GM Pontus Carlsson (Sweden)
Pontus Carlsson of Sweden is currently competing in the European Individual Championship being held in Croatia. The tournament is extremely strong despite not featuring any of the top 20 players in the world. Carlsson sits in the #204 position in a field of 408 participants. Carlsson has been playing sparingly in the past year and is trying to get back on track.
GM Zoltan Almasi of Hungary is the top seed at 2720. There are some rising young Grandmasters in the lineup such as Fabiano Caruana (Italy) along with Anish Giri (Netherlands) and Eltaj Safarli (Azerbaijan). They will be looking to make an impact among the approximately 200 Grandmasters vying for the prestigious title.