Chess lovers beware. Registration for the 15th BPB Limburg Open started on Tuesday, February 28 at 10:00 am! We look forward to welcoming you during the upcoming Whitsun weekend (from 26 to 29 May) in Maastricht.
You can sign up from now on (see "Sign Up"). We are counting on great participation again. And we are very much looking forward to it. Extra much, because: it is the 15th edition, an anniversary.
And there is good news: we are no longer limited to a limit of 450 participants, but can now accommodate up to 600 players . And what is also very nice: the prize pool has also been significantly increased. The total prize fund is 13,000 euros.
Special thanks are due to our sponsors, especially our main sponsor. This is again this year Bruls Prefab Beton.
Still enjoying the 2022 tournament? Watch the beautiful aftermovie in this post. The movie was made available to us by Bruls Prefab Beton and NB staff It was created in collaboration with cameraman Tommie de Vlieger.
Playing venue is once again De Geusselt sports hall in Maastricht near MVV's stadium. In 2018 we were able to use this brand new hall for the first time. This hall has a beautiful playing room, a large room for live analysis and a fine bar with good analysis facilities. The venue has a great atmosphere and guarantees some brilliant games!
Championship of Limburg
The Limburg Open also serves as the official Limburg Championship of the Limburg Chess Federation. The highest ranking member of the Limburg Chess Federation may call himself Champion of Limburg. There is also a Championship of Limburg for ladies, seniors (50-plus) and veterans (60-plus). The 2023 Championship is already the 92nd Championship of Limburg.
Maastricht, worth a visit
Traditionally, the tournament is held at Whitsun and because of this free weekend, 7 rounds can be spread over 4 days (the veterans play 5 rounds). This makes for a relaxed playing schedule where it is also possible to explore the beautiful historic city center of Maastricht. Whoever thinks of Maastricht naturally thinks of the Maastricht Treaty and the world famous violinist/orchestrator André Rieu. But of course also the city center with its many stores, cafes, restaurants, the Market, the Vrijthof, the monuments, art treasures and many attractions. Maastricht is beautifully situated along the river Maas. Add to all this the Burgundian character as well as the hilly surroundings and the conclusion is: a piece of foreign country in your own country!
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