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Seeking Title Norms? Bansko Open Is Your Perfect Challenge!

Lion’s share of the prize fund reserved for amateurs

Bansko contact

The premium Bulgarian ski resort in Bansko is ready to host its first International Grand Open Chess Tournament from 12th to 19th December. So far over 150 players have signed up, among them 15 Grandmasters and 50 titled. The response of the chess players has been overwhelming, for many reasons.

- The opening of the ski season provides the opportunity to combine participation in the strong chess tournament and all-day enjoyment in winter sports. The Bansko Grand Open organizers have set the round start at 17:00h local time, so that there is plenty of room for various outdoor activities.

- The organizers have enlisted participation of 15 Grandmasters and 11 International Masters from 19 different chess federations. The FIDE Norm seekers will be in comfortable position to fulfill their goals and advance to the next level.

- The prize fund of 9.000 EUR for the main group has been carefully distributed to provide incentive for the amateur players of all rating levels to play in their best shape and fight for the top position within the respective groups. First place in each rating category brings 500 EUR (U1800, U2000, U2200, U2400). In addition, the amateurs with good run can meet and have a shot at the seasoned titled players.

- The Open B is reserved for the talented Youth. The kids can match the skill against the fellows of their own age. Winner of the each age group will be awarded with a valuable laptop computer. The gifts raise the total prize fund to the value of 15.000 EUR!

- Finally, as cherry on the top of the cake, the accommodation rates for the chess players have been downsized to the incredibly low levels, despite the high season in one of the most prestigious ski resorts.

Signups close in just several days, make sure to register on time!

Bansko Grand Chess Open

15 000 eur prize fund

The total prize fund of Bansko Grand Chess Open is 15 000 eur. The first players in the main group will receive a total of 9000 eur, as there are special prizes dedicated to rating groups

A. International Rating Category 2201 – 2400

1st 500 € 2nd 300 € 3rd 100 €

B. International Rating Category 2001 – 2200

1st 500 € 2nd 300 € 3rd 100 €

C. International Rating Category 1801 – 2001

1st 500 € 2nd 300 € 3rd 100 €

D. International Rating Category up to 1801

1st 500 € 2nd 300 € 3rd 100 €

As the future of chess depends on the young players enthusiasm and development of technology, the organizers will award laptop computers to U14, U12, U10, and U8 categories.

A total of 24 medals and 8 cups will be given.

The tournament is valid for GM/IM/FM /WFM/WIM/WGM norms and the youth section is application to the ECU Grand Prix.

Official website: http://banskochess.chessdom.com/

Participants

GM Savchenko Boris RUS 2632

GM Safarli Eltaj AZE 2609

GM Radulski Julian BUL 2606

GM Spasov Vasil BUL 2606

GM Georgiev Vladimir MKD 2582

GM Grigoryan Avetik ARM 2580

GM Nikolov Momchil BUL 2565

GM Mastrovasilis Athanasios GRE 2556

GM Nikolaidis Ioannis GRE 2552

GM Petrov Marijan BUL 2534

IM Nabaty Tamir ISR 2529

GM Danielsen Henrik ISL 2516

GM Antic Dejan SRB 2495

GM Janev Evgeni BUL 2494

GM Nedev Trajko MKD 2490

Korobkov Piotr UKR 2484

IM Arnaudov G Petar BUL 2468

IM Perunovic Miodrag SRB 2465

IM Berbatov Kiprian BUL 2461

IM Zaslavsky Mikhail ISR 2424

GM Georgiev Krum BUL 2422

IM Ashwin Jayaram IND 2420

IM Collas Didier FRA 2420

Strelnikov Sergey UKR 2419

IM Mitkov Marjan MKD 2410

FM Fazulyanov Sergey RUS 2365

FM Pavlidis Anastasios GRE 2352

IM Gvetadze Sopio GEO 2350

FM Aggelis Nikolaos GRE 2337

IM Mastrokoukos Georgios GRE 2328

WIM Nikolova Adriana BUL 2328

Galburd Yan ISR 2322

Malikentzos Sotirios GRE 2312

FM Badev Kiril BUL 2310

IM Collas Silvia FRA 2300

Shishkov Minko BUL 2286

WIM Bulmaga Irina ROU 2285

Kanakaris Georgios GRE 2285

Stoinev Metodi BUL 2278

WIM Videnova Iva BUL 2269

FM Vragoreris Antonios GRE 2253

Urosevic Goran SRB 2232

Vlashki Nino BUL 2225

Zygouris Hristos GRE 2225

Bousios Hristos GRE 2211

Dounis Alexandros GRE 2207

Hristodoulou Panagiotis GRE 2207

Parginos Vassilios GRE 2199

Yakimenko Alexander A RUS 2194

Osmanoglou Halil GRE 2184

Ivanov Bogidar BUL 2179

Dichev Nedelcho BUL 2142

Glavchev Stanislav BUL 2129

Zekaj Dritan ALB 2120

Sotirov Nikolaj BUL 2109

Sirkova Darena BUL 2096

Grapsa Georgia GRE 2060

Kolev Atanas Tonchev BUL 2049

Harokopakis Georgios GRE 1984

Stefanov Evtim BUL 1944

Petrov Martin BUL 1939

Stanchev Aleksandar BUL 1915

Koroglou Viktor GRE 1907

Ladopoulos Dimitrios GRE 1880

Georgiev Dimitar BUL 1873

Theoharidis Georgios GRE 1852

Krastev Kalin BUL 1848

Todorov Angel BUL 1844

Ivanova Simoneta BUL 1838

Ioannidis Evgenios GRE 1830

Kamenov Valentin BUL 1815

Papathanasiou Elisavet GRE 1788

Petrov Vladimir Sergeev BUL 1778

Atanasova Elitsa BUL 1748

Velikov Georgi BUL 1737

Stefanov Emil BUL 1695

Shivacheva Donika BUL 1690

Charpidou Anna GRE 1686

Harizanova Elitsa BUL 1670

Muller Marcin POL 1661

Haritopoulou Maria-Anna GRE 1658

Sabotinov Ventsislav BUL 1647

Dichev Dragomir BUL 1613

Hristov Kaloyan BUL 1608

Hatzipanteli Theodora GRE 1579

Ganev Nikola BUL 1523

Gogov Kiril BUL 1520

Taskov Ivo BUL 1480

Vasileva Aleksandra BUL 1480

Najdenova Jana BUL 1466

Pavlidis Pavlos GRE 1411

Vasileiadis Theodoros GRE 0

Kioutsoukos Dimitrios GRE 0

Litovolis Dimitrios GRE 0

Altajbek Anel KAZ 0

Angelov Kiril BUL 0

Antova Gabriela BUL 0

Atanasova Paulina BUL 0

Bureva Radilena BUL 0

Cholakov Nikolay BUL 0

Darpatov Antonio BUL 0

Dichev Kaloyan BUL 0

Dimchev Ruben BUL 0

Diviziev Jordan BUL 0

Dodov Petar BUL 0

Dodov Tsvetan BUL 0

Dzhupanov Dimitar BUL 0

Elichinov Georgi BUL 0

Gavrilov Petar BUL 0

Kitaigorodski Sergei FIN 0

Lazarova Ana-Maria BUL 0

Liangov Petar BUL 0

Makarov Ilyua KAZ 0

Manchevski Daniel BUL 0

Marmarov Atanas BUL 0

Mehandzhiev Boicho BUL 0

Milonas Hrisovalantis GRE 0

Miradzhev Aleksandar BUL 0

Nedyalkov Vladislav BUL 0

Nikolov Kiril BUL 0

Panin Georgi BUL 0

Petkova Lilia BUL 0

Petkova Nadezhda BUL 0

Petrov Anton BUL 0

Petrov Nikolai BUL 0

Peycheva Gergana BUL 0

Pingov Krasen BUL 0

Pirkova Alexandra BUL 0

Rizov Borislav BUL 0

Sharkov Borislav BUL 0

Simov Simo BUL 0

Soyanov Dimitar BUL 0

Stankov Oleg BUL 0

Stankov Stanimir BUL 0

Stoyanov Kaloian BUL 0

Stoyanov Yordan BUL 0

Tabakova Elena BUL 0

Toteva Aleksandrina BUL 0

Vasiliyadis Antoni BUL 0

Zahov Ivan BUL 0

Zheliazkova Vania BUL 0

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