The 36th European Club Cup and the 25th European Club Cup for Women open tomorrow in Struga, Ohrid Lake, North Macedonia. The events will simultaneously take place from 17th-25th September in two different venues: Hotel Drim (Women’s event) and Hotel Izgrev (Open event).
38 teams will participate in the 36th European Club Cup and the battlefield is led by teams of Alkaloid (Average rating of players 2713, North Macedonia), Mednyi Vsadnik (Average rating of players 2694, Russia), Novibor (Average rating of players 2677, Czech Republic), KPRF (Average rating of players 2655, Russia), C.A. Silla – The Origin of Modern Chess (Average rating of players 2612, Spain) and others.
Among the players who will defend the colours of their teams will be world elite grandmasters, such as: reigning World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen (NOR, 2855, Offerspill Chess Club), Grischuk Alexander (RUS, 2775, KPRF), Mamedyarov Shakriyar (AZE, 2762, Alkaloid), Andreikin Dmitry (RUS, 2728, Alkaloid), Harikrishna Pentala (IND, 2725, Novibor)…
Starting list of teams and participants can be found here.
Teams of Monte Carlo (Average rating of players 2513, Monaco), GRECO-Kyiv Chess Federation (Average rating of players 2501, Ukraine) and South Ural (Average rating of players 2441, Russia) are the top seeds of the Women’s European Club Cup.
Among the participants are: Goryachkina Aleksandra (RUS, 2608, Monte-Carlo), Muzychuk Mariya (UKR, 2540, GRECO-Kyiv Chess Federation), Muzychuk Anna (UKR, 2534, GRECO-Kyiv Chess Federation), Dzagnidze Nana (GEO, 2525, Monte-Carlo), Shuvalova Polina (RUS, 2510, Alkaloid)…
Starting rank list of teams and list of participants can be found here.
Both events will be played in 7 rounds, with time control of 90 minutes for 40 moves plus 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move, starting from move one.
Schedule of the event:
The total prize fund of events will be 44.000 EUR, with 28.000EUR for the Open section and 15.000 EUR for Women’s event. Despite the prizes for the best ranked 5 teams in each section, there will be special prizes for the best individuals per board, as well as special prizes for players with the best performance from a “European Small Nations” club.
Details and regulations of the events can be found on the Official Website.