45 titled players in Leon The 2nd World Chess Open tournament will take place 1-3 January, 2010, in Leon, Spain. 45 titled players, of which 17 GMs will collect for this year’s edition of the tournament. The 2010 Wolrd Chess Open is 9 rounds FIDE Swiss tournament with 2 games friday, 2 games saturday morning, [...]
The tournament, which ends at January 5th, is the 39th edition since its inception in 1971/72. A total of 192 players registered to participate in two groups – “Open” and “Elo”. Winner of the previous two tournaments, Radoslaw Wojtaszek from Poland, is coming back in an attempt to score a hattrick. He is also the top seeded player in the starting list.
Most chessplayers know Iceland’s affiliation to chess and her reputation for hosting great tournaments. The first Reykjavik international tournament took place in 1964. The magician from Riga emerged the winner. In 2008 the Chinese duo, Wang Hao and Wang Yue, along with the Icelandic champion Hannes Stefánsson, tied for the 1st place.
“The one constant the game provides is relationship building between individuals, cutting across many barriers in society. So, I decided to pick the game up again five years ago in my late 30s. I found that I still played bad but enjoyed it anyway. I even hired a coach. I actually got to the point of understanding GM games – wow…”
The Superfinals of the men and women Russian Championship are taking place on 19-30th December at the Big Hall of the Central Chess Club in Moscow. Both events are 10-player round robin tournaments, with prize funds of 66000 EUR + 27000 EUR respectively.
The 52nd Reggio Emilia tournament is scheduled to take place from 28th December 2009 until 6th January 2010. What started as small local tournament back in 1958, sprouted into prominent happening by the early 90′s, when both Anatoly Karpov and Garry Kasparov sat on the stage.
The International Open Rapid tournament Bansko 2010 is set to take place on 13-14th February 2010 at the Hotel Orphey in Bansko, Bulgaria. The organizers are chess club “Galaxias Sports Club of Thessaloniki” in co-operation with Greek and Bulgarian sports clubs. Seven rounds with FIDE Swiss system will be played, with rate of play 15′+10” per move from the first.
for the first time in North America For the first time in the tournaments history, the World Amateur Chess Championship will be brought to North America continent and held on the northern shores of Chicago, one of the most culturally vibrant and diverse cities on the continent. The tournament will take place at Skokie, IL [...]
London joins the club of super tournaments with the 1st London Chess Classics, scheduled to start 8th of December, 2009. It will feature the current World Blitz Champion Magnus Carlsen, the Tal Memorial winner and ex World Champion Vladimir Kramnik, the winner of BNbank Blitz Hikaru Nakamura, the 2008 China national champion Ni Hua, and the local top grandmasters Nigel Short, Michael Adams, Luke J McShane, and David Howell.
Top-seeded is GM Aleksander Fier, who was Brazilian champion back in 2005 when he was only 17-years old. Giovanni Vescovi with five national titles, six-times champion Gilberto Milos and four-times champion Rafael Leitao are in competition to increase the number of trophies.