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MSI Multiple Events 19 – 23 November 2014, Docklands
Mind Sports Academy Finals
Multiple Chess Events 19 – 23 November 2014

Chess Mind Sports Academy Finals

What are you doing between Wednesday 19th and Sunday 23rd November 2014? Come and play chess in one of the best venues I have ever seen! This event is part of a Mind Sports Festival including Scrabble, Magic the Gathering, Go and others. We might even squeeze in some Shogi.

I'm proud to have been asked to run the chess events - let's make the chess the best part!

If you have five days and fancy winning a share of £10,000
If you have a weekend free
If you have spare time during the week
If you like rapid chess
If you like blitz chess - and fancy winning £600
If you have one evening
If you are Under 18

Then this has an event for you! The event will be broadcast live on the internet thanks to Dave Clayton, and the assistance of the ECF is gratefully acknowledged.

VENUE: ExCeL London Docklands, Royal Victoria Dock, 1 Western Gateway, London E16 1XL (easy to get to by tube, has its own station! Custom House for ExCel)
Arbiters: Adam Raoof and Tim Dickinson; Thomas Thorpe and David Eustace (British Blitz Championships)

There are three main sections -

FIDE OPEN (£5,000 prizes, Arkell, Eggleston, Hebden, Gormally etc)

FIDE Under 1900 (£2,000 prizes)

ECF graded Under 120 (£2,000 prizes)

Format: 9 round swiss. Time control: 90+30 seconds a move. Round times 10.30am and 3pm daily (one morning round on Sunday).
Gold+ ECF Membership required for English players in the FIDE events; Silver+ for all in the Under 120. All games also ECF graded.

WeekDAY Congress (ECF Graded), Weds 19 to Friday 21 (Round times 10.30am and 3pm daily plus one morning round on Friday) - Open, Under 160 and Under 120
Weekend Congress (ECF Graded), Friday 21 (one afternoon round on the Friday, round times 10.30am and 3pm daily) to Sunday - Open, Under 160 and Under 120 sections.

MSI FIDE Youth Championships a FIDE rated and ECF graded rapid tournament for players Under 18: Saturday 22nd November, £1,000 in prizes! Six rounds, starts 10.30am. One section.
FIDE Saturday Rapidplay, Four Sections: Open, Under 170, Under 145, Under 120. 10.30am start. Also ECF graded.

Official British Blitz Championships, Sunday 23 November 1pm, 11 rounds, FIDE rated, 11 rounds of Blitz chess at 3mins + 2 secs 1st prize £600 2nd prize £300 + grading prizes

ECF GRADED Rapidplays Wednesday, Thursday and Friday during the day from 11am
FIDE RATED Blitz tournaments on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday starting at 4.30pm

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I hope to see you there.
Adam Raoof
FIDE International Organiser & Arbiter
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