The “2nd Berlin U25 Open” opens its doors

Registration is now open: Registration.

The time has come: now that we have received the confirmation for the premises from the Steglitz-Zehlendorf district office of Berlin, we can announce the 2nd Berlin U25 Open. It will again take place during the Berlin school vacations. Again at the Beethoven-Gymnasium in Berlin, Lankwitz. This time from 21.10. 2024 to 27.10.2024: Announcement.

Most of the key details of the tournament have not changed: there will again be an A, B and C Open. The prize fund is again 32,000 euros this year! Once again, participation in the tournament is only possible for players aged “U25”. This means this year that players born up to 1999 can register. The tournament will therefore once again be a highlight of the young chess scene: we are firmly assuming that in the A-tournament title-norms can be obtained in 2024 as in 2023.

But there are also new features:

The first innovation is a blitz tournament on the eve of the tournament. This is open to all chess players with a FIDE ID, including coaches, parents and other fellow travelers. There is no restriction to the age of U25! We have limited the number of participants for this tournament to 92.

Further adjustments have been made according to the players’ wishes from last year’s premiere:

– Individual rounds no longer start at 10:00 am on the day, but at 4:00 pm. The only exception is the last Sunday, so that the departure from Berlin can still take place on Sunday.

– Adjustment of the Elo values for classification in the A-, B- and C-Open (background is the abolition of the Elo values from 1,000 to 1,400 and the associated increase in the Elo values up to 2,000)

– Farewell to the sports hall (some participants found the volume of the wooden floor too loud). The capacity limit of the tournament could therefore not be raised. On the contrary: we have set a limit of approx. 200 places for the A- and B- Open together.

From our point of view, nothing stands in the way of the tournament. The initial preparations in the background have been completed and the announcement is out. All we need now are the registrations. So go ahead and register!

See you in Berlin in October!

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