jubilee of legendary Georgian Grandmaster and the 6th Women’s World Champion Nona Gaprindashvili will take place 21-30 April, 2016 in the Chess Palace.
The organizers of the tournment are Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs, Tbilisi City Hall, Georgian Chess Federation and Association of Chess Professionals (ACP).
The event consists of two tournament: Open A (FIDE rating of 2001 and above) and Open B (FIDE rating of 2000 and below). Both tournaments will be played according to Swiss System in 9 rounds, with the time control 90 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game + 30 seconds increment per move, starting from move one.
Total prize fund of the event is 18.000 EUR, inclusing main and special prizes.
The top seed of the main tournament is Georgian GM Baadur Jobava (2672).
The first round is scheduled on 22nd April at 4.00 pm (local time), after the opening ceremony.
More information at http://www.gcf.org.ge/