The second edition of Prague International Chess Festival starts, and takes place from 12th to 21st of February, in the capital of Czech Republic.

The Festival comprises 7 different events: Master, Challengers, Futures, Open and E,F, G tournaments and gathered almost 400 players.

Master, Challengers and Futures event opened yesterday, and the first round starts today at 15:00. LIVE Transmission of the games is available through the Official Website of the event.

Participants of the Masters tournament are:

  • Duda, Jan-Krzysztof (POL, 2755)
  • Vitiugov Nikita (RUS, 2731)
  • Firouzja Alireza (FID, 2726)
  • Vidit, Santosh Gujrathi (IND, 2721)
  • David Navara (CZE, 2717)
  • Harikrishna, Pentala (IND, 2713)
  • Anton Guijarro, David (ESP, 2697)
  • Shankland, Samuel (USA, 2683)
  • Ragger Markus (AUT, 2670)
  • Grandelius Nils (SWE, 2659)

The participants of the Challengers’ event are:

  • Abasov Nijat (AZE, 2670)
  • Jorden Van Foreest (NED, 2667)
  • Esipenko Andrey (RUS, 2654)
  • Mateusz Bartel (POL, 2639)
  • Kacper Piorun (POL, 2611)
  • Thai Dai Van Nguyen (CZE, 2558)
  • Jan Krejci (CZE, 2557)
  • Hannes Stefansson (ISL, 2557)
  • Tadeas Kriebel (CZE, 2517)
  • Lukas Cernousek (CZE, 2447)

The Open Tournament features 273 participants coming from 38 federations. Top seeds are: Christiansen Johan-Sebastian (NOR, 2600), Petrov Nikita (RUS, 2592), Fedorov Alexei (BLR, 2536), Saric Ante (CRO, 2531) and others.

Starting rank list is available here.

All the events will be played in Don Giovanni Hotel Prague, as the official venue and Hotel of the festival.

Official Website of the event