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European Chess Club Cup-2013

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Thursday, 17 October 2013

Venue: Rhodes, Greece
Schedule: October 19-27
Format: 7 rounds, Swiss
Time control: official FIDE time control
Team composition: 6+2 (open section); 4+2 (women's section)
# of teams: 52 (open section), 11 (women's section)

Open section

Alexander Grischuk, FIDE 2786, #4 in the world, is the highest-rated player of ECCC-2013

About half of all the world's top players are participating, including Alexander Grischuk (2786), Hikaru Nakamura (2783), Fabiano Caruana (2779), Veselin Topalov (2771), Sergey Karjakin (2762), Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (2759), Dominguez Leinier Perez (2753), Anish Giri (2749), Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (2742), Peter Svidler (2740), Alexander Morozevich (2734), Wang Hao (2733), Peter Leko (2732), Nikita Vitiugov (2729), Gata Kamsky (2725), Teimour Radjabov (2723), Dmitry Jakovenko (2719), Anton Korobov (2716), Vladimir Malakhov (2711), Pentala Harikrishna (2709), David Navara (2703), et al.

The main favorite is SOCAR from Azerbaijan (average rating: 2753), although Malakhit, St. Petersburg and Ugra (all from Russia) are also incredibly strong. Each of the teams can boast an average rating of 2700+.

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Women's section:
Hou Yifan, Women's World Chess Champion, FIDE 2621, #2 on the women's rating list

Both the Women's World Chess Champion (Hou Yifan, 2621) and the previous title-holder (Anna Ushenina, 2497) are taking part, as well as many other high-profile players: Koneru Humpy (2607), Anna Muzychuk (2560), Kateryna Lagno (2534), Pia Cramling (2515), Valentina Gunina (2506), Viktorija Cmilyte (2505), Alexandra Kosteniuk (2495), Natalia Pogonina (2485), Harika Dronavalli (2475), Elina Danielian (2471), Lilit Mkrtchian (2469), Natalia Zhukova (2456), et al .

Cercle d'Echecs de Monte-Carlo's average rating of players (2576) is 113 points higher as compared to its nearest rivals - SHSM Nashe Nasledie (2463) and Mika Chess Club (2463). CS Politechnica-Antibiotice Iasi (2451) and Ugra (2436) are also in contention for the medals.

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