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|World Chess Cup||180 games|
|FIDE World Cup Blitz||380 games|
|Kramnik vs Anand Advanced Chess Match||2 games|
|Cultural Village Tournament||29 games|
|US Chess League||4 games|
|Ukrainian Championship||98 games|
|Elwood Bendigo Bank Chess Championship||25 games|
|8th Liberec Open||16 games|
|Guernsey Chess Festival Open||236 games|
My thanks to Michael Langer, Fred Lucas, Nebojsa Baralic, George Mirijanian, Luiz Roberto Da Costa Jr, Patricia Claros Aguilar, Anton Mihailov, Arthur F Brameld, Ian Rogers and everyone else who helped with the issue.
A very busy week of chess with the FIDE World Cup Blitz following on from the Tal Memorial with a stellar field. Vassily Ivanchuk reasserted his good form by taking clear first from Viswanathan Anand after beating him in the final round. Anand followed this up with a draw against Vladimir Kramnik in an Advanced Chess Rapid match whilst most of the rest of the blitz players made their way to Khanty-Mansiysk to play in the World Chess Cup. There were few real shocks in round one 19th seed Pavel Eljanov, 25th, Konstantin Landa, 32nd, Pentala Harikrishna, 39th, Emil Sutovsky and 42nd seed and former World Championships Challenger Nigel Short (strangely after or perhaps because of his opponent arriving late) were the main casualties. The real business is yet to come.
Hope you enjoy this issue.
The World Chess Cup takes place in Khanty-Mansiysk. Arrival 22nd, Opening Ceremony 23rd and Round 1 24th November, departure after 7 knockout rounds on 18th December 2007.
Official site: http://www.ugra-chess.ru/eng/main_e.htm [and link to the handy pairings tree is at: http://www.fide.com/news.asp?id=1520] Further coverage: http://www.chessdom.com/world-chess-cup-2007/
|World Chess Cup Round 1 24th-26th November 2007|
|Round 1 Match 01|
|Round 1 Match 02|
|Abdel Razik, Khaled||EGY||2389||0||0||0|
|Round 1 Match 03|
|Round 1 Match 04|
|Hobaica, Juan Pablo||ARG||2427||0||0||0|
|Round 1 Match 05|
|Round 1 Match 06|
|Round 1 Match 07|
|Round 1 Match 08|
|Round 1 Match 09|
|Round 1 Match 10|
|Round 1 Match 11|
|Round 1 Match 12|
|Round 1 Match 13|
|Round 1 Match 14|
|El Gindy, Essam||EGY||2503||1||0||0||½||1,5|
|Round 1 Match 15|
|Round 1 Match 16|
|Round 1 Match 17|
|Round 1 Match 18|
|Round 1 Match 19|
|Round 1 Match 20|
|Round 1 Match 21|
|Round 1 Match 22|
|Round 1 Match 23|
|Dominguez Perez, Lenier||CUB||2683||1||1||2|
|Round 1 Match 24|
|Nguyen, Ngoc Truong Son||VIE||2530||½||½||1||0||½||0||2,5|
|Van Wely, Loek||NED||2679||½||½||0||1||½||1||3,5|
|Round 1 Match 25|
|Round 1 Match 26|
|Le, Quang Liem||VIE||2534||½||0||0,5|
|Round 1 Match 27|
|Hera, Imre Jr.||HUN||2544||0||½||0,5|
|Round 1 Match 28|
|Round 1 Match 29|
|Round 1 Match 30|
|Round 1 Match 31|
|Gonzalez Zamora, Juan Carlos||MEX||2552||-||-||0|
|Round 1 Match 32|
|Round 1 Match 33|
|Round 1 Match 34|
|Round 1 Match 35|
|Round 1 Match 36|
|Vallejo Pons, Francisco||ESP||2660||1||½||1,5|
|Round 1 Match 37|
|Round 1 Match 38|
|Round 1 Match 39|
|Round 1 Match 40|
|Round 1 Match 41|
|Becerra Rivero, Julio||USA||2568||0||0||0|
|Round 1 Match 42|
|Short, Nigel D||ENG||2649||½||½||0||½||1,5|
|Round 1 Match 43|
|Round 1 Match 44|
|Round 1 Match 45|
|Round 1 Match 46|
|Round 1 Match 47|
|Round 1 Match 48|
|Round 1 Match 49|
|Round 1 Match 50|
|Ganguly, Surya Shekhar||IND||2585||0||½||0,5|
|Round 1 Match 51|
|Round 1 Match 52|
|Round 1 Match 53|
|Ghaem Maghami, Ehsan||IRI||2591||+||+||2|
|Round 1 Match 54|
|Round 1 Match 55|
|Granda Zuniga, Julio E||PER||2592||½||0||0,5|
|Round 1 Match 56|
|Round 1 Match 57|
|Round 1 Match 58|
|Kaidanov, Gregory S||USA||2597||½||½||0||½||1,5|
|Round 1 Match 59|
|Round 1 Match 60|
|Round 1 Match 61|
|Round 1 Match 62|
|Round 1 Match 63|
|Bruzon Batista, Lazaro||CUB||2607||½||½||½||½||½||0||2,5|
|Round 1 Match 64|
The World Blitz Cup took place 21st-22nd November 2007 (with qualifiers on 19th-20th). Vassily Ivanchuk won the event a point clear of Viswanathan Anand who he beat in the final round. Defending champion Alexander Grischuk was 3rd.
Official site: http://www.russiachess.org/
|World Blitz Moscow RUS 21-22 xi 2007 cat. XIX (2710)
Final Round 38 Standings
|Blitz Qualifier Moscow RUS 19-20 xi 2007 Final Round 11 Standings|
|13||19||GM||Vallejo Pons, Francisco||ESP||2660||13||91|
|19||9||GM||Van Wely, Loek||NED||2679||12||110.5|
Kramnik and Anand drew a two game Advanced Chess (computer assisted) Match in Moscow on 23rd November 2007.
Official site: http://www.russiachess.org/
|Advanced Chess Rapid Match Moscow (RUS), 23 xi 2007|
|Kramnik, Vladimir||- Anand, Viswanathan||½-½||47||D46||Semi-Slav Defence|
|Anand, Viswanathan||- Kramnik, Vladimir||½-½||24||C67||Ruy Lopez Berlin|
|Advanced Chess Rapid Match Moscow (RUS), 23 xi 2007|
The Cultural Village Tournament takes place in the Cafe De Zon in Wijk aan Zee 19th-28th November 2007.
Official site: http://www.ssij.nl/ and details: http://www.coruschess.com/article.php?s=n140
|CVCT Wijk aan Zee NED (NED), 19-28 xi 2007 cat. VIII (2427)|
|7.||Van Oosterom, Chiel||NED||2401||.||0||0||.||0||½||*||1||½||.||2||2296|
|8.||Den Heeten, Djurre||NED||2258||0||.||0||1||.||0||0||*||.||1||2||2323|
The World Youth Chess Championships take place 17th-29th November 2007 in Antalya. I'll round up results and games next week.
Official site: http://wycc2007.tsf.org.tr/
The new US Chess League took place August 27th - October 31st 2007. Boston beat New York in the first semi-final. Dallas beat Miami in the second. Games are played on ICC. My thanks to Greg Shahade.
Final lineups (November 28th 2007) [from the official site]
Board 1 - IM Drasko Boskovic vs GM Larry Christiansen: Boskovic is coming off a fantastic win against GM Julio Becerra, earning him the game of the week award. He will need to conjure up more of this magic to beat Christiansen. Christiansen has played a very strong field this season, winning two games and drawing the rest, and will actually be facing his lowest rated opponent of the season in Boskovic. Board 2 - SM Jorge Sammour Hasbun vs IM Davorin Kuljasevic: Both of these players are playing ridiculously well in 2007. Jorge has an amazing 5.5/6 score so far, while Davorin has an even better score at 6.5/7. These two are clearly the front runners for the first spot on the 2nd Board All Star Team, and this game may decide who receives this honor. It should be an action packed match between two lightning hot opponents. Click here for an interview with IM Kuljasevic. Board 3- IM Jacek Stopa vs NM Denys Shmelov: We have another matchup of potential all stars on Board 3, with the winner of this game having a good shot to make the first team for Board 3. Stopa was the on the 1st All Star team in 2006 for Board 2, and was able to drop down to Board 3 this season. Needless to say he's doing very well, with a record of three wins and two draws. Shmelov has been performing very well as well, going through the regular season undefeated, and suffering his only loss to IM Jay Bonin in the Semifinal match. Board 4- NM Chris Williams vs WFM Bayaraa Zorigt: Williams has been awesome in 2007, with a record of 6 wins and 2 losses. Zorigt has had an up and down season with an even record for the year. The numbers say that Williams has the edge, but Zorigt has faced and defeated many higher rated players than Williams in her career and Dallas fans are hoping that she can do it again. Click here to watch Chris Williams celebrate after Boston's Semifinal victory.
Official site: http://www.uschessleague.com
|USCL Semi-Finals 14th and 19th November 2007|
|1||GM||Hikaru Nakamura||(NY)||vs||GM||Larry Christiansen||(BOS)||1/2-1/2|
|2||SM||Jorge Sammour Hasbun||(BOS)||vs||GM||Pascal Charbonneau||(NY)||1-0|
|3||IM||Jay Bonin||(NY)||vs||NM||Denys Shmelov||(BOS)||1-0|
|4||NM||Chris Williams||(BOS)||vs||WFM||Iryna Zenyuk||(NY)||1-0|
|1||GM||Julio Becerra||(MIA)||vs||IM||Drasko Boskovic||(DAL)||0-1|
|2||IM||Davorin Kuljasevic||(DAL)||vs||IM||Blas Lugo||(MIA)||1-0|
|3||FM||Marcel Martinez||(MIA)||vs||IM||Jacek Stopa||(DAL)||1/2-1/2|
|4||NM||Francisco Guadalupe II||(DAL)||vs||Luis Barredo||(MIA)||1-0|
The Ukrainian Championship took place in Kharkov 17th-25th November 2007. Valery Aveskulov won the event alone with 6.5/9.
Official site: http://www.ukrchess.org.ua/turnir/ukr07mf/index.html
|ch-UKR Final Kharkov (UKR), 17-25 xi 2007|
|14||Romanishin, Oleg M||g||UKR||2547||4.5||41.0||19.25||24.5||2504||-0.54|
|15||Malaniuk, Vladimir P||g||UKR||2496||4.5||40.5||19.75||22.5||2519||+0.29|
|28||Shishkin, Vadim UKR||g||UKR||2530||2.0||35.0||6.75||8.0||2254||-3.19|
The Elwood Bendigo Bank Chess Championship took place 3rd-6th November 2007. Darryl Johansen won the event with 6/7. Some games now available.
Official site: http://www.global1t.com/chess
|Elwood Bendigo Bank Chess Championship 3rd-6th November
Final Round 7 Standings:
|1||Johansen, Darryl K||VIC||2446||2424||6|
|Solomon, Stephen J||QLD||2465||2447||5.5|
|Sales, Jesse Noel||OS||2312||2312||5.5|
|Hacche, David J||VIC||2103||2048||5|
The 67th Italian Championship takes place 23rd November - 4th December 2007. The tournament will consist of 12 players in a round robin at the 4 star Park Hotel San Michele in Martina Franca. Games will be played on DGT boards, and viewable live at the Italian Chess Federation´s web site. The players are: GM Fabiano Caruana, GM Michele Godena, GM Carlo Garcia-Palermo, IM Sabino Brunello, IM Fabio Bruno, IM Giulio Borgo, IM Roberto Mogranzini, IM Federico Manca, IM Daniel Contin, FM Daniele Genocchio, FM Denis Rombaldoni, and Alessandro Bonafede.
Official federation site: http://www.federscacchi.it/ but the page for the championship wasn't working at the time I compiled this article.
The 8th Liberec Open took place 10th-17th November 2007. Zbigniew Ksieski won the event with 7.5/9. Games from Round 8 still missing but round 9 now available.
More detailed information should be found in English, German, Russian and Polish at http://www.czechtour.net/liberec-open/
|8th Liberec Open 10-17 ix 2007. Final Round 9 Standings:|
|8||CZE||Jiruse Josef Mgr.||CZE||2153||6,0||50,5|
|12||GER||Baum Bernd Dr||FM||GER||2210||6,0||48,0|
|15||CZE||Tesar Jan JUDr.||CZE||2069||6,0||44,5|
|17||CZE||Snorek Milan Ing.||CZE||2061||6,0||44,0|
|18||CZE||Turner Radek Ing.||CZE||2094||6,0||44,0|
The Fecerj International takes place in Rio de Janeiro 25th November - 3rd December 2007. Players; GM Andrés Rodrigues - 2541 - Uruguai GM Ruben Felgaer - 2539 - Argentina GM Alexandre Fier - 2516 - Brasil MI José Cubas - 2448 - Paraguai MF Jorge Bittencourt - 2448 - Brasil MI Diego Di Berardino - 2430 - Brasil MI Dragan Stanmekovic - 2417- Sérvia MI Eduardo Limp - 2405 - Brasil MF Ricardo Teixeira - 2397 - Brasil Arthur Cruz - 2247 - Brasil
Official site: http://www.fexerj.com.br/index2.htm
33rd Fortis Guernsey International Chess Festival GM Tiger Hillarp-Persson wins with 6 out of 7 having taken a half point bye in round 1. GM Vladimir Epishin was equal second. The event took place 21st-27th October 2007. Games now available my thanks to Arthur F Brameld.
Official site: http://www.guernseychessclub.org.gg/
George Mirijanian reports: The Harry Nelson Pillsbury Memorial tournament took place 25th November 2007 at the Boys & Girls Club of North Central Massachusetts in Leominster, Mass., USA. IM David Vigorito of Andover, Mass., captured first place with a score of 3.5-0.5. Tying for second place with 3-1 tallies were FM John Curdo of Auburn, Mass., and U.S. Chess Federation-rated expert Bennet Pellows of Sharon, Mass. The top Under 2100 prize went to USCF-rated expert Derek Meredith of West Hartford, Connecticut, who scored 2.5-1.5. The tournament was held in three sections and drew 50 players. Senior TD Ken Ballou of Framingham, Mass. directed for the sponsoring Massachusetts Chess Association (MACA). Complete crosstables are available at http://masschess.org
The Russian Championship Superfinals take place 17th-30th December 2007.
According to Chess Today the players are: Men: Alekseev, Amonatov, Vitjugov, Grischuk, Dreev, Inarkiev, Morozevich, Rychagov, Svidler, Timofeev, Tomashevsky, Jakovenko. Women: Galliamova, Gunina, Matveeva, Kovalevskaya, Korbut, N.Kosintseva, T.Kosintseva, Kosteniuk, Ovod, Stepovaya, Tairova, Shadrina.
The 50th "Torneo di Capodanno" in Reggio Emilia takes place December 29th 2007 - January 6th 2008. The tournament was created by Enrico Paoli, who organized it for many many years. The tournament will be played, as usual, in Hotel Astoria Mercure, with rounds starting at 2.30 pm (last round at 10.30 am). XVI FIDE cathegory, elo 2635 chief director Mrs Franca Dapiran. Main sponsors UNIPOL spa, STUDIO ALFA spa, VANETON srl, and ORLANDINI srl. Official commentator GM Croato Miso Cebalo.
Official site: http://www.ippogrifoscacchi.it
| 50th "Torneo di Capodanno" Reggio Emilia
December 29th 2007 - January 6th 2008
The British Rapidplay Chess Championships took place 17th-18th November 2007 at the North Bridge Leisure Centre, Halifax. 1st - G.M.Peter Wells 9.5 /11 2nd- G.M.Mark Hebden 9 /11 3rd- G.M.Stewart Haslinger 8.5/11. I will try and round the games and fuller results up next week.
The event British Rapidplay Chess 2008 takes place November 29th-30th 2008.
Official site: http://www.british-rapidplay.org.uk/
Regular TWIC contributer John Watson has a book radio show on chess.fm on Tuesdays. This week Larry Christiansen appears. You can catch the show by signing up for ICC trial membership. Link: http://www.chessclub.com/chessfm/
The XX Carlos Torre Memorial takes place in Mérida, Yucatán, México 15th-23rd December 2007.
The 13th Euro Chessweek in Leutersdorf (Germany) takes place 3rd-7th February 2008.
The Dutch Team Championships take place 15th September 2007 - 17th May 2008.
Links: Dutch Chess Federation: http://www.schaakbond.nl/ - Meesterklasse Games side bar at: http://www.schakers.info/
The field for the 2008 Corus tournament in Wijk aan Zee has been announced at http://www.coruschess.com Five of the top 6 in the world are playing including the new World Champion Anand and new World number 2 Ivanchuk. Also Kramnik and Gelfand who finished 2nd in Mexico City.
The Corus Chess Tournament 2008 will be held from 11-27 January 2008 in Wijk aan Zee. The tournament venue is the De Moriaan Community Centre
|Corus Wijk aan Zee 2008 A-Group 11th-27th January 2008|
|Name||Year of birth||Rating||W rnk|
|GM Viswanathan Anand||1969||2801||1|
|GM Vassily Ivanchuk||1969||2787||2|
|GM Vladimir Kramnik||1975||2785||3|
|GM Veselin Topalov||1975||2769||4|
|GM Peter Leko||1979||2755||5|
|GM Shakhryar Mamedyarov||1985||2752||7|
|GM Teymour Radjabov||1987||2742||8|
|GM Levon Aronian||1982||2741||9|
|GM Boris Gelfand||1968||2736||11|
|GM Michael Adams||1971||2729||13|
|GM Magnus Carlsen||1990||2714||17|
|GM Judit Polgar||1976||2708||20|
|GM Pavel Eljanov||1983||2681||30|
|GM Loek van Wely||1972||2680||32|
|Average rating: 2741 (based on October figures) Category: 20|
|Corus Wijk aan Zee 2008 B-Group 11th-27th January 2008|
|Average rating : 2617 Category : 15|
|Corus Wijk aan Zee Participants honorary four-event match 2008|
|Name||Year of birth||Rating||CCT victories|
|GM Viktor Kortchnoi||1931||2611||4|
|GM Lajos Portisch||1937||2530||4|
|GM Jan Timman||1951||2559||2|
|GM Ljubomir Ljubojevic||1950||2550||1|
In addition Monday 19th November there starts a kind of prelude for the big Corus tournament, the Cultural Village tournament. http://www.coruschess.com/article.php?s=n140 The winner will be invited for the C group. Games will be played in the café de Zon and the amateurs will also play games there during Corus 2008.
The 11th OIBM (Offene Internationale Bayerische Meisterschaft) took place in Bad Wiessee 10th-18th November 2007. Nidjat Mamedov and Mircea Parligras finished on 7.5/9. Games still not yet available.
Official site: http://www.oibm-bad-wiessee.de/
The Mexican Championships took place in Pachuca, the capital of the Mexican state of Hidalgo. Juan Carlos Gonzalez Zamora won with 7.5/9. The games file is still a long way from complete.
Official site: http://www.fenamac.org.mx/postnuke/html/
There is an interview with Viswanathan Anand at the Internet Chess Club on the occasion of the Indian festival "Diwali". Internet Chess Club's Chess.fm India presents an exclusive Interview with World Champion Viswanathan Anand. As special tribute, ICC http://www.chessclub.com has made an exclusive coverage of Anand's world championship triumph in Mexico followed by a historic reception in his hometown of Chennai. The Diwali special treat is available at http://webcast.chessclub.com/India/Macauley/Anand_interview.html & http://www.chessclub.com/chessfm/India.asx
The Internet Chess Club is organizing an online event where the first prize includes travel to the Gibraltar Chess Festival from anywhere in the world! The prize also includes entry and accommodation plus board for the whole tournament. Play begins on the 15th November, details at http://www.chessclub.com/activities/gibraltar/
The 6th edition of Gibraltar's Gibtelecom Chess Festival will be held from 22nd-31st January 2008 at the Caleta Hotel, one of Gibraltar's best hotels. In previous years players of the quality of Alexei Shirov, Michael Adams and Nigel Short have played in the Masters section. Usually the Masters field includes at least 30 grandmasters. In 2008 the first prize in the Masters has gone up to £12,000 and the tournament is so strong at the top that it even offers a £2,000 prize for the best score by a player rated under 2600 (we think that might be unique worldwide) as well as the same amount for other rating categories down to sub-2200. There is also big money to be won in the Under 2250 (£1,500 first prize) and Under 1850 (£1,000 first prize) events. Even the relatively light-hearted evening events (which cost nothing to enter) have a combined prize fund of £1,200.
Full details and entry form: http://www.gibraltarchesscongress.com/
The XXI Open Internacional de Ajedrez Villa de Benidorm 2008 Benidorm organised an international tournament 1977 till 1995 now it has returned second year. The event takes place 25nd April - 4st May 2008 (10 rounds). 35.000 Euros in prizes. Information: Mr. Alfonso Vilches Tel: +34 695 91 56 78. E-mail: email@example.com
Official site: http://www.chessbenidorm.com
The schedule for Chess Classic Mainz 2008 is now available. The event takes place 21st-28th July 2008 in Mainz/Germany.
In addition there is a Chess Classic Calendar for the next year, which will be available in the first week of December. It is a big format (420 x 594 mm) and shows the stars and the biggest moments of the 14 years tournament history. The copies are limited to 200 (39,- Euro plus delivery) plus 64 with an autograph of World Champion Vishy Anand (48,- Euro plus delivery). Contact for order: firstname.lastname@example.org
Further details: http://www.chesstigers.de
The 16th Donau Open takes place 26th-31st December 2007
Further details: http://www.aschach.at/schach/
The Icelandic Rapid Championships took place 18th-20th October 2007. Bragi and Björn Þorfinnsson will meet in the final in December which be on TV in Iceland.
Official site: http://www.skaksamband.is/index.php?option=content&task=view&id=5661&Itemid=387
Games Festival is a mass event organized for the third year in Halkidiki, Greece 28th April - 6th May 2008. The festival includes series of tournaments & exhibitions in prestigious sports like, chess, billiards, bridge, darts, streetbasketball and popular table games like scrabble, strategic games, pc games etc.
Official site: http://www.gamesfestival.com/
The Vados Cup, international rapid chess open takes place 17th-18th November 2007 in Arad (Romania). Prize fund: over 2000 euro. 1st prize: 1800 RON (~535 euro). - The organisers can provide free accommodation for IMs and can give conditions to GMs (please contact the organizer).
More info: http://www.vados.ro - http://www.vados.ro/next_turneu_en.php
Campeanu, Alin - tel. +40-722-613128, email:email@example.com
The Glitnir Blitz took place in Oslo last Saturday, Grischuk beat Carlsen 3-1 in the final and Agdestein beat Nielsen 3-0 in the semi-final. Would really like to find some games.
Official site: http://www.sjakk.no/glitnirblitz/resultater.html
The I Torneo Internacional de Ajedrez Avanzado (Tecnológico) takes place 1st-9th December 2007
Further details: http://www.ajedrezbali.com and http://www.eventosdeajedrez.com
The German Bundesliga for 2007-8 takes place 19th October 2007 - 20th April 2008. The first games were on Friday 19th October as part of the special round 7 - fixtures from this round are played before various weekend programs. Rounds 3 and 4 take place 24th-25th November 2007.
Official site: http://www.schachbundesliga.de/ further coverage: http://www.schach.com and also at the national Federation site at: http://www.schachbund.de/SchachBL/index.php and statistics also at: http://www.godesbergersk.de/bundesliga-statistik/
The Bethune chess club is preparing his 28th International Open, Hall Olof Palme, Commercial centre La Rotonde, Bethune, France (Pas-de-Calais) from December 26 to 30. 9 rounds The tournament is divided in 2 tournaments: - Tournament A for players whose Elo rating is above or equal to 1600, 1st price : 1500 euros - Tournament B for players strictly below 1900, 1st price : 400 euros, Fischer pace 1h30+30s KO for each game in both tournaments. At least 6000 euros of prices, prices for Elo categories in both tournaments. Inscription fee : 40 euros (adults), 20 euros (youngsters under 20), free for IM, GM and FIDE Masters. Conditions for IM and GM and special conditions for GM>2600, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information visit: http://www.bethunechess.com
The Harmonie Chess Tournament takes place 21st-30th December 2007.
Official site: http://www.so-on.org/kerst2007/2007eng.html
The XVII Pampona International takes place 21st-29th December 2007.
|Pamplona Masters 21-29 xii 2007. Category XVII|
|4||GM||VALLEJO PONS Francisco||2660||ESP|
|5||GM||BELIAVSKY Alexander G||2646||SLO|
|8||GM||KHAMRAKULOV Ibragim S||2604||ESP|
The Chigorin Memorial takes place in St Petersburg 29th November - 9th December 2007.
The VI Bali International Chess Festival takes place 30th November 9th December 2007. Many events including the tournament of stars 6th-9th December 2007 which has the participation of the new world champion Viswanathan Anand.
Further details: http://www.ajedrezbali.com/
The Czech Chess Christmas 2007 tournament takes place in Litomysl (CZE) 26th December 2007 - 1st January 2008
9th christmas chess FIDE tournament, swiss system of 9 round, rate of game 2 x 1,5h + 30s/move, prize fund 64.000 CZK (1st prize 20.000 CZK = 700 EUR), special conditions for IM, WGM and GM, New Years Eve programme. Contact: Proclient s.r.o., Jaroslav Fuksik, Svedska 3, 772 00 Olomouc, mobile: +420 608 364 664, e-mail: email@example.com,
Further details: http://www.a64.cz/tournaments/litomysl2007/
1. 6th-19th of October 2007 FIRST SATURDAY Budapest GM-IM-FM, GM-IM-FM round robins (BERGER), 9 -13 games, GM-IM norm possibilities in Budapest, venue: Hungarian Chess Federation, Falk Miksa Str.10. 2nd floor. Organisation: Nagy Laszlo, FIDE International Chess Organizer /NL/, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.firstsaturday.hu Other website: http://home.hu.inter.net/~firstsat Phone-fax: +(361)-2632859, cellphone: +(36)-30-230-1914 /From 12:00 a.m. until midnight - Central European Time = GMT+1/
2. 24th-31st of October, HÉVÍZ Open - 200 km West from Budapest, 9 rounds Swiss, org: IM Rigo, http://www.lellechess.tar.hu
3. 22nd-30th of October KECSKEMET, IM Berger tmt, org: Dr.Erdelyi, Tamas, e-mail: email@example.com
Website: http://www.caissachessbooks.hu Usually also in the second half of the month IM tmt-s in Kecskemet. 100 km South-East from Budapest.
4. 3rd-15th of November, FS GM-IM-FM Budapest, org.:NL
5. 15th-23rd of November, XXXI. TENKES CUP, 9 round Swiss Open, Harkany, 300 km South-West from Budapest, org: Mr.FULOP, Csaba, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
6. 1st-13th of December, FS GM-IM-FM, Budapest, org.NL
7. 15th-21st of Dec, Kecskemet, IM tmt
8. 27th Dec- 5th Jan Kecskemet IM tmt,
9. 11th-19th of January 2008 Open in Budapest, Season opening, org: IA FAZEKAS, György, e-mail: email@example.com
10. 19th-28th of January - IM tmt, Kecskemet
11. 2nd-15th of February - First Saturday Budapest,
12. 16th-25th of February - IM tmt Kecskemet,
13. 1st-13rd of March - First Saturday Budapest,
14. 21st-29th of March - Budapest Spring Festival Open, org.: Nagy Laszlo
The Halkidiki Chess Festival takes place in Kallithea, 28th April - 5 May 2008.
The Organizing Committee of the Halkdiki Chess Festival 2008. Tel/fax: +30 2310 865778 - e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org V.Olgas 285, Thessaloniki, Greece.
Official site: http://www.gamesfestival.com/
4th Singapore International Chess Convention, 16 - 22 December 2007: - Singapore Masters 2007 - Seminar for Coaches - Seminar for Arbiters The offical website of the organiser is the website of the Singapore Chess Federation:
Official site: http://www.singaporechess.org.sg
On Saturday 29th September will take place the 1st AICA Man-Machine Match, Accademia Due Torri, Bologna, Italy. Delfi, current italian computer champion, will play FM Nicolò Ronchetti, who has just scored his third IM norm. Time control: Ronchetti 2 hours, Delfi 10 seconds per move. The game will be relayed on PlayChess, from 10:00 (CET). Site: http://e4e6.com/g6. On the same place, on 29 and 30 September will take place the 2nd Chess Computer Cup, also valid as 7th italian computer chess championship (CIPS 2007). 7 rounds, around 20 players. First two boards will be relayed on PlayChess, from 13:00 (CET).
The 4th International Chess Festival Moscow Open 2008 takes place 2nd-10th February 2008. Venue - the Russian State Social University. Minimal gartanted prize fund of full festival is RUR 5 000 000 (nearly EUR 150 000 or USD 200 000, two times more than in 2007!) There are Open A (for all, 1st prize RUR 500 000 - also possible to play 6- or 7 days like last two years), Open B (<2300, 1st RUR 150 000), Women Open (new! 1st prize RUR 150 000), open tournaments for school chidrens (qualify for World School Ch). Conditions for GMs 2600+ and best rated women GMs will be given probably, for GMs 2550+ its still unclear. More details in the middle of September. Some days later (13-22.2) Aeroflot Open 2008 will start. As preparation to the World Mind Games in China 2008 there are probably "Moscow Open Mind Games 2008" - Chess 960, Bridge, Go, Shogi, Damen tournaments etc. Some days later (13-22.2) Aeroflot Open 2008 will start.
Further details: http://www.chess-events.org
Etienne Bacrot has a website at: http://www.chess22.fr/ giving news about himself, some comments on recent events including the World Championships in Mexico City etc. Worth check out.
1st SOUTH BOHEMIA OPEN 2007 International Chess Festival which takes place in one of the most beautiful Czech towns Cesky Krumlov on 13.-20.10. 2007. Open FIDE, active chess and blitz tournament are part of the festival.
The 32nd Kings Head Rapidplay takes place Saturday 5 April 2008 start time 11:00, details below: 6-round Swiss rapidplay (30 minutes), prize fund £700
The Porchester Hall Porchester Road Bayswater London W2 5HS
Contact: Colin Mackenzie 9 Allan Way Acton London W3 0PW 020 8992 1849 email@example.com
Further details; http://www.khcc.org.uk
The Baltic Sea Cup (Bornholm, Denmark) took place July 30th - August 5th 2007. Reynaldo Vera and Allan Stig Rasmussen finished on 7.5/9. A games file is on its way from the organisers.
Baltic Sea Cup July 30th - August 5th 2007 Standing -------- No Name Fed ELO Nat # Points 1 - 2 GM Reynaldo Vera Gonzalez-Quevedo 2479 7.5 1 - 2 FM Allan Stig Rasmussen 2450 2451 7.5 3 - 5 GM Igor Khenkin 2602 7 3 - 5 GM Eduardas Rozentalis 2551 7 3 - 5 GM Jonny Hector 2550 2550 7 6 - 9 GM Vadim Malakhatko 2596 6.5 6 - 9 GM Sune Berg Hansen 2574 2580 6.5 6 - 9 GM Tiger Hillarp-Persson 2568 2568 6.5 6 - 9 IM Thorbjørn Bromann 2413 2414 6.5 10 - 20 GM Boris Savchenko 2577 6 10 - 20 GM Sergey Kasparov 2500 6 10 - 20 IM Kim Pilgaard 2448 2453 6 10 - 20 IM Jens Kristiansen 2436 2439 6 10 - 20 IM Jacob Vang Glud 2435 2434 6 10 - 20 GM Carsten Høi 2422 2427 6 10 - 20 Esben Lund 2396 2408 6 10 - 20 Ashwin Jayaram 2399 6 10 - 20 FM Jorge Cabrera Trujillo 2324 6 10 - 20 FM Jake Kleiman 2312 6 10 - 20 Andreas Skytte Hagen 2256 2278 6 21 - 32 GM Alexander Stripunsky 2589 5.5 21 - 32 Martin Matthiesen 2363 2353 5.5 21 - 32 WGM Anna Zozulia 2332 5.5 21 - 32 IM Bjørn Brinck-Claussen 2324 2300 5.5 21 - 32 FM Jacob Carstensen 2304 2293 5.5 21 - 32 FM Tobias Hirneise 2293 5.5 21 - 32 FM Teddy Coleman 2239 5.5 21 - 32 FM Ove Weiss Hartvig 2232 2210 5.5 21 - 32 Andreas Wiwe 2187 2152 5.5 21 - 32 Parker Zhao 2180 5.5 21 - 32 Morten Kock Møller 2178 2141 5.5 21 - 32 CM Andreas Arnold Schmitz 2081 5.5 118 players
10th European Senior Team-Championship take place 11th-19th February 2008 in RAMADA-Hotel in Dresden.
Further info contact: ZMD Schachfestival Dresden e.V., Oskar-Mai-Straße 6, D-01159 Dresden, Fon +49 (0)351 416 16 29, Fax: +49 (0)351 416 16 39 Dr. Gerhard Schmidt, Hepkestraße 131, D-01277 Dresden, Fon +49 (0)351 251 34 20, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Celebration 83rd Hastings International Congress takes place 28 December 2007 to 6 January 2008. This includes a 10 round Master Swiss, and an open FIDE Rated tournament 5-6 January. Celebrating what? The lives of the many people who have died within the past four years, who have so enriched the chess scene with their work. Full details http://www.hastingschess.org.uk/ Contact: Con Power email@example.com
Entries so far include: Vugar Gashimov GM AZE 2655 Vadim Malakhatko GM BEL 2596 Nidjat Mamedov GM AZE 2548 Stuart Conquest GM ENG 2546 Mark Hebden GM ENG 2540 Nicholas Pert GM ENG 2536 Gawain Jones GM ENG 2526 David Howell GM ENG 2519 Glenn Flear GM ENG 2479 Stewart Haslinger GME ENG 2468 Anna Zozulia IM/WGM BEL 2332
XXXVII Rilton Cup takes place 27th December 2007 5th January 2008 in Mälarsalen. Münchenbryggeriet, Torkel Knutssonsgatan 2, Stockholm, SWEDEN Stockholm Chess Federation welcomes all chess players to the 37th Rilton Cup. This years tournament, with a prize fund of more than SEK 200 000 (about 22 000 euro) will be played in three groups: Rilton Cup, Rilton Elo and Rilton Open (Rilton Open is only open for Nordic players with a rating lower than national 1800). Rilton Cup and Rilton ELO is Elo registrated Rilton Cup and Rilton Elo plays 9 rounds Fide Swiss. The first round starts at 13:00 on the 27th of December and the following rounds start at 11:00 every day until the 5th of January. The 1st of January (New Years Day) is free. Send your entry by mail, fax or e-mail, not later than the 17th of December to Stockholm Chess Federation, attention Rilton Cup. Mobile telephones or computers are not allowed in the playing hall. Rilton Cup Open for players with an Elo rating or national rating >= 2200. Reflection time: 40 moves in two hours, 20 moves in one hour and 30 minutes for the rest of the game.
Entry fees: 800 SEK, 400 for FM, 300 for players born 1987 or later. IGM and IM free. Prizes (SEK): 1st 20 000 2nd 16 000 3rd 12 000 4th 10 000 5th 8 000 6th 6 000 7:th 5 000 8th 4 000 9th 3 000 10th 3 000 10th 3 000 Rating prizes: 3 000, 2 000 and 1000 (not for GMs and IMs). Prizemoney is not divided. Rilton Elo Open for all players with a n Elo rating or national rating up to 2199. Reflection time: 40 moves in two hours, then one hour for the rest of the game. Entry fees: 600 SEK, 400 for FM, 300 for players born 1987 or later. Prizes (SEK): 1st 8 000 2nd 5000 3rd 3 000 4th 2 000 5th 1 000 6th 500 Rating prizes: 3 000, 2 000 and 1000 Prizemoney is not divided.
Stockholms Schackförbund Hornsgatan 82 118 21 Stockholm Tel: 08-669 36 54 Mobil: 073-613 19 73 Fax: 08-669 64 44 Spellokal: 08-668 21 35 (under turneringen) E-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org
Further details: http://www.stockholmschack.nu
Alex Brunetti's TotoScacco Site allows predictions for current chess tournaments. http://e4e6.com/toto
Its always worth mentioning Wojciech Bartelski's excellent http://www.olimpbase.org which covers not only Olympiads but all team chess.
New events: European U18 Team Championship has recently finished in Subotica, Serbia. http://www.olimpbase.org/2007eb/2007in.html (boys' results) and http://www.olimpbase.org/2007eg/2007in.html (girls' results)
The 9th All-Africa Games took place in Algiers, Algeria 11th-23rd July There were 13 men's team in a four board round robin (rate of play was Active Chess 25+10). No games available. See details: http://www.olimpbase.org/2007f/2007in.html
The 2008 Sydney International Open takes place at Parramatta Town Hall 25th-29th March 2008. Free accommodation and modest conditions are offered to GMs. All enquiries to the Tournament Organiser, FM Brian Jones, at email@example.com
The XX International Open Championship of Belgrade "OBRENOVAC 2007" takes place 22nd-30th November 2007.
Prizes : EUR 5,600.00 The championship will be played in 9 rounds according to the FIDE Swiss System (computer pairing). Rate of play is 40 moves for 2 hours and 30 minutes til the end of game.
Contact information: BELGRADE CHESS INFORMATION 11000 Belgrade, Deligradska 27/III, Serbia Tel/Fax; +381-11 -2656 846 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Further details: http://www.beochess.org.yu
GM Amir Bagheri's Website: http://amirbagheri.freehostia.com/
Amir Bagheri (Iran, rating 2481) will play a 2-game match vs. members of the ICCF Forum. The games (one with White and one with Black pieces) will be played on the ICCF Webserver and are intended to start on June 20th 2007, with the reflection time rule "10 moves/100 days". http://www.iccf-webchess.com
The World Youth Chess Championships take place 17th-29th November 2007 in Antalya.
Official site: http://wycc2007.tsf.org.tr/
Former World Junior Champion GM Maxim Dlugy now has a website. http://www.dlugy.com/
There is a correspondence chess server designed by Matthias Karkowski at: http://www.mychess.de/
Brian Stephenson of the British Chess Problem Society has a new website: http://www.bstephen.me.uk/. The site has much info on the Winton Capital British Chess Solving Championship.
Alexander Rueb Vereniging voor SchaakEindspelStudie. Endgame studies: http://www.arves.org/
There is a Lugano tournament at the end of November 2007. Details: http://www.chessevent.ch/
The "Mediterranean 2013" Open chess tournament takes place in Rijeka Croatia, 25 November - 2 December 2007
System of play: Swiss / 9 rounds. Tempo of play: 90 minutes per player + 30 extra seconds for each move played starting with the first. The tournament will be registered with FIDE in order to assign the rating and title norms.
Prizes Awards fund: about 10 000 Euros. 1st award - 12 000,00 kunas 2nd award - 8 000,00 kunas 3rd award - 6 000,00 kunas
Mats Luthman has written a program that connects to ICC and FICS, compatable with many modern mobile phones. I've been looking for something like this for a while for watching live tournaments if I'm out and about. Its a nice free solution, you can also play but I haven't tried that.
GM Norm events: 23.05 - 1.06, 2.06 - 12.06, 15.06 - 25.06, 2.09 - 12.09, 14.09 - 24.09, 26.09 - 6.10, IM Norm: 23.05 - 1.06, 2.06 - 12.06, 15.06 - 25.06, 2.09 - 12.09, 14.09 - 24.09, 26.09 - 6.10, Rating tournament: 4.06 - 12.06, 22.06 - 27.06, Open tournament (under 16 years) First prize - 200$ 3.06 - 11.06, 13.06 - 21.06, Alushta Swiss 9 rounds Open tournament First prize - 1000$ First prize (woman) - 500$ 28.06 - 6.07, Alushta Swiss 9 rounds Blitz tournament 7.07, Alushta Swiss 9 rounds Open tournament (rapid chess) 8.07 - 9.07, Alushta Session of school of Gennadi Kuzmin 21.06 - 27.06
Individual and group studying Further information: http://www.kaissa.com.ua phone +38 (06560)5-05-32, +380505828911 (for Russian speaking) + 44 7717890632 (for English speaking, call after 18.00) e-mail: email@example.com
Pierre Barthélémy Chess Blog in French: http://echecs-info.blogspot.com
The Russian Chess Federation is celebrating its 10th anniversary and is using this occasion to challenge the rest of the world to a match over 64 boards with 2 games for each and the start is 15.02 2004. Players include Joop van Oosterom