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My thanks to Luiz Roberto Da Costa Jr, Luis Blasco de la Cruz, Guven Manay, Sean Hewitt, Matthias Thesing, Paulo Rocha, Adolivio Capece, Igor Kragelj, Jon Crumiller, Miklos Orso, George Mirijanian and everyone else who helped with the issue.
The Opening Ceremony of the 39th Chess Olympiad took place just a couple of hours ago. After a few video glitches at the start I followed the pretty impressive ceremony live online, it gives one hope for a successful Olympiad. The Russian's haven't won since 2002 and they seem very determined this time (Kramnik, Grischuk, Svidler, Karjakin and Malakhov) and their 2nd team which they have as hosts are 4th seeds. Ukraine have their best team out, China, Hungary (Leko and Polgar play although neither seem in very good form), Armenia (who are defending champions and have done very well in team events recently), Azerbaijan (weakened because of a dispute between Zurab Azamiparashvili and Vugar Gashimov, its my experience controversy and Azmaiparashvili follow each other around), Veselin Topalov heads the Bulgarian side, the USA have their best side (Nakamura and Kamsky lead), France, Israel and a good looking England side which is at least representative. That's just a little summary. There is so much chess to look forward to. The FIDE elections take place at the end of the Olympiad, there is time enough to discuss that. So TWIC is out a bit early today as I turn my attention to the daily coverage on TWIC of the event. I'm excited!
Hope you enjoy this issue.
The 39th Chess Olympiad takes place in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia 21st September (Round 1) - 3rd October (11th Round) 2010. Detailed coverage on TWIC's main pages.
Official site: http://www.ugra-chess.com/
The Women's World Blitz Chess Championships took place in Moscow. Kateryna Lahno took clear first place with 20/30 in the final. The official site has very nice coverage.
Official Site - Results
Final (16 players 30 Rds DRR Indiv TC:3m+2spm) -
Semi-Final (34 players 13 Rds Swiss Indiv TC:3m+2spm)
Quarter-Final (26 players 11 Rds Swiss Indiv TC:3m+2spm)
|Women's World Blitz Championship Final g/3m+2spm Moscow (RUS), 17-18 vii 2010
Leading Round 30 (of 30) Standings:
|Women's World Blitz Championship Semi-Finals Final g/3m+2spm Moscow (RUS), 15-16 vii 2010
Leading Round 13 (of 13) Standings:
|8||Cori T., Deysi||WGM||PER||2368||15.0||156.00||187.00||5|
|Women's World Blitz Championship Quarter Final g/3m+2spm Moscow (RUS), 14 vii 2010
Leading Round 11 (of 11) Standings:
The European Youth Championships take place in Batumi, Georgia 20th-28th September 2010.
The US Chess League takes place August 23rd - 20th November 2010.
Time Controls range from 60+30 to 90+30 depending on the start time and time zone. Games take place on ICC.
Official site: http://www.uschessleague.com/
|USCL ICC (INT), 23 viii - 20 xi 2010|
|1.||GM||Alex Stripunsky||MAN||vs||GM||Giorgi Kacheishvili||NY||1/2-1/2|
|2.||GM||Pascal Charbonneau||NY||vs||IM||Dmitry Schneider||MAN||1-0|
|3.||SM||Gregory Braylovsky||MAN||vs||GM||John Fedorowicz||NY||0-1|
|4.||Alexander Katz||NY||vs||James Black||MAN||1-0|
|1.||GM||Magesh Panchanathan||PHI||vs||GM||Sergey Erenburg||BAL||1/2-1/2|
|2.||GM||Larry Kaufman||BAL||vs||FM||Tom Bartell||PHI||1/2-1/2|
|3.||FM||Karl Dehmelt||PHI||vs||IM||Ray Kaufman||BAL||1/2-1/2|
|4.||NM||Ricky Selzler||BAL||vs||IM||Richard Costigan||PHI||1/2-1/2|
|1.||GM||Hikaru Nakamura||STL||vs||GM||Julio Becerra||MIA||1/2-1/2|
|2.||GM||Renier Gonzalez||MIA||vs||GM||Ben Finegold||STL||1-0|
|3.||IM||Michael Brooks||STL||vs||NM||Eric Rodriguez||MIA||1-0|
|4.||NM||Andres Santalla||MIA||vs||Spencer Finegold||STL||1/2-1/2|
|1.||IM||Salvijus Bercys||DAL||vs||IM||Levon Altounian||ARZ||1/2-1/2|
|2.||FM||Warren Harper||ARZ||vs||IM||Julio Sadorra||DAL||0-1|
|3.||FM||Keaton Kiewra||DAL||vs||FM||Robby Adamson||ARZ||0-1|
|4.||NM||David Adelberg||ARZ||vs||WFM||Bayaraa Zorigt||DAL||1-0|
|1.||GM||Larry Christiansen||BOS||vs||IM||Sam Shankland||NE||1-0|
|2.||IM||Robert Hungaski||NE||vs||SM||Denys Shmelov||BOS||1-0|
|3.||WGM||Anya Corke||BOS||vs||FM||Christopher Chase||NE||1/2-1/2|
|4.||NM||Alex Cherniack||NE||vs||NM||Ilya Krasik||BOS||1/2-1/2|
|1.||GM||Joel Benjamin||NJ||vs||IM||Jonathan Schroer||CAR||1-0|
|2.||FM||Ron Simpson||CAR||vs||GM||Boris Gulko||NJ||1-0|
|3.||IM||Albert Kapengut||NJ||vs||NM||Carlito Agner||CAR||1-0|
|4.||NM||Craig Jones||CAR||vs||Anna Matlin||NJ||1-0|
|1.||GM||Melikset Khachiyan||LA||vs||GM||Dmitry Gurevich||CHC||1-0|
|2.||IM||Florin Felecan||CHC||vs||IM||Andranik Matikozyan||LA||0-1|
|3.||WFM||Tatev Abrahamyan||LA||vs||IM||Angelo Young||CHC||1-0|
|4.||NM||Trevor Magness||CHC||vs||NM||Konstantin Kavutskiy||LA||1-0|
|1.||GM||Josh Friedel||SF||vs||GM||Varuzhan Akobian||SEA||1-0|
|2.||FM||Costin Cozianu||SEA||vs||IM||David Pruess||SF||0-1|
|3.||FM||Steven Zierk||SF||vs||FM||Michael Lee||SEA||0-1|
|4.||Michael Wang||SEA||vs||NM||Yian Liou||SF||1/2-1/2|
|USCL ICC (INT), 23 viii - 20 xi 2010|
|EASTERN DIVISION||W||L||Game Points||Opps Avg Rating||Opps Record|
|New England||3.5||0.5||9.5/16 (59%)||2375||6.5 - 5.5 (54%)|
|New York||3.0||1.0||12.0/16 (75%)||2414||5.5 - 6.5 (46%)|
|Baltimore||2.5||1.5||10.0/16 (63%)||2405||5.0 - 7.0 (42%)|
|Boston||2.5||1.5||8.0/16 (50%)||2426||7.5 - 4.5 (63%)|
|Philadelphia||1.5||2.5||7.5/16 (47%)||2432||7.0 - 5.0 (58%)|
|New Jersey||1.5||2.5||7.0/16 (44%)||2406||6.0 - 6.0 (50%)|
|Manhattan||1.0||3.0||4.5/16 (28%)||2409||5.5 - 6.5 (46%)|
|Carolina||0.5||3.5||5.5/16 (34%)||2414||5.0 - 7.0 (42%)|
|WESTERN DIVISION||W||L||Game Points||Opps Avg Rating||Opps Record|
|Arizona||4.0||0.0||11.5/16 (72%)||2393||4.5 - 7.5 (38%)|
|San Francisco||3.0||1.0||10.5/16 (66%)||2421||4.0 - 8.0 (33%)|
|Chicago||2.5||1.5||8.0/16 (50%)||2423||6.5 - 5.5 (54%)|
|St. Louis||2.0||2.0||8.0/16 (50%)||2406||4.0 - 8.0 (33%)|
|Los Angeles||2.0||2.0||7.0/16 (33%)||2400||7.5 - 4.5 (63%)|
|Seattle||1.0||3.0||7.0/16 (44%)||2402||7.0 - 5.0 (58%)|
|Dallas||1.0||3.0||6.5/16 (41%)||2444||8.0 - 4.0 (67%)|
|Miami||0.5||3.5||5.5/16 (34%)||2426||6.5 - 5.5 (54%)|
Magnus Carlsen stayed in New York for post RAW World Chess Challenge activities including the New York Fashion Week and a visit to see and play the famous Washington Park chess players. He also gave a simul where he met Jon Crumiller, who was successful in the Staunton Memorial Dinner. Crumiller completed a memorable week by being the only player to draw against the world number one.
Magnus Carlsen continued with various events in New York after his G-Star Raw World Chess Match. Carlsen attended the New York Fashion Week on Tuesday with Liv Tyler. He also apparently gave some private chess lessons to the star. Carlsen also visited the famous Washington Park where chess is played for money by hustlers. He played and won four or five games before people started to recognise him.
On Wednesday Carlsen gave a simultaneous against 14 opponents that lasted just over an hour in the Hudsen Hotel. His opponents were Wall Street partners of sponsor Arctic Securities. He won 13 of the 14 games.
Norwegian reports on Carlsen's post-RAW match events have appeared at: http://www.vg.no/sport/artikkel.php?artid=10018578 and http://www.vg.no/sport/artikkel.php?artid=10018801. This seems to be a proper newspaper in Norway but they seem to have been flagged up as having a site that has been corrupted. I don't imagine that situation will last all that long.
His only draw was against Jon Crumiller who in his own words "finished up the most amazing chess week of my life by holding Magnus to a draw." Last week Crumiller had been Garry Kasparov's winning partner in the Staunton Memorial Dinner Consultation Game.
Carlsen,Magnus (2826) - Crumiller,Jon
14-board simul Manhattan, 15.09.2010 [Crumiller,Jon]
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6 5.Bd3 Bc5 6.c3 Qc7 7.0-0 Nf6 8.f4 d6 9.Kh1 Nc6 10.Nxc6 bxc6 11.Nd2 h5 12.Qe2 e5 13.Nb3 Bg4 14.Qe1 Ba7 15.fxe5 dxe5 16.Bg5 Nh7 17.Be3 Nf8 18.h3 Qd6 19.Bxa7 Rxa7
20.Qf2 Re7 21.Bxa6 Bd7 22.Qa7 Ne6 23.Qa8+ Nd8 24.Rad1 Qc7 25.Nc5 0-0 26.Nxd7 Rxd7 27.Rxd7 Qxd7 28.Qb8 Qe7 29.Bc4 Qc5 30.Qb4 Qe3 31.a4 c5 32.Qb5 Qxe4 33.Qxc5 Nb7
34.Qd5 wins easily
34...Nd6 35.Qxd6 Qxc4 36.Ra1 e4 37.a5 e3 38.Qe5 Qe2 39.b4 Rd8 40.a6 Rd2 41.Qe8+ Kh7 42.Qe4+ f5!? 43.Qxf5+ g6 44.Qe4
44.Qf7+ Kh6 45.Qf8+ Kh7 46.Rg1 is still probably winning.
44...Rd1+ 45.Rxd1 Qxd1+ 46.Kh2 Qd6+
White can't avoid the draw. 47.g3 Qd2+ 48.Qg2 e2 49.a7 h4 (49...e1Q 50.a8Q h4)
47...Qd1+ 48.Kh2 Qd6+ ½-½
Jon Crumiller reports
An incredible experience, just like the London game. Afterwards we were chatting and I said, "I was Kasparov's partner in London last week" and he responded "I know, I realized it when you played the Kan Sicilian." How cool is that!
I played the Kan Sicilian - Magnus deviated from main lines with c3 which I have seen but hadn't studied because I have been out of tournament play since 2001. Anyway, I quickly got worse, then was lost, but fought tenaciously. Some say that tactics are 99% of chess, which isn't true, but lately I've determined that tenacity really is about 30% of chess. The neat thing is that for the final 10 moves of the game, his other games had all finished, so it was just Magnus versus me. He could have won along the way after .Nb7 with simply Qd5, but after Qc7[?] Nd6, things were much more complicated - Qxd6 Qxc4 and suddenly Black is out of the bind and has counterplay with his e-pawn and suddenly-active Queen and Rook. I think Magnus flinched when I played .f5 -- even though Black is still losing starting with Qxf5+ g6 Qf7+ Kh6 Qf8+ and Rg1 (according to Rybka), but at that point it was more like a blitz game and he did play Qxf5+ but after g6 he returned the Q to e4 which gave me the time for the drawing .Rd1+. In the final position we repeated moves, but alternatively White could play g3, after which the drawing line is pretty - Qd2+ Qg2 e2 a7 h4! Or Black can even defer a move - g3 Qd2+ Qg2 e2 a7 e1(Q) a7(Q) h4! - amazing, four queens on the board, two exposed kings, and an innocuous pawn move carries the draw!
I know people who have played legends such as Tal and Keres in simuls and these remain strong memories for them. Jon Crumiller has certainly made the most of his opportunities this week. He is a well known collector of chess sets, I visited his site www.chessantique.com when I was curious as to what the original Staunton Chess Sets looked like. It shows the development of this set (there were a lot of small changes over the years) and many other conventional sets from throughout the world in photo form.
First Saturday September tournaments took place 4th-14th September 2010. Hagen Poetsch took clear first place in GM tournament with 6/10.
Official site: http://www.firstsaturday.hu/1009/index.htm
|FSGM September Budapest (HUN), 4-13 ix 2010||cat. VIII (2426)|
|6.||Mulyar, Michael A||m||USA||2396||½||0||½||½||0||0||1||½||1||½||*||*||4½||2395|
|FSIMA September Budapest (HUN), 4-14 ix 2010||cat. I (2275)|
|5.||Tran Tuan Minh||f||VIE||2227||0||½||½||½||*||½||½||½||1||1||½||½||6||2315|
|FSIMB September Budapest (HUN), 4-13 ix 2010||cat. II (2290)|
|2.||To, Nhat Minh||m||HUN||2426||½||½||*||*||½||½||1||1||½||½||½||½||6||2334|
The Livigno Open (Sondrio, Valtellina) takes place September, 10-18 2010.
Official site: http://www.livignoscacchi.it - http://www.livigno.eu
|1st Open Livigno (ITA), 10-18 ix 2010
Leading Round 9 (of 9) Standings:
|3||Arnaudov G. Petar||IM||BUL||2690||3.5||6.50||8.00||2353.50|
|26||Arnetta Maria Teresa||WFM||ITA||2169||2.0||5.00||5.00||2169.25|
The Portuguese Championships took place in Amadora 4th-12th September 2010. Paulo Dias took clear first place with 8/9.
Official site: http://cnafpxadrez.weebly.com/ediccedilatildeo-2010.html
|ch-POR Amadora (POR), 4-12 ix 2010||cat. II (2280)|
|3.||Santos, Antonio P||POR||2326||0||0||*||½||1||1||½||½||1||1||5½||2355|
|5.||Ferreira, Jorge Viterbo||f||POR||2327||0||0||0||½||*||1||½||1||1||1||5||2317|
|7.||Andrade, Jose M Vieira||f||POR||2251||0||0||½||0||½||0||*||1||1||1||4||2240|
|8.||Vasques, Antonio Pedro Freixial||POR||2115||½||0||½||1||0||½||0||*||0||1||3½||2218|
The Sunningdale Open took place 10th-12th September 2010. Aaron Summerscale took clear first place with 4.5/5.
Official site: http://e2e4.org.uk/sunningdale/Sept2010/index.htm
|e2e4 Open Sunningdale (ENG), 10-12 ix 2010
Leading Round 5 (of 5) Standings:
|1||Summerscale, Aaron P||GM||ENG||2419||4.5||2625||+0.95|
|3||Williams, Simon K||GM||ENG||2485||4.0||2611||+0.83|
|7||Beaumont, Chris R||IM||ENG||2307||3.5||2310||+0.15|
|8||Eggleston, David J||FM||ENG||2304||3.5||2296||-0.03|
|9||Lewis, Andrew P||FM||ENG||2277||3.5||2311||+0.28|
|10||Holland, James P||ENG||2034||3.5||2353||+1.62|
|11||Jones, Gawain C B||GM||ENG||2576||3.0||2432||-0.82|
|12||Bates, Richard A||IM||ENG||2374||3.0||2259||-0.58|
|16||Lock, Gavin R||ENG||2198||3.0||2002||-1.00|
|17||Williams, Peter A||ENG||2132||3.0||2306||+1.16|
|19||White, Michael J R||FM||ENG||2217||2.5||2212||-0.03|
|20||Franklin, Samuel G A||ENG||2203||2.5||2015||-1.20|
|23||Henderson, Ian R||ENG||2090||2.5||2100||-0.01|
|25||White, Kevin D||ENG||2085||2.5||2205||+0.73|
|26||Pleasants, Allan J||WLS||2048||2.5||2068||+0.09|
The 12th Trieste Open took place 4th-11th September 2010. Yuriy Kuzubov took first place on tie-break from Michael Roiz after both players finished on 7/9.
Official site: http://www.sst1904.com/tornei2010/fsts12bando.html
|12th Open Trieste (ITA), 4-11 ix 2010
Leading Round 9 (of 9) Standings:
|16||Fehr Axel Dr.||--||GER||2147||5.0||38.00||31.00||2241.89|
The 28th Bratto Chess Open took place 22nd-30th August 2010. Vladimir Burmakin took clear first place with 7/9.
Official site: http://www.puntoesclamativo.org/
|Open Bratto (ITA), 20-28 viii 2010
Leading Round 9 (of 9) Standings:
|26||Ramiro Ovejero Juan||FM||ESP||2383||5.0||43.00||2312.89|
The 90th Montreal Championship tournament was held September 10th-12th in the patrimonial Jesuit college Jean-de-Brebeuf. The tournament hall was the beautiful chapel (nowadays transformed into a library/exam room).
International Master Leonid Gerzhoy of Toronto narrowly prevailed over GM Bator Sambuev. Both had an identical final score of 4½ - ½ and it was necessary to resort to tie-breaks in order to crown the ultimate victor. The organizers, who had pre-determined four tie-break methods in priority order, never thought they would need to go as far as method number four. Amazingly, they did ! The first three methods : (1) head-to-head ; (2) cumulative ; (3) Solkoff could absolutely not break the tie. The fourth method was "Total Blacks". The final standings, pictures and blog (French only) can be seen at: http://www.echecsmontreal.ca/chom/.
Games from Hugh Brodie at CanBase: http://canbase.fqechecs.qc.ca
The 25th Parla Open took place 4th-12th September 2010. Aleksa Strikovic took clear first place.
Results: http://chess-results.com/tnr37742.aspx - Games: http://www.ajedrezenmadrid.com
George Mirijanian reports: The 15th annual Green Mountain Open took place September 17th-19th, 2010 at Stratton Mountain Inn in West Wardsboro, Vermont, USA. GM Alexander Ivanov of Newton, Massachusetts posted a perfect score of 5-0 to win the tournament. Tying as runners-up with 3.5-1.5 tallies were FM Nelson Castaneda of New Britain, Connecticut and U.S. Chess Federation candidate master Christopher Wu of New Jersey. The tournament drew 26 players in three sections and was directed by international arbiter FM William Goichberg for the sponsoring Continental Chess Association.
There is a one day rapid tournament in Cologne at the Satranc Chess Club on 26th September 2010.
The 73rd Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2011 takes place Friday 14th to Sunday, January 30th, 2011, in the traditional "De Moriaan" venue in Wijk aan Zee. The event which has taken place since 1938 will carry a new name, that of Tata Steel, they bought Corus a number of years ago.
Confirmed players are: World Number One Magnus Carlsen (last year's winner), reigning world champion Viswanathan Anand and his predecessor Vladimir Kramnik. The composition of the A-Group is expected to be finalised shortly after the conclusion of the Olympiad in early October with the remaining groups to follow after that. The start for the registration for the amateur groups is on November 1, 2010. The official website will change to http://www.tatasteelchess.com/ (not yet active probably from October the old Official Site is currently the one to look at)
Viswanathan Anand will become the first reigning world chess champion to play in a major tournament in London since Anatoly Karpov in 1984 when he joins the eight-player field for the second London Chess Classic, which runs from 8-15 December 2010 at the Olympia Conference Centre.
Alongside him will be World Number one Magnus Carlsen, former World Champion Vladimir Kramnik, US number one Hikaru Nakamura and the top four English players Michael Adams, Nigel Short, Luke McShane and David Howell.
|Name||Title||Country||Rating (May 2010)||World Rnk May||Date of Birth|
|Kramnik, Vladimir||ex-world champion||RUS||2790||3||25.06.1975|
|Anand, Viswanathan||world champion||IND||2789||4||11.12.1969|
For more information and to buy tickets to The London Chess Classic, please go to www.londonchessclassic.com Tickets will go on sale in July.
The London Chess Classic doesn't just feature the World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand and the World Number one Magnus Carlsen and a strong field of English and foreign stars. There are a large number of side events for amateur and professional alike. There are two simuls with chess legend Viktor Korchnoi, the very popular daily blitz tournaments, weekend and rapidplays. Finally, and definitely not least, there is the FIDE rated open which last year was won by Jon Ludvig Hammer with a first prize of £2500. This year you can play the full schedule 8th-15th December or the busy person's 11th-15th December.
The Entry form is now available.
DOWNLOAD PDF Entry form
See body of this article for links to tickets and downloads and a grid of the schedule of the events.
The 53rd "Torneo di Capodanno", takes place December 28th 2010 - January 6th 2011. Venue hotel Astoria Mercure in Reggio Emilia. Games start at 2.30 pm. Free day: Jan 01, 2011 - Press conference December 28th, morning.
|53rd Reggio Emilia Tournament (ITA), 28 xii 2010 - 6 i 2011||cat. XVIII (2696)|
|Vallejo Pons, Francisco||SPA||2697|
The 4ncl Team and Individual Rapidplay Championship on takes place 9th-10th October 2010 at Harben House, Milton Keynes. Saturday - team championship Saturday - individual championship
Official site: http://www.4ncl.co.uk/2010_rapidplay.htm
The Youngor Chinese Chess League Division A takes place April 16th - December 30th 2010 in China. 10 teams compete in the Double Round-Robin event. I've rounded up the games so far from their archive and will give them again as there are more than I've given so far.
Time control: 1 hour 30 minutes for the whole game with an incremental time of 30 seconds per move.
Prize: 500,000 yuan or Euro 50,000.
The first 3 rounds took place in Ningbo city.
Official website : http://ccl.sports.cn/ - http://games.sports.cn/chessorg.ccl2010/index.html
The live games broadcast : http://live.chinaqiyuan.com/chess.html
Archive of games should be here eventually: http://ccl.sports.cn/2010/news/2010-04-01/1995059.html
Rounds 4-6 take place June 6th - June 9th 2010 in Shenzhen
Rounds 7-9 July 23rd - July 26th 2010 in Shanghai
Rounds 10-12 9th-11th Sept 2010 in Guangzhou
Rounds 13-15 in Oct. 10th-13th 2010
Round 16-18 in Dec. 28th-30th 2010 in Beijing.
Leading players: Wang Yue g CHN 2749; Wang Hao g CHN 2713; Alexander Motylev g RUS 2705; Bu Xiangzhi g CHN 2682; Zhou Jianchao g CHN 2650; Li Chao b g CHN 2613; Zhang Pengxiang g CHN 2605; Zhou Weiqi g CHN 2585; Peng Xiaominn g CHN 2581; Zhao Jun g CHN 2575; Yu Yangyi g CHN 2574; Hou Yifan g CHN 2570; Ding Liren g CHN 2564; Wen Yang g CHN 2520; Li Shilong g CHN 2514; Xu Jun g CHN 2513; Liang Chong g CHN 2502; Ju Wenjun wg CHN 2500; Xiu Deshun CHN 2493; Zhao Xue g CHN 2490; Ruan Lufei wg CHN 2479; Xu Yuhua g CHN 2478; Zhu Chen g QAT 2476; Tan Zhongyi wg CHN 2464; Wu Shaobin g SIN 2453; Lin Chen CHN 2448; Liu Qingnan m CHN 2445; Shen Yang wg CHN 2444; Huang Qian wg CHN 2439; Zhang Xiaowen wg CHN 2437; Le Thanh Tu wg VIE 2318
Gujuan Tzu Blog is http://blog.sina.com.cn/chessnews
|6th TCh-CHN (CHN), 16 iv-30 xii 2010
Round 12 (of 18) Standings:
|5||7||China Mobile CHONGQING||12||5||4||3||14||34,0|
|8||4||TIANJIN Nan Kai||12||3||2||7||8||24,0|
The Bansko Grand Chess Open 12th-19th December 2010, Bansko - Bulgaria.
Izmir International Open Chess Tournament which was supposed to take place 28th August - 5th September 2010 has been postponed after it clashed with
The 2011 Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival takes place at the Caleta Hotel, Gibraltar, from Monday 24 January to Thursday 3 February 2011. The new primary sponsors, Tradewise Insurance Company Ltd, have enabled the prize fund to be increased to £126,000, with £17,500 going to the winner of the Gibraltar Masters, £10,000 to the top woman scorer and two extra rating prizes (of £2,000 and £1,000) being awarded to each of two further rating bands (2000-2099 and under 2000) in the Masters. The tournament will be powered by previous primary sponsors Gibtelecom.
Official site: http://www.gibraltarchesscongress.com
The Bilbao Masters Final takes place October 9th-15th 2010. Viswanathan Anand and Magnus Carlsen plus two players from the Shanghai Masters compete in the four player double round robin.
Official site: http://www.bilbaofinalmasters.com/
The Pearl Spring Masters (I'm assuming the sponsor remains the same) takes place in Nanjing 18th-30th October 2010. ChessDom reports that the field has been finalised and that it should be just about the strongest of the year with Magnus Carlsen, Viswanathan Anand, Veselin Topalov, Vugar Gashimov, Wang Yue and Etienne Bacrot. 6 players 10 Round Double Round Robin.
Official site: http://www.chess-pearlspring.com/
Official site: http://www.gibraltarchesscongress.com/
The likely dates for the Tal Memorial are 4th-13th November 2010. As yet there seem to be no details at all as to the composition of the field. I would welcome any news as to any early indications of the players and confirmation of the dates.
The Shanghai and Bilbao Masters takes place in two stages. The First stage is in Shanghai September 3rd-8th 2010. The Final in Bilbao, October 9th-15th 2010.
The four players who will participate in the first stage in Shanghai are: Wang Hao, as best Chinese player (20th ranked); Alexei Shirov, as best Spanish player (9th ranked); Levon Aronian, as winner of the Final Chess Masters 2009 (5th ranked);and Vladimir Kramnik, as fourth ranked in the world ranking (4th ranked).
The top two qualified in Shanghai will play in Bilbao along with Magnus Carlsen, winner of the tournaments of Wijk aan Zee, Nankin and Bazna, and current number one of the world (1st ranked) and Viswanathan Anand, current World Champion (3rd ranked). Among the best players of the world, only Veselin Topalov (winner of Linares and number 2 of the world) will miss the Final, due to personal reasons.
Official site: http://www.bilbaofinalmasters.com/
The X Benidorm Chess Festival takes place 3rd-12th December 2010.
Official site: http://www.ajedrezenelbali.com
The Vasylyshyn Memorial Chess Festival takes place in Lviv, Ukraine November 23rd - December 1st 2010. Men's and women's events.
For more details: http://www.grandcoach.com/en/students/11/blog/31/
Men's event tournament director GM Yuri Vovk (English, Ukrainian, Russian languages ) via: e-mail:email@example.com mobile phone:+380 673912027 skype:Imperator15chess ICC: Imperator15 Playchess: JohnConnor
Women's tournament director IM Vladimir Grabinsky (English, Ukrainian, Russian languages) via: e-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org mobile phone:+380 977471673 skype: perfectchess ICC: grandcoach
Players in the GM event so far: GM round robin : Oleksienko, Mikhailo g UKR 2548 Vovk, Andrey g UKR 2522 Petr, Martin m CZE 2511 Semcesen, Daniel m SWE 2420 Smith, Axel m SWE 2416 Bernadskiy, Vitaliy m UKR 2414 Grabliauskas, Virginijus m LTU 2404
The XL Rilton Cup takes place in Stockholm, Sweden 27th December 2010 - 5th January 2211.
PDF Invitation: http://www.rilton.se/1011/inbjudan_eng/XL_RILTON_CUP_eng.pdf
The 4th Rijeka open chess tournament "Mediterranean 2017" takes place 13th-20th November 2010 in the city of Rijeka, located at the North-west part of the Croatian coast of the Adriatic sea.
The president of the Republic of Croatia, Ivo Josipovic, has accepted to be a sponsor of this chess event while the County primorsko-goranska and the City of Rijeka are the co-sponsors.
The IX Festival Internacional de Ajedrez Benidorm 2010 takes place 3rd-12th December 2010.
Further details: http://www.ajedrezenelbali.com
The 14th Unive Tournament takes place in Hoogeveen, Netherlands Fri 22nd - Sat 30th Oct 2010.
The 4 player double round robin sees Alexei Shirov, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Anish Giri and Sergei Tiviakov compete.
There is an open alongside for which entry is invited on the official site. Both events don't have a rest day in order to accommodate travel to Bulgaria for the European Club Cup.
(4 players 6 Rds DRR Indiv TC: 90m:30m+30spm(1))
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The European Individual Senior Championship 2011 has been awarded by the ECU to Courmayeur, Aosta Valley, Italy 10th-20th April 2010.
Official site: http://www.scacchivda.com
Gujuan Tzu sends new of events in China in 2010. At the moment if you don't grab the games live they have a tendency to disappear (although http://ccl.sports.cn/2010/news/2010-04-01/1995059.html does now seem to have the early rounds of the Chinese League). It would be nice to find one spot where the Chinese Federation archives all their games.
1. The 2nd Chess King and Queen Matches in 29 August-3 Sept. 2010 in Jiangzhou, China. Live games: http://live.chinaqiyuan.com/chess.html
2. Chinese League A Round 10-12 in 9-12 Sept. 2010 in Guangzhou, China. Live Games: http://live.chinaqiyuan.com/chess.html
3. Chinese League A Round 13-15 in 10-13 October 2010 in Hangzhou, China. Live Games: http://live.chinaqiyuan.com/chess.html
4. The 3rd Nanjing Super Chess Tournament in 18-28 October 2010 in Nanjing, China. 6 players, Official site: http://www.chess-pearlspring.com/www/chess_pk/2009/cn/index.htm
5. The second half of Bilbao Final Masters in 10-16 October 2010 in Shanghai, China. Official site: http://www.bilbaofinalmasters.com/
6. Chinese League A Round 16-18 in 28-30 December 2010 in Beijing, China. Live Games: http://live.chinaqiyuan.com/chess.html
Gujuan Tzu Website: http://blog.sina.com.cn/chessnews
Tournaments, simuls and classes in Moscow.
Contact: Contact: Igor Glek, International Grandmaster, FIDE Trainer, Deputy Chairman of the RSUPES&T Chess Chair E-mail: email@example.com Russia: (7)903-5593052, (Germany/World): (49)152-04014194
The Nationalliga A of Switzerland takes place 14th February - 7th November 2010. Round 2 games not yet available.
Dates: Round 1 (2010.02.14), Round 2 (2010.03.21), Round 3 (2010.04.25), Round 4 (2010.06.13), Round 5 (2010.06.27), Round 6 (2010.08.28), Round 7 (2010.08.29), Round 8 (2010.11.06) and Round 9 (2010.11.07).
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|Reichenstein 1||-||Bern 1||5½||:||2½|
|Zuerich 1||-||Geneve 1||6||:||2|
|Luzern 1||-||Riehen 1||5||:||3|
|Joueur 1||-||Winterthur 1||5½||:||2½|
1.21st-29th August, CAISSA Kecskemet, GM+IM+rating, org: Erdelyi
2.4th-16th Sept, FIRST SATURDAY GM+IM+rating Budapest, org: Nagy L
3.17th-25th Sept CAISSA Kecskemet IM+rating, org: Erdelyi.
The 10th International Chess Festivals Series Czech Tour 2010-11 has the following preliminary list. (Subject to small changes.)
7th HIGHLANDS OPEN - Zdar nad Sazavou (FIDE open, active chess, blitz tournament). 25th September - 2nd October 2010.
11th LIBEREC OPEN (FIDE open, active chess, blitz tournament). 23rd-30th October 2010.
1st BRNO OPEN (FIDE open, active chess, blitz tournament). 14th-20th November 2010
4th SOUTH BOHEMIA OPEN - Cesky Krumlov (FIDE open, active chess, blitz tournament). 21st-27th November 2010.
2nd PILSNER OPEN (FIDE open, active chess, blitz tournament).4th-11th December 2010.
10th PRAGUE OPEN (2 FIDE opens, one of them with IM norm, active chess, blitz tournament). 7th-14th January 2011.
10th MARIENBAD OPEN (FIDE open, closed GM and IM tournaments, active chess, blitz tournament). 15th-22nd January 2011.
2nd NOVY BOR OPEN (FIDE open, active chess, blitz tournament). 12th-19th February 2011.
More detailed information: 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
http://www.shakki.net/history/elotop.htm has a list of historical top ten FIDE lists. The text is in Finnish but is understandable anyhow.