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Familiar faces at Xtracon Chess Open

14-02-2016 00:42

Even though the tournament name now is Xtracon Chess Open, a lot of things haven't changed since the recent years of Politiken Cup. There will be some familiar faces among the participants:

Aleksey Dreev has been a member of the Russian chess elite for several years. In 1996 he peaked at the World rankings with a 9th place. His list of results is quite impressive: World Under-16 Champion, European Junior Champion, Biel Winner, Hoogovens winner, European rapid chess champion, European blitz chess champion, etc. He has also reached a World Championship quarter final and won 3 olympic gold medals with the Russian team.

Dreev won 16th prize in Politiken Cup 2009 and 4th prize in 2012. This year he will surely be one of the contestants for the tournament victory.

Daniel Naroditsky showed his blitz skills last year where he won the Oddset Blitz. The american grandmaster finished only a half point behind the winner of Politiken Cup 2015, and he will be one of the favourites for the tournament win this year.

Learn more about GM Naroditsky by visiting his website:


Vladimir Burmakin finished a half point behind the winner of Politiken Cup 2012. The experienced Russian grandmaster has a lot of fine tournament wins including Chigorin Memorial and Cappelle-la-Grande.

His ELO is currently 2556 and he peaked at 2627 in July 2009.

Sabino Brunello is a good friend of Danish chess. He has played for Sydøstfyn Chessclub in the Danish chess league, and the Italian GM has multiple participations in Politiken Cup on his resume.

His best performance was in 2013 where he was in the lead before the last round, but after a loss to the tournament winner Negi, he had to settle for 7th prize.

Last but not least we will get another visit from Mihail Marin, who gave an interesting lecture and took 8th prize in Politiken Cup 2015. Marin has written a number of well-received books including "Learn from the Legends", which was named the 2005 ChessCafe Book of the Year.


Tania Sachdev unfortunately had to cancel her participation.

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