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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

European Chess Club Cup Begins Today with 43 Teams in Eilat, Israel

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Hi everyone,

The European Chess Club Cup begins today and would run till October 18. A total of 43 teams are taking part in the event in Eilat, Israel. Of the 27 federations that will be represented at the event, 35 teams are playing in the open section and eight teams are playing in the women's section. The European Chess Club Cup will feature 110 GMs and 10 WGMs with at least 28 players rated over 2700!

Here is a promotional video from the official website of the European Chess Club Cup website.

The city of Eilat on the shores of the Red Sea was the Israel Chess Federation's natural selection to host the European Club Cup. Eilat has an excellent central location in the Middle East between Taba in Egypt and the Jordanian city of Aqaba. Eilat's popularity are clear: the excellent weather, gorgeous beaches, and the aquamarine waters of the Red Sea, featuring a stunning natural coral reef. The climate is comfortable, even during the winter (28-30°C in October), and the landscape is a unique meeting point between desert dunes and mountainous slopes.

You can cheer Chess Queen™ Alexandra Kosteniuk who will be playing Board 1 for her team. Here is the list of the participants for the women's section:

Armenia MIKA
1 Dzagnidze Nana GEO GM  Russia SHSM-Nashe Nasledie2547
2 Danielyan Elina ARM GM 2480
3 Dronavalli Harika IND GM 2499
4 Mkrtchyan Lilit ARM IM 2450
5 Hayrapetyan Anna ARM WIM 2203

Israel Ashdod
1 Klinova Masha ISR WGM 2318
2 Borsuk Angela ISR WGM 2266
3 Vasiliev Olga ISR WIM 2240
4 Tsifanskaya Ludmila ISR WIM 2133
5 Dotan Valeria ISR 2075

Israel Rishon Le-Zion
1 Reprun Nadejda ISR 2143
2 Vardi Shlomit ISR 2010
3 Federovski Adi ISR 1829
4 Lahav Michal ISR 1732
5 Zimmerman Adi ISR 1432

Monaco Cercle d'Echecs de Monte-Carlo
1 Hou Yifan CHN GM 2623
2 Muzychuk Anna SLO GM 2598
3 Koneru Humpy IND GM 2589
4 Cramling Pia SWE GM 2478
5 Skripchenko Almira FRA IM 2440

Russia AVS
1 Lahno Kateryna UKR GM 2542
2 Cmilyte Viktorija LTU GM 2520
3 Stefanova Antoaneta BUL GM 2502
4 Muzychuk Mariya UKR GM 2466
5 Pogonina Natalija RUS WGM 2448

Russia Chigorin Club
1 Bodnaruk Anastasia RUS IM 2414 
2 Molchanova Tatjana RUS WGM 2318 
3 Ivkina Olga RUS WIM 2266 
4 Bronnikova Elizaveta RUS WIM 2238 
5 Ivanova-Skripova Tatiana RUS 2173 

Russia SHSM-Nashe Nasledie 
1 Kosteniuk Alexandra RUS GM 2489 
2 Kovalevskaya Ekaterina RUS IM 2405 
3 Kashlinskaya Alina RUS WGM 2391 
4 Savina Anastasia RUS IM 2303 
5 Saulina Varvara RUS WFM 2272 

Russia Ugra 

1 Kovanova Baira RUS WGM 2408 
2 Girya Olga RUS WGM 2433 
3 Romanko Marina RUS IM 2399 
4 Shadrina Tatiana RUS WGM 2361 
5 Bezgodova Maria RUS WIM 

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