The 12th Rochefort Open tournament is set to take place on 16th-22th February 2013 in the Congres Palais, in Rochefort, France.

Just days before the huge Cappelle-la-Grande Open, the Rochefort Open is an excellent occasion for the players to test their preparation and use the perfect training opportunity.

Over 100 players, of which more than 15 titled, have signed in advance. The organizers have invested big effort to propose an interesting tournament for all-level players. 

The tournament will be played over 9 rounds of Swiss 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.

Players will be separated in two tournaments: Open A for players with rating above 1900 and Open B for players under 2000, the objective being to reduce the rating differences and to increase norm chances of players.

List of the top rated players: GM Alexandre Danin RUS 2577, GM Davit Jojua GEO 2545, GM David Arutinian GEO 2544, GM Alexei Barsov UZB 2514, GM Nikolai Ninov BUL 2511, IM Filip Pancevski MKD 2501, GM Vlad-Cristian Jianu ROM 2488, IM Dragos Dumitrache ROM 2452, IM Nikolay Milchev BUL 2426, IM Alexandru Manea ROM 2408, IM Chi-Minh Nguyen FRA 2380, IM Nad-Titus Petre ROM 2374, etc

Last year winner was GM David Arutinian (GEO).

Information about the tournament is available at

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