It is our pleasure to announce the 10th ANNIVERSARY international chess festival „Riga Technical University Open 2021”.

Organizers plan to hold the festival on August 7th – 15th in the traditional venue – international exhibition centre “Kipsala”, Riga, Latvia. However, Covid-19 spearing still is an actual problem. That’s why organizers will be following the unstable epidemiological situation in the world and will announce the final decision regarding holding the festival not later than the 1st of July 2021. Until this day all hotel reservations made through organizers will be fully refundable. The organizers recommend avoiding any guaranteed and/or non-refundable reservations before the final confirmation that the festival will take place as scheduled. The organizers do not take any responsibility for non-refundable reservations made by the participants themselves in case we have to cancel the festival.

The anniversary edition of the festival is going to be the most interesting and entertaining. During the 9 days, 11 (!) tournaments will take place. The total prize fund of the festival is increased once more and this year it is planned to be a record-breaking 28 000 EUR with the 1st of 2500 EUR prize in the tournament A. Thanks to the FIDE’s support, this year we have significantly increased women’s and senior’s prizes in all tournaments of the festival.

The festival will start on Saturday 7th of August with the blitz tournament and will continue on Sunday 8th of August with a rapid tournament.

The classical part of the festival will start on 9th August. There will be organized six classical chess tournaments so any chess player starting from an internationally known top-class grandmaster to a beginner is welcome to find an appropriate tournament for him or her.

Tournament A – the main tournament of the festival will gather the strongest players of Europe and the world and there will be possible to achieve GM, IM, WGM and WIM norms. The biggest names of the 9th edition of the festival were local GM Igor Kovalenko who became a winner of the tournament, GM Robert Hovhannisyan from Armenia who was the winner of the 8th edition of the festival, world-famous GM Ilja Smirin from Israel, a member of Azerbaijan nation team GM Nijat Abasov, Indian prodigy GM Gukesh Dommaraju and young talents GM Aryan Tari and GM Abhimanyu Puranik, as well as Polish GM Grzegorz Gajewski who has worked as a second of Viswanathan Anand and many others. Last year tournament gathered 275 participants from 39 countries including 30 GMs, 5 WGMs and 161 titled players overall.

Tournament A will be 7 days long. A similar schedule will be for Tournament B (for players with ELO until 2299) and Tournament Y (for players U14 with ELO until 2199) as well.

Tournaments C (for players with ELO until 2199) and D (for players with ELO until 1899) will take place during the weekend – starting from Thursday till Sunday and will be 4 days long.

Tournament E (for players with ELO until 1599) will be the shortest one of the classical tournaments and will take only 3 days – from Friday till Sunday. The time control in Tournament E is specially adjusted for players that have not yet used to play very long classical games or cannot spare more than 3 days to play a classical chess event.

The last tournament of the festival will be the traditional closing blitz tournament which will take place right after the closing ceremony.

During the festival week, such additional events as GM lectures, simuls, excursions, Bughouse and Dice Chess tournaments will be organized.

Please be so kind as to register for classical chess tournaments until the 24th of July 2021.

The organizing team is looking forward to celebrating our anniversary together in a safe atmosphere!