The International Open Chess Tournament Albena 2012 will take place from 26th May to 3rd June at the Albena Sports Hall, in Albena, Bulgaria.
The 9-round Swiss open is organized by the Bulgarian Chess Federation, Chess Club “Dobrich – Albena” and Albena JSCo.
Albena is one of the most popular resorts on the Bulgarian Black Sea.
It is located 11 km south of Balchik and 30 km north of Varna – the sea capital of Bulgaria. Albena holds a “Blue Flag” certificate for its ecologically clean sea, beach and area. The soft sandy beach of Albena is more than 3.5 km long and up to 150 m wide.
The resort is located close to Baltata national reserve, thus providing a unique combination of forest and sea. Albena offers something for everyone due to its variety of attractions, water sports and recreational activities.
The average summer temperature is 28°С, and the average temperature of the crystal clear sea is 25°С.
The prize fund amounts to 40.000 EUR. For prizes distribution visit the official website.
Currently top rated players are:
1 GM Akopian Vladimir 2697 ARM
2 GM Georgiev Kiril 2689 BUL
3 GM Cheparinov Ivan 2673 BUL
4 GM Ragger Markus 2670 AUT
5 GM Petrosian Tigran L 2657 ARM
6 GM Gupta Abhijeet 2644 IND
7 GM Melkumyan Hrant 2642 ARM
8 GM Smeets Jan 2620 NED
9 GM Kolev Atanas 2602 BUL
10 GM Kravtsiv Martyn 2588 UKR
11 GM Solak Dragan 2586 TUR
12 GM Grigoryan Avetik 2581 ARM
13 GM Perunovic Milos 2577 SRB
14 GM Tikkanen Hans 2566 SWE
15 GM Nikolov Momchil 2553 BUL
16 GM Li Shilong 2553 CHN
17 GM Nabaty Tamir 2553 ISR
18 GM Heberla Bartlomiej 2535 POL
19 GM Carlsson Pontus 2531 SWE
20 GM Lu Shanglei 2522 CHN
21 IM Grigoryan Karen H 2517 ARM
22 IM Nosenko Alexander 2517 UKR
23 GM Stefansson Hannes 2516 ISL
24 IM Benidze Davit 2516 GEO
25 GM Tadic Branko 2506 SRB
26 IM Grover Sahaj 2506 IND
More information on the official website