Two top events about to start

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Less than a week after the end of the World Cup two new top events are about to start. On Sunday the first round of the European Club Cup will be played while on Monday the first round of the Grand Slam Masters Final is scheduled.

European Club Cup

The 27th European Club Cup for Men and 16th European Club Cup for Women will be held September 24th - October 2nd in Rogaska Slatina, a famous spa in Slovenia, located about 100 km from the Slovenian capital Ljubljana, about 100 km from the Croatian capital Zagreb and about 100 km from Graz, Austria. It is organized by the European Chess Union, the Slovenian Chess Federation and Sahohlacnik Maribor (technical organizer). The Championship will be held in Grand Hotel Rogaska Slatina (Crystal hall and Music hall) and in the Convention Center of Hotel Sava Rogaška Slatina.

The Championship will be 7 rounds, played following the Swiss system in accordance with the ECU Tournament Rules. The time control will be 90 minutes for 40 moves plus 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move, starting from move one. The tournament will follow the 'zero-tolerance rule' which means that players are not allowed to arrive at the board after the start of the round. The teams shall be composed of six players.

Participation is open to:

  • Ekonomist SGSEU Saratov (Russia), the current cup holder in the men's competition.
  • Cercle d'Echecs de Monte Carlo, the current cup holder in the women's competition.
  • Two clubs per federation in which a national team championship is organised one club per federation in which no national team championship is organised.
  • Third club is allowed to that federation(s) in which a national team championship is organised provided that at least 20 grandmasters and/or players with a FIDE-rating over 2600 have participated in this national team championship.
  • One additional club (only in man competition) for the federations which are ranked in the first five places of the federation ranking list. For the competition 2011 the federations are Russia, Ukraine, Armenia, Germany, Israel.

Each federation has to pay an entry fee of 300 EUR for the participating club for the men's competition and 200 EUR per participating club for the women's competition. The first team prize in the men's is 12,400 Euro and in the women's 4,000.

The Championship will be incredibly strong. For example, here are the line-ups of the strongest ten teams:

Bo.Ti.NameRatingFed.
  1 SOCARRtg-Ø:2720 
1GMGrischuk Alexander2746RUS
2GMSutovsky Emil2700ISR
3GMVolokitin Andrei2683UKR
4GMKasimdzhanov Rustam2669UZB
5GMRadjabov Teimour2744AZE
6GMSafarli Eltaj2622AZE
7GMMamedyarov Shakhriyar2765AZE
8GMMamedov Rauf2679AZE
  2 SHSM-64Rtg-Ø:2708 
1GMGelfand Boris2746ISR
2GMWang Hao2718CHN
3GMCaruana Fabiano2711ITA
4GMGiri Anish2701NED
5GMRiazantsev Alexander2688RUS
6GMPotkin Vladimir2682RUS
7GMGrachev Boris2680RUS
8GMNajer Evgeniy2643RUS
  3 Ekonomist SGSEU SaratovRtg-Ø:2699 
1GMEljanov Pavel2697UKR
2GMMoiseenko Alexander2715UKR
3GMRoiz Michael2669ISR
4GMTomashevsky Evgeny2707RUS
5GMAlekseev Evgeny2659RUS
6GMAndreikin Dmitry2696RUS
7GMNi Hua2662CHN
8GMNepomniachtchi Ian2711RUS
  4 Saint-Petersburg Chess FederationRtg-Ø:2698 
1GMSvidler Peter2739RUS
2GMVitiugov Nikita2733RUS
3GMMovsesian Sergei2700ARM
4GMEfimenko Zahar2706UKR
5GMZvjaginsev Vadim2659RUS
6GMKhairullin Ildar2649RUS
7GMMatlakov Maxim2632RUS
  5 OSG Baden BadenRtg-Ø:2695 
1GMAdams Michael2715ENG
2GMShirov Alexei2714ESP
3GMBacrot Etienne2710FRA
4GMNaiditsch Arkadij2706GER
5GMNielsen Peter Heine2681DEN
6GMGustafsson Jan2634GER
7GMNisipeanu Liviu-Dieter2641ROU
  6 UgraRtg-Ø:2693 
1GMJakovenko Dmitry2736RUS
2GMMalakhov Vladimir2706RUS
3GMDreev Aleksey2711RUS
4GMRublevsky Sergei2684RUS
5GMZhigalko Sergei2689BLR
6GMSjugirov Sanan2629RUS
7GMKabanov Nikolai2520RUS
8GMPridorozhni Aleksei2550RUS
  7 Tomsk-400Rtg-Ø:2691 
1GMPonomariov Ruslan2764UKR
2GMMotylev Alexander2685RUS
3GMAreshchenko Alexander2682UKR
4GMInarkiev Ernesto2679RUS
5GMBologan Viktor2678MDA
6GMKhismatullin Denis2656RUS
7GMKurnosov Igor2633RUS
  8 A DAN DZO & PGMBRtg-Ø:2654 
1GMJobava Baadur2713GEO
2GMKorobov Anton2671UKR
3GMAzarov Sergei2648BLR
4GMKryvoruchko Yuriy2652UKR
5GMGuseinov Gadir2625AZE
6GMSavchenko Boris2615RUS
7GMZubarev Alexander2597UKR
8GMZherebukh Yaroslav2590UKR
  9 Mika YerevanRtg-Ø:2623 
1GMSargissian Gabriel2663ARM
2GMPashikian Arman2616ARM
3GMPetrosian Tigran L2636ARM
4GMAndriasian Zaven2616ARM
5GMGrigoryan Avetik2608ARM
6GMMelkumyan Hrant2600ARM
7GMHovhannisyan Robert2556ARM
  10 G-Team Novy BorRtg-Ø:2615 
1GMWojtaszek Radoslaw2683POL
2GMLaznicka Viktor2681CZE
3GMHracek Zbynek2624CZE
4GMBartel Mateusz2611POL
5GMMarkos Jan2585SVK
6GMCvek Robert2506CZE
7GMHaba Petr2504CZE
8GMKalod Radek2500CZE

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Grand Slam Masters Final

The 4th edition of the Grand Slam Masters Final runs from September 25th until October 11th and will be played in two different venues. The first leg of this double round-robin event will be played in Sao Paulo, Brazil from 25th of September to 1st of October, and the second leg will be played in Bilbao, Spain from 6th to 11th of October. In both venues, the Ibirapuera Park in Sao Paulo and the Bilbao Alhóndiga, the traditional big class cube will be installed, inside which Magnus Carlsen, Vishy Anand, Levon Aronian, Vassily Ivanchuk, Hikaru Nakamura and Paco Vallejo will play a double round-robin.

The schedule looks as follows:

  • Round 1: September 26th , Sao Paulo.
  • Round 2: September 27th, Sao Paulo.
  • 28th September rest day.
  • Round 3: September 29th, Sao Paulo.
  • Round 4: September 30th, Sao Paulo.
  • Round 5 and closing ceremony: October 1st , Sao Paulo.
  • October 5th presentation in Bilbao.
  • Round 6: October 6th , Bilbao.
  • Round 7: October 7th , Bilbao.
  • Round 8: October 8th , Bilbao.
  • October 9th rest day,
  • Round 9: October 10th , Bilbao.
  • Round 10, October 11th , Bilbao.

The rate of play will be 90 minutes for the first 40 moves plus 60 minutes to finish the game, with 10 seconds increment per move from move number 41. Players are not allowed to agree to a draw without the arbiter’s permission. In case both players request it to him, the arbiter will make his decision after consulting with the technical assistant: GM Jose Luis Fernandez. The football scoring system will be used: 3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw and 0 for a loss.

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