Saturday, 8 June 2013

Grand Europe Open Albena

     This week has been a very busy one- with a lot of exams and pretty much worrying. I didn't have much time neither for chess nor for posting. I am really happy that I've survived until the weekend! :)))
     So, let's go directly to news ;)
     I've got my ticket for the Turkish League, which will start on the 1st of July. It's going to be my next tournament. Despite all the unstable situation in Istanbul, it seems that chess isn't affected. I haven't played for like 2 weeks and it already feels like an eternity! Can't wait for the 1st July to come quicker!
     The "Grand Europe Open- Albena" is coming to an end. The 8th round will be disputed today. There are 3 players with 6p/7 leading: Vladislav Nevednichy, Hrant Melkumyan and Tigran Petrosian and another 6 players with 5,5p/7 :  Boris Chatalbashev, Krikor Mekhitarian, Levente Vajda, Mircea Parligras, Evgeny Sveshnikov and Vitaliy Bernadskiy.
     You can see the pairings for today's 8th round here:

18GMNevednichy Vladislav258066GMMelkumyan Hrant26353
22GMPetrosian Tigran L.26496GMChatalbashev Boris256013
315GMMekhitarian Krikor Sevag2544GMVajda Levente26174
410GMParligras Mircea-Emilian2565GMSveshnikov Evgeny251217
55GMGrigoryan Avetik26055IMBernadskiy Vitaliy247523
625IMAshwin Jayaram247255GMSolak Dragan25987
733IMJavakhadze Zurab245055GMNabaty Tamir25799
845FMAnurag Mhamal240155GMSpasov Vasil256512
957WGMSukandar Irine Kharisma236455GMMareco Sandro255714
1024IMEnchev Ivajlo247355IMErturan Yakup237455
1139IMMolina Roberto Junio Brito2423GMLupulescu Constantin26551

     My friend (and room-mate in Thailand)- Irene Sukandar is having a very good tournament, with a 2486 performance and a +23 Elo points.
     Another "long not seen" friend- Diana Baciu, who hasn't played for almost a year has a 2457 Performance and a +26 Elo points!
     It is an interesting phenomenon- it's not the first time when I notice a player who hasn't played for a very long time and he makes incredible performances when he starts to play again. I wonder what is it about? Maybe I should take a year break from chess in order to become a 2500+ GM?! :D
     Another player who surprises with his very good recent results is Vladislav Nevednichy, who's leading the tournament with a 2757 Performance and a +14 Elo points.
     "The Wolf" is having not such a good tournament, with only 4,5 points, being the 1st rating favourite. I guess that the European's Individual has been a too tough event that needed a longer recovery.
     Here are some photos I've found on the facebook page of the Bulgarian Federation:

The Trophy waiting for it's winner

     I wish everyone the best of luck and may the strongest win!

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