THE WEEK IN CHESS 712 30th June 2008 by Mark Crowther

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Contents

1) Introduction
2) Sparkassen Chess-Meeting Dortmund
3) FIDE Rating List July
4) Pula Open
5) Turkish Chess League
6) Copa Benito Roggio
7) Swedish Championship
8) Atlantis Festival Groningen
9) Brno Chess Festival
10) IV Vila de Sort International Open
11) 11th Vins du Medoc International Open
12) Philadelphia International
13) Marshall Chess Club International
14) 12th North American FIDE International
15) Merlo Tournament
16) Campeonato Paulista Absoluto
17) 1st Circuit des Espoirs Europe Echecs
18) XIV Montcada Open
19) Buenos Aires Open
20) ENCI Limburg Open
21) 19th Panamerican Youth Chess Festival
22) 58th New Hampshire Open
23) Corus, Wijk aan Zee 2009
24) II Annual ACCA World Computer Rapid
25) Paraguayan Championship
26) Voronezh Chess Festival
27) World Open
28) Forthcoming Events and Links

Games Section
Sparkassen Chess-Meeting Dortmund 8 games
Pula Open 164 games
Turkish Chess League 270 games
Copa Benito Roggio 12 games
Swedish Championship 21 games
Atlantis Festival Groningen 40 games
Brno Chess Festival 69 games
Marshall Chess Club International 48 games
12th North American FIDE International 25 games
Merlo Tournament 7 games
1st Circuit des Espoirs Europe Echecs 25 games
XIV Montcada Open 20 games
ENCI Limburg Open 599 games
1308 games

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1) Introduction

My thanks to Adolivio Capece, Laszlo Nagy, Jeroen van den Berg, Luiz Roberto Da Costa Jr, Manuel Weeks, Michael Atkins, Peter Fendrich, George Mirijanian, Zenón Franco Ocampos, Gert Brushammar and everyone else who helped with the issue.

The main event of the week is the Sparkassen Chess-Meeting in Dortmund. In its early stages all eyes will be on Vladimir Kramnik who more often than not wins this event and is not likely to play much more if at all before his world title match against Viswanathan Anand in Bonn in October. The FIDE rating list for July has been released and it shows that Kramnik has been caught by Alexander Morozevich. The list is in fact already out of date with the Aerosvit tournament in Foros being excluded as finishing too late. Magnus Carlsen's victory there should take him above Kramnik and we have the fascinating situation that the World Champion and World Number one Anand isn't playing too much, Kramnik also is the same and we're seeing Alexander Morozevich picking up points and Magnus Carlsen and Vassily Ivanchuk playing some absolutely brilliant stuff. The top 6 are probably closer in standard than at any point in the history of the rating list making for fascinating times.

Hope you enjoy this issue.

Mark

2) Sparkassen Chess-Meeting Dortmund

The Sparkassen Chess-Meeting takes place in Dortmund 28th June - 6th July 2008. 8 player all-play-all.

Details of all events including the open and other tournaments: http://www.sparkassen-chess-meeting.de

Sparkassen Dortmund (GER), 28 vi-6 vii 2008 cat. XVIII (2695)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1. Gustafsson, Jan g GER 2603 * ½ . . . 1 . . 2899
2. Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2788 ½ * . . . . . 1 2833
3. Leko, Peter g HUN 2741 . . * ½ . . 1 . 2939
4. Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar g AZE 2752 . . ½ * ½ . . . 1 2687
5. Nepomniachtchi, Ian g RUS 2634 . . . ½ * ½ . . 1 2688
6. Naiditsch, Arkadij g GER 2624 0 . . . ½ * . . ½ 2425
7. Ivanchuk, Vassily g UKR 2740 . . 0 . . . * ½ ½ 2516
8. Van Wely, Loek g NED 2677 . 0 . . . . ½ * ½ 2571

Round 1 (June 28, 2008)
Gustafsson, Jan - Kramnik, Vladimir ½-½ 29 D85 Gruenfeld Defence
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar - Leko, Peter ½-½ 24 E25 Nimzo Indian Saemisch
Naiditsch, Arkadij - Nepomniachtchi, Ian ½-½ 30 B90 Sicilian Najdorf Variation
Ivanchuk, Vassily - Van Wely, Loek ½-½ 39 B84 Sicilian Scheveningen
Round 2 (June 29, 2008)
Gustafsson, Jan - Naiditsch, Arkadij 1-0 23 D37 QGD 5.Bf4
Kramnik, Vladimir - Van Wely, Loek 1-0 29 D11 Slav Defence
Leko, Peter - Ivanchuk, Vassily 1-0 57 B46 Sicilian Paulsen
Nepomniachtchi, Ian - Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar ½-½ 40 C84 Ruy Lopez Centre Attack

3) FIDE Rating List July

Source: http://www.fide.com. The full list is available for download there.

Viswanathan Anand holds on to his lead in the FIDE rating list ahead of Vladimir Kramnik. However the list is in fact out of date as Carlsen's win the in Aerosvit tournament in Foros which finished on the 20th would have lifted him to second in the world if it had been included. I'm all for sticking to the rules and FIDE have relaxed them to all the inclusion of late results in the past but in my view events of this strength should be registered in advance and once that's done they should be automatically included. Anand has played a couple of games and Kramnik not at all in this quarter which has seen Alexander Morozevich take his chance to move to second in the world. However I think its pretty clear there isn't much at all between the top 6 in the world with Carlsen and Ivanchuk playing particularly impressively recently.

July 2008 FIDE Rating List. Top 100
RankAp08NameTiNATYroBoc06ja07ap07ju07oc07ja08ap08ju08Gms
11 Anand, Viswanathan g IND1969277927792786279228012799280327982
23 Morozevich, Alexander g RUS19772747274127622758275527652774278820
32 Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS1975275027662772276927852799278827880
411 Ivanchuk, Vassily g UKR19692741275027292762278727512740278125
54 Topalov, Veselin g BUL19752813278327722769276927802767277710
65 Carlsen, Magnus g NOR19902698269026932710271427332765277516
78 Radjabov, Teimour g AZE19872729272927472746274227352751274431
87 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar g AZE19852728275427572757275227602752274223
912 Shirov, Alexei g ESP19722720271526992735273927552740274111
1010 Leko, Peter g HUN1979274127492738275127552753274127410
119 Svidler, Peter g RUS19762750272827362735273227632746273832
126 Aronian, Levon g ARM19822741274427592750274127392763273711
1314 Adams, Michael g ENG19712735273527342724272927262729273520
1418 Grischuk, Alexander g RUS19832710271727172726271527112716272821
1513 Karjakin, Sergey g UKR19902672267826862678269427322732272727
1625 Movsesian, Sergei g SVK19782637263726422667267026772695272353
1715 Kamsky, Gata g USA19742705270527052718271427262726272328
1816 Gelfand, Boris g ISR19682733273327332733273627372723272010
1917 Ponomariov, Ruslan g UKR19832703272327172706270527192719271810
2042 Gashimov, Vugar g AZE19862643265826442655266326652679271734
2133 Eljanov, Pavel g UKR19832658267526862701269126922687271623
2221 Polgar, Judit g HUN1976271027272727270727082707270927113
2322 Bu, Xiangzhi g CHN19852671264426562685269226912708271025
2419 Jakovenko, Dmitry g RUS19832671269127082735271027202711270920
2526 Dominguez Perez, Lenier g CUB19832655267726782680268326912695270819
2620 Alekseev, Evgeny g RUS19852639266126792689271627112711270812
2724 Ni, Hua g CHN19832621263226542681264126802703270528
2830 Milov, Vadim g SUI19722657266526762675267626902690270516
2931 Wang, Yue g CHN19872644264426562696270326982689270428
3028 Rublevsky, Sergei g RUS19742688267726802679267626952695269910
3134 Nakamura, Hikaru g USA19872640265126582647264826702686269727
3239 Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter g ROU19762690268926932683266826842684269226
3323 Bacrot, Etienne g FRA19832705270527092695269527002705269137
3435 Wang, Hao g CHN19892622261926382624264326652684269128
3532 Malakhov, Vladimir g RUS19802682266326792676269026892689268911
3627 Cheparinov, Ivan g BUL19862632264026462657267027132695268723
3753 Bologan, Viktor g MDA19712659265826362650265726632665268633
3843 Sasikiran, Krishnan g IND19812675270026902676266126772679268418
3991 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime g FRA19902575257325932595263426372632268135
4059 Roiz, Michael g ISR19832611260526052630264426592659268032
4140 Kasimdzhanov, Rustam g UZB19792672268226772683269026812681267925
4236 Inarkiev, Ernesto g RUS19852628266926692663267426812684267529
4352 Motylev, Alexander g RUS19792662264726422648264526442666267423
4465 Fressinet, Laurent g FRA19812628264626442646265426562656267341
4549 Akopian, Vladimir g ARM19712713270026982708271327002673267317
4637 Volokitin, Andrei g UKR19862645264526542681267826742684267231
4754 Georgiev, Kiril g BUL19652680266126602663264926622665267132
4857 Efimenko, Zahar g UKR19852612261626202624262426382660267040
49 --Najer, Evgeniy gRUS 19772648260526242623263526342627267038
5056 Onischuk, Alexander g USA19752668266326632650267426642664267021
5146 Nikolic, Predrag g BIH19602626262626312646265726652674266928
5247 Almasi, Zoltan g HUN19762664266926752682269126672674266826
5341 Harikrishna, P. g IND19862674267326502664266826642679266815
54 --Naiditsch, Arkadij gGER 19852676266326542644263926382623266542
5560 Jobava, Baadur g GEO1983265026502658264426442643265826659
5670 Areshchenko, Alexander g UKR19862640264426472645263826452650266440
5773 Ivanisevic, Ivan g SRB19772579260226142595260726492649266431
5864 Tkachiev, Vladislav g FRA19732645264926522655266126572657266418
5948 Zvjaginsev, Vadim g RUS19762674265826592658267426772674266310
6071 Postny, Evgeny g ISR19812609261626222598259926272649266135
6177 Sargissian, Gabriel g ARM19832667265826512667267326762643266033
6297 Tregubov, Pavel V. g RUS19712596261326152599260926362629265836
6329 Sokolov, Ivan g NED19682670265226552666267326862690265827
6462 Dreev, Alexey g RUS19692655265826332606260726332657265717
6563 Lautier, Joel g FRA1973266726562661265426572657265726570
6690 Avrukh, Boris g ISR19782644264426442645264126282632265635
67 -- Khenkin, Igor g GER19682620261126292602260026022609265545
6858 Short, Nigel D g ENG19652677269126912683264926452660265525
6944 Bareev, Evgeny g RUS1966268326432643265326532677267726557
7093 Sutovsky, Emil g ISR19772607262926372656265526422630265428
7198 Nielsen, Peter Heine gDEN 19732640264026512649263826262629265242
7266 Karpov, Anatoly g RUS1951266826682668266826702655265526513
7355 Timofeev, Artyom g RUS19852662266326582650263726642664265040
74 --Amonatov, Farrukh gTJK 1978256725592574259826372649????265028
7538 Vallejo Pons, Francisco g ESP19822674267926762666266026752684265027
7650 Navara, David g CZE19852725271927202656265626802672264643
7761 Tomashevsky, Evgeny g RUS19872595262426412654264626462658264621
7875 Afromeev, Vladimir f RUS1954263526282628264226462646264626460
7985 Tiviakov, Sergei g NED19732680266726632648264326492634264542
80 -- Berkes, Ferenc g HUN19852589259126002597260626182618264531
8145 Van Wely, Loek g NED19722676268326742679267926812676264431
82 -- Guseinov, Gadir g AZE19862585258525862612261426172625264336
8381 Zhang, Pengxiang g CHN19802636264326572649264426402640264324
84 -- Kazhgaleyev, Murtas g KAZ19732609257926032599258825942617264119
85 -- Grachev, Boris g RUS19862583256325782601260226012610264022
86 -- Nyback, Tomi g FIN19852575260425852567256525792587263934
87 -- Lastin, Alexander g RUS19762599258325902583259726042622263929
88 --Krasenkow, Michal gPOL 19632647265126612660266826362624263926
8980 Fridman, Daniel g GER19762604262626352628262126272640263749
9094 Smirin, Ilia g ISR19682659265426502649263926162630263722
91101 Istratescu, Andrei g ROU19752616261926252629263126172628263632
9289 Volkov, Sergey g RUS19742628263626402659264826232633263619
9368 Predojevic, Borki g BIH19872590258726092628264526412651263441
94100 Khalifman, Alexander g RUS19662622261926242632264326382628263427
9572 Sakaev, Konstantin g RUS19742641264126332634263426462649263422
9696 Seirawan, Yasser g USA1960263826382642263426342628263026342
9769 Moiseenko, Alexander g UKR19802632262726302641264626432650263227
98 -- Zhang, Zhong g SIN19782609261826212634263426172613263223
9999 Sadvakasov, Darmen gKAZ 1979261325962615261826352619262926329
10067 Korneev, Oleg g RUS19692657260625652565258726452651263147
10174 Baklan, Vladimir g UKR19782622261826182648263926472647263143
102 -- Gurevich, Mikhail g TUR19592648263526392633262726072611263131
103 -- Vescovi, Giovanni g BRA19782592260426092609261726172617263124
104 -- Ganguly, Surya Shekhar g IND19832573257125782586258525792614263117
Dropping out of the top 100 in July 2008
NoJu08NameTiNATYroBoc06ja07ap07ju07oc07ja08ap08ju08Gms
--51 Fedorchuk, Sergey A. g UKR19812599260126032618264526522671 262449
--76 Socko, Bartosz g POL19782630262926412660264626352644 262737
--78 Miroshnichenko, Evgenij g UKR19782626263226462671265126472642 259335
--79 Beliavsky, Alexander G g SLO19532639263926482653264626382641 260641
--82 Delchev, Aleksander g BUL19712628259826002591261326302639 261830
--83 Riazantsev, Alexander g RUS19852632262926212615262326282638 261727
--84 Mchedlishvili, Mikheil g GEO19792583258326092624263126352635 260445
--86 Nepomniachtchi, Ian g RUS19902545258726022613261126002634 260218
--87 Shabalov, Alexander g USA19672575260226062637262626222633 261124
--88 Landa, Konstantin g RUS19722570259626082669267826412633 261527
--95 Solak, Dragan g SRB19802567256425752566256826262630 259624

4) Pula Open

The Pula Open 2008 took place 21st-28th June 2008 in Pula, Croatia. Ante Brkic won the event with 7.5/9 half a point clear of the field.

Official site: http://www.skpula.hr

22th Open Pula (CRO), 21-28 vi 2008
Final Round 9 Standings:
Rk.NameFEDRtgIPts. TB1 Rp
1Brkic AnteGMCRO25217,552,02632
2Vavrak PeterIMSVK24667,052,52598
3Fercec NenadGMCRO24927,052,02599
4Saric IbroGMBIH25627,051,02586
5Jankovic AlojzijeGMCRO25287,050,52595
6Rukavina JosipIMCRO23987,049,52511
7Drazic SinisaGMSRB24977,049,52563
8Saric AnteGMCRO25057,048,52509
9Kuljasevic DavorinIMCRO25027,048,52512
10Jovanic OgnjenGMCRO25047,047,02514
11Obodchuk AndreiIMRUS24217,046,02504
12Saric SinisaFMSRB23487,046,02485
13Antal GergelyIMHUN24607,046,02493
14Bodiroga PredragIMSRB24057,044,52437
15Rogic DavorGMCRO24756,551,52538
16Tratar MarkoGMSLO24776,548,02506
17Somborski NebojsaFMSRB23516,547,52417
18Karner ChristophFMAUT23566,544,02371
19Aschenbrenner RobertFMAUT23106,542,52415
20Kokol PeterSLO22536,542,02333
21Sebenik MatejIMSLO25026,049,02450
22Petran PeterIMSVK23686,048,52376
23Nikolov SashoIMBUL24076,047,52363
24Kalabic FarisGER21426,047,52431
25Medic MirjanaWGMCRO22666,047,02282
26Michalczak ThomasFMGER23296,046,02342
27Papp GaborIMHUN25016,045,52389
28Orak LjubomirFMCRO23156,044,52369
29Ascic PeroFMCRO23696,044,52318
30Petrik TomasGMSVK24856,044,52351
31Borsos BogdanIMUKR23546,044,02316
32Macak StefanSVK23426,044,02377
33Franic MilanIMCRO24016,044,02345
34Zierke OliverFMGER23136,043,52300
35Kovacevic BlazimirIMCRO24526,043,02289
36Harakis Alexis MENG22206,043,02272
37Topalov AleksandarSRB22746,042,52252
38Barle JanezIMSLO24146,042,52289
39Plenca JulijanCRO22946,042,02290
40Zelic MladenFMCRO22906,041,52311
41Wegerer FredFMAUT22656,041,02223
42Mazi LeonIMSLO23506,040,52295
43Frank PaulAUT22266,039,52295
44Bistric FarukGMBIH23826,039,52212
45Bellia FabrizioIMITA24016,039,02219
46Andersen Lars EvenNOR22876,039,02196
47Vincenzi MarcoITA21156,038,52183
48Villeneuve AlainIMFRA22676,038,52154
49Sutkovic DamirBIH23295,548,02394
50Logar MetodSLO20355,547,52347
268 players

5) Turkish Chess League

The Turkish Chess League first division takes place 23rd June - 3rd July 2008. Leading players include GM Vugar Gashimov(2679), GM Mikhail Roiz(2659), GM Mikhail Mchedlishvili(2635), Dragan Solak(2630), GM Gadir Guseinov(2625), Suat Atalik(2592), Ioannis Papaiannous(2566), Hristos Banikas(2600) and the top women players who can play on the separete women's board include IM/WGM Anna Muzychuk(2486), IM/WGM Anna Ushenina (2474), IM/WGM Lela Javakhishvili(2466), IM/WGM Nana Dzagnidze(2443), IM/WGM Nino Khurtsizde(2413) IM/WGM Ekaterina Atalik(2409)

Games from the first 10 rounds are available.

Official site: http://www.tsf.org.tr/. Some additional reports at: http://previews.chessdom.com/turkish-chess-league

6) Copa Benito Roggio

The Magistral Ciudad de Asuncion "Copa Benito Roggio" took place 17th-26th June 2008 in ABC, Asuncion, Paraguay. Axel Bachmann won the event with 9/10.

Official site : http://www.winner.com.py/feparaj/ - Further details: http://www.chessbase.com/espanola/newsdetail2.asp?id=6122

Copa Benito Roggio Asuncion (PAR), 17-26 vi 2008 cat. VI (2392)
1 2 3 4 5 6
1. Bachmann, Axel g PAR 2519 * * ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 9 2733
2. Diaz Hollemaert, Nahuel m ARG 2429 ½ ½ * * ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 2578
3. Cubas, Jose Fernando m PAR 2430 0 0 ½ ½ * * ½ 0 1 ½ 1 1 5 2384
4. Brito, Luismar f BRA 2352 0 0 0 ½ ½ 1 * * ½ 0 ½ ½ 2290
5. Kropff, Ricardo f PAR 2282 0 0 0 0 0 ½ ½ 1 * * ½ 1 2304
6. Larrea, Manuel f URU 2342 0 0 0 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 * * 2106

7) Swedish Championship

The Swedish Championship takes place in Vaxjo 28th June - 13th July 2008. The event is a 13 player all-play-all.

Official site: http://www.schacksm2008.se/

ch-SWE Vaxjo (SWE), 28 vi-11 vii 2008 cat. IX (2463)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4
1. Hillarp Persson, Tiger g SWE 2491 * . . . . . . 1 . 1 . . 1 . 3
2. Berg, Emanuel g SWE 2601 . * . . . . . . 1 . 1 . . 1 3
3. Smith, Axel SWE 2428 . . * . ½ . 1 . ½ . . . . . 2 2603
4. Agrest, Evgenij g SWE 2567 . . . * ½ . ½ . . . . 1 . . 2 2611
5. Akesson, Ralf g SWE 2466 . . ½ ½ * . . . ½ . . . . . 2477
6. Lindberg, Bengt m SWE 2442 . . . . . * . ½ . ½ ½ . . . 2407
7. Hector, Jonny g SWE 2532 . . 0 ½ . . * . . . . . 1 . 2452
8. Nithander, Victor f SWE 2319 0 . . . . ½ . * . . . . . 1 2469
9. Tikkanen, Hans m SWE 2437 . 0 ½ . ½ . . . * . . . . . 1 2373
10. Carlsson, Pontus g SWE 2514 0 . . . . ½ . . . * . ½ . . 1 2339
11. Grandelius, Nils f SWE 2388 . 0 . . . ½ . . . . * . . ½ 1 2381
12. Brynell, Stellan g SWE 2461 . . . 0 . . . . . ½ . * ½ . 1 2356
13. Hedman, Erik f SWE 2363 0 . . . . . 0 . . . . ½ * . ½ 2221
14. Karlsson, Lars g SWE 2475 . 0 . . . . . 0 . . ½ . . * ½ 2163

8) Atlantis Festival Groningen

The Atlantis Festival takes place in Groningen, Netherlands, 27th June - 4th July 2008.

Official site: http://www.cafeatlantis.nl/meestertienkamp2008/

Atlantis Meestertienkamp Groningen (NED), 27 vi-4 vii 2008 cat. V (2373)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0
1. Bedouin, Xavier f FRA 2369 * ½ . ½ . 1 . 1 . . 3 2548
2. Wemmers, Xander f NED 2387 ½ * . 1 . . . . ½ 1 3 2519
3. Bojkov, Dejan m BUL 2492 . . * . 0 . 1 1 1 . 3 2543
4. Pel, Bonno f NED 2288 ½ 0 . * . 1 . . 1 . 2483
5. Becker, Martin Alexander GER 2364 . . 1 . * 0 ½ ½ . . 2 2418
6. Bosboom, Manuel m NED 2471 0 . . 0 1 * . . . 1 2 2336
7. Brandenburg, Daan m NED 2435 . . 0 . ½ . * . 1 ½ 2 2376
8. Kodentsov, Grigori f NED 2275 0 . 0 . ½ . . * . 1 2300
9. Clemens, Adrian f NED 2326 . ½ 0 0 . . 0 . * . ½ 2078
10. Geirnaert, Steven f BEL 2324 . 0 . . . 0 ½ 0 . * ½ 2070

Atlantis Promotiegroep Groningen (NED), 27 vi-4 vii 2008
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0
1. Houtman, Joop f NED 2233 * . . ½ . . 1 ½ . 1 3 2388
2. Schoorl, Rob NED 2257 . * . ½ . ½ . 1 . 1 3 2385
3. Vogel, Jaap f NED 2254 . . * ½ 1 ½ ½ . . . 2295
4. Van der Marel, Bert NED 2223 ½ ½ ½ * . . . . ½ . 2 2272
5. Veltman, Jelmer NED 2174 . . 0 . * ½ ½ . 1 . 2 2251
6. Balje, Jan NED 2197 . ½ ½ . ½ * . . 0 . 2171
7. Hummel, Erik-Jan NED 2209 0 . ½ . ½ . * ½ . . 2135
8. Hartoch, Rob m NED 2228 ½ 0 . . . . ½ * . ½ 2118
9. Hoeksema, Erik m NED 2347 . . . ½ 0 1 . . * 0 2091
10. Akotchik, Viktor NED 2121 0 0 . . . . . ½ 1 * 2179

9) Brno Chess Festival

The Brno Chess Festival takes place 27th June - 6th July 2008. Three closed events plus and open.

Official site: http://www.skduras.cz/en/chess-festival-brno-2008.html - Results http://chess-results.com/tnr13825.aspx

Duras GM Teplarny Brno (CZE), 27 vi-6 vii 2008 cat. IX (2452)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2
1. Mista, Aleksander g POL 2537 * ½ . . . 1 1 . . . . 1 2785
2. Bobras, Piotr g POL 2576 ½ * . . ½ . . . . 1 1 . 3 2667
3. Polak, Tomas g CZE 2553 . . * ½ . ½ ½ . . . . 1 2500
4. Talla, Vladimir m CZE 2403 . . ½ * . . . 1 ½ . . . 2 2567
5. Roussel-Roozmon, Thomas m CAN 2489 . ½ . . * ½ ½ . . ½ . . 2 2484
6. Philippe, Christophe m FRA 2407 0 . ½ . ½ * . . 1 . . . 2 2473
7. Brener, Ilja m GER 2423 0 . ½ . ½ . * . . 1 . . 2 2527
8. Simacek, Pavel m CZE 2461 . . . 0 . . . * 1 . . ½ 2368
9. Vyskocil, Neklan f CZE 2313 . . . ½ . 0 . 0 * . . 1 2328
10. Bernasek, Jan m CZE 2530 . 0 . . ½ . 0 . . * ½ . 1 2264
11. Macak, Stefan SVK 2342 . 0 . . . . . . . ½ * . ½ 2360
12. Chytilek, Roman m CZE 2390 0 . 0 . . . . ½ 0 . . * ½ 2144

Duras IM Dopravni Brno (CZE), 27 vi-6 vii 2008 cat. I (2255)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2
1. Narayanan, Srinath f IND 2220 * . ½ . 1 . . 1 . . . 1 2619
2. Lahner, Jakub f CZE 2314 . * ½ . . . 1 . . 1 . 1 2563
3. Splosnov, Sergei m BLR 2355 ½ ½ * . . . . ½ . . 1 . 2315
4. Andonov, Bogomil m BUL 2334 . . . * ½ ½ . . ½ . 1 . 2355
5. Murdzia, Piotr m POL 2471 0 . . ½ * 1 . . . . . 1 2301
6. Kozak, Milos f CZE 2197 . . . ½ 0 * . . 1 ½ . . 2 2306
7. Holemar, David f CZE 2321 . 0 . . . . * ½ ½ . 1 . 2 2230
8. Janko, Zoltan SVK 2235 0 . ½ . . . ½ * . . . 1 2 2242
9. Skacelik, Petr CZE 2260 . . . ½ . 0 ½ . * ½ . . 2166
10. Chladek, Vaclav CZE 2161 . 0 . . . ½ . . ½ * ½ . 2134
11. Zavadil, Michal CZE 2113 . . 0 0 . . 0 . . ½ * . ½ 1970
12. Vesely, Jaromir CZE 2074 0 0 . . 0 . . 0 . . . * 0

Duras IM Tespo Engineering Brno (CZE), 27 vi-6 vii 2008 cat. II (2283)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2
1. Popchev, Milko g BUL 2426 * . . . . ½ . . . 1 1 1 2536
2. Krejci, Jan2 f CZE 2354 . * . . . 1 ½ . 1 . . . 2533
3. Daulyte, Deimante wm LTU 2249 . . * . . 0 ½ . 1 1 . . 2334
4. Luch, Michal m POL 2383 . . . * ½ . . . ½ . ½ 1 2326
5. Vymazal, Bronislav CZE 2312 . . . ½ * . . ½ . . 1 . 2 2450
6. Kulovana, Eva wm CZE 2315 ½ 0 1 . . * . . . ½ . . 2 2301
7. Kuchynka, Lukas CZE 2163 . ½ ½ . . . * ½ . ½ . . 2 2295
8. Rutkowski, Maciej m POL 2402 . . . . ½ . ½ * ½ . . ½ 2 2224
9. Ponizil, Cyril CZE 2304 . 0 0 ½ . . . ½ * . . . 1 2154
10. Roubalik, Jakub CZE 2175 0 . 0 . . ½ ½ . . * . . 1 2095
11. Bartos, Jan f CZE 2192 0 . . ½ 0 . . . . . * ½ 1 2116
12. Bolt, Graham ENG 2118 0 . . 0 . . . ½ . . ½ * 1 2157

10) IV Vila de Sort International Open

The IV Vila de Sort International Open takes place 24th June - 2nd July 2008. Vladimir Baklan, Aleksander Delchev, and Vladimir Burmakin head the field.

Official site: http://www.opensort.org/

11) 11th Vins du Medoc International Open

The 11th Vins du Medoc International Open took place 22nd-29th June 2008. Eduard Fomichenko won the event on tie-break from Aleksandar Wohl after both finished on 8/9. No games available.

Official site: http://opendesvins.free.fr/

11th Vins du Medoc International Open (FRA), 22-29 vi 2008
Pl NameTiNATElo Pts BreSol. Per. FFE
1FOMICHENKO Eduard m RUS 24928455526212616
2WOHL Aleksandar H. m AUS 2412843,5 53,5 26212619
3VAN DELFT Merijn m NED 24016,5 425124112399
4FOMICHENKO Svetlana gf UKR 2269643,5 5222572278
5KUNZE Carlo f GER 2283643,5 5222242235
6BONN Thomas FRA 2170640,5 4921592173
7CASTRO John FRA 200063541,5 22232297
8TRABERT Bettina gf GER 22725,5 43,5 5322632277
9LAPORTE Damien FRA 22065,5 394822232218
10FAVAREL Antoine FRA 20655,5 3946,5 21132140
11MURATET Lucas FRA 19285,5 35,5 4220062029
12ARMAS Lara-Maria FRA 18915,5 354120642230
13FERRANDI Bernard FRA 19545,5 33,5 3919011894
14VERNAY Clovis m FRA 234854352,5 22392222
15KOETZSCH Ulrich GER 2130540,5 48,5 20372010
16MARUEJOLS Claude FRA 20435384620002010
17SIEBRECHT Sebastian m GER 2490537,5 4621102040
18ZICKELBEIN Eva-Maria ff GER 21355374519231874
19LEPOT Simon FRA 1988534,5 4219461925
20GODART Francois FRA 2002534,5 4120002021
21LEWIS John FRA 21374,5 37,5 4621212120
22DE COVERLY Roger D ENG 20814,5 37,5 4419011832
23JOSLIN Jerome FRA 18034,5 374419441921
24ARMAS Lena FRA 17484,5 34,5 3918981965
25ROUBERT Emile FRA 18394,5 333918261834
26TEYSSIER Jean-Paul FRA 17264,5 3338,5 17281705
27ROUX Pierre-yves FRA 16624,5 3136,5 17071685
51 players

12) Philadelphia International

The Phildelphia International takes place 26th-30th June 2008. Parimarjan Negi and Surya Ganguly both compete.

Official site: http://www.philadelphiachess.com/

Phildelphia International Open (USA), 26-30 vi 2008
Round 7 of 9 Standings:
1Parimarjan NegiGM25146
2Arun PrasadIM2465
3Julio J BecerraGM25755
4G N GopalGM25625
5Surya She GangulyGM2614
6K RathnakaranIM2488
7Dean J IppolitoIM2425
8Michael A MulyarIM2381
9Gabriel Battaglini2356
10Charles A GalofreFM2318
11Eesha KaravadeWGM2303
12Abhijit KunteGM25474
13Marani VenkateshIM24504
14Nelson CastanedaFM23144
15Bindi ChengFM22944
39 players

13) Marshall Chess Club International

The Marshall Chess Club New York International took place 21th-25th June 2008. 9 round swiss. Mark Paragua beat Alejandro Ramirez in an Armageddon Blitz Playoff and claim the $4000 first prize. Elliot Liu and Mackenzie Molner made IM norms. No games from rounds 5 and 8 and some of the others were a bit of a mess.

Official site: http://www.marshallchessclub.org/

Marshall NY Int New York (USA), 21-25 vi 2008
Leading Final Round 9 Standings:
1Paragua, Mark g PHI 2538
2Ramirez, Alejandro g CRC 2527
3Vovsha, Eli m ISR 24526
4Ehlvest, Jaan g USA 26036
5Becerra Rivero, Julio g USA 25756
6Liu, Elliot f USA 22526
7Garcia Palermo, Carlos g ITA 2465
8Lapshun, Yury m USA 2455
9Molner, Mackenzie USA 23385
10Erenburg, Sergey g ISR 25685
11Sarkar, Justin m USA 24125
12Kudrin, Sergey g USA 25495
13Scekic, Milos m SRB 23715
14Almeida Saenz, Alfonso m MEX 24245
15Mac Intyre, Paul f USA 22915
16Ginsburg, Mark m USA 23655
17Sorkin, Igor ISR23465
18Burnett, Ronald m USA 2373
19Critelli, James M f USA 2343
20Zlotnikov, Mikhail m USA 2353
21Getz, Alec USA 21424
22Gonzalez, Renier m USA 25074
23Bonin, Jay R m USA 23684
24Ippolito, Dean m USA 24254
25Tyehimba, Bem USA 22404
26Greenberg, Roy USA 22454
27Zenyuk, Iryna wf USA 22334
28Jacobs, Jon f USA 22924
29Williams, Christopher USA 2189
30Treger, Effim USA 2207
31Naranja, Renato m PHI 2308
32Khariton, Lev FRA 22703
33Margulis, Evgeny USA 22533
40 players

14) 12th North American FIDE International

The 12th North American FIDE International took place in Chicago 21st-27th June 2008. Marc Arnold won with 6.5/9.

Official site: http://www.nachess.org/fide/

12th North American FIDE Inv Chicago (USA), 21-27 vi 2008 cat. III (2303)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0
1. Arnold, Marc T USA 2276 * 0 ½ 1 1 1 ½ ½ 1 1 2472
2. Felecan, Florin f USA 2377 1 * 1 1 ½ 0 1 1 0 0 2374
3. Pasalic, Mehmed f GER 2392 ½ 0 * ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 5 2336
4. Kuderinov, Kirill m KAZ 2422 0 0 ½ * 0 1 ½ 1 1 1 5 2332
5. Chow, Albert f USA 2198 0 ½ ½ 1 * 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ 2314
6. Tate, Emory m USA 2378 0 1 ½ 0 1 * 0 0 1 1 2294
7. Young, Angelo m PHI 2381 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 * ½ 0 ½ 4 2251
8. Yuan Yuanling wf CAN 2119 ½ 0 0 0 ½ 1 ½ * 1 ½ 4 2280
9. Stamnov, Aleksander f MKD 2239 0 1 ½ 0 0 0 1 0 * ½ 3 2185
10. Dean, Jim H f USA 2248 0 1 0 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ * 3 2184

15) Merlo Tournament

The Italian Society of Merlo Chessclub takes place 13th June - 12th July 2008 in Buenos Aires.

Official site: http://www.ajedrezfaogba.com.ar

4th IRT Soc. Italiana Merlo (ARG), 13 vi-12 vii 2008
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0
1. Lalanne, Pablo ARG 2193 * . 0 . 1 1 . . 1 . 3 2272
2. Menon, Daniel ARG 2174 . * . . 1 0 ? . 1 1 3 2259
3. Sapienza, Julian ARG 2169 1 . * . 0 . . ½ ½ 1 3 2168
4. Pagano, Marcelo ARG 2056 . . . * ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ . 2049
5. De Picciotto, Marcelo ARG 2035 0 0 1 ½ * . . . . 1 2141
6. Tomeo, Ivan ARG 2076 0 1 . 1 . * 0 . . . 2 2105
7. Lugo, Sergio ARG 1997 . ? . ½ . 1 * 0 ½ . 2 2067
8. Medina, Sergio ARG 2099 . . ½ 0 . . 1 * . ½ 2 2084
9. Koch, Juan ARG 2039 0 0 ½ ½ . . ½ . * . 1968
10. Herrera, Pablo ARG 2114 . 0 0 . 0 . . ½ . * ½ 1797

16) Campeonato Paulista Absoluto

The Campeonato Paulista Absoluto took place 26th-29th June 2008 in the Hotel Atlântico - Santos. Alexandr Fier and Silvio Eduardo Camargo de Oliveira finished on 6/7. No games available.

Official site: http://www.fpx.com.br/

Campeonato Paulista Absoluto Santos (BRA), 26-29 vi 2008
Place Name Rtg Score M-Buch. Progr. Buch.
1 Alexandr Hilario Takeda S Fier 2527 6 22.5 22.0 29.5
2 Silvio Eduardo Camargo de Oliveira 2304 6 22.0 25.0 30.5
3 Herman Claudius van Riemsdijk 2396 5.5 23.0 22.5 31.0
4 Dragan Stamenkovic 2440 5.5 22.0 21.0 30.0
5 Everaldo Matsuura 2500 5 24.0 24.0 33.5
6 Leonardo Fusco 2365 5 23.5 21.5 32.5
7 Gilberto Milos Jr 2594 5 23.0 23.5 31.5
8 Carlos Alberto Sega 2235 5 23.0 21.0 31.5
9 Mauro Guimarães de Souza 2317 5 22.5 24.0 32.0
10 José Luis Chauca Murga 2209 5 20.5 19.0 27.5
11 Leandro Fabricio Campelo 2248 5 19.5 19.0 25.5
12 Evandro Amorim Barbosa 2165 5 19.5 18.0 27.0
13 Sandro Fabio Mareco 2470 4.5 23.5 20.0 32.5
14 Jefferson dos Santos Oliveira 2276 4.5 20.5 21.0 29.0
15 Yago de Moura Santiago 2223 4.5 20.5 20.0 29.5
16 Gabriel Ricardo Salim Name 2243 4.5 20.0 20.5 27.5
17 Julian Kirsten Arni 2179 4.5 20.0 18.5 26.5
18 Elbert Gallo Ponce 2202 4.5 20.0 18.0 28.0
19 Ernani Francisco Choma 2270 4.5 20.0 18.0 27.0
20 Silvio Shigueo Ueti 2234 4.5 19.0 18.5 27.0
21 Marcos Vinicius Torsani Pires 2098 4.5 19.0 17.0 27.0
22 Bolivar Ribeiro Gonzalez 2252 4 21.0 20.0 28.5
23 Carlos Alberto Barreto Fo 2252 4 20.5 18.0 29.5
24 Isaac Pedroso Fieri 2051 4 19.5 17.0 27.5
25 Evandro Alves Brandão 2052 4 18.5 16.0 26.0
26 Edson Rodrigo da Silva 2021 4 18.5 15.0 27.0
27 Edgar Rodrigues 2157 4 18.0 17.0 26.5
28 Joaquim de Deus Fo 2067 4 17.0 17.0 24.5
29 Fernando Barbosa 2028 4 17.0 16.5 23.5
30 Rodrigo Valente 2114 4 16.5 16.5 23.0
31 Leandro Jukemura 2089 4 14.0 13.0 21.5

17) 1st Circuit des Espoirs Europe Echecs

The 1st Circuit des Espoirs Europe Echecs took place 26th-29th June 2008. 6 rapid games (15 minutes + 5 secs/move and 6 blitz games 5 minutes + 2 secs/move. This is part of the 50th Anniversary of Europe Echecs. Romain Edouard beat Sebastien Feller in a single playoff game to win the event after both tied on 8/12.

Coverage including videos and interviews: http://www.europe-echecs.com

1st Tournoi Circuit Espoirs Europe Lyon (FRA), 27-28 vi 2008
1Edouard, Romain mFRA2509****½1011½0111½½8.02564
2Feller, Sebastien gFRA2540½010****011111½18.02553
3Sachdev, Tania mIND24230½101000****½1½15.52438
4Milliet, Sophie wgFRA235400½½00½0½0½0****2.52260

18) XIV Montcada Open

The XIV Open "Ciutat de Montcada" takes place 25th June - 3rd July 2008

Official site: http://unioescacs.montcada.cat - Results: http://www.chess-results.com/tnr13427.aspx?lan=1

XVI Open Montcada i Reixac (ESP), 25 vi-3 vii 2008
Round 5 of 9 Standings
Rk.NombreTiFEDFIDEPts. Des 1
1GONZALEZ Vidal YuriIMCUB24775,010,5
2RADULSKI JulianGMBUL25144,511,0
3BRUZON BATISTA LazaroGMCUB26084,013,0
4PERALTA FernandoGMARG25464,012,5
5NARCISO DUBLAN MarcGMESP25094,012,0
6CORRALES JIMENEZ FidelIMCUB25024,011,5
7ROJAS LuisIMCHI24283,516,0
8ROY CHOWDHURY SaptarshiIMIND24343,513,5
9CUARTAS Jaime AlexanderIMCOL24963,512,5
10MOSKALENKO ViktorGMUKR25723,512,5
11ANTOLI ROYO Joaquin MiguelFMESP23863,512,0
12PETROV MarijanIMBUL24893,510,0
13FLUVIA POYATOS JordiIMESP25043,510,0
14SRIRAM JhaIMIND24523,59,0
15LOPEZ MARTINEZ Josep ManuelGMESP25753,015,5
16VEHI BACH Victor ManuelIMESP23813,013,5
17BARSOV AlexeiGMUZB24803,013,0
18BURGOS FIGUEROA Carlos EIMESA22593,012,5
19CRUZ FilemonFMPER24033,012,0
20FERNANDEZ AGUADO EnriqueFMESP23613,012,0
21MARTINEZ MARTIN DavidIMESP24243,011,5
22ASIS GARGATAGLI HipolitIMESP23903,011,5
23PANELO MarceloIMARG24033,011,0
24GRANADOS GOMEZ ManuelIMESP24173,011,0
25MUNOZ PANTOJA MiguelIMPER24783,010,5
26PEREZ OTERO Joan AntoniESP03,010,5
62 players

19) Buenos Aires Open

The Buenos Aires Open takes place June 23rd - 3rd July 2008. (23rd, 25th, 26th, 30th June, 2nd-3rd July 2008). No games currently available.

Official site http://www.argentinodeajedrez.com.ar/torneo_despedida2008.htm

Buenos Aires Open (ARG), 23 vi - 3 vii 2008
Round 6 Standings
Place Name Feder Rtg Score
1 Felgaer, Ruben ARG 2574 6
2 Flores, Diego ARG 2548 5.5
3-4 Szmetan, Jorge ARG 2373 5
Quiroga, Facundo ARG 2331 5
5-18 Spangenberg, Hugo ARG 2487 4.5
Lemos, Damian ARG 2458 4.5
Alonso, Salvador ARG 2420 4.5
Real De Azua, Ernesto ARG 2417 4.5
Needleman, Gaston ARG 2406 4.5
Lujan, Carolina ARG 2365 4.5
Reides, Marcelo ARG 2339 4.5
Filgueira, Hernan ARG 2332 4.5
Madina, Martin ARG 2277 4.5
Guerrero, Alvaro URU 2216 4.5
Sarquis, Maria Belen ARG 2202 4.5
Fiori, Nicolas ARG 2164 4.5
Lopez Rebert, Pablo ARG 2078 4.5
Krysa, Leandro ARG 2066 4.5
19-33 Rodriguez, Andres URU 2533 4
Mahia, Gustavo ARG 2432 4
Bronstein, Luis Marcos ARG 2371 4
Garcia, Raimundo ARG 2351 4
Perelman, Hernan ARG 2342 4
Granara, Sebastian URU 2257 4
Meza, Hugo ARG 2257 4
Cativelli, Gerardo ARG 2251 4
Malbran, Guillermo ARG 2240 4
Spata, German ARG 2240 4
Zuriel, Marisa ARG 2231 4
Anelli, Antonio ARG 2209 4
Elman, Christian Adrian ARG 2167 4
Gimenez, Santiago ARG 2052 4
Semprevivo, Florencia ARG 1856 4
134 players

20) ENCI Limburg Open

The second ENCI Limburg Open was held 9th -12th May 2008 and attracted 382 players in three groups. The participants came from all over the world including Greece, New-Zealand, Indonesia, Belgium, Germany, France, Sweden, Norway and Russia. There were eight Grandmasters as leading players with Vasilious Kotronias as top seed. GM’s Friso Nijboer, Gawain Jones and IM’s Robin Swinkels and Sergei Klimov came equal first with Robin Swinkles winning the title on tie break after impressive wins over Emanuel Berg and Vladimir Epishin. News: Manuel Weeks.

Official site: http://www.limburgopen.nl

ENCI Limburg Open Maastricht (NED), 9-12 v 2008
Nr NameTiNATRating Score WP SB TPR W-We
1Swinkels, Robin IMNED 24486363027532.54
2Nijboer, Friso GMNED 255863529.2526800.88
3Klimov, Sergey IMRUS 248463529.2527081.79
4Jones, Gawain C B GMENG 2522626.52325980.58
5Epishin, Vladimir GMRUS 25665.534.525.525730.12
6Kotronias, Vasilios GMGRE 26115.533.525.252583-0.14
7Monroy, Charles FMFRA 23995.53325.2525321.16
8Berg, Emanuel GMSWE 26015.531.522.752564-0.21
9Dambacher, Martijn IMNED 24705.53022.2525350.6
10Moser, Eva IMAUT 23955.526.52024000.1
11Dgebuadze, Alexandre GMBEL 2528531.5212468-0.32
12Luther, Thomas GMGER 2539531212456-0.48
13Tate, Emory IMUSA 23785312024230.52
14Van Oosterom, Chiel IMNED 2399530.52124070.19
15Reinderman, Dimitri GMNED 2526530.5202398-0.81
16Broekmeulen, Jasper FMNED 2322529.519.2523830.49
17Braun, Christian GER 2322529.51923670.54
18Lammens, Tim NED 22945281823010.19
19Pijpers, Arthur NED 21305261723752.32
20Michielsen, Joost NED 23264.533.52124230.92
21Ringoir, Tanguy BEL 22524.53319.7523931.24
22Wang, Puchen IMNZL 23974.53217.752364-0.13
23Wemmers, Xander FMNED 23874.531.517.523730.09
24Van Der Velden, Bram NED 21964.529.517.522520.6
25Vogel, Jaap FMNED 22544.52917.752233-0.11
26Peek, Maurice NED 24054.52917.52334-0.5
27Bok, Benjamin NED 21804.52916.2523271.35
28Smits, Sebastiaan NED 21224.528.51723671.92
29Pham, Toan Thanh NOR 21114.52816.7523081.81
30Van Beek, Alexander FMNED 23434.52815.752316-0.12
31Picard, Romain FMFRA 23684.527.516.52301-0.44
32Beeke, Bob NED 21884.527.514.7522910.96
33Memeti, Kastriot BEL 21734.527.514.2522871
34Kodentsov, Grigori FMNED 22754.52715.523260.5
35Pel, Bonno FMNED 22884.52715.2523100.18
36Sprangers, Remco NED 22114.52614.522580.5
37Rademakers, Evert NED 20924.525.515.2522401.44
38Burg, Twan FMNED 23424.525.514.752262-0.51
39Michalczak, Thomas FMGER 23294.525.514.752220-0.85
40Dek, Lennart NED 21914.52514.2522610.63
41Van Kerkhof, David NED 22264.524.514.752218-0.03
42Simenon, Jozef NED 21824.52413.522180.34
43Laarhoven, Thijs NED 21934.52413.252182-0.04
44Friesen, Boris NED 21294.5221321530.28
182 players

21) 19th Panamerican Youth Chess Festival

The 19th Panamerican Youth Chess Festival takes place in Argentina 29th June - 6th July, 2008.

Official website: http://www.ajedrez.com.ar/

22) 58th New Hampshire Open

George Mirijanian reports: The 58th New Hampshire Open took place on June 21-22, 2008 at the Comfort Inn in Manchester, New Hampshire, USA. GM Alexander Ivanov, 52, of Newton, Massachusetts captured first place with a score of 3.5-0.5. Tied for 2nd-4th place with 3-1 tallies were IM Igor Foygel, 60, of Brookline, Mass.; FM William Kelleher, 58, of Watertown, Mass.; and FM Braden Bournival, 24, of Manchester. Bournival, as the highest-scoring New Hampshire resident, was awarded the state title. Deadlocked in 5th-6th place with 2.5-1.5 results were 2008 Massachusetts state champion Denys Shmelov, 21, of Pepperell, Mass. (who drew Ivanov in the final round); and U.S. Chess Federation-rated expert Steven Dillon of Maine. Dillon won the prize for the top-scoring player rated under 2300. The tournament drew 75 players in four sections and was directed by USCF senior TD Robert Messenger of Nashua, New Hampshire for the sponsoring New Hampshire Chess Association (NHCA).

23) Corus, Wijk aan Zee 2009

The organizers of the 71st Corus Chess Tournament have invited the young Dutch Grandmasters Daniel Stellwagen (1987) and reigning Dutch Champion Jan Smeets (1985) for the Grandmaster group A in 2009. For both players it means a debut on the highest level. Together with Loek van Wely, they will represent the Netherlands in the traditional chess festival, that will be held from Friday January 16th to Sunday 1st of February 2009.

Besides the participation of the above mentioned three Dutch players, the following World Class players have confirmed their participation: Magnus Carlsen (Norway), Alexander Morozevich (Russia), Levon Aronian (Armenia), Vassily Ivanchuk (Ukraine), Gata Kamsky (United States) and Teymour Radjabov (Azerbaijan). Carlsen, Ivanchuk and Morozevich will be in the Top-5 of the new World Ranking list, that will be published on July 1st 2008.

The young Ukrainian Grandmaster Sergei Karjakin, as well as the winner of last year’s Grandmaster group B, Sergei Movsesian (Slovakia), have also confirmed their participation. The complete field with 14 participants will be presented in October 2008, as well as the names of the participants in the Grandmaster groups B and C.

Official site: http://www.coruschess.com/

24) II Annual ACCA World Computer Rapid

The II Annual ACCA World Computer Rapid took place 21st-22nd June 2008. Rybka took clear first place in this 14 round swiss.

Official site: http://www.taccl.org/ACCAWCRCC/2008ACCAWCRCC/2008WCRCCResults.html

25) Paraguayan Championship

The Paraguayan Championship takes place in Asuncion 31st May - 26th July 2008. Luis Patriarca leads with 5/6. Next round 11th July.

Official site : http://www.winner.com.py/feparaj/

ch-PAR Asuncion (PAR), 31 v-26 vi 2008
1. Patriarca, Luis f PAR 2333 5.019.5 14.00
2. Peralta, Eduardo f PAR 2245 4.523.0 15.50
3. Hernandez, Angel C f PAR 2210 4.520.0 14.50
4. Ferreira, Oscar f PAR 2290 4.021.0 14.50
5. Butti, Enrique PAR 2093 4.021.0 13.50
6. Jodorcovsky, Paulo PAR 2207 3.522.0 14.50
7. Del Puerto, Rodrigo PAR 1995 3.521.0 14.00
8. Almiron, Antonio PAR 2115 3.519.5 13.00
9. Kropff, Ricardo f PAR 2282 3.519.0 12.50
10. Piris Tillner, Eduardo PAR 1909 3.019.0 12.00
11. Forte, Fernando PAR 1966 3.017.5 12.50
12. Sartori, Spartaco ITA 2182 3.016.5 10.00
13. Recalde, Augusto PAR 2005 3.016.0 10.50
14. Galeano, Mario PAR 2026 2.518.5 12.00
15. Barrientos, Edgar PAR 2080 2.516.5 12.00
16. Perez Ferloni, Jose W PAR 1996 2.516.5 11.50
17. Recalde, Ariel PAR 2010 2.015.5 11.00
18. Gutierrez,Santiago PAR ---- 2.014.0 10.00
19. Gamarra, Ramon PAR 2035 2.014.0 10.00
20. Zarza, Ronald PAR 2075 2.0 4.5 1.50
21. Lipiniks, Leonardo PAR 2012 1.015.0 9.50
22. Ibanez, Juan PAR 1999 1.0 7.5 3.00
23. Britez, G Jorge A PAR 1904 0.510.0 7.00

26) Voronezh Chess Festival

12th Voronezh traditional chess festival took place 10th-21st June 2008. Aleksej Aleksandrov took first place on tie-break from Sergei Zablotsky after both finished on 7/9. Games not yet available.

Official site: http://www.relex.ru/~xuser/voronezh_open

12th Voronezh Chess Festival (RUS), 10-21 vi 2008
PlNameTiNATEloPtsKBKPTPP-Po
1Aleksandrov, Aleksej GM BLR 25837503727111.33
2Zablotsky, Sergei IM RUS 2508749.536.527232.41
3Fedorov, Alexei GM BLR 26036.55234.526500.56
4Azarov, Sergei GM BLR 25856.551.537.526691.01
5Savchenko, Boris GM RUS 25696.55035.526621.1
6Vysochin, Spartak GM UKR 25216.5503526681.73
7Malakhatko, Vadim GM BEL 26216.549.532.526510.38
8Romanov, Evgeny GM RUS 25476.547.532.526200.83
9Chuprov, Dmitry GM RUS 25756.54733.526420.74
10Lastin, Alexander GM RUS 2622651.53226270.06
11Zinchenko, Yaroslav GM UKR 251664935.526271.32
12Khismatullin, Denis GM RUS 2584648.530.525890.06
13-14 Bryzgalin, Kirill GM RUS 2529646.53126010.87
13-14 Tunik, Gennady GM RUS 2486646.53126141.5
15Gasanov, Eldar GM UKR 253164630.525630.33
16Khruschiov, Alexey GM MDA 251464528.52512-0.03
17Ulko, Jaroslav IM RUS 2469643.529.525440.87
18Korotylev, Alexey GM RUS 2606642282566-0.48
19Golovin, Leonid RUS 2463641.52725170.6
20Zakhartsov, Viacheslav V. GM RUS 2580636252494-0.93
21Zherebukh, Yaroslav IM UKR 24465.549.53126011.9
22Zubarev, Alexander GM UKR 25105.54529.525490.46
23Zubov, Alexander IM UKR 25685.544.530.52529-0.44
24Kokarev, Dmitry GM RUS 25795.544.5302516-0.71
25Gabrielian, Artur IM RUS 24945.543.53024940.01
26Ovetchkin, Roman GM RUS 25565.54329.52533-0.26
27Yakovich, Yuri GM RUS 25665.542.5282480-0.98
28Papin, Vasily IM RUS 24835.54127.52463-0.26
29Okrugin, Sergey RUS 23545.5412624911.72
30Gubajdullin, Alexei FM RUS 24565.539.524.52405-0.62
31Geller, Jakov IM RUS 25075.53923.52393-1.25
32Yandemirov, Valeri GM RUS 24635.538.52624600.01
33Kharlov, Andrei GM RUS 24995.538242386-1.25
34Smirnov, Pavel GM RUS 2589549.529.52500-1.12
35Zhumabayev, Rinat IM KAZ 24425493025431.22
36Frolyanov, Dmitry GM RUS 2553546.5292480-0.94
37Smirnov, Alexey RUS 23975462824510.68
38Provotorov, Ivan FM RUS 239854525.524630.77
39Sergienko, Sergey IM RUS 2446544.526.524920.5
40Kiselev, Gennady IM RUS 2453543.527.52425-0.4
124 players

27) World Open

The 36th World Open takes place in Philadelphia 2nd-6th July 2008

Official site: http://www.chesstour.com/wo08.htm

28) Forthcoming Events and Links

Torino, Italy

The Torino tournament in (Italy) takes place 30th November 2008 - 8th December 2008. 9 Round swiss top group (B Group 7 rounds). Contact for entries and info tornei@scacchisticatorinese.it

Official site: http://www.scacchisticatorinese.it

First Saturday July

The First Saturday GM, IM and FM tournaments for July take place in Budapest, 5th-17th 2008. There are places still available in these groups, contact: Laszlo Nagy: http://www.firstsaturday.hu or e-mail firstsat@hu.inter.net.

GM Group players so far: Varga, Ilincic, Fogarasi, Boros, Nguyen Huynh Minh Huy, Duong The Anh, Prohászka, Kjartansson, Husari, Mas Hafizulhelmi Rajlich, Berczes, Hou Yifan Toth.

IM Group players so far: Lengyel, Farago, Kahn, Vegh, Salanczy, Magyar, Rapport, Van Den Heever, Toth, Nick Adams, Solomons, Petursson, Qu Yanqiao, Kislik, Napoli,

Tal Memorial

The Tal Memorial in Moscow should take place in August; Magnus Carlsen will take part only in the blitz competition (August 29th-30th, according to http://Magnuschess.com).

Poikovsky

The Poikovsky tournament takes place 8th-17th July 2008. Participants: Alexei Shirov, Dmitry Jakovenko, Sergey Rublevsky, Wang Hao, Ernesto Inarkiev, Andrei Volokitin, Vugar Gashimov, Victor Bologan, Alexander Onischuk and Emil Sutovsky.

Karjakin - Short Rapid Match

Finally, there will be a ten game rapid chess match between Sergey Karjakin and Nigel Short in Kiev (Kyiv) starting 2nd July 2008.

Chess Classic Mainz

The Chess Classic Mainz takes place 28th July - 3rd August 2008. In the main event the players are Viswanathan Anand, Alexander Morozevich, Magnus Carlsen and Judit Polgar. The event will be a combine rapid and chess960 chess.

Official site: http://www.chesstigers.de/ccm8.php

ICC held an online chess960 event which was won by Hikaru Nakamura and he has free entry into the FiNet and Ordix opens, hotel room and breakfast at the Hilton Mainz Hotel along with Dmitry Andreikin who he beat 4-2 in the final.

Details of the ICC event: http://www.chessclub.com/activities/chess960_2008/

Grand Slam in Bilbao

The Chess Grand Slam Final takes place in Bilbao 1st-13th September 2008. There are 6 players. The first three are the winners of Corus 2008, Morelia - Linares 2008, and Mtel Masters 2008 - GM Levon Aronian, GM Viswanathan Anand, and GM Vassily Ivanchuk. Invitations have been sent also to the second place players - GM Magnus Carlsen and GM Veselin Topalov. The sixth player will be known after the next meeting of the board of the Chess Grand Slam. This news

Source: http://grandslam.chessdom.com/chess-grand-slam-bilbao

3rd Edmonton International

The 3rd Edmonton International takes place July 31st-August 4th, 2008 and is the main event of the 3rd Edmonton chess festival which will also include many events for all levels of players.

It is a masters only Swiss with GM/IM norm opportunities. The top participants so far are: GMs: Alexander Moiseenko, Alexander Shabalov, Surya Shekhar Ganguly, Jesse Kraai. IMs: Josh Friedel (GM elect), Edward Porper, John Donaldson.

Official site: http://www.ecf2008.com

Ideal Max Euwe

The Ideal Max Euwe International Tournament takes place 22nd-31st August 2008. The 10 player round robin, time control 2 hours/40 moves + 1 hour/20 moves + 30 minutes KO (+ 30 seconds/move) features 3 players from BRAZIL + 7 players from another countries Cat. VII, VIII or IX. at the Clube de Xadrez Sao Paulo

Details: http://www.cxsp.com.br/

British Chess Championships 2008

The 95th Championships of The British Isles organised by the English Chess Federation takes place Sunday 27th July - Saturday 9th August 2008 in St. George's Hall, Liverpool. Contact e-mail: office@englishchess.org.uk.

Leading entries for the British championship so far include: Nicholas Pert, Gawain Jones, Mark Hebden, Bogdan Lalic, Glenn Flear, Daniel Gormally, Stewart Haslinger, Keith Arkell, Simon Williams, Nigel Davies, Richard Pert, Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant, Andrew Ledger, Graeme Buckley and Jovanka Houska.

Further details http://www.englishchessorg.uk/

Official site: http://www.britishchess08.com

115th Scottish Chess Championships

115th Scottish Chess Championships INTERNATIONAL OPEN (including Scottish Championships). First prize 2,000 British pounds. Saturday 5th - Sunday 13th July 2008. Plus Senior and Under 1500 Championships Saturday 5th - Sunday 11th July and Scottish Lightning Championship Saturday12th. - Sunday 13th July. At the Glasgow Academy, Colebrooke Street, Glasgow. G12 8HE.

Entry Form, further information and current entries etc.: http://www.chessscotland.com/

Live games: http://www.bcfservices.org.uk/livechess/scottish/2008/

Staunton Memorial

The Staunton Memorial takes place Simpsons in the Strand August 7th-18th 2008 (one rest day August 13th).

Players: Ivan Sokolov, Jan Timman, Jan Smeets , Jan Werle, Erwin L'Ami ,Loek Van Wely, Jonathan Speelman, Peter Wells, Michael Adams, Bob Wade, Alex Cherniaev and Nigel Short.

Details: http://www.bcf.org.uk/national/2008/staunton-mem_apr08.htm

Hastings Chess Congress

The Hastings Chess Congress takes place 28th December 2008 - 5th January 2009. Contact: Con Power at: conpowr@ol.com

Further details: http://www.hastingschess.org.uk

European Club Cup

The European Club Cup 2008 (24th European Club Cup for Men, 13th European Club Cup for Women) takes place in Kallithea, Greece 16th-24th October 2008.

Official site: http://ecc2008.chessdom.com/

Arad Open (Romania)

The Arad International Chess Open (Romania) takes place 25th-31st July 2008 9 rounds swiss open, prize fund 3600 euro, 1st prize - 1000 euro Contact: Alin Campeanu sahclubvados@yahoo.com. Arad City is in the western Romania - 270 km from Budapest, 510 km from Vienna, 530 km from Bucharest

More details http://www.vados.ro/next_turneu_en.php

Villa Martelli

There are tournaments in Villa Martelli 8th July - 19th August 2008.

Official site: http://www.ajedrezmartelli.org.ar/

Amizade International

The Amizade International at the Clube de Xadrez Sso Paulo takes place 23rd-31st August

Official site: http://www.cxsp.com.br

European Senior Championship

The European Senior Championship takes place 9th-17th August 2008 in the Parkhotel Sunstar in Davos, Switzerland (the is also a normal open alongside 10th-16th August 2008). Contact e-mail beochess@bluewin.ch

Details: http://www.beochess.ch

IV Alajuela International

The IV Alajuela International Chess Tournament (Costa Rica) takes place 8th-13th July 2008. Currently 8 GMs are in the entry list.

Details: http://www.internationaldealajuela.com

Chess Study

Do you have an FIDE rating?

Dr. Robert Howard of the University of New South Wales in Australia is carrying out a study of chess skill in internationally rated players. The study looks at effects of amount of practice, coaching and age of starting chess on chess skill and at chess players' views about chess skill. The study involves a short online survey. The survey is for anyone who has, or who ever has had, an FIDE rating.

The survey takes only about 5-10 minutes to complete. All responses are completely confidential. The survey is available in English, Spanish, Russian, and German.

To take part, you must know your exact FIDE ID number, which will be something like "14200887". ID numbers are posted on the FIDE website at http://www.fide.com

A summary and analysis of the study findings will be posted here when it is complete and will be emailed to any participant who requests it.

If you would like to participate, please go to this website: http://education.arts.unsw.edu.au/fidestudy/

For any queries, please contact Dr Robert Howard, University of New South Wales, on rwh@unsw.edu.au

41st Biel International Chess Festival

The 41st Biel International Chess Festival takes place 19th July - 1st August 2008.

Details of all events including the open and other tournaments: http://www.bielchessfestival.ch/

GM Biel (SUI), 19 vii - 1 viii 2008. cat. XIII (2691)
NameNATEloWRnk
Magnus CarlsenNOR2765Nr. 5
Evgeny AlekseevRUS2711Nr. 20
Etienne BacrotFRA2705Nr. 23
Leinier DominguezCUB2695Nr 26
Alexander OnischukUSA2664Nr. 56
Yannick PelletierSUI2607

Latvian Chess Tour - Riga Open

The VIII World chess championship Mikhail Tal Cup (Riga OPEN 2008) takes place 19th-24th August 2008.

Contact details: Riga Chess Federation, Braslas street 7, Riga, LV-1035. Ph.(+371) 28804664 Alberts Cimins or +371 25939234 Vadims Daskevics Fax +371 67718960, e-mail: acimins@yahoo.com or vadik.dashkevich@gmail.com

Details of this and other events on the Latvian Chess Tour: http://www.chess.lv/lv/vesture/

17th Martigny Open

The 17th Martigny Open takes placed 1st-4th August 2008 in the à l'Hôtel du Parc. 7 round swiss - 36 moves /1h30 + 30 minutes ko. 1st Prize: 1500 francs, 5650 francs total prize fund.

Details: http://www.uve-wsb.ch/openmartigny

Lipetsk

"There will be an international chess festival called "King's Gambit" in Lipetsk, Russia, between July 8 (arrival day) and July 19, 2008. The festival consists of two round-robin tournaments (one with GM norm and one with IM norm) and an open for FIDE rating. Opening ceremony: 2.30 p.m. on July 9, 1st round at 3 p.m. Festival director: Zimmerman, Yuri . Tel.: +7-4742-720064, or +7-919-255-9764. E-mail: zimmerman@lipetsk.ru."

Olomouc Chess Summer

The 11th International Chess Festival Olomouc Chess Summer 2008 takes place 30th July - 7th August 2008. Closed GM and IM tournaments, FIDE open, seniors tournament, active chess and blitz tournament are part of the festival.

Details: http://www.czechtour.net/olomouc-chess-summer/regulations/

5th Highlands Open

The 5th International Chess Festival Highlands Open 2008, takes place in the town of Zdar nad Sazavou 20th-28th September 2008.

Details: http://www.czechtour.net/highlands-open/regulations/

World Championship Match Anand vs Kramnik in Bonn

The World Championship match where Viswanathan Anand will defends his World title against Vladimir Kramnik in Bonn, Germany will now take place October 14th-2nd November, 2008. The main reason for the slight change in dates is to fit in with the sponsors and politicians ability to attend the opening. The main sponsor is Evonik Industries AG and the prizemoney 1,5 Million Euro. The contract was signed by both players 18th December 2007.

Dates for the match: Gm1: Oct 14th, Gm2: Oct 15th, Gm3: Oct 17th, Gm4: Oct 18th, Gm5: Oct 20th, Gm6: Oct 21st, Gm7: Oct 23rd, Gm8: Oct 24th, Gm9: Oct 26th, Gm10: Oct 27th, Gm11: Oct 29th, Gm12: Oct 31st, Tiebreak Nov 2nd.

Advanced booking for the World Chess Championship 2008 between Viswanathan Anand (India) and Vladimir Kramnik (Russia) has started. The tickets are available at the price of 35 Euro per day. The following benefits are included: - entrance to the playing hall - entrance to the commentary room with analysis by prominent grandmasters. The tickets are available at all ticket agencies in Germany. You can also buy tickets for the match in advance via BONNTICKET: http://www.bonnticket.de tickets@bonnticket.de. Tel. +49-(0)-180/5001812. Tickets for a possible tiebreak on November 02, 2008, will be available after the 12th game. Exclusive VIP tickets are also available. Details at the website below along with features on the leadup to the championships.

Website: http://www.uep-worldchess.com/

Porto Carras, Greece

3rd International Open Chess Tournament "Summer Cup 2008", takes place in Porto Carras, Greece 12th-19th July 2008

Further details: http://www.greekchess.com/cup2008

Panevezys Open

The 21st International Panevezys Open 2008 takes place in Panevezys, Lithuania 12th-18th August 2008. Two Open A and Open B and two closed norm tournaments second woman WGM and GM takes place in chess Festival program this year.

More details: http://www.chesslyga.lt/panevezys2008

For information e-mail: chessfanas@gmail.com

Open "Mediterranean 2017" Rijeka

The Open "Mediterranean 2017" Rijeka (CRO) takes place 29th November - 6th December 2008.

Details: http://www.mediteran2013.com/en/default.asp

Baltic Sea Cup 2008

The Baltic Sea Cup 2008 (Bornholm Summer Chess) takes place in Denmark 29th July - 6th August 2008. 10 round swiss. Top players already signed up include: GM Michael Roiz 2659, GM Sergei Tiviakov 2635, GM Igor Khenkin 2609, itali Golod 2606, GM Yuriy Kuzubov and GM Zoltan Gyimesi 2600.

Details: http://www.balticseacup.dk

Hungarian Chess Tournaments May - December 2008

1. 16th-21th of May 2008 KECSKEMET, IM Berger tmt, org: Dr.Erdelyi, Tamas, e-mail: postmaster@caissa.t-online.hu 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.

2. 7th-19th of June 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: firstsat@hu.inter.net Website: http://www.firstsaturday.hu Phone-fax: +(361)-2632859, cellphone: +(36)-30-230-1914 /From 12:00 a.m. until midnight - Central European Time = GMT+1/

3. 22nd-30th of May, ZALAKAROS Open, 9 rounds Swiss, 1st prize 500,000 Ft (brutto 2 thousand EURO), org: IM Horvath, Tamas, e-mail: mssz@zalaszam.hu Mobile: 36-20-9777003

4.13th-21st of June, Balatonlelle Open, GM-IM round robin, org: IM Rigo, e-mail: me-ri@t-online.hu

5.21st-30th of June IM tmt Kecskemet, org: Mr. Erdelyi

6.5th-17th of July, GM-IM-FM, First Saturday Budapest, org: Nagy Laszlo

7.19th-28th of July IM Kecskemet, org Erdelyi,

8.23rd-27th of July, 32nd AGRIA chess festival, Open 9 rounds Swiss, EGER, 100 km North East from Budapest, org: rauch@freemail.hu www.eurochess.hu

9.2nd-14th of August GM-IM-FM First Saturday Budapest, org Nagy Laszlo

10.16th-25th of August, IM tmt, Kecskemet, org: Erdelyi

11.6th-18th of September GM-IM-FM First Saturday Budapest, org Nagy Laszlo,

12.20th -29th September IM tmt Kecskemet, org Erdelyi

13.4th-16th of October, GM-IM-FM tmt, First Saturday Budapest, org.Nagy L.

14.18th-27th of October IM tmt Kecskemet, org Erdelyi.

15.1st-13th of November GM-IM-FM First Saturday Budapest, org Nagy L.

16.14th-22nd of November Tenkes Kupa Open, Harkany, 300 km South-West from Budapst, 9 round Swiss, org: Ambrus Lajos, mobile: 36-30-851-4224 e-mail: info@baranyasakk.hu www.baranyasakk.hu

17.6th-18th of December GM-IM-FM tmt, First Saturday Budapest, org Nagy L.

18.27th of Dec 5th of January IM-FM tmt Kesckemet, org: Erdelyi.

Blackstone Chess Festival

Blackstone Chess Festival incorporating the New England Masters - 11th-17th August 2008.

The New England Masters will take place at the Blackstone Chess Academy, Pawtucket, Rhode Island, USA, from August 11-15, 2008. The event will be a 9 round Swiss with GM/IM norm opportunities and a prize fund of $3,300. The Masters is open to a maximum of 50 players rated FIDE 2100 or higher. Please visit http://www.NewEnglandMasters.com for more info.

The Masters event will be followed by the Blackstone Open on August 16-17, 2008, at the same location. This event will be a 4 round Swiss, split into two sections, an Open (minimum rating USCF 1600) and an Under 1900 Section. The total prize fund is $4,000. Please visit http://www.blackstonechess.com/event88g.htm for more info.

I Masters of Olalachess Academy Training Camp

The I Masters of Olalachess Academy Training Camp takes place in Salou, Spain 1st-7th September 2008.

Details: http://www.masters.olalachess.com

13th Pannonia Cup

The 13th Pannonia Cup takes place in Balatonalmádi (Hungary) 30th July - 3rd August 2008 International Open for FIDE ratings (without age limit)

Contact details: Fáncsy Imre: 8222. Balatonalmádi, Gábor Áron u. 15.; HUNGARY E-mail: almadikupa@freemail.hu

Details: http://fancsyimi.fw.hu

VI Gyorgy Marx Memorial

The VI.Gyorgy Marx Memorial takes place in Paks, Hungary 24th July - 4th August, 2008.

Players: Acs Peter, Aleksander Beliavsky, Berkes Ferenc, Gabriel Sargissian, Daniel Stellwagen, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave average:2617 cat XV.

Alongside is the XII.Paks Open 30th Julybv- 3rd August, 2008, 7 rounds, rapid, blitz and children tournaments Apply and information:Vidéki Sándor videkis2001@yahoo.com

Official site: http://www.ase.hu/marxgy

2nd Queenstown Chess Classic 2009

Queenstown Chess Classic takes place in Queenstown, South Island of New Zealand 15th-24th January 2009.

This will be the second such event, the first was held in Jan 2006.

The Tournament promoter is GM Murray Chandler. Over $50,000 (NZ) is being offered in prizes with additional prizes in the Rapid and Blitz events being held on January 25th-26th 2009.

Full details: http://www.queenstownchess.com

GM Boris Alterman's Chess Lessons

GM Boris Alterman has a blog with free chess lessons on it.

Website: http://chesslessons.wordpress.com/

19th Czech Open

The 19th Czech Open takes place 10th-27th July 2008 (Pardubice, CEZ Arena and Ideon)

THE BIGGEST INTERNATIONAL CHESS AND GAMES FESTIVAL IN THE WORLD (5908 starts of players from 50 countries in CZECH OPEN 2007!). Open grand master tournament (ELO FIDE >= 2200), Open European Amateurs Championships ( 1800,  2000,  2200), hundreds of other tournaments in chess and also in other games

Contacts: AVE-KONTAKT s.r.o., Sukova 1556, 530 02 Pardubice, Czech Republic, tel./fax +420 - 466 535 200, mobile phone + 420 - 608 203 007, e-mail: j.mazuch@avekont.cz,

Further information: http://www.czechopen.net

8th Savaria Summer

The 8th Savaria Summer International Chess Tournament takes place 14th-22nd August 2008, Szombathely, Hungary

Details: http://sakk.savaria.hu/main.php?Lang=EN

Chess Classic Mainz 2008

The schedule for Chess Classic Mainz 2008 is now available. The event takes place 27th July - 3rd August 2008 in Mainz/Germany. Anand , Morozevich, Carlsen and Polgar play.

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: juergen.wienecke@chesstigers.de

Further details: http://www.chesstigers.de

Arctic Chess Challenge

The Arctic Chess Challenge 2008 takes place August 2nd - 10th in Tromsø, Norway. Contact address: simsim64@gmail.com

Details: http://www.arcticchess.org

Last year's event had 99 participants and was won by Alexander Moiseenko ahead of Kjetil Lie, Vugar Gashimov and Magnus Carlsen.

Ikaros Chess Festival

The main event of the Ikaros Chess Festival, the International Aegean Open Championship takes place from 12th-20th July 2008. It is a 9 round swiss event with prize fund 3000 Euros in total (1st prize 800 Euros, special money prizes for ladies and veterans). Special conditions for GMs/IMs and WGMs/WIMs are provided. The URL of Ikaros Chess Festival is: http://www.chess.gr/ikaros . Our e-mail is: ikaros@chess.gr while to contact us on the phone one can try: +30 6932 478386 or +30 210 5010871 (Mr. Savas Kyriakou). For general information about the island of Ikaria one can also check at: http://www.island-ikaria.com

European Union Championships, Liverpool 2008

This years European Union Championships takes place in Liverpool, England 9th - 18th September 2008. The prize fund is 30,000 pounds with 6000 pounds first prize. Already 29 Grandmasters have entered including Michael Adams, Nigel Short, Alexander Beliavsky, Sergei Tiviakov and Maxim Vachier-Lagrave.

Details:  http://www.liverpoolchessinternational.co.uk            

VII Benidorm International Chess Festival 2008

The VII Benidorm International Chess Festival takes place 28th November - 8th December 2008. For information contact: E-Mail: eventosdeajedrez@yahoo.es festivaldebenidorm@gmail.com News: Patricia Claros Aguilar.

FIDE Grand Prix Events

The line ups for the FIDE Grand Prix events have been announced. The top four players in the world, along with players such as Morozevich and Shirov are missing. It seems that in the case of Kramnik and Topalov that they believe that the event doesn't have big enough prize money (according to quotes in Chess Today). All this was more or less known beforehand. However the players who have signed up make this a very attractive and interesting series of events. The grand prix is organised by Global Chess which is headed by Bessel Kok.

Details: http://www.fide.com/news.asp?id=1607


FIDE Grand Prix 2008-9
Surname First Name NAT Elo 1 2 3 4 5 6 Ck 08 Criteria WRk
Svidler Peter RUS 2763 2763 2763
2763
2763 4 2 Pres Nom 5
Mamedyarov Shakhriyar AZE 2760 2760
2760 2760
2760 4 2 Rating 6
Leko Peter HUN 2753

2753 2753 2753 2753 4 1 Rating 8
Ivanchuk Vassily UKR 2751
2751
2751 2751 2751 4 1 Rating 9
Aronian Levon ARM 2739
2739
2739 2739 2739 4 1 Rating 10
Gelfand Boris ISR 2737
2737
2737 2737 2737 4 1 Rating 11
Radjabov Teimour AZE 2735 2735 2735 2735 2735

4 3 Rating 12
Carlsen Magnus NOR 2733 2733
2733 2733
2733 4 2 Wcup 13
Karjakin Sergey UKR 2732 2732 2732
2732 2732
4 2 Wcup 14
Adams Michael ENG 2726 2726
2726
2726 2726 4 2 Reserve 16
Kamsky Gata USA 2726 2726 2726
2726 2726
4 2 Matches 15
Jakovenko Dmitry RUS 2720
2720 2720
2720 2720 4 2 Hcity 17
Cheparinov Ivan BUL 2713 2713 2713 2713

2713 4 3 Pres Nom 19
Grischuk Alexander RUS 2711 2711 2711 2711 2711

4 3 Reserve 21
Bacrot Etienne FRA 2700 2700
2700 2700 2700
4 2 Pres Nom 22
Wang Yue CHN 2698 2698 2698 2698
2698
4 3 Pres Nom 25
Inarkiev Ernesto RUS 2681 2681
2681
2681 2681 4 2 Hcity 34
Navara David CZE 2680 2680 2680

2680 2680 4 2 Hcity 37
Gashimov Vugar AZE 2665 2665 2665 2665
2665
4 3 Hcity 48
Pelletier Yannick SWZ 2600

2600 2600 2600 2600 4 1 Hcity 165
Al Modiahki Mohamad QTR 2569
2569 2569 2569
2569 4 2 Hcity 274
AVERAGE RATING


2715.9 2709.9 2697.4 2714.9 2707.7 2708.9



Player Count 21
2709.1 14 14 14 14 14 14 84 42

Event 1 April 20th - May 6th 2008, Baku, Azerbaijan
Event 2 July 30th - August 15th 2008, Sochi, Russia
Event 3 December 13th - 29th, 2008, Doha, Qatar
Event 4 April 14th - 28th, 2009, Montreux, Switzerland
Event 5 August 8th - 24th, 2009, Elista, Russia
Event 6 December 7th - 23rd, 2009, Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic

Grand Prix 2008-9 Prizes Each Event
Place EUR Points
1 30,000 140 + 40 bonus
2 22,500 130 + 20
3 20,000 120 + 10
4 15,000 110
5 12,500 100
6 11,000 90
7 10,000 80
8 8,500 70
9 7,500 60
10 6,000 50
11 5,500 40
12 5,000 30
13 4,500 20
14 4,000 10


Grand Prix 2008-9
Prizes for Final Standings
(Best three events)
Pl Prize (Euros)
1st 75,000
2nd 50,000
3rd 40,000
4th 30,000
5th 25,000
6th 20,000
7th 18,000
8th 16,000
9th 14,000
10th 12,000

Canadian Open

The Canadian Open takes place in Montreal July 19th-27th 2008.

Further details: Fédération québécoise des échecs

Cidade de Ferrol International

XXIII International Chess tournament Cidade de Ferrol Prizes : 14750 euros (different sections) Dates : 15th-20th July 2008 Time rate : 90’ + 30 Secunden Accomodation : 24,5 euros Full board in a Student house. There other posibilities. Entry: 30 euros . contact e-mail: xanrei@arrakis.es Other tournaments: Bernasque 3/7-12/7. Circuito Galego From 22/7 to 30/9

Further info: http://www.cfxadrez.org

X Sants Open

The X International Open of Sants, Hostafrancs and la Bordeta (Barcelona - Spain) takes place 22nd-31st August 2008. 10 round swiss system tournament with + 12.000 euros in prizes.

Other activities include a blitz tournament and rapid chess tournament with 1500 euros in prizes. Last year: 500 players from 40 countries including 70 titled players competed. There were 2 GM and 5 IM norms.

Details: http://http://www.cotxeres.org/open

The 8th European Senior Championship

The "Swiss Chess Tour 2008" will present the 7th Chess Summer Festival in Davos from August 9th to 17th, 2008. The main event will be the 8th European Individual Senior Championship. The second tournament will be traditional, 7th Davos Open.

8th European Individual Senior Championship, August 9th to 17th 2008. "Sunstar Park Hotel" (4 stars) will be host festival in Congress Center. Swiss system, 9 rounds and the games will last a maximum of 6 hours (40 moves for 2 hours and 60 minutes till the end). Valid for FIDE titles and rating: FIDE, Swiss (SSB) and German (DWZ). Seniors: men born 1947 and earlier; women born 1957 and earlier. Prize (men): 2.500/1.700/1.000/700/600/500/2x400/2x300 CHF. 3-4 group rating prize (200/150/100 CHF). Women: 400/300/3x200 CHF; Entry fee 80 CHF; at the door 20 CHF more. Time table: Rounds 1 15.00-21.00 August 9th; Round 2/8 9.30-15.30 August 10th-16th; Round 9 9.30-15.30 August 17th.

7th Davos Open, 7 rounds and the games will last a maximum of 5 hours (40 moves for 2 hours and 30 minutes till the end). Prize are: 1.000 SF, 800, 600, 400, 300, 200, 2x150 CHF. Natural prizes for 4 and more points. Entry fee 130 CHF, FMs and juniors 60 CHF, GMs and IMs free; juniors lodging at Sunstar Park Hotel free; at the door 20 CHF more. Time table: Rounds 1 15.00-21.00 August 10th; Round 2/7 16.00-22.00 August 10th-16th. Venue: "Sunstar Park Hotel" Congress Center. Closing ceremony August 17th, 4 p.m. Info Beochess: +41+62+9654-650 (Robert Spoerri) Email beochess@bluewin.ch or read the website: http://www.beochess.ch

Paleochora International Open 2008

The Paleochora (southern Crete) International Open takes place 21st-28th July 2008.

Further details: http://www.chaniachess.gr

The Battle of Senta 1697 Chess Festival 2008

12th International Chess Festival "The Battle of Senta 1697" will be held 18th-25th. July 2008. in Senta (the Vojvodina /Serbia).

Further details: http://www.chess-senta.org.yuand in English: http://www.chess-senta.org.yu/select.php?lang=3&xid=2

XXVI International Chess Open of Andorra

The XXVI International Chess Open of Andorra takes place 19th-27th July 2008. Contact: open@escacsandorra.com FEVA - Tel/Fax: 00.376.824465

Further details: http://www.escacsandorra.com

Alushta Diary 2008

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. phone +38 (06560)5-05-32,

Further information: http://www.kaissa.com.ua

Anand - Kramnik World Championship Match

A Press release from UEP Promotions announces that Viswanathan Anand will defend his World title against Vladimir Kramnik in Bonn, Germany October 11th-30th October, 2008. Main sponsor Evonik Industries AG and prizemoney 1,5 Million Euro. The match will be 12 games followed by playoffs if required. The contract was signed by both players 18th December 2007.

Website: http://www.uep-worldchess.com/

Mindsports

The World Mindsports games takes place in Beijing, China after the Olympics 3rd -18th October 2008.

Details: http://www.worldbridge.org/competitions/Calendar/files/WorldMindSportsGames2007.pdf.

Etienne Bacrot's Website

Etienne Bacrot has a website at: http://www.chess22.fr/ with his analysis and news. Very worth while, especially when he's playing.

ICC and FICS client for mobile phones

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.

Website: http://www.luthman.nu/Mobi/Mobi.html