SIMPLECHESS

Moiseenko and Nisipeanu amongst the leaders

Twelve players have a perfect 3/3, but none of the nine 2700+s have. The highest-rated players on 100% being Alexander Moiseenko and Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu, the 26th and 27th seeds.

Here are the results from the top twenty boards.

Board Seed Title/Name Country Rating Points - Seed Title/Name Country Rating Points
1 87 GM Parligras Mircea-Emilian ROU 2598 2 1-0 2 GM Nepomniachtchi Ian RUS 2729 2
2 89 GM Nikolic Predrag BIH 2596 2 ½ - ½ 20 GM Motylev Alexander RUS 2677 2
3 91 GM Melkumyan Hrant ARM 2593 2 ½ - ½ 24 GM Grachev Boris RUS 2675 2
4 93 GM Brkic Ante CRO 2592 2 0-1 26 GM Moiseenko Alexander UKR 2673 2
5 27 GM Nisipeanu Liviu-Dieter ROU 2673 2 1-0 88 GM Tregubov Pavel V RUS 2598 2
6 95 GM Palac Mladen CRO 2586 2 ½ - ½ 28 GM Kobalia Mikhail RUS 2672 2
7 97 GM Guseinov Gadir AZE 2584 2 1-0 30 GM Nielsen Peter Heine DEN 2670 2
8 99 GM Mikhalevski Victor ISR 2584 2 ½ - ½ 36 GM Khismatullin Denis RUS 2662 2
9 43 GM Potkin Vladimir RUS 2653 2 1-0 90 GM Pantsulaia Levan GEO 2595 2
10 53 GM Bartel Mateusz POL 2638 2 ½ - ½ 98 GM Mastrovasilis Dimitrios GRE 2584 2
11 55 GM Khairullin Ildar RUS 2634 2 ½ - ½ 102 GM Halkias Stelios GRE 2579 2
12 105 GM Ter-Sahakyan Samvel ARM 2575 2 1-0 56 GM Hracek Zbynek CZE 2631 2
13 59 GM Iordachescu Viorel MDA 2626 2 1-0 104 GM Jones Gawain C B ENG 2578 2
14 107 GM Zhigalko Andrey BLR 2571 2 1-0 60 GM Lupulescu Constantin ROU 2626 2
15 109 GM Kozul Zdenko CRO 2568 2 ½ - ½ 62 GM Vuckovic Bojan SRB 2626 2
16 65 GM L'ami Erwin NED 2623 2 ½ - ½ 108 GM Papin Vasily RUS 2569 2
17 113 GM Kovchan Alexander UKR 2563 2 1-0 68 GM Beliavsky Alexander G SLO 2619 2
18 69 GM Macieja Bartlomiej POL 2619 2 ½ - ½ 116 GM Maze Sebastien FRA 2559 2
19 71 GM Savchenko Boris RUS 2616 2 1-0 136 GM Petrik Tomas SVK 2536 2
20 143 GM Esen Baris TUR 2528 2 ½ - ½ 72 GM Azarov Sergei BLR 2615 2

Some photos from Aix-les-Bains.

Erwin l'Ami (chessanytime)
Pavel Tregubov, former European champion (chessanytime)
Daniel Fridman (chessanytime)
Salome Melia (chessanytime)
Erwin l'Ami (chessanytime)
Pavel Tregubov, former European champion (chessanytime)
Daniel Fridman (chessanytime)
Salome Melia (chessanytime)

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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