One might expect a natural lull in the hectic pace of international chess events after the 2012 Olympiad, there are still tournaments taking place!
The Black Sea Countries Final 2012 tournament is now underway in Burgas, Bulgaria.
This 6-player double round-robin tournament runs from 12-19 September 2012 and has a more than respectable field headed by top seed Baadur Jobava of Georgia.
The full line-up:
The time control is 90 minutes plus a 30 second increment. The full schedule of rounds can be found here, and the games can be followed live at the official website.
Top seed Jobava suffered a loss in his opening game. All 3 games from the first round are below.
Baadur Jobava versus Vladimir Malakhov
Liviu Dieter-Nisipeanu versus Alexander Areshchenko
Suat Atalik versus Ivan Cheparinov
Games and photos from the official website.