French island of Corsica will be once again a host of great chess events.

The 11th International Open Calvi will take place from 3rd to 4th of May, 2014, in Balagna, while 1st International Open Porticcio will be held from 6th to 11th May, 2014 at Hotel Club Marina Viva, in Porticcio.

The 11th edition of Open Calvi will be a 9 round Swiss rapid tournament with a time control of 10 minutes for the whole game plus 3 seconds per move and total prize fund of 10 000€. The last-year finalistsGM Etienne Bacrot and GM Laurent Fressinet will be among the participants.

The 1st edition of Open Porticcio will be a 7 round Swiss with a time control of 90 minutes plus 30 seconds per move and a total prize fund of 15 000€. You can see the list of participants below.

Tournament website

Starting list of Open Porticcio (top seeds):

1 GM FRESSINET Laurent 2711 F SenM FRA IDF Clichy-Echecs-92
2 GM EDOUARD Romain 2670 F SenM FRA ALS Bischwiller
3 GM TREGUBOV Pavel V. 2620 F SenM RUS IDF Clichy-Echecs-92
4 GM BELIAVSKY Alexander G 2620 F VetM SLO
5 GM BURMAKIN Vladimir 2561 F SenM RUS
6 GM MALANIUK Vladimir P 2554 F SenM UKR IDF Tremblay en France
7 IM KOZIAK Vitali 2509 F SenM UKR IDF C.E. de Bois-Colombes
8 IM TERRIEUX Kevin 2416 F SenM FRA LOR Club d’Echecs Metz Fischer
9 IM STETS Dmitry 2410 F SenM UKR HNO Rouen Echecs
10 IM PISCOPO Pierluigi 2409 F SenM ITA CRS Echecs-Club Ajaccien

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