First International Tournament in El Haouaria, Tunisia, March 17 - April 4, 2012 Print
Friday, 24 February 2012 08:44

GM Nigel Short will be a guest for the first part of the festival and will give a simultaneous exhibition on 30 boards, on 16 March.

More than 120 players have already registred including a number of invited GMs and IMs.

The tournament is supported by the Chess Federation of Tunisia.

Playing hall - The Regional Falconers' Club of El Haouaria.

Organizer: IM Njili Kamel, (TUN) This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Co-organsier: DianaMihajlova, (England) This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



• Open tournament: 17 March to 24 March, 2012.
• International Youth Championship for various age categories: 25 March to 31 March, 2012.
• closed IM tournament (for International Master norms) - March 25 - April 4, 2012.
• closed GM tournament (for Grandmaster norms) - March 25 - April 4, 2012.

Entry Fees

The Open: € 20
€ 10 for juniors up to 18 years
International Youth Championship - free entry
IM and GM closed tournaments
- all correspondence and agreement by e-mail to the organisers.



1st: 1200 Euros
-2nd: 900 Euros
-3rd: 700 Euros
-4th: 500 Euros
-5th: 400 Euros
-6th: 300 Euros
-7th: 200 Euros

Blitz Open:

24 March 2012

-1st prize: 300 Euros
-2nd prize: 250 Euros
-3rd prize: 200 Euros
-4th prize: 150 Euros
-5th prize: 100 Euros

Many more category and local prizes.


Africa Jad Hotel (4*)
€ 35 Full board, single room
€ 60 Full board, double room

Chess Village (villas by the sea)
€ 30 Full board, single room
€ 50 Full board, double room

Cultural and educational activities, excursions, film and theater performances and an art exhibition on the theme of falconry have been programmed throughout the festival.

The Mediterranean fishing village El Haouaria is situated on the most northeastern tip of Tunisia, Cap Bon. It is the land of sea, cliffs, oranges, history and falcons. Because of its many aspects of natural beauty it is one of the most attractive areas of the country and it is called 'garden of Tunisia'. It is a resting place for migrating birds and it is popular for the breeding of falcons and the ancient sport of falconry.

The 1st Chess Festival in El Haouaria is initiated by the 'local boy', IM Njili Kamel who is already planning a further chess event to take place in June.

IM Njili Kamel with a falcon
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