European Individual Chess Championships

European Individual Chess Championships

SonofPearl
SonofPearl
Mar 3, 2010, 12:11 PM |
14 | Chess Event Coverage

Zoltan_Almasi.jpgThe 11th European Individual Chess Championships start soon in Rijeka, Croatia.  This annual event was established in the year 2000 under the auspices of the European Chess Union.

The format of the event is an 11-round Swiss, with the first round kicking off on 6 March and the last on the 17 March (with tie-breaks the following day if necessary).

There are men's and women's titles up for grabs and the total prize fund is a very impressive 120,000 euros for the men, and 60,000 euros for the women.

Over 400 men have registered and over 160 women are taking part, making it the biggest European Championships yet.  Top seed is Zoltan Almasi from Hungary (pictured).

The top 20 men are:

Seed Name Country ELO
1 Almasi Zoltan HUN 2720
2 Bacrot Etienne FRA 2714
3 Movsesian Sergei SVK 2709
4 Navara David CZE 2708
5 Vallejo Pons Francisco ESP 2708
6 Motylev Alexander RUS 2705
7 Adams Michael ENG 2704
8 Tomashevsky Evgeny RUS 2701
9 Alekseev Evgeny RUS 2700
10 Jobava Baadur GEO 2695
11 Naiditsch Arkadij GER 2691
12 Akopian Vladimir ARM 2688
13 Volokitin Andrei UKR 2687
14 Bologan Viktor MDA 2684
15 Caruana Fabiano ITA 2680
16 Sargissian Gabriel ARM 2675
17 Kurnosov Igor RUS 2674
18 Areshchenko Alexander UKR 2670
19 Fressinet Laurent FRA 2670
20 Georgiev Kiril BUL 2669

 

The top 20 women are:

Seed Name Country ELO
1 Stefanova Antoaneta BUL 2555
2 Kosintseva Nadezhda RUS 2554
3 Muzychuk Anna SLO 2533
4 Kosintseva Tatiana RUS 2524
5 Cramling Pia SWE 2523
6 Sebag Marie FRA 2506
7 Mkrtchian Lilit ARM 2503
8 Javakhishvili Lela GEO 2500
9 Zhukova Natalia UKR 2492
10 Danielian Elina ARM 2491
11 Hoang Thanh Trang HUN 2487
12 Paehtz Elisabeth GER 2486
13 Cmilyte Viktorija LTU 2485
14 Dzagnidze Nana GEO 2479
15 Gaponenko Inna UKR 2472
16 Melia Salome GEO 2467
17 Socko Monika POL 2465
18 Rajlich Iweta POL 2459
19 Dembo Yelena GRE 2457
20 Gunina Valentina RUS 2457

 

The official tournament website is well organised and promises live coverage of the event.  Games start at 15:30 local time (CET) every day (14:30 GMT, 9:30 EST).

The historic city of Rijeka is heavily featured in this promotional video from the official site (commentary in Croatian).  Good luck to all the participants!

 

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