The 2013 edition of the Belgian Chess Championships is taking place on 6th – 14th July at the Lindner Hotel, Long Kievitstraat 125, 2018 in Antwerpen.

A number of events will be held in this national chess festival. The main tournaments are the Experts round-robin and the Open section.

The Experts tournament is a 10-player single round-robin with a selection of the strongest Belgian players. It has a rating average of 2387. The only grandmaster in the lineup, Dgebuadze is the first seed.

The Open section is a 9 rounds Swiss system event. It has attracted no less than 174 players. Scottish GM Paul Motwani is the first seed and clear favorite.

The time control in both events is 90 minutes for the first 40 moves plus 30 minutes to finish the game and 30 seconds increments from move one.

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Participants – Experts:

1 GM Dgebuadze Alexandre BEL 2520
2 IM Docx Stefan BEL 2488
3 IM Ringoir Tanguy BEL 2471
4 FM Soors Stef BEL 2405
5 FM Rooze Jan BEL 2386
6 IM Van Der Stricht Geert BEL 2369
7 IM Hautot Stephane BEL 2366
8 IM Claesen Pieter BEL 2335
9 Verstraeten Rein BEL 2283
10 FM Le Quang Kim BEL 2242

Participants – Open (top seeds):

1 GM Motwani Paul SCO 2499
2 FM Beukema Stefan BEL 2295
3 FM Cools Gorik BEL 2255
4 FM Akhayan Ruben BEL 2245
5 Noiroux Kevin BEL 2243
6 FM Sadkowski Daniel BEL 2230
7 Sadikhov Ulvi AZE 2222
8 FM Daels Marc BEL 2213
9 Penson Thierry BEL 2211
10 Bomans Arno BEL 2204

Chess Daily News from Susan Polgar
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