Information

Organizers:
IO Hans Olav Lahlum and Hedmark og Oppland Sjakkrets.

Playing venue:

Thon Hotel Fagernes 
A large hotel and conference centre in the small town of Fagernes.
The hotel offers excellent playing facilities.

Groups:


   GM-group: 

A 9-round Swiss open for all players having the official titles GM, IM, FM, WGM, WIM or WFM from FIDE.
Also qualified are other male players with an official FIDE-rating of at least 2150, and other female players with an official FIDE-rating of at least 2000.
Having had the required rating on the official FIDE-list at the time of registering for the tournament will be sufficient, even if the player’s rating drops below on the last list before the tournament.
Registration limit is 9 March 2017, but later registrations might be accepted if space etc allows.

A few players with a FIDE-rating below the official limit might be accepted for the GM-group. Players interested in this possibility must send a written application to the organizer at latest 9 March 2017.


IM-group:
    Closed group with 10 players.
     Interested players with FIDE-rating above 2300 may contact the organizer at latest
    20 February 2017.  Expected rating average about 2300 and IM-norm 6 or 6.5 of 9.
    Tie-break: 1) Number of wins 2) Number of black games 3) Mutual encounter
    4) Colour in 
mutual encounter (black wins).

   Elo-group:

A 9-round FIDE-rated Swiss open for all tournament players regardless of Elo.
Registration limit is 9 March 2017, but later registrations might be accepted if space etc allows. The tournament will count towards the Norwegian Grand Prix cycle (Norges Grand Prix 2016-2017).

Fagernes Easter Blitz:
Played Saturday 15 April 2017.
A 9-round FIDE-ratet Swiss open to all players.
Played in 2 groups over/under Elo 1500.
3 minutes per game with 2 seconds increment.
Start fee: Juniors NOK 100, Others NOK 200. Free for GM/IM/WGM/WIM.
70% of the start fee will go towards prizes.
Latest registration 18.30 hrs. First round at 19.00 hrs.
The tournament will count towards the Norwegian Grand Prix cycle (Norges Grand Prix 2016-2017).

Rate of Play:
 GM-group: Classical 2 hours in 40 moves, then 1 hour for the rest.
 IM-group: 90 minutes/40 moves + 30 minutes/rest with 30 seconds increment. 
 Elo-group: Same as the GM-group.

 Walk-over time limit is 60 minutes after the scheduled start of each round.

Live Games:
There will be at least 16 live games.

Arbiters:
Chief arbiter: IA IO Hans Olav Lahlum (NOR)
Chief deputy arbiter: To be named
Deputy arbiters: To be named

Evening program:
In the evenings there will be two grandmaster lectures and one blitz tournament.

Conditions for title holders:
A few GMs with a FIDE-rating above 2550 and reasonable travel costs will be offered free hotel for the tournament period and food and travel expenses covered.
Interested GMs should contact the organizer as soon as possible and at latest 20 February 2017 by Email.

A few IMs and WGMs will be offered a large discount on the hotel costs for the tournament period.
Interested IMs and WGMs should contact the organizer as soon as possible and at latest 20 March 2017 by Email.

Information:
Please contact the organizer Mr. Hans Olav Lahlum at hansolahlum@gmail.com or mobile phone +47 95 75 82 86.