The 5th Annual Washington International starts starts on Saturday August 13th in Rockville, MD. A record number of players have already registered. The very strong field for the tournament includes 12 GMs and 16 IMs with the top seeds being GMs Smirin (ISL), Kamsky (USA), Durarbayli (AZE), and Sevian (USA). You can check the advanced registrations here. The 9-round tournament will award $19,200 in guaranteed prizes and runs from August 8 – 13 in Rockville, MD. Coverage including live games, standings, pairings and pictures will be at http://washintl.mdchess.com. Rounds are at 11am and 6pm Saturday – Tuesday, 6pm Tuesday, and then 11am Wednesday.