CIV Rapid & Blitz Invitational

Rakotomaharo, Fy Antenaina vs. Belkhodja, Slim

The 2018 CIV Rapid & Blitz Invitational takes place from 25 - 29 July at the Tiama Hotel in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. The event features 10 of the very best players from across Africa who are competing in a Rapid & Blitz Invitational format styled on the Grand Chess Tour for a prize fund of $15,000. 9 rounds of rapid chess (25 minutes with a 10-second delay) will be played on the first 3 days, with wins worth 2 points. 18 rounds of blitz (5 minutes with a 3-second delay) follow on the final 2 days, with wins worth 1 point. The event is sponsored by Vivendi SA, the French mass-media conglomerate that is behind the Paris leg of the Grand Chess Tour. A 90-minute broadcast show will be aired daily with coverage according to the following schedule. All times are in GMT: Days 1 – 3 @ 17:45, Day 4 @ 18:15, Day 5 @ 16:15. In the event of a play-off being required for first place, a blitz mini-match consisting of two games shall be played at a time limit of game in 5 minutes with a 3 second delay per move from move 1. If this fails to break the tie, a single “Armageddon” game will be played to determine the overall winner. Official website: www.facebook.com/KCFAfrica

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