The 34th Bulgarian Open Chess Championship 2012 – Georgi Tringov Memorial, organized by the Bulgarian Chess Federation, the Chess Club Lokomotiv Plovdiv and Plovdiv Municipality, is taking place from 29th January to 5th February in Novotel Hotel, Plovdiv.
The tournament will be played over 9 rounds of Swiss system and is valid for FIDE elo and GM/IM norms. Total prize fund is 10000 EUR, with 2000 EUR reserved for the winner. 267 players compete.
GM Branko Tadic, recently appointed chief editor of “Chess Informant”, is leading the race with perfect score after six rounds. On Thursday he defeated the top-seeded GM Ivan Cheparinov and is set to play GM Vasil Spasov in the 7th round.
Round 6 standings:
1. GM Tadic Branko SRB 2487 – 6.0
2-3. GM Spasov Vasil BUL 2570 and GM Georgiev Kiril BUL 2658 – 5.5
4-17. GM Cheparinov Ivan BUL 2659, IM Benidze Davit GEO 2516, GM Nikolov Momchil BUL 2560, GM Drenchev Petar BUL 2493, GM Petrov Marijan BUL 2521, IM Smith Bryan G USA 2460, IM Milchev Nikolay BUL 2434, GM Stanojoski Zvonko MKD 2455, IM Bukal Vladimir Jr CRO 2434, IM Enchev Ivajlo BUL 2430, FM Filev Georgi BUL 2349, IM Dimitrov Radoslav BUL 2437, GM Grigorov Grigor BUL 2491 and IM Mladenov Plamen BUL 2384 – 5.0
18-33. Dobrev Nayden BUL 2256, GM Antic Dejan SRB 2504, GM Popchev Milko BUL 2463, FM Lilov Valeri BUL 2411, WGM Videnova Iva BUL 2360, IM Piscopo Pierluigi ITA 2386, IM Bruno Fabio ITA 2439, IM Marholev Dimitar BUL 2370, FM Pavlidis Anastasios GRE 2359, WGM Voiska Margarita BUL 2325, FM Hadzimanolis Antonios GRE 2332, FM Pantev Veselin BUL 2389, IM Stamenkov Vanco MKD 2334, Indjic Aleksandar SRB 2427, Arnaudov Petar BUL 2121, Vlashki Nino BUL 2235 and Sofranov Velizar BUL 2168 – 4.5 etc