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Right when Magnus Carlsen is climbing towards the top of the FIDE list, one of the most important chess events in Norway is coming up. The Arctic Chess Challenge 2008 will take place 2-10 August in Tromsø, Norway. It is organized by the Tromsø Sjakklubb and will take place in the Scandic Tromsø Hotel (Tromsø). The event is a 9 rounds FIDE rated Swiss tournament with rate of play 2 hours for 40 moves, 1 hour for the next 20 moves, and 30 minutes to the end.
Rounds start every day at 16:00 CET except for the last round which starts at 12:00. Long before the tournament GMs from all over the world are signing up for the event. In the provisional list you can find GM Simen Agdestein, the newest women grandmaster Marie Sebag, GM Vadim Malakhatko, GM Viataly Kunin, GM Sergey Kasparov, etc.
The Arctic Chess Challenge was one of the best chess events of 2007. It was won by GM Alexander Moiseenko with 7,5/9, with a nice performance of 2740. He lost only one game to the second, GM Kjetil A. Lie with 7,0. Third place was for the rising star GM Vugar Gashimov with 7,0. The same result had GM Magnus Carlsen – he did not lose a single game, but the tiebreak game him the 4th place.
The competition had many exciting moments as the game Carlsen vs. Carlsen in round 6.
If you are planning to play in a chess tournament in the beginning of August, this is probably the right event for you. For more information and signup visit the official website.
GM Simen Agdestein is back for another attack of the top positions
GM Sergey Kasparov is going to represent Belarus at the Arctic Chess Challenge 2008
GM Kjetil A. Lie made a good rating jump at ACC 2007
The Arctic Chess Challenge 2008 is much more than chess