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Sunday, December 27, 2009

2009/2010 Rilton Cup Chess tournament begins today




The 39th annual Rilton Cup Chess tournament  begins today in  Sweden. The field of players includes GM Pia Cramling who now lives in Spain with her husband GM Juan Bellon. The top-rated player in the event is Polish GM Radoslaw Wojtaszek, (pictured above), who has an elo of 2637. "In 2004 he won the World Youth Chess Championships (U-18) and the Cracovia Open with a score of  7.5/9. In the year 2005 Wojtaszek  won the Polish Chess Championship. In 2008 Wojtaszek was one of world champion Anand official seconds for the World Chess Championship match with Kramnik In December 2008 Wojtaszek became the European rapid chess champion. In 2009 Wojtaszek finished second in the Polish championship, shared second with Michael Roiz at the international tournament in Lublin and won the Najdorf memorial played in Warsaw.


Here is a list of the top-rated players in this year's Rilton Cup: (source:http://www.rilton.se/players.asp) The official tournament website is at:

http://www.rilton.se/
You can follow the results of the tournament by going tohttp://www.chess-results.com/tnr28758.aspx?lan=6
In.

Nr

Titel

Namn

Profil

Elo

Lask

s/j

Land

Turn



1.

GM

Radoslaw Wojtaszek






2637

0000

s

POL

Cup



2.

GM

Luke McShane






2615

0000

s

England

Cup



3.

GM

Igor Lysyj






2609

0000

s

RUS

Cup



4.

GM

Eduardas Rozentalis






2603

0000

s

LTU

Cup



5.

GM

Valerij Popov






2588

0000

s

RUS

Cup



6.

GM

Jon Ludvig Hammer






2585

0000

j

Norge

Cup



7.

IM

Pavel Ponkratov






2575

0000

s

RUS

Cup



8.

GM

Gleizerov Evgeny






2553

0000

s

Russia

Cup



9.

GM

Elshan Moradiabadi






2547

0000

s

Iran

Cup



10.

GM

Ionov Sergey






2545

0000

S

Russia

Cup



11.

GM

Normunds, Miezis






2544

0000

s

LAT

Cup



12.

IM

Nils Grandelius






2540

0000

j

Sweden

Cup



13.

GM

Pia Cramling






2535

0000

s

Sweden

Cup



14.

GM

Mikhail Ulibin






2533

0000

s

RUS

Cup



15.

GM

Sergey Ivanov






2530

2594

s

RUS

Cup



16.

IM

Nijat Abasov






2522

0000

j

Azerbaijan

Cup



17.

GM

David Berczes






2521

0000

j

Hungary

Cup



18.

GM

Florian Handke






2513

0000

s

GER

Cup



19.

GM

Aleksandr Shimanov






2508

0000

j

Russia

Cup



20.

GM

Rustam Khusnutidnov






2506

0000



Kazakhstan

Cup



21.

IM

Lauber






2503

0000



Germany

Cup



22.

GM

Lars Karlsson






2491

2560

s

SWE

Cup



23.

IM

Gavrilov Alexei






2481

0000



Moscow-Russia

Cup



24.

GM

Stellan Brynell






2472

0000

s

Sweden

Cup



25.

GM

Ralf Akesson






2461

0000

s

SWE

Cup



26.

IM

Daniel Semcesen






2460

0000

s

Sweden

Cup



27.

IM

Yuneev Alexey






2438

0000



Russia

Cup



28.

FM

Victor Nithander






2434

2507



Sverige

Cup



29.

GM

Juan Bellon






2430

0000

s

ESP

Cup

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