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13th Rochefort Chess Festival is round the corner

The 13th Rochefort Chess Festival is just round the corner.  This tournament is about to take place from 22nd February -28th February 2014 at the Congres Palais, in Rochefort, France.

The Rochefort Open will be held just a few days before the huge Cappelle-la-Grande Open. Rochefort Open promises to be an excellent platform for each player as it is an occasion to test a player’s preparation and use the perfect training opportunity.


The Rochefort Open tournament will be played over 9 rounds of Swiss system, according to which it includes the system with rate of play 90 mins for 40 moves + 30 mins to the end and increment 30 sec from move one. The total prize fund is 7000 EUR.


Responding in a large scale from all parts of the world, over 100 players, of which more than 25 titled, have signed in advance. The organizers have invested a huge amount to put forward an interesting tournament for all-level players.


The players at the Rochefort Open tournament will be separated in two groups:  which would include “Masters” for players with rating above 1900 and “Accession” for players Under 2000, the objective is essentially to reduce the rating differences and to increase norm chances for candidate players.


Here is a list of the top rated chess players starting from GM Andrey Sumets UKR 2614, GM Yuri Solodovnichenko UKR 2586, GM David Arutinian GEO 2537, GM Vishnu Prasanna V IND 2523, GM Axel Bachmann PAR 2545, GM Bogdan Lalic CRO 2492, IM Nikolay Milchev BUL 2460, GM Viesturs Meijers LAT 2458, IM Spas Kozhuharov BUL 2457, GM Vladimir Lazarev FRA 2427, GM Ramon Mateo DOM 2413, IM Daniel Pulvett VEN 2423, IM Vincent Colin FRA 2413, IM Jose Sequera Paolini VEN 2413, IM Dragos Dumitrache ROM 2450 and many more.


There will be strong women contenders among IM Ana Matnadze ESP 2382, WGM Anda Safranska FRA 2291 and top rated  WIM Marina Brunello ITA 2259.

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