With the conclusion of the Russian Superfinal, Bilbao Masters and Kings Tournament, the world’s chess elite will move to Rhodes, Greece, appropriately nicknamed ‘The island of the Knights’ and one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe.

The island will host the European Chess Club Cup from 19-27th October in the conference center of the 5-star Rodos Palace Convention Resort which is regarded as one of the finest deluxe hotels on the island of Rhodes.

The 29th European Club Cup 2013 will feature 95 Grandmasters, 75 International Masters and 43 FIDE Masters.

Top rated stars are Caruana Fabiano 2779, Topalov Veselin 2771, Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2759 (SOCAR), Grischuk Alexander 2786, Karjakin Sergey 2762, Morozevich Alexander 2734 (Malachite), Dominguez Perez Leinier 2753, Svidler Peter 2740 (Saint-Petersburg), Nakamura Hikaru 2783 (O.R. Padova) and Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2742 (Clichy Echecs 92).

The 18th European Club Cup for Women 2013 will see 22 Grandmasters and 16 International Masters.

The elo chart is headed by the reigning World Champion Hou Yifan 2621, former WCC Challenger Koneru Humpy 2607, Muzychuk Anna 2560, Cramling Pia 2515 (Cercle d’Echecs de Monte-Carlo), former World Champions Ushenina Anna 2497 (Ugra), Lagno Kateryna 2534 and Cmilyte Viktorija 2505 (CS Politechnica-Antibiotice Iasi)

More information on the tournament website

Chess Daily News from Susan Polgar
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