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Greek Team Chess Championship 2011

Greek Team Chess Championship 2011

The 39th edition of the Greek Chess League, organized by the Greek Chess Federation and SA Halkidos “Palamidis O Evoefs”, has finished in Eretria Village Hotel, Eretria. A total of 530 players, of which 99 titled, participated in the Greek Team Chess Championship 2011.

Turkey İş Bank Chess League R10

Turkey İş Bank Chess League R10

The Turkey İş Bank Chess League 2011 is taking place 27 June – 09 July in the Konya-Hilton Garden Inn Otel. It is one of the top club competitions of Europe, featuring 36 grandmasters and 86 titled players.

Mikhail Botvinnik Memorial

Mikhail Botvinnik Memorial

The tournament will consist of a Men’s and a Women’s section. The participants of Men’s section are Viswanthan Anand, Magnus Carlsen, Levon Aronian and Vladimir Kramnik and in the Women’s section the players are Koneru Humpy, Tatiana Kosintseva, Viktorija Cmilyte and myself.

Albena Chess Open

Albena Chess Open

The Albena Chess Open with a massive participation of 274 players and generous prize fund of 40000 EUR was held from 25th June to 3rd July in the sea resort Albena in Bulgaria. The first prize in Albena was the impressive 8000 EUR, but what is even better for the chess enthusiasts, there were 30 prizes ranging from 1000 to 100 EUR for amateur chess players, and 16 prizes ranging from 500 to 100 EUR for youngsters.

Commonwealth and South African Open Chess Championships

Commonwealth and South African Open Chess Championships

After the exciting finish two English Grandmasters, Gawain Jones and Nigel Short, shared the first place with 9.5 points each. In the last round they defeated GM Abhijeet Gupta and GM Pablo Lafuente, respectively. Jones was declared champion on better tiebreak.

3rd Abierto Internacional de Ajedrez Carlos I

3rd Abierto Internacional de Ajedrez Carlos I

The 3rd Abierto Internacional de Ajedrez Carlos I took place from 25th June to 3rd July at the Hotel Carlos I, in Sanxenxo (Pontevedra), the most exclusive beach resort in Galicia, Spain. The 9-round Open offered 7500 EUR in prizes, with 1200 EUR dedicated to the winner.

9th Gyorgy Marx Memorial

9th Gyorgy Marx Memorial

The aim of the tournaments was to commemorate György Marx, professor of physics, organize a top level tournament for the Hungarian chess friends, and provide an opportunity for the most talented young local Grandmasters to acquire experience.

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.

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