The title is not some catchy phrase, but it does describe the names of three top tournaments in progress in Mexico, Moscow and France. Lots of heated chess action!
Viswanathan Anand enroute to defeating Magnus Carlsen
Moreilia, Mexico (Linares SuperGM XXV)
Linares SuperGM XXV (Morelia, Mexico & Linares, Spain)
The top venue would be Morelia, Mexico where chess’ top brass are facing off in the Linares SuperGM XXV. World Champion Viswanathan Anand is battling with the likes of Veselin Topalov in what is essentially a Corus “A” field. Corus winners Levon Aronian and Magnus Carlsen will also do battle. So far the tournament is exciting as decisive games are on the regular. The second half of the tournament will be held in Linares, Spain.
Aeroflot Open (Moscow, Russia)
Aeroflot is one the strongest open tournaments in the world and features some of games rising talents such as Artyom Timofeev, Maxim Rodshtein, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Andrei Volokitin and Alexander Motylev. Veterans in the field include Vladimir Akopian, Viktor Bologan, Alexander Khalifman and Artur Jussupow. A couple of teen wonders are China’s WGM Hou Yifan and GM Nguyen Ngoc Troungson of Vietnam. Hou has had a steady diet of strong showing and will most doubtedly drop the “W” from her title in short time.
Cappelle La Grande (Cappelle LaGrande, France)
Capelle La Grande is a huge open tournament featuring more than 600 players from 62 federations and 106 Grandmasters (11 WGMs). This tournament is not particularly strong but it showcases some of the talent that we don’t often hear of.
You do have some seasoned players such as Alexander Moissenko and young Azeri star Vugar Gashimov. Zambian IM Amon Simutowe is playing as well as American star IM Robert Hess. Simutowe is attempting to gain ELO points in order to close out the last requirement for his GM title.