9th Khazar International Chess Cup
15-22nd February in Rasht, Iran, 30000 USD prize fund

The Chess Association of Gilan province on behalf of I.R.Iran chess federation is honored to invite participation in the 9th Khazar International Chess Cup will be held in Rasht, north of Iran, on February 15-22nd, 2011.

Participation in the 9th Khazar international chess cup is open to all. Each national federation has right to nominate and send one player (rated 2300 or higher) as official invited player.

Tournament will carry on in 6 open groups: A: Players, who are FIDE Title Holder, will play in group A B: Players, who have above 2000 rating, will play in group B C: Players, who have less than 2000 rating and unrated players, will play in group C D: Players, under 10 years old for boys and girls. E: Players, under 14 years old for boys and girls. F: Women Tournament.

Registration The last date of registration is Feb 1th 2011. Registration is free for GMs and players with FIDE ratings of 2400 and more for other players the registration fee is: 50 $ The complete registration form must include the surname, fide ID number, fide rating, title and a digital copy of passport of each player and each accompanying person (you can find Registration form at last page) . All travel expenses should be borne by players.

Hotel informationHotel with 3 meals per day is free for GMs and IMs. For other players, hotel with breakfast (BB) is available for 20USD per person per night. All foreigner Players should stay in the official hotels introduce by the organizer!

The total prize fund amounts to 30.000 USD. For information about contact, schedule and money distribution download the tournament regulations.

News by Mehrdad Pahlevanzadeh

Some of the top seeds (Group A)

1 GM Moiseenko Alexander UKR 2670
2 GM Sargissian Gabriel ARM 2667
3 GM Tiviakov Sergei NED 2623
4 GM Pantsulaia Levan GEO 2610
5 GM Landa Konstantin RUS 2609
6 GM Volkov Sergey RUS 2602
7 GM Fedorov Alexei BLR 2593
8 GM Radulski Julian BUL 2590
9 GM Gleizerov Evgeny RUS 2581
10 GM Mirzoev Azer AZE 2563
11 GM Bogosavljevic Boban SRB 2561
12 GM Shanava Konstantine GEO 2560
13 GM Moradiabadi Elshan IRI 2558
14 GM Sedlak Nikola SRB 2556
15 GM Jumabayev Rinat KAZ 2555
16 GM Ulibin Mikhail RUS 2547
17 GM Bojkov Dejan BUL 2544
18 GM Ibrahimov Rasul AZE 2538
19 GM Abbasov Farid AZE 2537
20 GM Kiselev Vitaliy RUS 2526
21 IM Benidze Davit GEO 2522
22 GM Mahjoob Morteza IRI 2519
23 GM Malaniuk Vladimir P UKR 2518
24 GM Neverov Valeriy UKR 2516
25 GM Jojua Davit GEO 2515
26 GM Hasangatin Ramil RUS 2508
27 IM Golizadeh Asghar IRI 2504
28 GM Chibukhchian Artur ARM 2500
29 GM Guliev Sarhan AZE 2497
30 IM Sulashvili Malkhaz GEO 2497

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