When the 29th European Club Cup begins next month, numerous world-class chess players will compete on the Greek island Rhodes to prove their abilities. A look at the current start list gives us closer insight..
More than 60 participants signed up already
Several teams from all over Europe have confirmed their participation at this point. The open section of the tournament is already cast with more than 50 chess teams from all parts of Europe, who are eager to compete in the European Club Cup 2013. The event is scheduled to run between October 19th and 27th 2013 and will also have ten teams participating in the women’s category at least. The members of the European teams are partially high-class chess players, so that until now several top-rated players, male and female, are listed for the contest in Rhodes.
Socar from Azerbaijan with six Top-20-players
Competitors in the open category are for instance the world’s number 4 Alexander Grischuk (Elo 2785), number 8 Sergey Karjakin (Elo 2772), and number 18 Alexander Morozevich (Elo 2739) who plays for the Russian Club Malachite and, by the way, is seeded 2nd. The seeding list of teams is lead by the Azerbaijani team Socar. Socar is cast with the world’s number 5 Fabiano Caruana from Italy (Elo 2779), number 7 Shakriyar Mamedyarov from Azerbaijan (Elo 2775), number 10 Veselin Topalov from Bulgaria (Elo 2769), number 16 Gata Kamsky from the United States (Elo 2741), number 19 Anish Giri from the Netherlands (Elo 2737), and number 20 Wang Hao from China (Elo 2736). At the moment it seems unlikely that the Azerbaijani club will not win the tournament in Rhodes. The list of international chess celebrities can be enlarged with the names Hikari Nakamura, Peter Svidler, Leinier Dominguez, and many others.
Women’s World Champion Hou Yifan participates
Likewise, the women’s category of the European Club Cup 2013 is cast with several leading chess players of the world. One of them is the new – and former – Chess World Champion Hou Yifan. The 19 year-old lines up for the top-favorite team in the women’s category – the Cercle d’Echecs de Monte-Carlo. Next to the young woman who ranks 2nd in worldwide rankings, the Indian Humpy Koneru (Elo 2607), the Slovenian Anna Muzychuk (Elo 2585), and Pia Cramling from Sweden (Elo 2515) are memebers of the favored team.
Picture: Wikipedia / Stefan64
written by Michael, translated by Birthe