The 16th Fajr International Open Tournament is set to take place on 2nd-10th February in Orumieh in West-Azerbaijan, province of Iran. Already fantastic prize fund of $18.000 USD in the main event was extended with additional $6.000 USD for the 1st Women’s Open. Each national chess federation has the right to consign one player as officially invited by Iran Chess Federation. The Organizing Committee will provide domestic airplane transfer and full board accommodation for officially invited players.
Cappelle la Grande 2008 will be one of the Europe’s top chess tournaments in February. It will feature more than 70 GMs and 240 titled players in a 9 round Swiss tournament. Many countries have shipped major squads for the tournament. Cappelle la Grande organizers can also be happy about the many young players attending the competition.
Today, IA Mikel Larreategi (FIDE Code: 2296047), informed us on a nice event that will take place March 16-23 in Spain, San Sebastian. It is the XXXI Open Ajedrez Internacional “Ciudad de San Sebastian”.
Moscow Open 2008 will take place February 2-10 in Moscow, Russia. Until today there are more than 600 participants, of which 80+ GMs, 20+ IMs, and a total of more than 150 titled players.
This round robin event with 10 female players is scheduled to take place on 10-20th March in Istanbul, Turkey and the playing venue is the 41st floor of Türkiye İş Bankası towers, the highest building on the Balkan peninsula, nessted in the heart of Istanbul business area. The tournament is named after Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, founder of the modern Turkish Republic.
Here is the official press release and Chessdom analysis of Mtel Masters 2008. The Mtel Masters seems to be following a particular model. The invited players and the changes around the tournament are for a reason.