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News ‘June, 2011’

Karjakin officially in the Bilbao Final Masters 2011

Karjakin officially in the Bilbao Final Masters 2011

The organizers of Bilbao Final Masters 2011 have confirmed that Sergey Karjakin is officially invited for the final of the Grand Slam. With that addition the tournament is on track for an absolute record – looking at the 2700 live rating list the Final Masters has number 1 Magnus Carlsen, number 2 Vishy Anand, number 3 Levon Aronian, number 4 Sergey Karjakin, and number 6 Hikaru Nakamura.

GM Aleksandar Kovacevic Winner in Pula

GM Aleksandar Kovacevic Winner in Pula

25th International Open Tournament Pula 2011 was held from 18th to 25th June at the Hotel Histria in Pula, Croatia. The organizers, Croatian Chess Federation and Chess Club “Pula”, have provided 11.000 EUR for the prize fund.

4th Karen Asrian Memorial

4th Karen Asrian Memorial

The Armenian Chess Federation organized the 4th Karen Asrian Memorial from 15th to 25th June, in the prominent resort town of Jermuk. 71 players participated in the 9-round Swiss tournament. The total prize fund amounts to 15,000 US dollars.

Ruslan Ponomariov is new Ukrainian Champion

Ruslan Ponomariov is new Ukrainian Champion

Out of 12 participants of the round-robin event 3 grandmasters have the ELO rating higher than 2700 and 6 participants have the ELO rating higher than 2600. The average rating of 2650,5, which corresponds to the 17th FIDE category, makes the event the strongest Championship ever in the history of independent Ukraine.

Women’s Grand Prix 2011-2012 in Rostov

Women’s Grand Prix 2011-2012 in Rostov

FIDE announces the Women’s Grand Prix 2011-2012 which will give qualification to the Women’s World Championship match 2013. In total 18 players will participate – 10 qualifiers as per regulations, 6 nominees from the organisers of each tournament and 2 nominees of the FIDE President.

Forni di Sopra Open

Forni di Sopra Open

145 players are signed to participate and more registrations are anticipated on the opening day. Currently top seeded are: GM Mikhail Gurevich 2617, GM Rafal Antoniewsky 2603, GM Korneev Oleg 2573, GM Matamoros Carlos 2549, GM Leon Hoyos Manuel 2565, GM Pawel Jaracz 2565, GM Naumkin Igor 2499, GM Vladimir Petkov 2514, GM Lazic Miroljub 2488, GM Arkadij Rotstein 2538, GM Tamas Banusz 2555 etc

GM Darwin Laylo Storming Through

GM Darwin Laylo Storming Through

GM Darwin Laylo is enjoying a fantastic run this far, having conceded only one draw in the first seven rounds and firmly holding the lead full point ahead of rest of the field. In the latest game he beat the Chinese GM Xu Jun with black pieces.

GM Aleksej Aleksandrov victorious in Orissa

GM Aleksej Aleksandrov victorious in Orissa

220 players participated in the 11-round Swiss event. GM Aleksej Aleksandrov of Belarus scored a crucial last round victory against the local GM Panchanathan Magesh, who held the lead throughout the tournament, to grab the winner’s trophy with 9.0 points.

10th Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina

10th Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina

The 10th Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina is being played from 4th to 12th June in the regular venue in sea resort Neum. Ten teams in Men’s and five in Women’s section compete in the round robin championship.

Ugra preparations for the World Cup

Ugra preparations for the World Cup

The World Cup will take place in Khanty-Mansiysk, the Russian Federation, from 27 August to 20 September 2011. Over 100 chess players from 40 countries of the world will participate in this important international event. The tournament consists of 7 rounds 3 days each. The defeated will be out of the main competition, however they will be able to take part in the Ugra Governor’s Cup.

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