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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Vladimir Petrov Chess Memorial in Jurmala from Feb 15

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Hello everyone,

Latvian Chess federation and Grandmaster Alexei Shirov have announced the Vladimir Petrov Memorial. The tournament will be held in Jurmala, Latvia, from Feb. 15 (arrival) to Feb. 20 (departure), 2012.

The aim of the tournament is to pay the tribute to one of the brightest representatives of Latvian Chess ever who tragically died in Soviet camps during the Second World War.
The event will include the following tournaments:

  • Tournament A: Feb. 16-17 (qualifier) and Feb. 18-19 (final). The final will be held at the Amber Beach Resort in Jaunkemeri. It will feature 8 players: four Super GMs by invitation and the top four from the qualifier. As of now there are four confirmed Super GMs:
  1. Vassily Ivanchuk (Ukraine)
  2. Alexander Morozevich (Russia)
  3. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbajan)
  4. Alexei Shirov who as of Jan 1, 2012 will be representing Latvia.
The time control is 15 minutes plus 6 seconds per move.

The preliminary tournament (9 rounds; Swiss system; time control 15 minutes plus 6 seconds per move) will be held in Jurmala City museum. It is open to all who pay the entry fee.

Top-30 participants in the preliminary tournament:

1 GM Grachev Boris RUS 2693
2 GM Azarov Sergei BLR 2667
3 GM Fridman Daniel GER 2660
4 GM Kurnosov Igor RUS 2648
5 GM Landa Konstantin RUS 2645
6 GM Khairullin Ildar RUS 2638
7 GM Fedorchuk Sergey A UKR 2634
8 GM Nyback Tomi FIN 2634
9 GM Khalifman Alexander RUS 2632
10 GM Khenkin Igor GER 2631
11 GM Krasenkow Michal POL 2607
12 GM Svetushkin Dmitry MDA 2598
13 GM Sulskis Sarunas LTU 2595
14 GM Kovalenko Igor UKR 2587
15 GM Kulaots Kaido EST 2581
16 GM Sokolov Andrei FRA 2581
17 GM Perez Candelario Manuel ESP 2572
18 GM Andersson Ulf SWE 2571
19 GM Gleizerov Evgeny RUS 2566
20 GM Miezis Normunds LAT 2544
21 GM Fedoseev Vladimir RUS 2525
22 IM Neiksans Arturs LAT 2524
23 GM Sveshnikov Evgeny LAT 2513
24 IM Fridman Rafael GER 2506
25 GM Solozhenkin Evgeniy RUS 2483
26 GM Starostits Ilmars LAT 2469
27 IM Klyuner Vyacheslav UKR 2428
28 IM Sveshnikov Vladimir LAT 2426
29 IM Berzinsh Roland LAT 2422
30 IM Samolins Vitalijs LAT 2407

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