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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Reykjavik Chess Festival 2011 begins: McShane top seed, Harika top rated woman player

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Hi everyone,

More 'cool' chess news. The Icelandic Chess Federation, in co-operation with the Reykjavik Chess Academy, is organising the Reykjavik Chess Festival 2011 from March 9-16. Included in the Reykjavik Open is the Nordic Chess Championship 2011 and it is a part of the ACP 2010/2011 Tour. You can also access the official website here.

In memory of IM Ingi R Jóhannsson

* The total prize-fund will be 20.500$
* Good playing conditions
* Even distribition of players strenght
* Field of strong women chessplayers, young and upcoming stars blended with legends.

The highest rated woman chess player in the event is IM Harika Dronavalli of India.

Here is the top-30

Starting rank list
No. Name FED Rtg
1 GM McShane Luke J ENG 2683
2 GM Miroshnichenko Evgenij UKR 2670
3 GM Gustafsson Jan GER 2647
4 GM Sokolov Ivan NED 2643
5 GM Adly Ahmed EGY 2640
6 GM Kuzubov Yuriy UKR 2627
7 GM Hammer Jon Ludvig NOR 2606
8 GM Hansen Sune Berg DEN 2603
9 GM Baklan Vladimir UKR 2602
10 GM Chatalbashev Boris BUL 2602
11 GM Miton Kamil POL 2600
12 GM Pelletier Yannick SUI 2593
13 GM Fier Alexandr BRA 2586
14 GM Gupta Abhijeet IND 2580
15 GM Halkias Stelios GRE 2579
16 GM Jones Gawain C B ENG 2578
17 GM Hess Robert L USA 2565
18 IM Nyzhnyk Illya UKR 2563
19 GM Stefansson Hannes ISL 2557
20 GM Steingrimsson Hedinn ISL 2554
21 GM Danielsen Henrik ISL 2533
22 GM Friedel Josh USA 2529
23 GM Mekhitarian Krikor Sevag BRA 2529
24 GM Sveshnikov Evgeny LAT 2527
25 IM Harika Dronavalli IND 2524
26 GM Hillarp Persson Tiger SWE 2524
27 GM Williams Simon K ENG 2507
28 GM Kveinys Aloyzas LTU 2506
29 IM D Amore Carlo ITA 2505
30 IM Grover Sahaj IND 2495

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