Cambridge International Open


Short report
The first Cambridge International Open took place from Wednesday 15th to Sunday 19th February at the historic University Arms Hotel in Cambridge. The event was organised by ECF Events Director Shohreh Bayat with generous support from the University Arms, and an experienced arbiters team consisting of IA Shohreh Bayat, IA Matthew Carr and FA Satish Gaekwad.

Final standings for the top 20 places are as below, with Michael Adams (above, with Shohreh Bayat) finishing in top place on 8 points, just clear of GM Daniel Fernandez in second place on 7.5 and a group of four players, including the reigning British Champion IM Harry Grieve, on 7 points alongside GM Oleg Korneev, IM Boris Golubovic and FM Nghia Bao Dong. Harriett Hunt was the highest placed female player with 5.5 point, followed by WCM Nina Pert on 5 points and Julia Volovich also on 5.

    Name Federation Rating  
1 GM Adams, Michael ENG 2757 8
2 GM Fernandez, Daniel H ENG 2519
3 GM Korneev, Oleg ESP 2589 7
4 IM Grieve, Harry ENG 2514 7
5 IM Golubovic, Boris CRO 2349 7
6 FM Dong, Bao Nghia VIE 2414 7
7 IM Clarke, Brandon G I ENG 2588
8 GM Dardha, Daniel BEL 2612
9   Itgelt, Khuyagtsogt MGL 2158
10 GM Gormally, Daniel W ENG 2493
11 GM Bosiocic, Marin CRO 2564 6
12   Payne, Matthew J ENG 2182 6
13 FM Czopor, Maciej POL 2519 6
14   Ismail, Mohammed Aayan ENG 2353 6
15 FM Bazakutsa, Svyatoslav UKR 2330 6
16 GM Arkell, Keith C ENG 2506 6
17 GM Turner, Matthew J SCO 2487 6
18   Shafi, Declan SCO 2265 6
19 FM Wall, Tim P ENG 2305 6
20 IM Roberson, Peter T ENG 2510
21 FM Anand, Batsukh MGL 2239
22   Waller, Dan ENG 2163
23 IM Hunt, Harriet V ENG 2349
24   Fava, Lorenzo ITA 2172
25   Saunders, Aron ENG 2260

A fuller report will feature in ChessMoves‘ February edition.

Pictures by Shohreh Bayat & Satish Gaekwad

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The English Chess Federation is organising the Cambridge International Open Chess Tournament from 15th to 19th February 2023 in Cambridge. This will be a 9 round Swiss system tournament, open to all English and foreign players with a valid FIDE ID. The event will provide an opportunity for participants to achieve international title norms. The event is supported by the University Arms Hotel, Cambridge – you can book your accommodation for this event via the link above or here

The English Chess Federation (ECF) would like to thank everyone who has registered for the Cambridge International Open. Unfortunately, registration for the International is now closed as we have reached the capacity of the playing hall. We have also closed the waiting list, given the number of players waiting for cancellation places.

Rating and grading
The tournament will be submitted to FIDE and the English Chess Federation (ECF) for rating. It is a condition of playing in the English Chess Open that the data submitted at the time of entry will be forwarded to the ECF and FIDE as required to enable the games played to be rated by the ECF and FIDE.

Obtaining a FIDE identification number (FIDE ID)
All entrants must have a FIDE Identification Number at the time of submitting their entry, unless they wish their FIDE nationality to be England. English players without a FIDE Identification Number will have one created with registration to ENG at the time the rating files are submitted by FIDE. Please note: At the time of writing, changing FIDE registered nationality at a later stage will cost 50 Euros notification fee payable by the player to the ECF/ FIDE. Additional transfer and compensation fee charges may also apply as set out in the FIDE handbook for titled and higher rated players. Players with a FIDE registration of RUS or BLR will not be eligible to enter events as per current FIDE and ECF policy.  They may however use FIDE’s fast track procedure to change their FIDE affiliation to FID as a basis for entering and providing they are otherwise eligible.

Tournament details
Registration required by 18:00 on Monday 13th February (see Section E: Registration for more details)
Format – Swiss system
Number of rounds – 9
Number of half-point byes permitted – 2
Time control – game/90 + 30’
Default time – 30 minutes

Round 1 – Wednesday 15th February – 10:00 | Round 2 – Wednesday 15th February – 16:30
Round 3 – Thursday 16th February – 10:00 | Round 4 – Thursday 16th February – 16:30
Round 5 – Friday 17th February – 10:00 | Round 6 – Friday 17th February – 16:30
Round 7 – Saturday 18th February – 10:00 |  Round 8 – Saturday 18th February – 16:30
Round 9 – Sunday 19th February – 10:00

Entry fees
Standard (to 31/1/23) – £60.00 | Late – £65.00
Entry is free for Grandmasters (GM & WGM) and International Masters (IM & WIM)

Place Prizes
1st £1,500; 2nd £750; 3rd £500; 4th £300

Rating Prize Bands
2000-2200 1st £200
1800-1999 1st £175
1600-1799 1st £150
< 1600 1st £125

Additional Prizes  
English Women – 1st £250; 2nd £150; English Women 3rd £100