European Individual Chess Championship 2010
Tuesday, 09 March 2010 06:02
The 11th European individual men and women's chess championship is taking place on 5th to 19th of March 2010 in Rijeka, Croatia. The tournaments are qualifiers for the next World Cup, part of the World Championship cycle. According to FIDE regulations and the decision of the ECU Board, 22 players will qualify. Prize fund is 150.000,00 EUR for the men section and 75,000.00 EUR for the women.
In the usual opening speeches it was stressed that with 425 participants in men's competition and 165 by women, as well as with 246 grandmasters, all the records are beaten, which creates a serious challenge for all the future organizers. The rating leaders in both competitions are Zoltan Almasi (HUN) and Antoaneta Stefanova (BUL).
Three rounds have been played and 13 players in men and 4 in women's section have singled out on the top with perfect three points:
Men - GM Naiditsch Arkadij (GER 2691), GM Vallejo Pons Francisco (ESP 2708), GM Jobava Baadur (GEO 2695), GM Pelletier Yannick (SUI 2611), GM Timofeev Artyom (RUS 2655), IM Martinovic Sasa (CRO 2509), IM Skoberne Jure (SLO 2509), GM Krasenkow Michal (POL 2652), GM Inarkiev Ernesto (RUS 2667), GM Nisipeanu Liviu-Dieter (ROU 2661), GM Efimenko Zahar (UKR 2640), GM Maiorov Nikita (BLR 2510) and GM Nepomniachtchi Ian (RUS 2656).
Women - GM Socko Monika (POL 2465), GM Arakhamia-Grant Ketevan (SCO 2447), WGM Chelushkina Irina (SRB 2319) and GM Kosintseva Tatiana (RUS 2524).
Full results can be found on the official website. The games are starting at 15:30 with live relay of the top 60 boards.
In addition, there is live video coverage that features multiple web cameras that focus on top boards, as well as general views of the playing hall, showing players, spectators, and guests. As the games progress, the remaining interesting positions and battles are featured.
View from the sea
The playing hall