Sparkassen Chess Trophy 2024
51th International Dortmund Chess Days
Prize fund: 20.000 €


10th of August – 18th of August 2024


Kulturzentrum „Alte Schmiede“, Hülshof 32, 44369 Dortmund (Gewerbepark Hansa)


Fri. 09.08.2024

16.30 - 18.00: Registration with the tournament management Open A and B (also applies to pre-registered players)

Sat. 10.08.2024

08.30 - 09.15: Registration with the tournament management Open A and B (also applies to pre-registered players)

13.30 – 14.15: Registration with the tournament management Open A (also applies to pre-registered players)

10.30 Round 1 (B-Open)

15.00 Round 1 (A-Open)


Sun. 11.08.2024

10.30: Round 2 (B-Open)

15.00: Round 2 (A-Open)


Mon. 12.08.2024

10.30: Round 3 (B-Open)

15.00: Round 3 (A-Open)


Tue. 13.08.2024

Free day in Open B

15.00: Round 4 (A-Open)


Wed. 14.08.2024

10.30: Round 4 (B-Open)

15.00: Round 5 (A-Open)


Thu. 15.08.2024

10.30: Round 5 (B-Open)

15.00: Round 6 (A-Open)


Fri. 16.08.2024

10.30 Round 6 (B-Open)

15.00 Round 7 (A-Open)


Sat. 17.08.2024

10.30: Round 7 (B-Open)

15.00: Round 8 (A-Open)

15.15: Award ceremony B-Open


Sun. 18.08.2024

10.30: Round 9 (A-Open)

17.00: Award ceremony


A-Open: 9 Rounds CH-System, B-Open: 7 Rounds CH-System; computer draw

Waiting time is 30 minutes (for the first round the waiting time is determined differently at the opening).

A-Open: 90 minutes/40 moves + 30 minutes until the end of the game and 30 seconds increment from move 1.

B-Open: 90 minutes until the end of the game and 10 seconds increment from move 1.

In rounds 1-6 (A-Open) resp. 1-5 (B-Open) a bye can be taken once. This must be announced to the tournament management by the end of the previous round at the latest. The round is stated as a draw.  A bye in the 1st round must be requested by 9th of August 18.00 by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and is only valid after written confirmation .

Rating and norms

The tournaments are evaluated according to DWZ and ELO. In the A-Open it is possible to obtain GM and IM norms.

Player without Rating

Player of a foreign chess federation without DWZ/ELO need a written certificate from their chess federation about their playing strength. For German players without a club and without a rating number, the tournament management decides on participation in the A- or B-Open.

Award ceremony

The prize fund of € 20.000 is guaranteed. No double prices. In case of a tie, the prizes will be awarded according to Buchholz scoring (prizes will not be split). The special prizes are paid out if there are 5 participants per category. Prize money will only be paid out to participants who attend the award ceremony.

Prize money for persons not assessed for tax purposes in Germany will be treated in accordance with the German Income Tax Act.

The prize money will be paid out by the organizer within 10 working days after the end of the tournament by bank transfer to a current account to be named by the winner. 

Advance registration

Please transfer the entry fee to the account of the Initiative Pro Schach e.V. at the Sparkasse Dortmund IBAN DE36 4405 0199 0112 2698 00 and BIC DORTDE33XXX as soon as possible. In the reason for transfer please state name and year of birth.

The registration is only valid when the online registration form is filled out and the entry fee is received. Early registration secures a starting place.

A FIDE ID is required to register. Please check with your national chess association how to apply.

In case of withdrawal from the tournament up to 3 days before the start of the event, the organizer will refund the paid entry fee. A processing fee of 10 € will be retained.

Maximum 200 participants per Open. Early registration secures a starting place.


Tournament director Andreas Jagodzinsky, Tournament Management Christian Jochmann

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Initiative Pro Schach e.V., Erich-Lauf-Str. 12, 44536 Lünen

In the event of disputes, a committee consisting of tournament director Andreas Jagodzinsky, tournament management Christian Jochmann and Patrick Zelbel will make the final decision.

DWZ/ELO classification: the higher rating at the beginning of the tournament is decisive for all classifications



For players with DWZ/ELO 1900 or higher (players between 1900 and 2000 can chose between A- and B-Open)

Prize fund

16.090 €


4.000, 2.400, 1.600, 1.120, 960, 800, 640, 480, 320, 160

Special prices

ELO/DWZ 2101 - 2300: 120, 70, 40
ELO/DWZ 1900-2100: 120, 70, 40

Women: 700, 500, 300

Seniors, born before 01.01.1964: 350, 250, 100

Youth players U14 (born 2010 and younger): 150, 125, 100

Youth players U18 (born 2009-2006): 150, 125, 100

Sportland.NRW-Cup for the best U18 youth player (male + female) from a club in NRW: €100 each

Entry fee

Adults: 75 € - U18 (born 2009-2006): 60 € - U14 (born 2010 and younger): 50 €

(W)GMs an (W)IMs will receive their entry fee back if the tournament is completed properly.



 For players under DWZ/ELO 2001 (players between 1900 und 2000 can choose between A- und B-Open)

Prize fund

3.910 €


 800, 500, 300, 200, 100, 80, 60, 40, 40, 40

Special prices

ELO/DWZ 1601 - 1850: 120, 70, 40

ELO/DWZ 1401 - 1600: 120, 70, 40

ELO/DWZ 1 - 1400: 120, 70, 40

Women: 160, 80, 40

Seniors born before 01.01.1964: 160, 60, 40

Youth players U14 (born 2010 and younger): 120, 80, 60

Youth players U18 (born 2009-2006): 120, 80, 60

Entry fee

Adults: 60 € - U18 (born 2009-2006): 50 € - U14 (born 2010 and younger): 40 €


Breakfast with the grandmasters

*  This year it is possible to stay overnight in the grandmasters' hotel, the Intercity Hotel Dortmund, which opened in 2022. The single room with breakfast and WiFi access costs €99 per night, the double room costs €118. In addition, an accommodation tax of 7.5% per room and night must be paid, which is passed on to the city of Dortmund via the hotel bill.

The “Alte Schmiede” gaming venue can be reached within 20 minutes via subway 47 (Dortmund main station to Huckarde Bushof). A local transport ticket (Free City Ticket) is included in the hotel price. Enter the password "IPS".

Intercity Hotel Dortmund
Katharinenstr. 9, 44137 Dortmund
Tel.: +49 231 56368-0
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