The average team rating of the Queens is 2548 FIDE and the King’s average rating is 2558 FIDE. This will be a Scheveningen-paired tournament, in which each of the five team members will play each of the opposing team members twice: once in a Fischer Random (Chess 960) and once in a rapid game.
The prize fund is € 6,325 and € 1,200 is dedicated to the winner. Many players from the Obert Internacional Sant Marti 2011, which concludes today, continue the tour in Sitges.
GM Wesley So is top seeded player and winner of the previous three editions of the Battle of the Grandmasters. GM John Paul Gomez, who finished second to So last year, considers the youngster to be the main favourite once again – “My chance of winning is good against anybody not named Wesley,” he said.
The World Chess Cup 2011 will take place 26.08-21.09 in Khanty Mansiysk. Here is the full list of participants, including the recently announced FIDE President and Orggnizing committee nominees.
The 1st Hangzhou Women Grandmaster Chess Tournament will take place on 13th – 24th July 2011 in Hangzhou, China. Ten top women players compete in the round robin event that is concurrent with the World Chess Team Championship in Ningbo, also in China.
Boris Spassky (France), Viktor Korchnoi (Switzerland), Lajos Portisch (Hungary), Wolfgang Uhlmann (Germany), Borislav Ivkov (Serbia), Mark Taimanov, Evgeni Vasiukov, Igor Zaitsev, Aleksander Nikitin and Anatoly Bykhovsky (all Russia) will participate.
Arad is a beautiful city with nearly 200.000 inhabitants, located in north-western Romania, on the banks of river Mures, near the border with Hungary.
The 9-round Swiss open is organized by the Municipality of Leros, E.S.TH.(Union Of Chess Players Of Thessaloniki) and Educational and Cultural Youth Club “Artemis”. The prize fund amounts to 5600 EUR, with 1200 EUR being reserved for the winner.
The field is almost complete and is absolutely stellar with the world champion Vishy Anand aiming to unseat Magnus Carlsen, the winner of the first two London Chess Classic tournaments. A glance at the Live Rating List shows that the Classic will have five of the world’s top six as we are honoured to welcome for the first time, Levon Aronian from Armenia ranked fourth in the world.
The International Livigno Chess Open, at 1900m above sea level is probably Europe’s “highest” International Tournament. Livigno also offers many activities all year round, so it is the ideal place even for those who aren’t interested in chess.