September 2018: A total prize fund of £3,500 is on offer in the Chess Scotland Grand Prix thanks to great support from world leading companies in addition to cash prizes from CS. Check out the latest leaderboards.
Chess Scotland is pleased to announce that Chessbase will continue their sponsorship of the Scottish Grand Prix. Chessbase,
the world leading chess software company will provide database and playing
programs to the winners of the year long Grand Prix competition.
Chessbase is based in Germany but has a strong
Scottish connection. Matthias Wullenweber of Chessbase first had the
idea to develop software to store his own games while a student at Edinburgh
University in the early 1980s.
sort, retrieve and catalogue millions of games at the touch of a button.
Most of the world's leading grandmasters log in to Chessbase to prepare
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way instantly through the most complicated of position. Visit the Chessbase shop.
New in Chess will supply a copy of the latest edition of the world's highest quality chess magazine to all Grand Prix prizewinners.
"NIC has regular contributions from all the world's best players. Magnus Carlsen, Vladimir Kramnik, Levon Aronian, Vishy Anand, Sergey Karjakin, Hikaru Nakamura, Veselin Topalov, Fabiano Caruana, Alexander Grischuk, Hou Yifan, Judith Polgar. You name them, we have them. Perhaps that's why New In Chess is also their favourite chess magazine!" Visit the NIC website.
We welcome new sponsor Chess Evolution who will supply book prizes to all the Grand Prix winners.
Chess Evolution, founded in 2011 by Azerbaijani Grandmaster Arjadij Naiditsch, has grown into one of the major chess publishing companies in the world - and has recently branched out into designing and producing chess clocks and other products. With Hungarian National team coach, Grandmaster Csaba Balogh, as Editor, Chess Evolution have published dozens of books by notable authors, Tibor Karolyi, Adrian Mikhalchisin, Danny Gormally and Matthieu Cornette among their Grandmaster authors.
We welcome new sponsor Scottish Crane who will provide a further lift for the Grand Prix with a bonus award to the highest scoring player in any of the four Chessbase GP sections.
Many thanks to Howard Wood of the Chess Essentials bookstall who had supported the GP for the last two years.
Scottish Grand Prix: Players accumulate
points based on their results on the Scottish tournament circuit. Any
score of 50% or more qualifies for Grand Prix points, 25% or more is required in the Junior sections. Players 2150 and under are eligible for inclusion. There
are four adult Grand Prix sections grouped by rating and four junior
sections. Detailed Adult GP rules, detailed Junior GP rules.
The latest results can be viewed at the Chess
Scotland website Leaderboard
Chessbase Prizes: Chessbase will provide:
1st prizes: the latest Chessbase Database Program. 2nd prizes:the top Chessbase playing program. 3rd prizes: another Chessbase playing program. There will be 4 prizes in each adult section at least one of which must go to a junior aged J16 or younger.
Product upgrades occur frequently so specific
Chessbase products are not mentioned above - but they will be appropriate
to the time of the next prizegiving. Full details of
their latest software range are available at Chessbase.com and can be purchased from the Chessbase shop
In addition, Chess Scotland will award the winner
of each adult section with £100 and a trophy.
All the main prizewinners will receive a book from Chess Evolution and a NIC magazine in addition to the software, cash and trophy prizes.
In addition to the prizes listed above the Scottish Crane £200 bonus award goes to whoever is the absolute highest points scorer in any of the four adult sections.