The Gazette - August 2010

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Edited by Guy Whitehouse
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Belgian Open 2010

Dear chess friends from far and near,

We invite you to our “19th Open Belgium Championship” 2010.

The tournament will take place from Wednesday evening 10th of November (dinner included) till Sunday morning 14th of November 2010 (breakfast included). On the 10th please aim to arrive in the Hotel before 5.30pm. This is for organisational reasons. Dinner will be served at 6pm sharp so that the first round can start at 8pm.

We are glad to invite you again to the “Hotel Zonnebloem”, Meeuwenlaan 2 - 8620 Nieuwpoort. Hotel Zonnebloem is a quietly located holiday centre on the seafront of Nieuwpoort-Bad, next to the beach.


By public transport: Take the train to Ostend. Outside the station you can take the coastal tram to Nieuwpoort (40 minutes). Leave the tram at the stop ‘Nieuwpoort-Zonnebloem’ and go towards the seafront. Then you will find Hotel Zonnebloem 100 metres further on to your left.

By car: Follow E40 (Brussels-Ostende), take exit 3 (Diksmuide-Nieuwpoort). Follow N355 direction Nieuwpoort-aan-Zee (via Kinderlaan). Past the fourth traffic lights (after approx. 5 kilometres), turn right (Franslaan) and then left (Meeuwenlaan).

The tournament will be played over 7 rounds according to the Swiss system. The 7 rounds will be played on:

Wednesday 10th of November in the evening (1);

Thursday 11th of November in the morning(2) and afternoon (3);

Friday 12th of November in the morning (4) and afternoon (5);

Saturday 13th of November in the morning (6) and afternoon (7).

The final ceremony will take place on Saturday after dinner. The tournament finishes on the Sunday after breakfast.

There is a prize fund of €300. Apart from that, there is a bonus of €2.50 for every game you win. There will be cups for the winner of the Belgian Open Championship A and B for Visually Impaired, the Open Belgian Champion for the Sighted, the Champion of the BSFVG (Visually Impaired).

Accommodation: These prices are for en suite rooms and cover all meals:

Double room €205 per person, Single room €290 per person.

If you have any questions or wishes, don’t hesitate to contact us at any time. Guide dogs for blind people are allowed, but more as an exception rather than the rule. The cost for the dog is €15. If you want to take your guide dog with you, you have to contact Herman Jennen to avoid any problems on arrival.

You have to enter and pay before 10th September 2010. You can do that by a bank transaction on bank account number of ARGENTA, account name B.S.F.V.G. , Zwijnaardesteenweg 197 , in B-9000 GENT. For international payments to Belgium you will need the following numbers: BIC-nr: ARSPBE22 and IBAN-nr: BE50 9796 0873 4518. You also need to send the registration form before 10th September 2010 (nicely filled in) to: Alex GEERINCK, treasurer B.S.F.V.G.

People who do a money transfer from abroad must meet all the bank costs themselves. Please take care that we get the right amount of money. Otherwise we will collect any shortfall during the tournament.

People shall be registered only after full payment has been made. Rooms shall be given after registration.

People who are registered but don’t show up will need to pay €50 cancellation fee.

Please keep to the deadline for registration. Our reservation in the hotel is based on this date. After September 10th, we can not guarantee that we will still have free rooms and/or for the same price.

For more information please contact:

Herman Jennen or Nancy Crevits.

People will receive confirmation once they have been registered. Later on you will get a letter/mail with final details.

We look forward to meet you in hotel Zonnebloem.

Herman JENNEN, President of the B.S.F.V.G. vzw.