International Chess Tournament Bosna 2009

Balkan Chess Grand Prix to start after Bosna 2009

Sergei Movsesian sq

Sergei Movsesian

The 2009 edition of the Bosna chess tournament will take place 8-18 May in Sarajevo. Six strong grandmasters will participate in the event. Top seeded is GM Sergei Movsesian (SVK, ELO 2747), who will compete with GM Wang Hao (CHN, ELO 2696), GM Pavel Eljanov (UKR, ELO 2693), GM Pentala Harikrishna (IND, ELO 2686), GM Ivan Sokolov (NED, ELO 2669), and GM Borki Predojevic (BIH, ELO 2652). This makes the tournament category 18 with average rating 2691. This will be second participation in row for Movsesian, Sokolov, and Predojevic, they were in last year’s event as well.

The tournament will be a double round robin, with a similar format to the Mtel Masters. The first round starts on the 8th at 14:00 local time. Rounds will be played daily, with the 12th of May a rest day.

Balkan Chess Grand Prix

The first round of the Balkan Grand Prix will take place immediately after the Bosna 2009 chess tournament. It will feature a prize fund of over 10 000 eur.

Top seeded players: GM Iotov Valentin (BUL 2581), GM Sedlak Nikola (SRB 2572), GM Vuckovic Bojan (SRB 2572), GM Chatalbashev Boris (BUL 2571), GM Blagojevic Dragisa (MNE 2548), GM Savic Miodrag (SRB 2539), GM Drasko Milan (MNE 2527), GM Dizdarevic Emir (BIH 2519), GM Antic Dejan (SRB 2513), GM Pavlovic Milos (SRB 2511), IM Szabo Gergely-Andras-Gyula (ROU 2510), GM Djukic Nikola (MNE 2507), GM Cabrilo Goran (SRB 2504) etc

The last meeting of the BALC (Balkan Chess Association) was during the match Kamsky – Topalov.

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