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Your (second) probability to qualify to the Kazakhstan Cup, prices lined – with a $50,000 prize fund!


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Beginning 22 July, Uralsk in western Kazakhstan will host a nine-round classical open event with a whopping $50,000 prize fund up for grabs.

4 fortunate gamers can qualify by way of a collection of tournaments held solely on Lichess. They may have their flights, full board, and lodging in Uralsk lined for them by the Kazakhstan Chess Federation – in addition to a share of a $2,000 prize fund for the net qualifier.

The Lichess qualifier could have three levels. The primary will comprise twelve open-entry enviornment tournaments, aimed particularly in direction of the timezones of North and South America, Europe, and Central Asia / India.  

The highest 20 gamers from every enviornment will then play a single 11-round Swiss event, the place they might be joined by as much as ten wildcard gamers.

Lastly, the highest seven finishers from the Swiss event shall be joined by a wildcard participant, and the qualifiers shall be decided by single-encounter Spherical Robin Match. 

Everybody who makes it to the knockout stage will obtain a share of a $2,000 prize fund. 

Prize fund

The Kazakhstan Chess Federation has contributed $2,000 in direction of the net prize fund, a share of which shall be awarded to everybody who qualifies to the Spherical Robin stage of the qualifier, damaged down as follows:

  • 1st – $400 and flights, full board and lodging to the Uralsk Open, with a ~$50,000 complete prize fund on supply (round $10,000 to first place).
  • 2nd – $350 and flights, full board and lodging to the Uralsk Open
  • third – $300 and flights, full board and lodging to the Uralsk Open
  • 4th – $250 and flights, full board and lodging to the Uralsk Open
  • fifth to eighth – $175 every

Schedule and laws

Twelve first-stage arenas shall be held on-line. Every enviornment shall be two hours lengthy, with a time management of three+0. Berserk shall be allowed. The highest 20 gamers from every enviornment will qualify to the second stage. Gamers might enter a number of arenas so long as they haven’t already certified.

Within the second stage, a single Swiss event shall be held for not less than 240 gamers. This shall be an 11-round event with a time management of 5+2. The highest seven gamers from the event will qualify for the third stage.

A single encounter Spherical Robin event for the highest seven gamers from the Swiss event, plus a Lichess wildcard. The time management shall be 10+2

  • Spherical Robin Stage: Saturday 24 June, 14:00 UTC

All gamers within the knockout stage shall be required to affix a web-based name with FIDE-licensed arbiters. Lichess additionally reserves the precise to ask for this at earlier levels.
gamers ought to learn the total laws fastidiously. All qualifier individuals shall be assumed to have consented to the laws, which may be discovered right here. 

If you want to be thought-about for a wildcard spot for both the Swiss or knockout levels, please full this on-line kind. Wildcards shall be determined based mostly on a mixture of things, together with age, ranking, and present enjoying alternatives. All wildcard choices are last and made solely on the discretion of Lichess.

In regards to the Kazakhstan Cup

The Kazakhstan Cup is a collection of tournaments held in Kazakhstan and organised by the Kazakhstan Chess Federation. These qualifier occasions are potential because of the generosity of the Kazakhstan Chess Federation.

The event held in Uralsk shall be a nine-round occasion with a time management of 90+30.

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