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Mauritius Chess Federation has extended an invitation to chess players to compete in a regional international chess tournament at scenic Coco Beach Hotel beginning August 3rd and lasting until August 6th. Patrick Li-Ying has arranged for special hotel rates for visiting players.

The tournament has a 40,000 Mauritian rupees
(1000 euros, 1340 U.S. dollars) fund and will be a six-round Swiss fide-rated tournament. The time control- 90 minutes per player for the game with 30 seconds per move as from the first move (just as in the Olympiads).

Coco Beach, Mauritius

The fabulous Coca Beach, Mauritius

The picturesque island sits off the Africa's east coast and is well-known for tourism and for tea. What the chess world has discovered is since 1986 this small island (population: 1.1 million) has sent teams to the Chess Olympiad tournaments. This island has approximately 1000 chess players (ethnically diverse) and while it is, in large part, secluded from the chess world, Mauritians have participated in the Southern Africa Zonal tournaments and the African Junior Championships. Li-Ying expects participation from neighbors Seychelles and Reunion.

Tournament Details

Round 1 - 16.00 (Friday, 3rd August)
Round 2 - 09.30 (Saturday, 4th August)
Round 3 - 16.00 (Saturday, 4th August)
Round 4 - 09.30 (Sunday, 5th August)
Round 5 - 16.00 (Sunday, 5th August)
Round 6 - 09.30 (Monday, 6th August)

*Prize Giving after the end of last round

Special Package to foreign chess players at the top 3 stars+ beach resort, Le Coco Beach, an all-inclusive price of 80 euros per day per person on double sharing basis. The package include accommodation, 3 gigantic buffet meals and selected drinks free of charge as well as free access to many hotel facilities. Visit the hotel website for more details Entries are however limited and will be treated on a first come basis and there may be possibility of extension of the stay depending on rooms availability.

Important Note!! Closing date of registration for foreign players is 21st July 2007. The organizing committee will help towards visas for those who need it. Entry fee is 200 Mauritian rupees (MUR) for local participants and free for foreign players. FIDE rules will apply during the course of the tournament. Weather in August is cool and temperature vary between 18-26 degrees Centigrade (64-78 degrees Fahrenheit).  For more details contact Mr Patrick Li Ying Vice-President Mauritius Chess Federation at

Patrick Li-Ying at a 2006 tournament in Mauritius.

Patrick Li-Ying sends a cordial invitation to play chess on the beautiful island of Mauritius!

Posted by The Chess Drum: 18 June 2007