October 3, 2023

Top winter chess open – Bansko 2010

Bansko Grand Chess Open 2010 will take place in the top winter resort Bansko, Bulgaria, from 11th to 19th of December. It is open participation nine (9) rounds Swiss system. It will feature two sections – open and junior – with a total prize fund of over 15 000 EUR. There are special rating prizes for the winners of U2400, U2200, U2000, and U1800.

Up to now more than 100 players have signed up for the competition. There are participants  from France, Bulgaria, Israel, Greece, Georgia, Russia, Zimbabwe, Spain, Ukraine, Luxembourg, Serbia, Poland, Finland, and interest from over 20 other countries. Among these participants are 11 GMs over 2550 ELO and a total of 25 titled players.

Bansko Open is promissing to be one of the top open events of the year,  hotel bookings deadline is November 1st.

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Contact via skype at banskochess or via our contact form.


Grand total: 15 000 eur

Main section total: 9000 eur

Rating category U2400:    1000 eur

Rating category U2200:    1000 eur

Rating category U2000:    1000 eur

Rating category U1800:      1000 eur

Junior tournament: 8 laptop computers for each of the winners of Boys and Girls U14, U12, U10, and U8.

Blitz tournament: 1000 eur prize fund


The tournament is valid for GM/IM/FM /WFM/WIM/WGM norms and the youth section is application to the ECU Grand Prix.

Official website: http://banskochess.chessdom.com/

Contact: Anton Mihailov at the following address:

Bansko contact

Participants list (as per October 15th)

GM Georgiev, Kiril 2685 Bulgaria
GM Savchenko,Boris 2627 Russia
GM Spasov,Vasil 2621 Bulgaria
GM Ivanisevic Ivan 2613 Serbia
GM Chatalbasev, Boris 2606 Bulgaria
GM Rakhmanov, Aleksandr 2605 Russia
GM Banikas, Hristos 2590 Greece
GM Halkias,Stelios 2577 Greece
GM Tornike, Sanikidze 2564 Georgia
GM Perunovic, Milos 2558 Serbia
GM Mastrovasilis, Athanasios 2556 Greece
IM Nabaty, Tamir 2526 Israel
IM Ipatov, Alexander 2521 Spain
IM Perunovic, Miodrag 2449, Serbia
GM Georgiev, Krum 2441 Bulgaria
GM Ivanov, Mikhail 2438 Russia
IM Zaslavsky, Mikhail 2435 Israel
IM Collas, Didier 2420 France
FM Fazulyanov, Sergey 2365 Russia
WGM Gvetadze,Sofio 2352 Georgia
IM Mastrokoukos, Giorgos 2328 Greece
WGM Collas, Silvia 2320 France
Galburd, Yan 2310 Israel
WIM Nikolova, Adriana 2295 Bulgaria
Kanakaris, Giorgos 2285 Greece
WIM Videnova Iva 2283 Bulgaria
Vragoteris ,Antonis 2253 Greece
Vlashki, Nino 2230 Bulgaria
Yakimenko Alexander A. 2211 Russia
Masango, Spencer 2165 Zimbabwe
Glavchev, Stanislav 2129 Bulgaria
Dritan Zekaj 2120 Albania
Grapsa, Georgia 2044 Greece
Kolev, Vasil 2029 Bulgaria
Marie, Boyard 2028 Luxembourg
Ladopoulos, Dimitrios 1866 Greece
Ivanov ,Aleksandar Jordanov 1862 Bulgaria
Petrov, Martin 1856 Bulgaria
Krastev, Kalin 1848 Bulgaria
Theoharidis ,Georgios 1839 Greece
Papathanasiou ,Elisavet 1792 Greece
Atanasova, Elitsa 1748 Bulgaria
Harizanova Marina 1708 Bulgaria
Shivacheva, Donika 1690 Bulgaria
Marcin ,Muller 1687 Poland
Charpidou, Anna 1686 Greece
Harizanova Elitsa 1670 Bulgaria
Haritopoulou, Maria-anna 1658 Greece
Sabotinov Ventsislav 1647 Bulgaria
Hristov, Kaloyan 1576 Bulgaria
Ganev, Nikola 1523 Bulgaria
Gogov, Kiril 1520 Bulgaria
Taskov, Ivo 1480 Bulgaria
Vasileva, Aleksandra 1480 Bulgaria
Najdenova, Jana 1466 Bulgaria
Nikolay Sotirov Sotirov Bulgaria
Nedelcho Dichev Bulgaria
Bozhidar Ivanov Bulgaria
Angel Todorov Bulgaria
Darena Sirkova Bulgaria
Petar Dodov Bulgaria
Tsvetan Dodov Bulgaria
Papaefstratiou , Andreas 0 Greece
Velikov, Georgi 0 Bulgaria
Stoyanov, Yordan Bulgaria
Gavrilov, Petar Bulgaria
Liangov, Petar Bulgaria
Petrov, Nikolai Bulgaria
Antova, Gabriela Bulgaria
Kitaigorodski, Sergei Finland
Zheliazkova, Vania 0 Bulgaria
Atanasova, Paulina 0 Bulgaria


About Bansko

Bansko, Bulgaria’s # 1 ski resort, offers its visitors a unique mixture of modern sporting facilities, breathtaking nature, excellent accommodation, rich cultural and gastronomic heritage. Bansko has the best snow record and the longest ski season on the Balkans – it is an ideal place for a strong winter chess tournament and ski vacation.

The accommodation provided is close to the ski slopes. Rounds of the chess tournament will start at 17:00, so that the ski lovers can enjoy some of the best tracks in Europe, one named after and used by the legendary Alberto Tomba.

The Bansko town is in southwestern Bulgaria, located at the foot of Pirin at an altitude of 925 m above sea level. Ski tracks start at Todorka peak at 2300 meters above sea level, and continue down to the village. A new gondola lift was built in 2003 to replace a minibus ride up to the ski slopes of Todorka. The slopes are suitable for all level skiers – from the very beginners to ones who love extreme slopes. A few competitions take place annually alpine ski disciplines and also biathlon competitions. In Bansko will take part – the women’s world cup for the alpine ski discplines. It is expected that the world cup for summer biathlon will also take part in the resort of Bansko.

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