Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Marrakech International Chess Tournament

The first ever Marrakech International Chess Tournament takes place from 25 June to 2 July. So far there are players from 23 countries registered, including 37 Grandmasters. Hungarian GM Judit Polgar (pictured below) looks a likely contender, and will play a simul on 20 boards on 2 July.

Nine rounds according to Swiss system will be played, with time control of 75 minutes per player. And there are some pretty good prizes: € 4,000 and the trophy to the winner, second place € 3,000, third place € 2,000 and so on, down to a prize of €200 for the person in 10th place. In addition, € 1,500 is allocated for special prizes for locals, women and seniors.

Top rated players are Evgeny Miroshnichenko (UKR 2684), Kiril Georgiev (BUL 2662), Sergey Fedorchuk (UKR 2646), Georg Meier (GER 2638), David Alberto (LUX 2631), Michal Krasenkow (POL 2628), Yuriy Kuzubov (UKR 2628), Sergey Volkov (RUS 2619), Andrey Sumets (UKR 2614), Victor Mikhalevski (ISR 2614), Rafal Antoniewski (POL 2607), Hichem Hamdouchi (FRA 2605), Gadir Guseinov (AZE 2602) and Eduardo Itturizaga (VEN 2599).

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