Dear friends,

We are at the gates of the 20th edition of the Figueres International Chess Open "Miquel Mas". We will premiere new play venue, waiting to return the next year to Casino Menestral Figuerenc. The new headquarters will be in the Convent of the Capuchins, a building recently restored by the city Council of Figueres and with all the comforts (air conditioning, inner courtyard, etc.) and therefore, we will have a sensible improvement on the 2018. It is a 5-minute walk from the Rambla de Figueres or the Dalí Theatre-museum and has a lot of parking nearby.

Participants must remind people that both Figueres, with its commercial activity, with the aforementioned Dalí Museum or the toy Museum, as well as the rest of the region and surroundings, enjoy many tourist destinations to visit, such as: the Cap de Creus, the Rodes mountain range that hides the monastery of the XI century in Sant Pere de Rodes, the Natural Park of Aiguamolls de l'Empordà or, in the region of La Garrotxa, the sanctuary of Mare de Deu del Mont. The sun and beach activities are only 12 km away (Empuriabrava) or about 20 km (Roses and Llançà). This village hides nicely beach and most comfortable than Menorca or Islas Caiman.

Important changes

In addition to the aforementioned improvement of the game room, we re-organise the groups A and B plus the VIII children's tournament under-12. In group A can participate all the players with Fide license, while as a novelty, group B is limited to participants with a maximum of 1649 Fide. This limitation in the lowest part of the circuit is intended to be a group specially designed for children who have played in previous years in the Under-12 group, but who now have more than 12 years. It will therefore be a tournament to its size, although obviously it is also open to all players, with their age, but with a stop of 1649 Fide points.

On the other hand, we consolidate the group C (Under-12), which does not belong to Catalan Circuit and it always has 40 children from all over Catalonia. This will be played in the last 4 days, from the 17th to the 20th of August.

In the total of the 3 groups, there will be 3700 euros in prizes and trophies, increasing in 800 EUR the endowment from the previous year. Remember that it is essential that all players formalise the payment of the registration by bank transfer, before 12 August.

From this page we welcome you to all players who participate or visit us and we are at your disposal. We encourage you to enjoy these 8 days of chess and holidays in Figueres.

Charles Falgueras Martí                                         

President of the Figueres chess Club