If you do have an appetite for tough challenges, GRENKE Chess Open 2019 is out there! As the organisers decided to connect GRENKE Classic with GRENKE Open in previous years the number of participants increased substantially. Thanks to that, now we have the largest chess open in Europe. I did also participated to last years event and you can read my observations and experiences from the first hand.
GRENKE Chess Open takes place annually in Karlsruhe, Germany and this year it will be the fourth consecutive event. It is open to all players from around the world and it is expected that more than 1.500 players, almost 300 out of them with titles from Candidate Master (CM) to Grand Master (GM), will be present for the challenge. The tournament has three categories with various strength levels and this year total prize pool is increased to 70.000 EUR, that is 10.000 EUR more than last years. In addition to that, players will have the chance to share the same venue, due to GRENKE Chess Classic, with the top class players from the chess world. Players for this year’s Classic are as following:
GRENKE Chess Open will be held between 18 – 22 April, 2019 with 9 Rounds Swiss-System. Pairings will be determined by a computer and time-controls are: 2h for 40 moves + 30 minutes for the rest of the game. For further details and registration information please visit the event’s official website, where you can also follow the games live.
Ergun UNUTMAZ, 01.03.2019