SIMPLECHESS

European Individual Championship

The 12th European Championship will be held in Aix‐les‐Bains, France, from March 21st (day of arrival) to April 3rd (day of departure) 2011. There will be around 400 players, almost half of them GMs, from an estimated 47 countries.

The top twenty boards feature some famous names including top seed Peter Svidler.

Board Seed Title/Name Country Rating - Seed Title/Name Country Rating
1 1 GM Peter Svidler RUS 2730 - 199 IM Helgi Dam Ziska FAI 2432
2 200 IM Guillaume Sermier SUI 2428 - 2 GM Ian Nepomniachtchi RUS 2729
3 3 GM David Navara CZE 2722 - 201 IM Vincent Colin FRA 2427
4 202 GM Alexander Potapov RUS 2425 - 4 GM Nikita Vitiugov RUS 2720
5 5 GM Dmitry Jakovenko RUS 2718 - 203 IM Artem Smirnov RUS 2425
6 204 IM Mert Erdogdu TUR 2423 - 6 GM Fabiano Caruana ITA 2716
7 7 GM Radoslaw Wojtaszek POL 2711 - 205 IM Roser Kevin FRA 2423
8 206 IM Kevin Terrieux FRA 2422 - 8 GM Baadur Jobava GEO 2707
9 9 GM Francisco Vallejo Pons ESP 2707 - 207 IM Serghei Vedmediuc MDA 2422
10 208 IM Jovanka Houska ENG 2419 - 10 GM Aleksey Dreev RUS 2697
11 11 GM Laurent Fressinet FRA 2693 - 209 IM Bragi Thorfinnsson ISL 2417
12 210 IM Beat Zueger SUI 2417 - 12 GM Emil Sutovsky ISR 2692
13 13 GM Viktor Laznicka CZE 2688 - 211 IM Sven Telljohann GER 2415
14 212 FM Hagen Poetsch GER 2415 - 14 GM Judit Polgar HUN 2686
15 15 GM Arkadij Naiditsch GER 2683 - 213 IM Matthias Roeder GER 2414
16 214 IM Gabriel Battaglini FRA 2413 - 16 GM Luke McShane ENG 2683
17 17 GM Sergei Zhigalko BLR 2680 - 215 IM Vasily Nedilko UKR 2413
18 216 IM Christophe Philippe FRA 2409 - 18 GM Alexander Riazantsev RUS 2679
19 19 GM Sergei Rublevsky RUS 2678 - 217 IM Erik Zude GER 2409
20 218 IM Kamran Shirazi FRA 2403 - 20 GM Alexander Motylev RUS 2677

Will there be a Russian champion this year? Four out the top five are from the strongest (in depth) chess country in the world.

On board three, David Navara is the top non-Russian and Judit Polgar (14th seed) is the World's strongest woman.

Here are some rules, one of the most controversial being 'Zero Tolerance' for later-comers. One just has to be at the board at the beginning of the round!

The championship is an 11-round Swiss and the rate of play: 90 minutes for 40 moves plus 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move, starting from move one.

The Prizes:

The first 25 share 113,700 € and there will be 15 special prizes totaling 6 300 € for the best 'performance minus rating' achievements.

1 20 000 €
2 15 000 €
3 11 000 €
4 8 000 €
5 7 000 €
6 6 000 €
7 5 500 €
8 5 000 €
9 4 500 €
10 4 000 €

down to 25th (1000 Euros).

The top 'special' prize will be 1 000 €.

Rounds 1 to 7 start 3 pm (local time).

Tuesday the 29th is the rest day.

Then rounds 8 to 11, again at 3pm.

For more information go to:Official site


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