DOZENS OF GRANDMASTERS FROM AROUND THE WORLD, INCLUDING 17-YEAR-OLD U.S. STAR, TO COMPETE IN RICHEST OPEN CHESS TOURNEY
Hikaru Nakamura, new American champion, will be in forefront at the HB Global Chess Challenge, the largest ever Open tournament, planned for Minneapolis.
Drawn by a record-breaking half-million dollar prize fund, the biggest cash award ever in Open chess history, international grandmasters from around the globe are moving quickly to register for the HB Global Chess Challenge, set to be held May 18-22 at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Among the pack will be the latest chess sensation, Grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura, who has the chess world buzzing after his spectacular victory at the recent U.S. Chess Championship tournament in San Diego. Nakamura is the youngest player to hold the crown since Bobby Fischer back in the 1960s, and his slew of impressive results has many American chess fans hoping that they are witnessing the emergence of another world title contender. Besides playing in the tournament, Hikaru (pronounced HeKAHroo) will play an exhibition match against a yet-to-be-named top player, adding a special treat for both participants and spectators. "The big question is," says tournament organizer and International Grandmaster Maurice Ashley, "will anyone want to play him?"
Joining Hikaru will be a number of former US Champions as well as other Grandmasters from around the world, including leading players from Russia, France, Switzerland, and the Czech Republic. In addition to the professional players, some 4,000 to 5,000 amateurs are expected to descend on the tournament to cross swords for the 300 cash prizes being awarded to the winners. The tournament, with its guaranteed $500,000 prize fund, offers a number of lucrative prizes, including a first place award of $50,000 in the Open section. There will be 56 cash winners in the Open section, with most of the other sections giving away up to 50 cash prizes, including first place prizes of $20,000.