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Groningen Chess Festival 2014

GroningenThe 52nd Groningen Chess Festival is taking place from 21-30th December at the Sport Centre Rijksuniversiteit & Hanzehogeschool in Groningen, Netherlands.

The Festival consists of several events:
– Open A, 9-round Swiss for players rated above 2000, prize fund 6000 EUR
– Open B, 9-round Swiss for players rated 1700-2100, prize fund 1500 EUR
– Open C, 9-round Swiss for players rated under 1800, prize fund 750 EUR
– Groningen Compact (26-30 December), 5-round Swiss in groups of about 40 players, split up according to playing strength
– Match between European Youth Champion 2013 U14 Jorden van Foreest (2455 IM) and former Dutch Champion Dimitri Reinderman (2592 GM)
– Match between reigning Dutch Women Champion WIM Anne Haast (2357) and IM Elisabeth Paehtz (2477, Germany)

Currently 342 players are registered across four open sections.

Top rated players:

1 GM Tiviakov Sergei NED 2677
2 GM Rakhmanov Aleksandr RUS 2647
3 GM Ma Qun CHN 2621
4 GM L’Ami Erwin NED 2613
5 GM Andriasian Zaven ARM 2609
6 GM Ipatov Alexander TUR 2599
7 GM Vocaturo Daniele ITA 2590
8 GM Bok Benjamin NED 2572
9 GM Ernst Sipke NED 2553
10 GM Alsina Leal Daniel ESP 2540
11 GM Werle Jan NED 2531
12 GM Brandenburg Daan NED 2530
13 IM Donchenko Alexander GER 2523
14 GM Popilski Gil ISR 2522
15 IM Svane Rasmus GER 2507
16 IM Azaladze Shota GEO 2499
17 GM Dobrov Vladimir RUS 2495
18 IM Raznikov Danny ISR 2494
19 IM Wan Yunguo CHN 2482
20 IM Stark Lars GER 2450

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