Thursday, August 23, 2007

Waiting Lines in Barcelona

While some tournament managers are having headache over the poor turnouts, people from the IX Open of Sants, Hostafrancs and la Bordeta in Barcelona have formed a waiting list to cover the possible nonappearances after, could you believe it, 500 players have signed up. That makes 305 in the main rated group, 195 in U2000 group. Sants Open is the last event in the Catalan Circuit Rating for "Generalitat de Catalunya Prize".

Tournament is taking place on 24th August to 2nd September in 79 Sants st, Barcelona (Auditori del Centre Cívic de les Cotxeres de Sants). 10 rounds of swiss system will be played, entry fees are affordable 22-37 Euros and total prize fund 12.300 Euros.

Top players: GM David Shengelia (GEO 2569), GM Friso Nijboer (NED 2568), GM José Manuel López (ESP 2567), GM Walter Arencibia (CUB 2563), GM Viktor Moskalenko (UKR 2560), GM Marc Narciso (ESP 2552), GM José Gonzalez (MEX 2540), GM Saraunas Sulskis (LIT 2537), GM Joszef Pinter (HUN 2535), GM Mihail Marin (GM 2533), IM Sébastien Mazé (FRA 2530), GM Thomas Luther (GER 2529), IM Alexander Cuartas (COL 2504), GM Omar Almeida (CUB 2501), IM Stefan Bromberger (GER 2500), IM Fidel Corrales (CUB 2499), IM Jordi Fluvia (ESP 2497), IM Matthieu Cornette (FRA 2487), GM Lars Karlsson (SWE 2481) etc

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