Arctic Chess Challenge 2010

164 players in 9-round open, 31st July to 8th August in Tromso, Norway

Van Wely thinking

Top seeded is GM Loek Van Wely

The 2010 Arctic Chess Challenge is taking place from 31st July to 8th August in Tromso, Norway. The 9-round open tournament gathered 164 players from 36 countries, competing for the prize fund of total 13,850 EUR. Tromso is also bidding to host the 2014 Chess Olympiad.

All the top Grandmasters had an easy cruise in the first round, with exception of Normund Miezis who was defeated by Eric Vaarala, rated as number 101.

In the second round Grandmasters Moiseenko (2667), Malakhatko (2576), Abbasov (2549) and Petrov (2535), conceded draws to WGM Zdebskaja (2383), IM Medvegy (2343), Kaj Engstrom (2290) and WGM Alina L’Ami (2323), respectively. At the same time, the legendary Finnish GM Heikki Westerinen beat the much higher rated GM Sergei Azarov.

Last year winner was GM Monika Socko. More information on the official website

Top rated players

GM Loek Van Wely 2677 NED,
GM Alexander Moiseenko 2667 UKR,
GM Mikhail Kobalia 2648 RUS,
GM Bartosz Socko 2646 POL,
GM Chanda Sandipan 2637 IND,
GM Igor Khenkin 2632 GER,
GM Yuri Drozdovskij 2624 UKR,
GM Mateusz Bartel 2613 POL,
GM Emanuel Berg 2612 SWE,
GM Ivan Ivanisevic 2611 SRB,
GM Vladimir Burmakin 2605 RUS,
GM Sergei Azarov 2600 BLR,
GM Zoltan Gyimesi 2598 HUN,
GM Vadim Malakhatko 2576 BEL,
GM Julian Radulski 2574 BUL,
GM Manuel Leon Hoyos 2556 MEX,
GM Farid Abbasov 2549 AZE,
GM Marijan Petrov 2535 BUL,
GM Normunds Miezis 2507 2518 LAT,
GM Matthew J Turner 2506 ENG and GM Anatoly Bykhovsky 2487 ISR.