Portugal Open in organization of Portuguese Chess Federation takes place from 3rd-9th February 2018 in Lisbon, the capital of Portugal.
The Portugal Open takes place in Gym of Sports Complex of Casal Vistoso, as the official venue of the event.
The event participate around 250 players coming from 41 federations. Among the participants are well known top Grand masters, such as top seeded Jobaava Badur (GEO, 2685), Demchenko Anton (RUS, 2671), Ghamarian Tigran (FRA, 2622), Sevian Samuel (USA, 2618). In the line of top seeded female players are Bulmaga Irina (ROU, 2411), Ozturk Kubra (TUR, 2353), Injac Teodora (SRB, 2302).
After five already played rounds seven players tie for the first place with the same score of 4.5/5: Gomez Ledo Roberto Carlos (CUB, 2442), To Nhat Minh (HUN, 2338), Demchenko Anton (RUS, 2671), Santos Latasa Jaime (ESP, 2546), Diermair Andreas (AUT, 2495), Repka Christopher (SVK, 2513) and Anurag Mhmal (IND, 2479). Top seeded, Jobava Baadur (GEO, 2685), suffered an upset in the 5th round when he lost against Indian Grand master Anurag Mhamal (IND, 2476), and now is competing to come back on the top with 3.5 points out of 5 games.
The Portuguese Chess Federation is within the Portugal Open 2018 organizing the optional Rapid tournament which will take place on 10th of February.
The Portuguese Chess Federation (Federação Portuguesa de Xadrez, FPX), founded on 22 January of 1927, is a Sports Federation with Sports Public Utility Statue that has fulfilled all requirements defined by the legislation in force, the FPX has about 3000 (three thousand) registered players for a total of 120 (one hundred and twenty) active clubs and 20 (twenty) territorial associations.
In Portugal there are about of 150 official competitions, between national, regional and private tournaments, being most of them valid for FIDE rating. FPX attributes annually around 65 national titles in national competitions, within the rhythms (Classic chess, Rapid chess and Blitz chess) and for all the ages.
The function of FPX is the representation of the chess in Portugal, which has the support and supervision of the Sports and Youth Institute of Portugal, within the national sports promotion and development and participation in international organizations.