Chess organizers from the Greek island of Crete are preparing two consecutive open tournaments to take place in July this year. International Open chess tournament Rethymno 2009 is scheduled for 12-19th July, and after a day of break, the 2nd Paleohora International Open Chess Tournament launches on 21st July and concludes on the 28th.
“There are chess tournament everywhere. Players can travel across the world, choosing the strongest open events or opting for places that are also interesting as tourist destinations, for sightseeing or night life. Anyway, from all the tournament that I participated in, the Reykjavik Open clearly stands out!”
Following the last year’s success, when 140 participants competed in 14 ten-player round robin tournaments, the Festival is extended to 23(!) tournaments with possibility of taking a short 4-day schedule (8 players, 7 rounds).
The second Pfalz Open will take place 15th to 22nd of February, 2009. It features hundreds of players, of which 43 are GMs and over 100 are titled. Top seeded is GM Alexey Dreev.
The Russian Chess Federation, the European Chess Union, the St. Petersburg Chess Federation and the City of St. Petersburg organize the 10th European Women Chess Championship. Mr.Boris Kutin, President of the European Chess Union, issued a formal written protest to the FIDE President Kirsan Ilymzhinov because Women Grand Prix tournaments are overlapping with European Women Chess Championship and, later this year, European Club Cup.
Over 100 players, of which more than 20 titled, will be present at the beginning of the Rochefort Open tournament on 21th February. The organizers have made a big effort to enrich the 8th edition and make it a good training for the upcoming Capelle-la-Grande Open. The tournament will take place from 21th to 27th February in Salle Colbert at the Congress Palais, in downtown of Rochefort.