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Albena Chess Tournament with a 40,000 EUR Prize Fund

25th June – July 3rd in the Albena sea resort (near Varna, Bulgaria)

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This year a number of closed events like Linares, Mtel Masters, or even opens like Arctic Chess Challenge are suffering from the financial crisis. But are things really projecting to be so negative financially in the chess world? Not exactly, many traditional opens are coping well with the crisis, while another class of tournaments is emerging – the “Super Opens”.

These are events with over 30000 EUR prize fund and are open festivals for everyone. Aeroflot 2011 (125 000 eur), Cappelle La Grande 2011 (30 000 eur), Dubai Chess Open (45,000 USD), and Nakhchivan Open (66,500 USD) are just some of the events that have been going on for the first months of this year.

The latest Super Open that was announced is Albena Chess Open. It will take place 25th June – July 3rd in the Albena sea resort (near Varna, Bulgaria), and is boasting a prize fund of over 40,000 EUR.

The first prize in Albena is the impressive 8000 eur, but what is even better for the chess enthusiasts, there are 30 prizes ranging from 1000 to 100 eur for amateur chess players, and 16 prizes ranging from 500 to 100 eur for youngsters. Exactly such prize distribution is very typical for the Super Opens and beneficial to the whole chess community.

The response has been very enthusiastic and a week before the start of the tournament more than 240 players are signed to participate. The latest additions are Bulgarian star player Ivan Cheparinov and reigning Romanian champion Constantin Lupulescu. Full list is bellow.

Albena

Albena Chess Open rules and regulations

Albena Open 2011 will take place 25th June – July 3rd. It is a 9 round open Swiss tournament with time control 90 minutes for each player plus 30 seconds per move starting from the first move.

Accommodation is provided right next to the playing hall and starts for as low as 11 eur/night, an incredible deal for the high season of summer for one of the major Black Sea resorts.

All details on the event can be found in the links below.

Registration / Accommodation / Contacts / Prizes (40 000 eur)

Click here for an interractive map of Albena

Albena

More about the Albena summer resort

The resort of Albena is situated 32 km north of Varna and just 12km south-west of Balchik on a long sand stretch in the open northern part of Varna Bay. The resort’s errection was started in 1968, which makes it one of the most modern holiday cities along the Bulgarian coast.

The complex lies beneath a relatively high hill and is given particular charm by the near-by forest of Baltata, a part of which is declared a protected area. The latter is also called Batova Gora (Batova Forecast) after the Batova river, in the valley of which it grows.

The Albena’s architecture resembles one of Walter Gropius’ urban models as most of the hotels have a terraced structure aimed at providing as much sun as possible in summer days. To the north the coast is steep, featuring yellow sandstone and limestone typical of the area. It is in fact this stone slope that was the main source of construction material for the resort.

The resort is remarkable for its 5-km long, 150 m wide beach with very fine and clean sand; the sea water is usually crystal clear, calm and warm. Sea depth does not exceed 1.6 metres at a distance up to 100-150 metres from the beach. Visitors can choose from one of the 43 modern hotels (two to four stars) offering more than 20 000 beds and many amenities. Most of the hotels have swimming pools.

Instead of several small beaches interspersed with city life that you’ll find in other resort areas, Albena Beach is one long seven kilometer stretch of the Black Sea which makes you feel as though there is nothing else in the world except for you and the sand!

The water, which actually appears to be black, is some of the calmest in the world and holds the perfect conditions and temperatures for swimming and engaging in numerous water sports. The scenery is perfect with the white sands in sharp contrast to the water and it’s one of the best places in the world to watch the sun go down!

The resort offers visitors numerous sport and recreation activities including football pitches, multiple tennis courts, indoor stadium, golf courses, bowling, jet-ski, an equestrian base and many more. Albena hosts many cultural events and conferences.

Albena chess tournament official website

Pre-registered players:

1 GM Cheparinov Ivan BUL 2669

2 GM Lupulescu Constantin ROU 2638

3 GM Rodshtein Maxim ISR 2638

4 GM Delchev Aleksander BUL 2619

5 GM Grigoryan Avetik ARM 2608

6 GM Chatalbashev Boris BUL 2591

7 GM Nikolov Momchil BUL 2583

8 GM Jaracz Pawel POL 2575

9 GM Grigoriants Sergey RUS 2562

10 GM Svetushkin Dmitry MDA 2561

11 GM Szabo Gergely-Andras-Gyula ROU 2545

12 GM Nevednichy Vladislav ROU 2542

13 GM Olszewski Michal POL 2542

14 GM Rasulov Vugar Ural Oglu AZE 2504

15 GM Grigorov Grigor BUL 2497

16 GM Carlsson Pontus SWE 2497

17 GM Stanojoski Zvonko MKD 2493

18 IM Berbatov Kiprian BUL 2490

19 GM Gruenfeld Yehuda ISR 2484

20 IM Smith Bryan G USA 2481

21 IM Filip Lucian ROU 2467

22 IM Stopa Jacek POL 2460

23 GM Ermenkov Evgenij BUL 2451

24 GM Akesson Ralf SWE 2451

25 GM Farago Ivan HUN 2448

26 IM Esserman Marc USA 2439

27 IM Zaslavsky Mikhail ISR 2433

28 IM Vaibhav Suri IND 2430

29 IM Cioara Andrei-Nestor ROU 2427

30 GM Ziatdinov Raset USA 2425

31 GM Velikov Petar BUL 2414

32 FM Lilov Valeri BUL 2412

33 IM Dimitrov Radoslav BUL 2410

34 WGM Paikidze Nazi GEO 2408

35 IM Pancevski Filip MKD 2399

36 FM Georgescu Tiberiu-Marian ROU 2397

37 IM Bogdanov Valentin UKR 2391

38 IM Panbukchian Valentin BUL 2385

39 GM Spassov Liuben BUL 2384

40 Kadric Denis BIH 2376

41 FM Bakr Jwan SYR 2368

42 IM Soltanici Ruslan MDA 2367

43 FM Agaragimov Djakhangir AZE 2366

44 IM Lalev Dimitar BUL 2365

45 FM Anton Teodor ROU 2355

46 Abdulov Orkhan Javanshir Oglu AZE 2354

47 FM Petre Nad-Titus ROU 2349

48 IM Dimitrov Pavel BUL 2344

49 Vutov Mario BUL 2342

50 IM Kiroski Toni MKD 2340

51 FM Menkinoski Riste MKD 2331

52 IM Zapolskis Antanas LTU 2327

53 Stoma Pawel POL 2326

54 Bonev Todor BUL 2317

55 GM Ghane Shojaat IRI 2316

56 Sarenac David SRB 2315

57 Sarenac Ivan SRB 2315

58 FM Becker Michael GER 2309

59 FM Badev Kiril BUL 2307

60 WGM Voicu-Jagodzinsky Carmen ROU 2303

61 WGM Voiska Margarita BUL 2300

62 IM Bargan Sergei MDA 2297

63 Simonian Tigran ARM 2294

64 Rzayev Bahruz Iqbal Oglu AZE 2292

65 GM Radulov Ivan BUL 2288

66 Shishkov Minko BUL 2286

67 Nikolaou Georgios GRE 2286

68 IM Erdeus Aurel-Gheorghe ROU 2285

69 WGM Jaracz Barbara POL 2275

70 CM Samhouri Bilal JOR 2269

71 FM Taras Iulian-Ioan ROU 2267

72 WGM Olarasu Gabriela ROU 2266

73 Tashkov Rumen BUL 2248

74 FM Serafimov Dimitar BUL 2246

75 GM Spiridonov Nikola BUL 2244

76 IM Popov Petar BUL 2244

77 Vlashki Nino BUL 2243

78 IM Mozes Ervin ROU 2243

79 IM Angelov Kosta BUL 2238

80 FM Reipsch Jens GER 2237

81 Asgarov Mushfig Nizami Oglu AZE 2236

82 Ben Artzi Ido ISR 2236

83 WFM Kulon Klaudia POL 2227

84 IM Orev Petar BUL 2224

85 WIM Gasik Anna POL 2223

86 Akhras Khaled SYR 2220

87 Primbetov Kazbek KAZ 2217

88 Halldorsson Jon Arni ISL 2214

89 Mishev Liubomir BUL 2210

90 Nedev Tanio FRA 2204

91 Idrisov Tabriz Arif Oglu AZE 2204

92 Vandev Dimitar BUL 2189

93 Ivanov Bogidar BUL 2179

94 Ahmedov Metin BUL 2174

95 Luncasu Raul-Ionut ROU 2172

96 Popov Georgi BUL 2165

97 WFM Kharmunova Nadejda RUS 2165

98 Mladenov Emil BUL 2157

99 Musayev Eldar Elman Oglu AZE 2155

100 FM Vachev Vladimir BUL 2149

101 WIM Koskoska Gabriela MKD 2143

102 Randjelovic Boban SRB 2143

103 Dichev Nedelcho BUL 2142

104 WIM Yordanova Svetla BUL 2137

105 Bueder Thomas GER 2128

106 Bochev Krasimir BUL 2123

107 Adnan Faisal BAN 2120

108 Zekaj Dritan ALB 2120

109 Helmers Wim NED 2118

110 Iskos Alexandros GRE 2105

111 WFM Uta Adeline-Ramona ROU 2099

112 Stoyanov Stojan Slavov BUL 2096

113 Osmanovic Faruk GER 2093

114 Khazankin Moisei UKR 2091

115 Ninov Dayan BUL 2090

116 FM Malkawi Fadi JOR 2090

117 Akkam Mazen SYR 2086

118 Aghabekian Liana ARM 2084

119 Leustian Stefan ROU 2082

120 Konstantelias Konstantinos GRE 2078

121 Andronescu Madalin ROU 2077

122 Telbis Gheorghe ROU 2077

123 Petkov Hristo BUL 2076

124 Golstein Mihail MDA 2075

125 Iovcov Valerii MDA 2074

126 Stancu Ovidiu-Grigore ROU 2073

127 Takrory Hosam PLE 2073

128 Todorov Kostadinov Todor BUL 2072

129 Mourelatos Ilias GRE 2071

130 Ljangov Petar BUL 2064

131 Valkov Vladimir BUL 2061

132 Sofranov Velizar BUL 2053

133 Horak Vladimir CZE 2050

134 Paunchev Dimitar BUL 2041

135 Kirchev Krasimir BUL 2037

136 Sotirov Nikolaj BUL 2034

137 Krustev Vasil BUL 2025

138 Anuta Elefterie-Laurentiu ROU 2024

139 Almonti Alessandro ITA 2022

140 Melderis Uldis LAT 2014

141 Mihailescu Mihai ROU 2007

142 Vasilev Vergil BUL 2005

143 Todorov Yavor BUL 1987

144 Bejatovic Bojana MKD 1968

145 Karaivanov Alexander BUL 1963

146 Krumova Ani BUL 1961

147 Fugulyan Grigore ROU 1959

148 Kakkanas Evangelos GRE 1957

149 Ivanov Ljubomir BUL 1949

150 Galunova Tsveta BUL 1943

151 Ozveren Ali Bulent TUR 1941

152 Dereshki Dario BUL 1927

153 Ingason Sigurdur ISL 1924

154 Delgado-Vlaic Adrian ROU 1919

155 Hristov Nikolay Valeriev BUL 1913

156 Stojkovska Monika MKD 1900

157 Popa Marian ROU 1894

158 Dobrin Catalin ROU 1893

159 Gorbanovsky Oleg MDA 1885

160 Dragieva Denitza BUL 1882

161 Stanchev Plamen BUL 1849

162 Tsekova Viktoria BUL 1845

163 Kopelevitch Eli ISR 1842

164 Simeonov Svetoslav BUL 1841

165 Stavrev Robert BUL 1839

166 Georgiev Ivan Georgiev BUL 1836

167 Ivanov Valentin BUL 1833

168 Chidi Lovinia Sylvia GER 1822

169 Vasilescu Maria ROU 1822

170 Stoyanov Stefan BUL 1821

171 Todorova Kalina BUL 1815

172 Kamenov Valentin BUL 1813

173 Gavrilov Mikhail RUS 1803

174 Yordanov Kristian BUL 1796

175 Culiuc Maxim MDA 1794

176 Nancheva Doroteya BUL 1788

177 Atanasov Margarit BUL 1777

178 Popescu Traian ROU 1776

179 Georgiev Emil BUL 1765

180 Nikolovska Dragana MKD 1755

181 Kopelevitch Offer ISR 1753

182 Atanasova Elitsa BUL 1732

183 Charpidou Anna GRE 1726

184 Georgiev Todor Ivanov BUL 1720

185 Pencheva Iva BUL 1710

186 Shentov Petar-Delian BUL 1708

187 Stefanov Emil BUL 1702

188 Tsvetanov David BUL 1694

189 Bedecs Marton HUN 1689

190 Yordanov Georgi BUL 1687

191 Dochev Delyan BUL 1675

192 Uyanik Mehmet TUR 1668

193 Muller Marcin POL 1665

194 Lazov Stefan BUL 1656

195 Espinosa Cancino Miguel SCO 1644

196 Bunoza Mario BIH 1632

197 Sonfalean Maria-Laura ROU 1617

198 Sisoev Robert BUL 1615

199 Craciun Ilie MDA 1543

200 Bedecs Laszlo HUN 1531

201 Guler Eren Can TUR 1516

202 Todorov Spasiyan BUL 1512

203 Gospodinova Nikoleta BUL 1421

204 Espinosa Cancino Cristina SCO 1392

205 Stoyanov Aleksander BUL 2172

206 Aleksiev Ivan BUL 2165

207 Kulinchev Georgi BUL 2151

208 Vasilev Viktor BUL 2137

209 Dyakov Martin BUL 2077

210 Vatev Ventzislav BUL 2031

211 Mandzhukov Stoyan BUL 1970

212 Pingov Krasen BUL 1935

213 Analiev Dimitar BUL 1926

214 Stoyanov Valeri BUL 1807

215 Ivanov Ivo BUL 1778

216 Iliev Yoan BUL 1773

217 Stoyanov Yordan BUL 1752

218 Nemski Bozhidar BUL 1711

219 Salimova Nurgyul BUL 1695

220 Kalbanov Damyan BUL 1678

221 Balimezova Margarita BUL 1668

222 Neikov Radostin BUL 1650

223 Kanchev Rumen BUL 1628

224 Ivanov Denis BUL 1593

225 Valeva Ana BUL 1573

226 Vasilev Martin BUL 1567

227 Karakashev Teodor BUL 1537

228 Petkova Nadezhda BUL 1509

229 Agaoglu Aydin TUR 0

230 Ajay Pal Singh IND 0

231 Dosca Daniel MDA 0

232 Elias Wael PLE 0

233 Espinosa Cancino Monica SCO 0

234 Foltea Nichita MDA 0

235 Hadarau Elena ROU 0

236 Hadarau Ioana ROU 0

237 Harbuz Trayan ROM 0

238 Islam Saidul Sayed BAN 0

239 Kalbanova Maria BUL 0

240 Kulincheva Mariana BUL 0

241 Lopotenco Alexandru BUL 0

242 Markov Yordan BUL 0

243 Rohit Sarwate IND 0

244 Salimov Ilhan BUL 0

245 Stanek Vaclav CZE 0

246 Steimer Miroslav BUL 0

247 Tsenkov Tsenko BUL 0

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