Chessclub Jyväs-Shakki organizes the 19th Heart of Finland Open chess tournament in Jyväskylä, Finland, 7-12 July 2009. The tournament will be played in 9 rounds according to Swiss system and will be a FIDE rated event. 84 players from different nationalities will participate in the competition. Top seeded is GM Vitaly Kunin (LAT), followed by IM Swinkels (NED), IM Neiksans (LAT), IM Dambacher (NED).
Donostia Chess Festival is scheduled to take place on 7-16th July in Donostia/San Sebastain, Spain. The festival will feature four tournaments with many top players, among which the World Champions Karpov, Ponomariov, Kasimdzhanov, as well as Chessdom.com commentator GM Christian Bauer.
Title contenders at Villa de Benasque will be several young players, among them the French jounior GM Romain Edouard, the Armenian GM Zaven Andriasian, and the Indian GM Gopal.