Master Tournament (MTO)

Master Tournament (MTO)

Main Arbiter
IA Ana Srebrnič
July 17–27, 2023
Concert Hall, Biel Congress Center.
Smoking is strictly prohibited within the whole building.
Tournament type
10 rounds, Swiss system.
Time control
100 minutes for the first 40 moves + 50 minutes for the next 20 moves + 15 minutes for the rest of the game + 30 seconds increment per move.
July 17–21, 2 pm: rd 1–5
July 22: Rest day
July 23–27, 2 pm: rd 6–10
July 27, 30' after the end of the last game: Prize-giving
CHF 6'000, 4'500, 3'500, 2'800, 2'300, 1'800, 1'500, 1'400. Best women players: CHF 1'000, 800, 600, 400. Best veterans (1963-): CHF 700, 400, 300.
Non-cash prize for the best U16, the best player without title: GM/IM/WGM/WIM and the best Swiss player.
Total prize fund: CHF 28'000 + non-cash prizes.
The MTO is financially supported by FIDE Open Aid Project.
Prizes are valid with 80 participants or more. With fewer participants, they are reduced pro rata.
Prizes will be awarded according to the final ranking ("Hort System" won’t be applied).
Prizes are non-cumulative.
Prizes are only granted to players scoring at minimum 5 points.
Eligible for the title as best Swiss player are Swiss citizens and settled foreigners (settlement permit C) with FIDE Federation SUI.
In order to receive their prizes, the top three finishers are required to stand on the podium during the prize-giving.
Each day, the best game of the round is rewarded with a prize in kind.
1. Points scored
2. Buchholz Cut 1 (worst score excluded)
3. Sum of Buchholz Cut 1 (worst score excluded)
FIDE rated players (lists May, June or July 2023) with at least 2050 standard FIDE rating.
The admission of a player player is decided solely by the organization. This decision is final.
CHF 250 (born 2007+: CHF 150), by bank transfer until July 12, 2023, based on the invoice received by e-mail after the online registration. After this date, cash payments are made on site with a surcharge of CHF 20. Deadline: July 17, 11:30 am.
For GM, IM, WGM and WIM the participation is free of charge.
All participants should confirm their presence at the registration desk from 9 am to 12:30 noon at the latest on Monday, July 17, 2023.
Players who don't confirm their participation on time will not be paired in the 1st round.
Laws of chess
Art. 6.7.1 Any player arriving at the board more than 30 minutes after the start of the round will lose by forfeit, except in cases of force majeure.
Art. It is forbidden to enter the playing area with any electronic device such as a mobile phone or a smart watch.
Strict fair play measures will be in place at the tournament, in accordance with the FIDE rules. All players must comply with these measures.
Pairings and results 
The start list is based on the July 2023 FIDE standard rating list.
The pairings for the first round will be published at 1:45 pm. For all subsequent rounds, the pairings will be published online until one hour after the end of the previous round.
Players have to deliver the original copy of the scoresheet and register the result at the arbiter's desk. Otherwise the result of the game will be recorded as 0-0.
In case of disagreement with the arbiter's decision, you can appeal verbally against it with the chief arbiter. This needs to be done immediately.
The decision of the chief arbiter is final.
The tournament will be submitted for the Swiss, German and FIDE standard rating list.
It is possible to achieve a FIDE norm.
The tournament is part of the High-Level International Tournaments (HIT), and the results are counting for the FIDE Circuit 2023.
Declaration of consent
With your participation you give permission for the usage of photos/videos - in which you appear - in any publication.



14:00 MTO Round 1


14:00 MTO Round 2


14:00 MTO Round 3


14:00 MTO Round 4


14:00 MTO Round 5


MTO Rest Day


14:00 MTO Round 6


14:00 MTO Round 7


14:00 MTO Round 8


14:00 MTO Round 9


14:00 MTO Round 10