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Saturday, October 19, 2013

European Club Chess Cup Inauguration Today; First Round Oct 20th

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

Hello everyone,

If you're wondering how to get through the next three weeks before the World Chess Championship 2013 starts then, here's great news. Some of the world's best chess players - men and women - will be playing the European Club Chess tournament in the magnificent Rodos Palace, on Rhodes Island from October 19-28.

There are more than 250 titled players, 105 Grandmasters and 85 International Masters who will be playing great chess on the ‘Island of the Knights’ from tomorrow. 

The inauguration ceremony will take place today and the playing hall is all set with the digital boards for live transmission of all the games live (even though Fide obligations require the organisers to show just 100 games live).

The top team in the Open section is SOCAR (RtgAvg:27530 with 
1 GM Caruana Fabiano 2779 ITA
2 GM Giri Anish 2749 NED
3 GM Kamsky Gata 2725 USA
4 GM Wang Hao 2733 CHN
5 GM Topalov Veselin 2771 BUL
6 GM Radjabov Teimour 2723 AZE
7 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2759 AZE
8 GM Safarli Eltaj 2651 AZE 

The top team in the women's section is

Cercle d'Echecs de Monte-Carlo (RtgAvg:2576) with
1 GM Hou Yifan 2621 CHN
2 GM Koneru Humpy 2607 IND
3 GM Muzychuk Anna 2560 SLO
4 GM Cramling Pia 2515 SWE
5 IM Skripchenko Almira 2441 FRA

For complete lists and more information, check the official website of the European Club Chess Cup 2013.

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