The 48th edition of the Ilmar Raud Memorial is taking place from 30th June to 6th July 2014 at the Viljandi Sports Center in Viljandi, a town in southern Estonia.

The event is played in memorial of Ilmar Raud, member of the Estonian team that scored bronze at the Chess Olympiad in Buenos Aires.

The playing format is 9 round Swiss format and the results will be submitted for FIDE and Estonian Elo ratings.

Each player will have 1 hour and 30 minutes for the first 40 moves and 15 minutes for the rest of the game + 30 additional seconds after each move.

The main prizes are as following: 1.500 €/1.000 €/ 700 €/ 400 €/ 250 €/ 150 €/ 100 €/ 70 €. The organizers provide many special prizes, as well as two surprise prizes.

A total of 59 players from 6 different countries, including 7 GMs, 5 IMs, 1 WIM and 5 FMs will take part in the tournament.

Top seed is Estonian champion GM Kaido Kulaots.

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Starting list of participants (top seeds):

1 GM Kulaots Kaido EST 2572
2 GM Aleksandrov Aleksej BLR 2554
3 GM Kovalev Vladislav BLR 2554
4 GM Ehlvest Jaan USA 2552
5 GM Maiorov Nikita BLR 2520
6 GM Volodin Aleksandr EST 2490
7 IM Kantans Toms LAT 2467
8 IM Smirnov Artem RUS 2463
9 FM Meskovs Nikita LAT 2451
10 GM Shvyrjov Igor EST 2450

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