The 22nd Open Internacional Villa de Roquetas will take place from 2nd to 6th January at the Hotel Bahía Serena in Roquetas de Mar, Almería, Spain. Ukrainian Grandmasters Sergey Fedorchuk and Andrey Sumets are leading the field of 140 players. Grandmasters Fidel Corrales and Dragan Paunovic continue the tour after participation in the Open Stadium Casablanca in Zaragoza.
Top seeded of Politiken CUp 2011 so far is GM Igor Kurnosov (2676), who will be competing against at least 12 players over 2600 – GM Igor Moiseenko, GM Peter Heine Nielsen, GM Georg Meier, GM Jan Gustafsson, GM Boris Savchenko, GM Emanuel Berg, GM Michal Krasenkow, GM Igor Khenkin, GM Vladimir Baklan,GM Julian Radulski, and GM Sune Berg Hansen.
The 4th International Open “Stadium Casablanca” is set to take place from 23rd to 31st December in Zaragoza, Aragon, Spain. 116 players are signed up to now, among them are ten Grandmasters. Top prize is 2000 EUR. Winners of the previous tournaments are GMs Azer Mirzoev and Edouard Romain, and IM Cristhian Cruz.
The 1st Asean Open Championship has 27 participants, among them 8 Grand Masters (GM), 7 International Masters (IM), 6 FIDE Masters (FM) and 1 Candidate Master (CM). The average international rating of all participants is 2385. Five Asean countries are represented: Singapore, Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia and Malaysia.
12 players compete in the round robin tournament, with the defending champion Alexander Grischuk attending as top seeded player. Russia’s number one, former World Champion Vladimir Kramnik, is skipping the event giving the preference to the 2010 London Chess Classic.
On 11th and 12th of December the 5th and 6th round of the Schachbundesliga will take place. Take a look at the pairings at the venues Hamburg, Emsdetten, Trier and Munich. OSG Baden-Baden will play at Hamburg against the host and the team of Berlin. The German Champion and current league leader is odds-on-favourite in both matches. Here are the lineups of all teams in Hamburg.
The women invitational London Classic tournament will take place 8th-15th December, parallel to the central London Chess Classic tournament.
Over 100 players, of which more than 15 titled players, have signed in advance for the 10th Rochefort Open tournament, which is set to take place on 19th-25th February 2011. Next year, the huge Cappelle-la-Grande Open is played one week after Rochefort, so this event could serve a perfect training opportunity.
A number of the young stars are also participating, 18-years old GM Peter Prohaszka HUN 2536, 14-years old IM Illya Nyzhnyk UKR 2535, 15-years old IM Benjamin Bok NED 2458, 16-years old IM Robin van Kampen NED 2454, 15-years old IM Sahaj Grover IND 2432 and 15-years old FM Daniel Naroditsky USA 2425.
The 2011 U.S. Championship will feature 16 competitors, which will be split into two round-robin fields of eight, with the top two players from each round robin advancing to a four-player knockout finale. The 2011 U.S. Women’s Championship will see eight players facing off in a preliminary round robin, with the top four players also advancing to a four-player knockout finale.