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Sunday, February 12, 2012

4th international Villach Chess Open begins

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Hi everyone,

The 4th International Villach Open is starting today and continues over 9 rounds of Swiss tournament system until 18th February. The tournament is organized by the ESV ASKÖ Admira Villach and incorporates the 31st Open Championship of Villach. The playing venue is Volkshaus Völkendorf, Neubaugasse 9, 9500 Villach, Austria. The tournament is themed as “Chess at the meeting point of three cultures” – Austria, Italy and Slovenia.

Chess Evolution author and Chessdom commentator GM Nikola Sedlak is the top seeded player.

World Senior Champion GM Vladimir Okhotnik and Friulian legend FM Ivano Ceschia, who recently won an IM norm in Forni di Sopra, are also participating.

GM Nikola Sedlak

Villach (Slovenian: Beljak, Italian: Villaco, Friulian: Vilac) is the second largest city in the Carinthia state in the southern Austria, at the Drava River and represents an important traffic junction for Austria and the whole Alpe-Adria region.

Players' list:
1 GM Sedlak Nikola SRB 2587
2 GM Horvath Jozsef HUN 2531
3 GM Okhotnik Vladimir FRA 2467
4 IM Baumegger Siegfried AUT 2419
5 IM Mencinger Vojko SLO 2377
6 FM Juhasz Kristof HUN 2377
7 FM Praznik Niko SLO 2331
8 FM Ceschia Ivano ITA 2319
9 Cabarkapa Novak SRB 2299
10 FM Hartl Daniel AUT 2288
11 Frank Paul Dr.Di AUT 2261
12 IM Borsos Bogdan UKR 2242
13 Wertjanz David AUT 2235
14 Leitner Gerald DI. AUT 2234
15 FM Gledura Benjamin HUN 2234
16 MK Fauland Peter AUT 2229
17 Steiner Guenther AUT 2178
18 Frank Dieter DI. AUT 2165
19 FM Praznik Anton SLO 2164
20 Juhasz Armin HUN 2157

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