The GAICO Grand Prix, which has not been held in two years, will mark the return of over-the-board chess for the Guyana Chess Federation this weekend.
The Guyana Chess Federation’s GAICO Grand Prix is set to begin on Saturday, March 19th then continue on March 20th, 26th and 27th.
A total of eight rounds will be played throughout the tournament with classic matches of 90 minutes + 30 seconds added to each players’ clock after every move.
This 4-day tournament will be the first of four to be held throughout the year and will aid in the selection of a local team to compete in the FIDE Olympiad later this year.
The Olympiad is the biggest global event for chess that Guyana competes in. It was slated to be held from July 26th to August 8th in Moscow, Russia but was removed from the host country due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. It will now be hosted by the All India Chess Federation in Chennai, India.
The deadline for registration is Friday, March 18th.
All matches will be played at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence and top players such as Anthony Drayton, Loris Nathoo, Davion Mars, Ethan Lee, among others are expected to compete.
Trophies will be awarded for the best female player in the tournament, as well as the top male and female junior players.
Trophies and cash prizes will be offered to the top three finishers in the tournament while medals will be given to 4th to 10th place.