Helsinki Chess Festival Junior Tournament (U20)


Helsinki Chess Festival Junior tournament is one of the three international invitational tournaments, which is also a part of FIDE strategic goal to support chess in Nordic countries. All three tournaments – seniors, U20 Open and U20 Girls – share the playing venue, schedule and price fund. The players have been invited from each Nordic and Baltic country, and from St Petersburg area from Russia, so we can talk about a nice Nordic-Baltic coverage.

The playing venue is Hotel Crowne Plaza Hesperia, address Mannerheimintie 50, Helsinki.

Tournament schedule is:

  • Tue 13.8. arrival, at 20.00 drawing of lots
  • Wed 14.8. 10-15 round 1, 17-22 round 2
  • Thu 15.8. 10-15 round 3, 17-22 round 4
  • Fri 16.8. 10-15 round 5, 17-22 round 6
  • Sat 17.8. 10-15 round 7, 17-22 round 8
  • Sun 18.8. 10-15 round 9, after which prize-giving ceremony

The playing time is classical 90 min/40 moves + 30 minutes for the rest of the game. Increment 30 sec/move from move 1.

The total prize fund for the Helsinki Chess festival is 10 000 eur, which is split by 3000 eur for each invitational tournament and 1000 eur for the blitz tournament to be held on 18.8. at 17-22 in Finnish Chess Arena, Hiomotie 10. The blitz tournament is open for all FIDE rated players.

Participants of the junior group, in rating order by FIDE Aug 2019 list are:

FM Toivo Keinänen 2389 born 2002 Finland Fide profile
FM Ilja Semjonovs 2370 born 2002 Latvia Fide profile
FM Marat Askerov 2327 born 2000 Russia Fide profile
FM Jens E Ingebretsen 2277 born 2004 Norway Fide profile
Karolis Juksta 2259 born 2003 Lithuania Fide profile
FM Hilmir Freyr Heimisson 2258 born 2001 Iceland Fide profile
Oliver Wartiovaara 2166 born 2004 Finland Fide profile
Andrei Timoshin 2154 born 2003 Estonia Fide profile
Casper Liu 2130 born 2005 Denmark Fide profile
Luitjen Akselsson Apol 2059 born 2006 Faroe Islands Fide profile


The drawing of lots will be held on arrival day on 13.8. at 20.00.

The festival is organized by Finnish Chess Historic Association, sponsored and supported by Rosatom and World Chess Federation FIDE and organized in close co-operation with Finnish Chess Federation (SSL).