GRENKE Chess Open: 29.03. - 02.04.2018 in Karlsruhe


Which train station is ideal for arrival?
Train Station Plochingen is the nearest train station. Plochingen is next to Deizisau. Driving with taxi will cost about ten Euro. With the suburban railway S1 you should travel to Altbach station. By foot it will take only about ten minutes to reach Deizisau. The way is sign posted. From Plochingen to Altbach is only one station with suburban railway. With luggage we recommend to take a taxi from Plochingen to Deizisau.

How can a player with less then 1800 ELO/DWZ play in the A-Open?

For announcement only the ELO/DWZ from the day of announcement is relevant. Loss of ELO/DWZ after the day of announcement is equal. Exeptions can be made by tournament director Sven Noppes but will normally not be granted.

What should I do if I arrive late?

If you are late for traffic reasons or something like that call tournament director Sven Noppes and he will try to find a solution.

What will happen if I am late for my game?
From 2nd to 9th round your opponent has to wait for 30minutes. For 1st round the tournament director appoint the time for waiting. Exeptions can be made by tournament director and the referees. Please notice that you have to inform the tournament director as soon as possible about a late arrival. For being much too late you loose by default. In such a case you have to advise the tournament director that you want to continue the tournament.

At the beginning of each round music is played. Who choose the songs?
The selection of the songs is a spontanous decision.

What happens after the end of the music?

When the song is over the round starts.

Why is there a different starting time in the two halls?

Normally there is a ten minutes time shift between the two halls, because it's easier for the referees not to have the time termination phase in both halls at the same time. On Thursday the gym starts first from Friday to Monday the Public Hall will start first.

I need a referee but can't find one. What should I do?

First stop the clock. Then look for somebody from the staff i.e. in the kitchen, the tournament office or the referee tables.

Is there an arbitration panel in the tournament?

No. The highest authority is the tournament director, his decisions are definite. We fully trust in our referees and our director.

How can I get a receipt for my starting charge?

You can get a receipt from the 2nd tournament day on at the tournament office.

How can I use the shuttleservice? Do I need a ticket?

The shuttleservice is a special service from the organizers. You need no ticket - the service is absolut free. To use our shuttlebus you wait at the right place at the right time. The shuttle service is from the hotel to our venue and back. Departure at the hotel: The bus depart 30 minutes before the round starts Departure at the venue: With some few exceptions will the bus depart at 15 min after every full hour (10:15 am, 11:15 am, 12:15 am,...). You can ask at the kitchen counter for the next bus departure. Meeting place: in front of the town hall, in front of the hotel. Abfahrt an den Hotels: Die Hotel fahren immer 30 Minuten vor Spielbeginn in den Hotels ab. Abfahrt am Spielsaal: Mit wenigen Ausnahmen fahren die Busse immer um 15 Minuten nach der vollen Stunde ab (10:15, 11:15, usw). Die nächste Busfahrt kann auch am Küchenschalter erfragt werden. Treffpunkt: Vor der Gemeindehalle bzw. vor dem Hotel.