The European Chess Club Cup is set to take place on 19-27th October at the Rodos Palace Hotel on Rhodes, Greece.
The powerful team SOCAR, supported by the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan, is looking to defend the last year’s title in the competition of 52 clubs from around Europe.
The team captained by Vladimir Tukmakov will feature top international stars GM Caruana Fabiano 2779 ITA, GM Giri Anish 2749 NED, GM Kamsky Gata 2725 USA, GM Wang Hao 2733 CHN, GM Topalov Veselin 2771 BUL, and the best national players GM Radjabov Teimour 2723 AZE, GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2759 AZE, GM Safarli Eltaj 2651 AZE.
The average elo of the players is 2753!
SOCAR will be challenged by the strong Russian clubs Malachite, Saint-Petersburg and Ugra, and by the Czech G-Team Novy Bor.