26th June to 2nd July in Wroclaw, Poland
The 5th Polonia Wroclaw International Chess Festival is taking place from 26th June to 2nd July in Wroclaw, Poland. The playing hall is Hotel GEM – tennis hall. Nearly 300 players are competing in four groups: Open A (for players rated 2000 and above), Open B (for players under 2100), Open C for kids born in 1997 and later and Open D for kids born in 2001 and later. All events will be played over 9 rounds with Swiss pairing system.
The main Open A has 76 participants, among them are 16 Grandmasters and 12 International Masters. Top rated are Anand’s reliable trainer GM Radoslaw Wojtaszek (POL 2663), GM Daniel Fridman (GER 2654), GM Sergei Tiviakov (NED 2634), GM Vladimir Baklan (UKR 2633), GM Tomasz Markowski (POL 2628), GM Maxim Rodshtein (ISR 2626), GM Csaba Balogh (HUN 2621), Poland’s 2009 champion GM Bartlomiej Macieja (POL 2618), GM Robert Markus (SRB 2615), Poland’s 2010 champion GM Mateusz Bartel (POL 2609), IM Pavel Simacek (CZE 2518) and GM Dariusz Swiercz (POL 2501).
Immediately after the Festival, the 19th Adolf Anderssen Memorial is commencing on 3rd July. The rapid tournament with time control 15′ + 5″ per player (elimination on first day) and 15′ + 7″ (8-players knockout final on second day) honors Adolf Anderssen (1818 – 1879) from Wroclaw, one of the best chess players in the world in the second half of XIX century.
Second seed GM Daniel Fridman
The tennis hall in Hotel GEM
Top tables in round one
The streets of Wroclaw (all photos courtesy of Viktor Novotny and Novoborsky SK)