11th European Individual Men and Women's Chess Championship
Wednesday, 03 February 2010 17:11
Just a month away from the 11th European Individual Men and Women’s Chess Championship which will be held from 5th to 19th of March 2010 in Rijeka, in new sports hall "Center Zamet". Even though the registration process is ongoing, it is important to mention that the current number of over 350 competitors is a very good indicator and we can already tell that this Championship will be the strongest ever.
By now, 245 male chess players from 38 federations and 109 female chess players from 29 federations are registered, while amongst the male chess players there is a large number of players with ratings over 2650 points on the official FIDE rankings.
The organizers are expecting more than 200 Grandmasters which will make this Championship historical. Surely, at this time the first stars in Rijeka are Etienne Bacrot from France and ex-world champion Antoaneta Stefanova from Bulgaria.
It is important to mention that from 109 competitors in the women section, 19 of them are in the world’s top 40. This is mostly the result of the highest prize fund ever and the best accommodation conditions which the organizers, Chess club Rijeka and Croatian Chess Federation, prepared for the participants. Just to remind, the total prize fund for men is 120.000,00 EUR and for women 60.000,00 EUR.
The registration is open until 10th February following which we will be able to announce the final list of the EURO 2010 participants. Opening ceremony of the Championship is scheduled for Friday, 5th March at 8pm, while the 1st round is on Saturday, 6th March at 3.30pm.
Information about the organizer, rules and applications for 11th European individual men and women’s chess championship are available on the official website www.eurorijeka2010.com.
11th European Individual Men and Women’s Chess Championship will be held from 5th to 19th of March 2010 in Rijeka, in new sports hall „Center Zamet“. The registrations of participants will be received up to 10th February 2010 through application on the official website of the Championship www.eurorijeka2010.com
Bacrot Etienne was born on January 22nd, 1983 in Picardie, France. He started playing chess when he was four years old, and he became a Grandmaster in March 1997 at the age of 14 years and 2 months, making him the youngest person to that date to have held the title. In January 2005 he became the first French player ever to enter the world’s overall top ten. Currently, he is ranked number two in France, 21st in Europe and 24th in the world.
Stefanova Antoaneta was born on April 19th, 1979 in Sofia, Bulgaria. She learned to play chess when she was four years old and won her first tournament at the age of 7 in Sofia. In 1997 Stefanova’s FIDE rating broke into the top ten of women world wide. She also earned the title of Grandmaster in June 2003, a title held by only ten other women. In 2000, her coach promoted her to the Bulgarian men’s team for the Istanbul Olympiad. Currently, she is ranked 4th in the world and 2nd in Europe.