With the third stage of the FIDE Grand Prix held in Tbilisi, Georgia, almost coming to an end, it is time to start checking out another notorious tournament that is about to begin in the holy city of Jerusalem, Israel. We are, of course, talking about the European Individual Chess Championship, that will have its first round tomorrow and its last on 8th of March. Besides the attractive prizes, the tournament offers the best 23 players the chance to qualify for the World Cup, which will be played this year.
The starting list is impressive, as the event has gather 255 players, of which 117 grandmasters and 6 players above 2700. Leading the list is the talented Czech grandmaster David Navara, followed by Russian Nikita Vitiugov and Ukranian Pavel Eljanov.