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Before the last round

Loek van Wely (Photo: Bjørn Berg Johansen)

Loek Wan Wely is leading ACC before the last round. The rating favorite GM Loek Van Wely has thus far lived up to the expectations and leads the tournament with 7 points. He is followed by GM Manuel Leon Hoyos on the same score, but lower tie-breaks. Young Hoyos is only 21 years old and must be regarded as tournament surprise. He has lost only one game and won the rest.

Trailing the leaders by 1/2 point are GMs Sandipan, B. Socko and Kobalia. The winner of the tournament is among these five.

Talking about Loek; he has really played an international chess tournament and met players from nine different countries, playing on the first board 7 of the 9 rounds.

Norm chances

of Norway has achieved his IM title since he in this tournament has passed 2400 as well as making his fifth(!) norm.
, Finland needs a draw for an IM norm.
from the Netherlands has achieved his third norm, and can even get his first GM norm with a win!
, Ireland needs a draw against Frode Elsness to achieve a GM norm.
, Norge becomes IM if he wins against Dr. Holger Riedel.

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Almost 60 entries so far

Just like last year the Socko family make up three spots on the starting list: Monika, Bartosz and Szymon.

A few statistics as of today:

The starting list contains 29 title holders, of which only 2 are Norwegian!
8 of the title holders are women, led by last year’s winner, Monika Socko.

IM Torbjørn Ringdal Hansen in 20th spot, (Elo 2412) is so far the highest ranked Norwegian.

The top ten average is a solid 2613!

ACC definitively is an international tournament already, since just 23 of the contestants are from Norway. 21 other countries are represented, making up more than 60% of the list so far.

Only 8 of the entries lack international Elo, and the average rating is 2268.

Players coming in pairs

As of now 7 chess couples are listed, with all 14 having international titles. Last year’s winner Monika Socko and her husband Bartosz have the highest average Elo, 2551. Below are all chess couples :

GM Bartosz Socko Poland 2637 2551 1
GM Monika Socko Poland 2465
GM Yuri Drozdovskij Ukraine 2627 2509 2
WGM Natalia Zdebskaja Ukraine 2390
GM Zoltán Gyimesi Hungary 2586 2465 3
IM Nóra Medvegy Hungary 2344
GM Mateusz Bartel Poland 2614 2440 4
WGM Marta Przezdziecka Poland 2265
GM Malakhatko Vadim Belarus 2549 2435 5
WGM Zozulia Anna Belarus 2321
GM Loek van Wely The Netherlands 2639 2396 6
WIM Lorena Zepeda EL Salvador 2152
IM Gediminas Sarakauskas Lithuania 2430 2327 7
WIM Zivile Sarakauskiene Lithuania 2224

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