European Club Cup under way in Rhodes

The European Club Cup is under way in Rhodes, Greece and the current holders of the cups are again the favourites this year. In the open section the team sponsored by the Azerbaijan oil company SOCAR has Fabiano Caruana, Teimour Radjabov, Veselin Topalov, Gata Kamsky, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Wang Hao, Anish Giri and Eltaj Safarli. It would be a disaster for Cercle d’Echecs de Monte-Carlo to win less than gold in the women’s section, with Hou Yifan, Humpy Koneru, Anna Muzychuk, Pia Cramling and Almira Skripchenko.