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World Cup Riga Open 2019

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World Cup Riga Open 2019

The international draughts tournament Riga Open 2019 will kick-off in Riga on the July 22nd where world’s strongest draughts athletes will compete from 17 different countries.  Latvian team will be led by our draughts grandmasters Zoya Golubeva and Guntis Valneris together with other local and global masters. The tournament will run until the July 28th, and on the 29th the World Championship in Rapid & Blitz International (10x10) draughts will be held.

            Riga Open 2019 is a part of the World Cup and is rated with 5 stars. So far, there has been one five-star World Cup in Abidjan (Côte d'Ivoire) and the next will be held in upcoming August in China, and six more tournaments are expected.

            There will be participants from 17 countries - Holland, Latvia, Germany, France, Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania, Côte d'Ivoire, China, Poland, Estonia, Kazakhstan, Belgium, Cameroon, Russia, Senegal and France. Among them are 25 international draughts masters. Latvia will be represented by the international grandmasters Guntis Valneris who is ranked 4th in the world ranking, sixteen-time world champion Zoya Golubeva, as well as Raimonds Vipulis, Vladimir Vigman, Laimonis Zalitis and other athletes. Six of the world's top 10 ranking players will participate in Riga. Among them is the nine-time world champion Alexander Georgijev, ten-time world champion Alexey Chizhov, as well as the outstanding Alexander Schwarzman, who is a six-time world champion and the only player in the world who is a world champion in three types of draughts - 64 square draughts, Brazilian draughts and international 100 square draughts.

            Riga Open 2019 prize fund is 10,000 EUR, for the Championship in Rapid & Blitz International – 5,000 EUR, and for the juniors – 1,500 EUR. There will be three different tournaments: for men, for women and for juniors.

The Opening ceremony and press conference will be held on the July 22nd at 13:30 in Riga, Radisson Blu Latvija Conference & Spa Hotel 2nd floor, Elizabetes street 55.



For more information:

Roberts Misāns /LDF President/

Mob.: 26198758