In 2011, 166 players from 30 countries participated, including 27 grandmasters, 11 of which with a ELO rating of 2600 and higher. Total prizes in 2012 will be €15000, including many special prizes for various age and rating categories, in addition to the traditional top women prize.
There will be cash prizes at stake in various categories which will prompt a lot of tiny tots to bring out their best. While the major action will go on, on the top boards, the likes of IM norm holder Ankit R Rajpara of Gujarat, World Junior player CRG Krishna of Andhra Pradesh and Fide Master M B Muralidharan of Kerala have it in them to cause major upsets.
The event is endorsed by the World Chess Federation (FIDE). In a letter to organizers the President says that FIDE is proud to be associated with the 2011 Youth Chess Tournament for Peace, which promotes harmony amongst the people of the world.
65 participants are currently signed for the main 9-round Swiss tournament. Grandmasters Aleksa Strikovic and Dragan Paunovic from the nearby La Coruna, Dragan Barlov from Tenerife and a strong contingent from Cuba are among the top seeded players.
The World Chess Championship 2012 between the defending World Champion Viswanathan Anand and the challenger from the Candidates Matches Boris Gelfand will take place in May 2012 in Moscow, Russia. Full information and details after a second press release from FIDE.
The 2011 Summer Universiade is scheduled to take place from 13th to 22nd August in Shenzhen, Guangdong, China. 22 sports will be contested with a total of 306 events. For the first time in the history of the FISU, Universiade is including chess as a sport.
The Rostov Chess Federation is one of the most active regional Federations and has already organised 64th Russian Championships – Higher League in 2011, Taganrog (near Rostov) and many other chess events.