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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Euro Club Chess Cup begins Oct 19 on the 'Island of the Knights'

Chess Blog for Daily Chess News and Trivia (c) Alexandra Kosteniuk, 2013

Hello everyone,

The world’s chess elite will move to Rhodes, Greece, for the second part of the month of October. Appropriately nicknamed ‘The island of the Knights’ and one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe, the island will host the European Chess Club Cup from 19-27th October. Euro 2013 is the top club competition for the year, a truly international event with players from all continents. With 95 Grandmasters, 75 International Masters and 43 FIDE Masters in the Open section and 12 Grandmasters, 10 International Masters and 10 Women Grandmasters, the event will have a total of 250(!) titled players.

Participants open / Participants women

Top rated stars in the open section are Caruana Fabiano 2779, Topalov Veselin 2771, Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2759 (SOCAR), Grischuk Alexander 2786, Karjakin Sergey 2762, Morozevich Alexander 2734 (Malachite), Dominguez Perez Leinier 2753, Svidler Peter 2740 (Saint-Petersburg), Nakamura Hikaru 2783 (O.R. Padova) and Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2742 (Clichy Echecs 92).

The elo chart in the women section is headed by the reigning World Champion Hou Yifan 2621, former WCC Challenger Koneru Humpy 2607, Muzychuk Anna 2560, Cramling Pia 2515 (Cercle d’Echecs de Monte-Carlo), former World Champions Ushenina Anna 2497 (Ugra) and Kosteniuk Alexandra 2495 (SHSM Nashe Nasledie), Lagno Kateryna 2534 and Cmilyte Viktorija 2505 (CS Politechnica-Antibiotice Iasi)

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