There are 292 players competing beginning today. Top chess femmes participating include WGM Alina L'Ami (ROU 2372), WGM Anna Rudolf (HUN 2325), and WGM Svetland Cherednichenko (UKR 2293). They'll be up against really tough competition. The highest rated male players include GM Vladimir Malakov (2712) , GM Aleksey Dreev (2677) and that cutey, GM Ivan Cheparinov (2677).
Official website. Play began today and continues through August 5, 2012 (10 rounds total). I'm pleased to report that all three of the top-rated chess femmes won their games in R1. I'll be checking the results periodically and will provide a final accounting when all the dust has settled, and see if I can round up the names of all of the chess femmes who participated and their final standings.