Master Tournament (MTO)

Date / Time July 23 - August 1, 2018; 2:00 p.m.
(August 1: 12 noon).
Rest day on July 28.
Mode of playing 9 rounds Swiss system.
Time control 90 minutes for the first 40 moves + 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an addition of 30 seconds per move starting from move one.
Prizes CHF 6'000, 4'500, 3'500, 3'000, 2'500, 2'000, 1'500, 1'200, 1'000, 800, 700, 600, 2x500, 3x300, 3x200. Best women players: CHF 500, 300. Best senior (1958-), best junior (1998+), best child (2002+): each CHF 500. Best players with Elo <2200 and <2100: CHF 500, 400, 300, 200, 100. Best Swiss players (with CH-passport): CHF 1'000, 600, 300. Total prize fund: CHF 37'000.
Final standings will be established according to number of points scored, truncated Buchholz and truncated Sum of Buchholz. The worst score in each case will be disregarded. Prizes will be shared upon the final ranking (“Hort System” won’t be used).
Special prizes are only granted to players scoring 50% or more. This restriction isn't valid for Elo category prizes.
For rating band prizes and pairing calculation, FIDE rating is considered first. The rating of July 2018 shall prevail.
Prizes are valid from 100 participants. With fewer participants, they are reduced pro rata.
Admission Players with FIDE-rating (list May, June or July 2018) or national rating (e.g. Swiss ELO list 2/2018 or 3/2018) ELO 2000 and more.
The final admission of a player is the exclusive decision of the organization. This decision is irrevocable.
Inscription CHF 180 (1998+: CHF 110), by bank transfer until July 18, 2018, based on the invoice received by e-mail during the online registration, After this date cash payment on site with a surcharge of CHF 20. Deadline: July 23, 10:00 a.m..
For GMs, IMs, WGMs and WIMs the participation is free of charge.
Registrations are confirmed after payment of entry fees. The player then appears on the list of participants, published on our website.
Players who paid their entry fees (and invited players) who aren’t displayed on the list of participants or who appear there with the status "unconfirmed" are requested to show up at the tournament desk before July 23, 2018 12:00 noon.
Miscellaneous The pairings of round 1 will be released at 1:30 p.m. For the following rounds they will be published on our website one hour after the end of each round.
A delay of 30 minutes is allowed at the start of the round. If a player is more than 30 minutes late, his game will be considered lost by forfeit.
At the end of the game, players are responsible for submitting their scoresheets and results by themselves; otherwise the game will be evaluated as 0-0.
The tournament is rated for the Swiss and FIDE ratings. Possibility of obtaining a FIDE norm.
Smoking strictly prohibited within the building.
It is forbidden to enter the playing hall with electronic devices.
In case of disagreement with an arbiter's decision, the player must contest orally without delay by the main arbiter. The decision of the main arbiter is then final.

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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


12:00 MTO Round 9

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