Azerbaijan Championship

70th Azerbaijan Championship is being held from 6-15 January at the Central Park Hotel in the center of Baku, Azerbaijan's capital. This national championship features a prize fund of 5000 Azerbaijani Manat (nearly USD $6,400), but perhaps more valuable is the qualification spots for the top two finishers to the FIDE World Cup, which will also be held in Baku in September. Players receive 90 minutes to make their first 40 moves, and then 30 minutes for remainder of the game with a 30 second bonus per move from move 1. All games begin at 15:00 local time in Baku (12:00 Noon CET), and there is one free day on the 11th of January. Official site of the Azerbaijan Chess Federation: chess.az.

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