Detailed look at the events around the match Kamsky – Topalov. FIDE prolonged the bidding period until April 23, Bulgarian Chess Federation protesting but Kamsky’s manager announced that Lviv, Ukraine is offering 750.000 USD for the match. Danailov says ‘We are ready to play in Lviv’. Update: another deadline has expired, FIDE still silent.
Up to now 114 participants have signed up including 18 Grandmasters from 15 nations. 62 titled players and 30 internationals from Armenia, Bangladesh, the Czech Republic, Egypt, Iran, Luxemborg, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, South Africa and Russia are among the participants.
This year’s event is taking place on March 20-24 in Canbera, with 9 rounds of FIDE/ACF rated swiss to be played over the course of 5 days. Launched on 1963 and being held every year since, Doeberl Cup is the longest running chess event in Australia. In order to preserve the tradition, tournament is still bearing name of its longtime patron Erich Doeberl, even though O2C is the current sponsor and will continue to run the tournament until the year 2012.
An international chess tournament dedicated to Bobby Fischer, will be held in Heviz from March 18 to 28. The event will be a category XVI with average rating 2645.
Gausdal Classics 2008 will be a 9 rounds round robin event with time control 40 moves in 2 hours, 20 moves in 1 hour and ½ hour for the rest.
. More than 100 players have already signed up.