chessbase india logo

Dama Negra Chess Club invites you to VIII Semana Santa Open 2024

by Shahid Ahmed - 27/02/2024

Club de Ajedrez Dama Negra and IO Patricia Claros Aguilar invite you to VIII Semana Santa International Open 2024. The eighth edition of this tournament is offering a total prize fund of €20050. The top three prizes are €4000, €2000 and €1500 along with a trophy each. The winner also gets invitation to XXI Gran Hotel Bali International Chess Festival 2024 which will take place in November. There are two categories - Group A (Open) and Group B (<1900). There are 11 main prizes in Group A and many category prizes. Entry is FREE for GMs and IMs. For everyone else, entry fee is €65, €50 for Dama Negra Club players. Total 366 players including 24 GMs, 54 IMs, 3 WGMs and 4 WIMs from 49 countries in Group A and 155 players have already confirmed their participation in Group B. Check out the article for all information. Photos: Official site

This March, play a Rating tournament in Alicante, Spain

The tournament is one of the 51 events supported by FIDE Open Aid Package program.

VIII Semana Santa International Open will take place from 27th March to 1st April 2024

Eligibility and Category

There are two categories: Group A (Open) is for all players irrespective of rating and age. Group B will be for players rated below 1900 as on 1st March 2024. Players having the titles - CM, FM, IM and GM or their equivalent women's titles are not eligible for Group B.

Schedule, Time control and Venue details

The tournament is organized by Dama Negra Chess Club/IO Patricia Claros Aguilar. There are three double rounds out of the nine rounds which will take place from 27th March to 1st April 2024. Thursday March 28th, Friday 29th March and Sunday 31st March are double round days. Last round on Monday 1st April starts at 10 a.m. local time. The tournament will take place at Gines Alenda Pavilion in San Vicente Raspeig in Alicante, Spain. The time control of the tournament is 90 minutes + 30 seconds increment. Check out the image below for more details.

Tournament schedule, venue and time control details


The total prize fund is €20050. The top three prizes in Group A are €4000, €2000 and €1500 along with a trophy each. Total eleven main/general prizes are there. There are also four rating category, Best Women, Best Veteran (Above 50 and 65), Best Alicante province, Best Valencian Community and Best Black Queen prizes. Five different age groups - Under-8, 10, 12, 14 and 16 have a trophy + chess suitcase for the best player in the category. Five free classes are also there for age group prize winners at Chess Excelsior. The overall champion of the tournament also gets an invitation to XXI Gran Hotel Bali Chess Festival 2024 in Benidorm. Check the image below for more details.  

Prize details

Entry fee, contact and info

Entry is FREE for GMs and IMs. However, due to capacity issues, they must confirm their registration before 15th March 2024. For everyone else, entry fee is €65, Dama Negra Club players €50. Contact: or +34 615547567. For more details, visit here. Register here.

Tournament Director and FIDE Press Officer of Spain - IO Patricia Claros Aguilar

Confirmed players

Three GMs above 2600, 11 players above 2500 have already confirmed their participation in Group A.

GM Samvel Ter-Sahakyan (ARM) is the top seed as of now

GM Jules Moussard (FRA)

GM B Adhiban will be the highest rated Indian player in the field | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

GM Jiner Zhu (CHN) is slated to be the highest rated female in the competition

Players list in Group A

No. NameFEDRtgIsexClub/City
GMTer-Sahakyan, SamvelARM2640Armenia
GMMoussard, JulesFRA2630Paterna
GMYuffa, DaniilESP2605DuoBeniajan
GMMaurizzi, Marc`AndriaFRA2597Francia
GMPiorun, KacperPOL2592Polonia
GMSupi, Luis PauloBRA2581Brasil
GMKourkoulos-Arditis, StamatisGRE2556Grecia
GMAdhiban, B.IND2541India
GMAlmeida Quintana, OmarCUB2506Cuba
GMBasso, Pier LuigiITA2505Italia
IMLamard, GuillaumeFRA2502Francia
IMDiaz Camallonga, CarlesESP2488Colon Sabadell
Xiao, Tong(Qd)CHN2484China
GMSolodovnichenko, YuriUKR2481Ucrania
IMBora, SafalUSA2475USA
IMBaskin, RobertGER2474Alemania
FMMacias Pino, DiegoESP2470Paterna
GMZhu, JinerCHN2467w
IMCeres, DragosMDA2465Macedonia
IMFernandez Guillen, Ernesto J.CUB2465Cuba
GMMarin, MihailROU2461Rumania
IMDiaz Perez, Michel AlejandroCUB2461Cuba
IMGarriga Cazorla, PereESP2461Mollet del Vallès
GMFranco Ocampos, ZenonPAR2455Paraguay
IMAlexakis, DimitrisGRE2455Grecia


Players list in Group B

No. NameFideIDFEDRtgIsexClub/City
Dinesh, Rajan M35060600IND1914India
Vicens Company, Maria Antonia2280680ESP1896wMaria de la Salut
Andreeva, Elena24104701HUN1865wHungria
Nechifor, David54788455ESP1859La Vila
Santamaria Baeza, Adolfo22230327ESP1847Blanca de Canillejas
Mascarell Canet, Ricardo2217074ESP1846Alicante
Demerson Joly, Javier2225174ESP1843Vera Reverte Minerals
Gonzalez Salazar, Iker54786126ESP1842ASSSA Enric Valor
Marco Francisco, Miriam2280426ESP1837wEva Manises
Martinez, Sebastian3908453VEN1833Venezuela
Navarro Molina, Carmelo Jose2263734ESP1830Raspeig
Fernandez Lopez, Francisco J.2212323ESP1827Raspeig
WFMYastrebova, Tatiana WFM14111713UKR1821wUcrania
Seleznev, Egor54146941RUS1819Alicante
Garcia Ruano, Juan Carlos22200177ESP1809Almansa
Peralta Garcia, Manuel32019114ESP1807Ajedrez Sestao
Amoros Moran, Jose Joaquin2270145ESP1804Pablo Iglesias
Carretero Ajo, Jesus2258560ESP1789Raspeig
Ruiz De Leon Merlo, Esther22274553ESP1786w
Zlyvko, Myroslav34157891UKR1785ASSSA Enric Valor
AFMCustard Gasco, Daniela Brenda2271281ESP1758w
Garcia Hernandez, Rebeca5180872MEX1754wMéxico
Vecillas Rey, Daniel54702275ESP1754Juana de Tordesillas
Bricio Garcia De La Torre, Jesus32004630ESP1751Elche
MacQueen, Andrew2402025SCO1747Escocia



Official site

Tournament details

Related news:
Aravindh Chithambaram victorious at 50th La Roda Open 2024

@ 01/04/2024 by Shahid Ahmed (en)
Indian chess players face robbery in Sunway Sitges Apartments

@ 24/12/2023 by ChessBase India (en)
Gran Hotel Bali 2023: Mitrabha Guha clinches Blitz Nocturno, third in Open A, Sham R wins Aficionados B

@ 16/12/2023 by Shahid Ahmed (en)
Subhayan Kundu wins 5th Sant Adrià Open 2023, Franco Valencia Angela second

@ 10/09/2023 by Shahid Ahmed (en)
Omar Almeida Quintana wins 47th Badalona City Open 2023, Kaustuv Kundu second

@ 01/09/2023 by Shahid Ahmed (en)
Vignesh N R wins 11th Pontevedra Masters 2023, Sarayu Velpula scores IM, WGM and WIM-norm, finishes second

@ 24/08/2023 by Shahid Ahmed (en)
Himal Gusain clinches 9th Ciudad de Oviedo Open 2023

@ 13/08/2023 by Shahid Ahmed (en)
ईरान की खिलाड़ी सारा खादेम को स्पेन ने दी नागरिकता

@ 28/07/2023 by Niklesh Jain (hi)
Abhijeet Gupta wins Orillas de Mar Open 2023

@ 14/07/2023 by Shahid Ahmed (en)
Alexandr Fier wins 49th La Roda Open 2023, Aravindh Chithambaram second and Pranav Venkatesh third

@ 12/04/2023 by Shahid Ahmed (en)
Titas Stremavicius wins 43rd San Sebastian Open 2023, Swayams Mishra second

@ 09/04/2023 by Shahid Ahmed (en)
Kushal dominates 19th Gran Hotel Bali Aficionados B, Aditya Varun Gampa second in Group A and Blitz

@ 14/12/2022 by Shahid Ahmed (en)
Saidakbar Saydaliev clinches Benidorm Open 2022, Ajay Karthikeyan third

@ 12/12/2022 by Shahid Ahmed (en)
Arvinder Preet Singh clinches XIX Calvia Amateur Open 2022

@ 18/10/2022 by Shahid Ahmed (en)
Gukesh and Harikrishna clinch Spanish Honor League for C A Solvay

@ 25/09/2022 by Shahid Ahmed (en)
S L Narayanan wins 23rd Sants Open Barcelona 2022, Vaibhav Suri second

@ 14/09/2022 by Shahid Ahmed (en)
Ernesto J Fernandez Guillen victorious at 4th Sant Adria Open 2022, Anustoop Biswas second

@ 29/08/2022 by Shahid Ahmed (en)
Aronyak Ghosh wins 46th Ciutat de Badalona Open 2022, Anuj Shrivatri second

@ 15/08/2022 by Shahid Ahmed (en)
Vignesh N R dominates 47th Ciudad de Sevilla Open 2022

@ 13/08/2022 by Shahid Ahmed (en)
Platon Galperin wins 10th Pontevedra Masters, Leon Luke Mendonca third

@ 02/08/2022 by Shahid Ahmed (en)
Dylan Isidro triumphs at 22nd Sant Marti Open, Aronyak Ghosh third

@ 25/07/2022 by Shahid Ahmed (en)
Aravindh Chithambaram wins 41st Villa de Benasque Open 2022, Raunak Sadhwani third

@ 16/07/2022 by Shahid Ahmed (en)
Ilmars Starostits dominates 15th International Open GEMA63

@ 28/01/2020 by Shahid Ahmed (en)
Vitaliy Bernadskiy wins XXXI Roquetas de Mar Open 2020

@ 19/01/2020 by Shahid Ahmed (en)
Pablo Glavina is the winner of IX Open Ciudad de Alfaro

@ 13/11/2019 by Shahid Ahmed (en)
Sebastian superb at XVI Calvia Amateur Open

@ 22/10/2019 by Shahid Ahmed (en)
Harikrishnan and Anuj finish in top 10 at Sitges Open 2019

@ 09/08/2019 by Niklesh Jain (en)

Contact Us