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9th Rochefort Chess Tournament

14th to 20th February, GM Malaniuk and GM Dgebuadze are top seeded

Over 100 players, of which more than 20 titled, will be present at the opening of the Rochefort Open tournament on 14th February. Even if this year Cappelle-la-Grande Open is played on the same week, the organizers have invested big effort to propose an interesting tournament for all-level players. The 9th Open will take place as usual in the Salle Colbert at Congress Palais, in downtown of Rochefort, from 14th to 20th February.

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The beautiful playing venue of Congress Palais

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Rochefort on the map

The tournament will be played over 9 rounds of Swiss system, with rate of play 90 mins for 40 moves + 30 mins to the end and increment 30 sec from move one. The total prize fund is 7000 EUR.

Players will be separated in two tournaments: Open A for players with rating > 1900 and Open B for players under 2000, The purpose is to provide more interesting games because rating differences will be reduced.

List of the 20 top rated participants:

GM MALANIUK Vladimir 2575 UKR

GM DGEBUADZE Alexandre 2546 BEL

IM FOMICHENKO Eduard 2515 RUS

IM NINOV Nikolai 2511 BUL

GM PRIE Eric 2499 FRA

IM SENGUPTA Deep 2480 IND

GM INKIOV Ventzislav 2468 BUL

GM SANDULEAC Vasile 2466 MDA

GM JANEV Evgeni 2461 BUL

IM STETS Dmitry 2444 UKR

IM COLIN Vincent 2437 FRA

IM NGUYEN Chi-Minh 2416 FRA

IM KIZOV Atanas 2412 MKD

IM SAPTARSHI Roy 2407 IND

IM DRAGOJLOVIC Andjelko 2398 SRB

IM DAS Arghyadip 2396 IND

IM KOZHUHAROV Spas 2395 BUL

IM MILCHEV Nikolay 2382 BUL

IM PYTEL Krzysztof 2364 FRA

WGM FOMICHENKO Svetlana 2248 UKR

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View of the tournament venue

Information about the tournament available at www.echiquier-rochefortais.com

Info: IA Dominique Dervieux

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Construction site of the frigate Hermione (Rochefort shipyard)

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