Anand, Ivanchuk, Vallejo, and Shirov
The countdown to the 21st edition of the “Magistral Ciudad de León” started yesterday, April 15th, at the headquarters of Sports newspaper Marca, in Madrid.
The host was Roberto Palomar, editor-in-chief of Marca, with the presence of political representatives of Leon, like the Sports council of Leon – Natalia Rodríguez Picallo, The General Director of Sports of the Junta de Castilla y León – Miguel Ignacio González, The Sports MP – José María López Benito, the president of the Spanish Chess Federation Javier Ochoa de Echagüen, GM Francisco Vallejo Pons, the well known writer Julio Llamazares, and the Tournament Director, Marcelino Sión Castro.
At the same time, the book “Magistral Ciudad de León, 20 años de Ajedrez”, from Editorial MIC, was presented, the book relates the history of the 20 first years of the tournament. The book has plenty of photos, commented games of the 20 editions of the Leon Chess tournament, plus several more sections like a brief history of Leon; all the best players of the last two decades played in Leon, with very few exceptions. The co authors of the book are journalist Leontxo García and GM Zenón Franco Ocampos, with contributions by IM Sergio Estremera, Agustín Berrueta and Miguel Angel Nepomuceno.
The prologue was made by well known writer Julio Llamazares, from Leon, who is a chess fan, who pointed out the similitude between Chess and Literature, not only in their structure, and the constant search of beauty, but even at the physical posture of both the writer and the chess player at their work. He said it is very difficult to write a novel combining his two passions, because it is difficult for a non chess player to completely understand the chess struggle, but almost sure he will write a short story about chess players.
Leon Chess tournament 2008
(Updated) The XXI Leon chess tournament will be held from May 29th to June 2nd in León, Spain. The participants will be the World Champion Viswanathan Anand, the Ukrainian Vassily Ivanchuk, and the two best Spanish Players, Alexei Shirov and Francisco Vallejo Pons. They will play in the 21st edition of the Ciudad d Leon Chess Tournament, in the modality of active-chess, under the FIDE rules. There will be 2 semi-finals, played on Friday and Saturday, and the 2 winners will play the final on Sunday 8th.
All games will be played with 20 minutes for the whole game, with an increment of 10 seconds after each move.
The semi – finals and final will consist in 4 games each. In case of a final draw, there will be a tie-break in form of blitz games (5 minutes for each player)
XXI Ciudad de León chess tournament was presented on 19th of May at the Hotel Conde Luna, in León. Several political representatives of Leon, and Castilla y León, and from the sponsors were present at the ceremony.
At the same time, the book “Magistral Ciudad de León, 20 años de Ajedrez”, from Editorial MIC, was presented, the book relates the history of the 20 first years of the tournament. The book has plenty of photos, commented games of the 20 editions of the tournament, plus several more sections like a brief history of Leon; all the best players of the last two decades played in Leon, with very few exceptions.
The act was hosted by the Tournament Director, Marcelino Sión Castro, with the attendance of council of Sports of Leon, Natalia Rodríguez Picallo, Sports MP José María López Benito, Territorial Secretary of the Junta de Castilla y León, Javier Lasarte Vidal, from the University of Leon, Jose Antonio Laborda, Pedro Lopez Fraile from Cajaduero, Gabriel del Pozo, Manager of S3P Informatica, Oscar Barredo from ALSA, the president of the Spanish Chess Federation Javier Ochoa de Echagüen, etc.
1988 Javier Campos Moreno Chile
1989 Josef Pinter Hungary
1990 Julio Granda Perú
1991 Eugeny Vladimirov Russia
1992 Boris Gulko EEUU
1993 Leonid Yudasin Israel
1994 Alexander Beljavsky Ukraine
1995 Alexei Shirov Espain
1996 Viswanathan Anand India
1997 Vesselin Topalov Bulgaria
1998 Gary Kasparov Russia
1999 Viswanathan Anand India
2000 Viswanathan Anand India
2001 Viswanathan Anand India
2002 Vladimir Kramnik Russia
2003 Ruslam Ponomariov Ukraine
2004 Alexei Shirov Spain
2005 Viswanathan Anand India
2006 Viswanathan Anand India
2007 Viswanathan Anand India
The official website has complete information of the tournament.
More about Leon Chess tournament
The people at the meeting in Marca
Francisco Vallejo and Julio Llamazares
The book 20 years Leon
Roberto Palomar Marcelino Sión, Natalia Rodríguez Picallo, Ignacio Gonzalez and José María López Benito