International Chess Federation
Tuesday, 27 Feb 2024 17:28
Prague Chess Festival 2024 kicks off in Czech capital 

The sixth edition of the Prague Chess Festival, the strongest chess event played these days, featuring three Indian Candidates 2024 participants, commenced in the capital of the Czech Republic. 

The main star of the opening gala night was the 15th world champion and FIDE Vice-President Vishy Anand. Together with the Chairman of the Senate of the Czech Republic, Miloš Vystrčil, he opened the 6th Prague Chess Festival with an exhibition game. 

The gala night started with a magical light show at the Hotel Don Giovanni Prague. The festival ambassador Vishy Anand reminisced about his visit to Prague 22 years ago during his opening remarks and wished all the participants good luck. Miloš Vystrčil also shared his enthusiasm for the royal game and demonstrated his chess skills in the subsequent exhibition game. 

Mathematician and social innovator Karel Janeček talked about the advantages of the Decision 21 voting system. The public can try this multiple-vote system when choosing the best game of the round every day of the festival. You can vote on the best chess games online on the platform Decision 21.

The opening ceremony was also attended by the chairman of the Chess Association of the Czech Republic Martin Petr, the president of the 1st  Novoborsk Chess Club Roman Mužík, FIDE Secretary General Lukasz Turlej, Shri Hemant H. Kotalwar, Ambassador to the Czech Republic, the representatives of partners and participants of the Masters, Challengers and Futures tournaments. 

The Masters, Challengers and Futures tournaments are 10-player round-robins with classical time control, so we are in for 15 exciting games every round. The games start at 15:00. Don't hesitate to come and see them in person at the Don Giovanni Hotel. The drawing lots for both tournaments took place right after the opening ceremony.




Photos: Petr Vrabec

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