The lineup of Villarrobledo 2007 is impressive. It features current aspirant for #1, GM Vasily Ivanchuk, the ex world champions GM Veselin Topalov and Ruslan Ponomariaov, Valjevo participant Predrag Nikolic, Vladimir Malakhov, Vadim Milov, Alexei Shirov, Ivan Sokolov.
A fantastic chess event starts on the 19th of July in Montreal. It is the 8th International Chess Tournament Montreal Empresa, featuring chess stars such as GM Gata Kamsky and GM Vassily Ivanchuk. Besides them we will see Pavel Eljanov, Mark Bluvshtein (never missing a major Canada event), Nigel Short, Dutch champion Sergei Tiviakov, Kamil [...]
Chinese city of Taiyuan continues tradition of organizing Scheveningen events in which their best players are facing the opposition from other countries. 4th such tournament will take place on 4-14th July (three rest days). The 4 on 4 Scheveningen will see all the members of China national team, with the exception of Bu Xiangzhi who is playing Canadian Open and Biel.
The main invitational Grandmaster tournament will take place on July 23rd – August 2nd. After years of 6-player double round robin, the organizers have decided to change the format and make it 10-player single round robin. Three-times Biel winner GM Alexander Morozevich has canceled his participation due to health reasons
Next week starts the Leon chess tournament 2007. It is featuring 4 world champions – Anand, Topalov, Ponomariov, and Kasimdzhanov. The tournament will take place between July 4 and July 9 and will be a KO system. The time control will be shorter than other years, 20 min + 10 sec. In case of an equal score blitz games will be played.