News by WGM Anna Matnadze
The Chess Tournament Magistral Casino de Barcelona 2008 will see its official start on Thursday, October 30th at 15:45. This year the Tournament is organised by the Catalonian Chess Federation and sponsored by the Casino of Barcelona (Group Peralada), Barcelona City Hall, Catalonian Sports Council and Hotel Icaria of Barcelona.
The Venue of the Tournament is the Casino of Barcelona (Marina Avenue, 19-21 ), the playing days are from October 30th to November 7th, 2008, and the games will start at 16.00.
The following ten internationally recognized Grandmasters will participate in this Round Robin Tournament:
GM Alexey Dreev (RUS 2670)
GM Baadur Jobava (GEO 2664)
GM Kiril Georgiev (BUL 2644)
GM Holden Hernández (CUB 2580)
GM Artur Kogan (ISR 2561)
GM Boris Gulko (USA 2552)
IM Fidel Corrales (CUB 2551)
GM Antoaneta Stefanova (BUL 2550)
GM JM. López (ESP 2547)
GM Marc Narciso (ESP 2511)
Alexey Dreev of Russia is the highest ranked player of the Tournament which makes him one of the top favorites. The great Russian earned his well – deserved place among the Super-GMs by breaking the 2700 ELO barrier back in 2003. In 2004 he was the 3rd at the Russian Championships which was won by Kasparov. Dreev has been representing Russia at Chess Olympiads regularly. However, his best International Tournament achievement was in 1995, at Biel, where he obtained +5=8-0.
Baadur Jobava of Georgia has already won plenty of strong tournaments, among them – the prestigious Dubai Open in 2003. His playing style is sharp and pacey, and he also owns the record of major number of victories through beautiful material sacrifices.
Kiril Georgiev of Bulgaria won the World Junior Championship in 1983, which was followed by his convincing victories in the Bulgarian Championships in 84, 86 and 89. At that time he also qualified for the previous phases of the World Championship in 1990.
Holden Hernández is nowadays one of the best players of Cuba. He plays regularly in Championships in Catalonia and does it very successfully.
Arthur Kogan of Israel, a strong GM who lives in Catalonia where he dedicates his life to professional chess as player and coach.
Boris Gulko is one of the few players in the history of the game who keeps a favourable score against Gari Kasparov, whom he defeated in three occasions. Apart from that, he is the only chessplayer who succeeded in winning both the Championships of USSR and USA.
Fidel Corrales of Cuba has qualified by winning the 5th Catalan Circuit, which is composed of more than 30 strong Open International Tournaments and offers a huge variety of opportunities to players from different countries.
For the first time in the history of the tournament, a woman – former World Women´s Champion 2004, Bulgaria´s Antoaneta Stefanova, will participate. She is well known to chess fans worldwide.
José Manuel López
Grandmasters Marc Narciso – two times winner of the Catalan Circuit, and José Manuel López are the two strongest professional chessplayers of Catalonia, with great perspectives in the future.
The Tournament reaches category 14 which makes it the strongest tournament in Catalonia, and one of the strongest in Spain. Also it is included in the ACP Tour, as one of the most important events in the Chess World.
TIME CONTROL: 90 minutes + 30 sec increment per move from move one for 40 moves, then 30 minutes + 30 sec increment per move finish (90’/40 + 30’) + 30’’ increment. Draw offers not allowed until the first time control is finished.
1st: 1.500 euros + trophy
2nd: 1.200 euros + trophy
3rd: 900 euros + trophy
4th: 600 euros.
5th: 300 euros.
There will be more activities besides the Tournament. Grandmasters Alexey Dreev and Antoaneta Stefanova will offer a Simultaneous Exhibition on Saturdays, November, 1st and 8th, at 10.30 a.m., respectively. Georgia´s Grandmaster Baadur Jobava will give a lecture “About The Usefulness of Research in Chess”, on Sunday, 2nd of November, in the Aténeu Colón Chess Club of Barcelona. The lecture will start at 11.00 a.m. Free entry for everyone. (Address: Pujades Str. 107 08005 Barcelona, Spain)