Master Tournament

Master Tournament (MTO)

Main Arbiter IA Ana Srebrnic
Dates July 26 – August 04, 2021
Concert Hall, Biel Congress Center.
Masks must be worn throughout the building. However, the players can sit opposite each other without a mask according to the protection concept.
Smoking is strictly prohibited within the whole building.
Tournament type
9 rounds, Swiss system
Rate of play 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.
July 26–30, 2021: rd 1–5; 2 pm
July 31: Rest day
August 01–03: rd 6–8; 2 pm
August 04: rd 9; 11 am
August 04, 6 pm: Closing ceremony with prize-giving.
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 1'100, 850, 650, 550, 450, 400. Best veterans (1961-): CHF 900, 620, 480. Best juniors (2001+): CHF 520, 280. Best players with Elo <2200 and <2100: each CHF 460, 340, 230, 170.
Total prize fund: CHF 39'000.
In order to receive their prizes, the top three winners must be present at the closing ceremony.
Prizes will be shared upon the final ranking (“Hort System” won’t be applied).
Prizes are non-cumulative.
If there are less then 61 players, the prizes will be shortened by 1/3.
Special prizes are only granted to players scoring at minimum 4½ points, except for Elo category prizes.
For the special prizes with Elo limits, the July 2021 FIDE rating is used.
1 month free membership at Pro Chess Training for the best player without prize money and for the two best players <2250 Elo.
Ranking Final standings will be established according to the points scored, truncated Buchholz and truncated sum of Buchholz. The worst score in each case will be excluded.
FIDE rated players (lists May, June or July 2021) with at least 2000 Elo.
The admission of a player player is decided solely by the organization. This decision is final.
CHF 220 (born 2001+: CHF 150), by bank transfer until July 20, 2021, based on the invoice received by e-mail during the online registration.
For GM, IM, WGM and WIM the participation is free of charge. As the number of places in the tournament is limited, if such title holders figuring with the status "paid" on the list "Registered Players", finally do not come to the tournament without previous notification, they will be excluded from participation at the Festival in the future.
All participants are required to confirm their presence at the registration desk from 8:00 am and no later than 11:00 am on Monday, July 26, 2021: They pick up their badges and acknowledge by their signature receipt of the protection concept of the festival and strict compliance with these protective measures. This will guarantee their inclusion into the pairings list for 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 electronic devices.
The tournament is rated for the Swiss, German and FIDE ratings. It is possible to achieve a FIDE norm. 
Pairings and results The start list is based on the July 2021 FIDE 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 enter the result at the provided desk. Otherwise the result of the game will be counted as 0-0.
Declaration of consent With your participation you agree that photographic material may be recorded and used.


  • MTO Round 1 - board 1-30.pgn (24 KB)
  • MTO Round 2 - board 1-30.pgn (25 KB)
  • MTO Round 3 - board 1-30.pgn (25 KB)
  • MTO Round 4 - board 1-30.pgn (27 KB)
  • MTO Round 5 - board 1-30.pgn (30 KB)
  • MTO Round 6 - board 1-36.pgn (32 KB)
  • MTO Round 7 - board 1-36.pgn (29 KB)
  • MTO Round 8 - board 1-36.pgn (28 KB)
  • MTO Round 9 - board 1-36.pgn (32 KB)
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