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Sunday, December 27, 2009

GM Kamsky replaces GM Malakhov at 52nd "Torneo di Capodanno" in Reggio Emilia

GM Gata Kamky has replaced GM Vlad Malakhov as a participant in this year's Torneo di Capodanno chess tournament in Reggio Emilia, Italy. Malakhov apparently withdrew from the tournament at the last minute,forcing organizers to replace him in the field. Here is a list of participants in this year's tournament:



COUNTRY
ELO
YEAR OF BIRTH
GM
Jobava Baadur
GEO

2696

1983
GM
Kamsky    Gata
USA

2695
1974
GM
Bologan Viktor
MDA
2692
1971
GM
Almasi Zoltan
HUN
2704
1976
GM
Landa Konstantin
RUS
2664
1972
GM
Safarli Eltai
AZE
2592
1992
GM
Caruana Fabiano
ITA
2652
1992
GM
Godena Michele
ITA
2537
1967
MI
Brunello Sabino
ITA
2507
1989
GM
Vocaturo Daniele
ITA
2500
1989


The official tournament website is at: http://www.ippogrifoscacchi.it/tdc_storia.asp

Another tournament which is about to begin is in Hastings,England where the yearly Hastings Chess Congress will be played: The event runs from December 28th until January 5,2010. Here are the top-rated players in this event:


DRODZOVSKIJ Yuri
UKR
gm
2627
EDOUARD Roman
FRA
gm
2620
HOWELL David
ENG
gm
2620
STRATESCU Andrei
ROM
gm
2620
WILLIAMS Simon
ENG
gm
2520
HEBDEN Mark
ENG
gm
2500
ARKELL Keith
ENG
gm
2478
PHILIPPE Christophe
FRA
im
2430
ZDEBSKAJA Natalia
UKR
wgm
2410
KOLBUS Dietmar
GER
im
2355
MARUSENKO Petr
UKR
im
2300
RUDD Jack
ENG
im
2296

















































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