Vienna Chess Open 2016: 500 chessplayers are challenging top-star Markus Ragger

Vienna. - On 16th of August the 20th Vienna Chess Open will start in the ballroom of Vienna’s Town Hall. Top-star is Austria’s best chess player, Markus Ragger, who intends to get his first title in Vienna. Over 500 players from more than 50 countries – among them a dozen Grandmasters – are going to gain the victory.

After 2015, Austria’s largest chess tournament is taking place this year again – daily, from 16th of August until 23rd of August. Because of renovation works in Vienna’s Town Hall, the 21st run of the tournament is planned for 2019.

The participant’s group of the Vienna Chess Open 2016 is led by Markus Ragger, Austria’s number one and 53rd of the FIDE world ranking. Ragger has an evident aim: “Nine rounds in only eight days is an outstanding challenge. Certainly, my target is to capture my first victory in Vienna!” Currently, Markus Ragger is number one of the ranking list in Vienna – besides him there are another 14 Grandmasters registered. His strongest competitor is Rainer Buhmann, German Olympia-teamplayer who lives in Austria and is also an important training partner of him.

Experts are excitingly looking forward to the play of the most talented German trainee, Vincent Keymer. The 11-year-old may encounter the Austrian Dominik Horvath, who caused a sensation in 2013 by winning the B-tournament. Horvath, born in 2003, is already a FIDE-Master. The 10-year-old Javokhir Sindarov is also participating: the Usbek holds the record for the highest U-10-Rating ever, with 2374 Elo. Tournament director, Johann Pöcksteiner: “The question is whether a well-established Grandmaster or a young talent will win in Vienna.”

Visitors are very welcome and the entrance is free. The top-games are shown on video-walls in Vienna’s Town Hall and are transmitted daily live on the Internet at www.vienna-chess-open.at.

Info, Photos, Contact:

Vienna Chess Federation:
Tournament director Johann Pöcksteiner
Mobile: +43 664 412-2595
Mail: office@vienna-chess-open.at

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