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Friday, October 17, 2008

European Club Cup of Chess

The 2008 edition of the European Club Cup 2008 of Chess is taking place in Kallithea, Greece from October16th-24th. Some of the highest-rated chess players in the World are participating in this event. This tournament is segmented according to gender, and each player is on a club team. Here are the top players in the event for both genders:
Males:
No. Name Rtg FED Team Bo.
1 NOR GM Carlsen Magnus 2786 NOR MIKA Chess Club 1
2 UKR GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2786 UKR TPS Saransk 1
3 ARM GM Aronian Levon 2757 ARM MIKA Chess Club 2
4 AZE GM Radjabov Teimour 2751 AZE URAL Sverdlovskaya 1
5 RUS GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2737 RUS PVK Kiev Chess 2
6 CHN GM Wang Yue 2736 CHN Economist SGSEU-1 Saratov 1
7 ENG GM Adams Michael 2734 ENG Linex Magic 1
8 SVK GM Movsesian Sergei 2732 SVK CC "Bosna" Sarajevo 1
9 AZE GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2731 AZE Alkaloid 1
10 UKR GM Karjakin Sergey 2730 UKR PVK Kiev Chess 1
11 USA GM Kamsky Gata 2729 USA URAL Sverdlovskaya 2
12 RUS GM Svidler Peter 2727 RUS OSG Baden-Baden e.V. 1
13 ESP GM Shirov Alexei 2726 ESP URAL Sverdlovskaya 3
14 UKR GM Eljanov Pavel 2720 UKR Ashdod Illit Chess Club 2
15 ISR GM Gelfand Boris 2719 ISR MIKA Chess Club 3
16 RUS GM Grischuk Alexander 2719 RUS URAL Sverdlovskaya 4
17 UKR GM Ponomariov Ruslan 2719 UKR Linex Magic 2
18 FRA GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2716 FRA SV Muehlheim Nord 1
19 RUS GM Alekseev Evgeny 2715 RUS Economist SGSEU-1 Saratov 2
20 CHN GM Ni Hua 2710 CHN Economist SGSEU-1 Saratov 4


Women:

No. Name Rtg FED Team Bo.
1 IND GM Koneru Humpy 2618 IND Cercle d'Echecs Monte Carlo 1
2 CHN WGM Hou Yifan 2578 CHN Spartak Vidnoe 1
3 CHN GM Xie Jun 2574 CHN Cercle d'Echecs Monte Carlo 3
4 SWE GM Cramling Pia 2550 SWE Cercle d'Echecs Monte Carlo 2
5 BUL GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2548 BUL Spartak Vidnoe 2
6 CHN GM Zhao Xue 2518 CHN Spartak Vidnoe 3
7 ARM IM Danielian Elina 2513 ARM MIKA Yerevan 2
8 RUS IM Kosintseva Tatiana 2513 RUS Spartak Vidnoe 4
9 LTU IM Cmilyte Viktorija 2512 LTU Finek St. Petersburg 2
10 SLO IM Muzychuk Anna 2508 SLO T-com Podgorica 1
11 GEO IM Dzagnidze Nana 2503 GEO Cercle d'Echecs Monte Carlo 4
12 UKR IM Ushenina Anna 2496 UKR Economist SGSEU Saratov 1
13 GEO GM Chiburdanidze Maia 2489 GEO MIKA Yerevan 1
14 UKR GM Lahno Kateryna 2488 UKR MIKA Yerevan 3
15 UKR WGM Zhukova Natalia 2488 UKR Finek St. Petersburg 3
16 HUN GM Hoang Thanh Trang 2483 HUN EPAM 1
17 UKR IM Gaponenko Inna 2473 UKR T-com Podgorica 3
18 GER IM Paehtz Elisabeth 2471 GER Economist SGSEU Saratov 3
19 RUS IM Kosintseva Nadezhda 2468 RUS Spartak Vidnoe 5
20 IND IM Harika Dronavalli 2462 IND Economist SGSEU Saratov 2


The official tournament website for this event is: http://ecc2008.chessdom.com/

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