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The 8th Arad International Chess Festival 2015 (Arad Open) is scheduled to take part from August 6 – 12, in Arad, a city in western Romania, situated near Hungarian border, 250 KM from Budapest.

The event is a 9-round Swiss open with prize fund of over 9,000 Euro and first prize in the amount of nearly 2,400 Euro.

This tournament is a great possibility for foreign players to visit western Romania (Transylvania), with very cheap accommodation options (from 4 euro/person/night at University dorm rooms, 15 euro/person/night in Continental Hotel****) and affordable possibilities of serving meals (10 euro for lunch and dinner together).

Additional activities will be organized: FIDE rated blitz open, Chess 960, Bughouse, blitz pairs tournament and table tennis tournament. For the little ones, there will be two tournaments for children U8 and U10.

Those of the players who are keen on swimming can enjoy good time at Neptun Swimming Place (one of the biggest in Europe), a recreational area situated in the very heart of the city, near to the fortress.

Ukrainian player GM Alexander Zubov (2619) will head the field of 243 players from 17 different countries, including 15 GMs and 12 IMs.

Contacts:
Tournament Director IO Alin Campeanu
Info and registrations: aradopen@gmail.com
Tel.: +40-722-613128

Official website/ LIVE games with analysis

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Preliminary list of players (top 20):

1 GM Zubov Alexander UKR 2619
2 GM Iordachescu Viorel MDA 2589
3 GM Banusz Tamas HUN 2586
4 GM Svetushkin Dmitry MDA 2580
5 GM Jianu Vlad-Cristian ROU 2576
6 GM Yemelin Vasily RUS 2574
7 GM Zubarev Alexander UKR 2559
8 GM Nevednichy Vladislav ROU 2549
9 GM Balog Imre HUN 2537
10 GM Martinovic Sasa CRO 2532
11 GM Nikolov Momchil BUL 2531
12 GM Dobrov Vladimir RUS 2527
13 GM Bajarani Ulvi AZE 2522
14 IM Miron Lucian-Costin ROU 2499
15 IM Georgescu Tiberiu-Marian ROU 2488
16 GM Manolache Marius ROU 2476
17 FM Druska Juraj SVK 2456
18 Repka Christopher SVK 2450
19 IM Deac Bogdan-Daniel ROU 2443
20 IM Peptan Corina-Isabela ROU 2423

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