This new feature will provide briefs on some of the latest chess news around the world. Feel free to post comments and/or add chess news that would be of interest to the general audience on current events.
World Junior Championship (August 2nd-August 16th) – A strong field is assembled in Turkey for the Open and Girls Junior Championship. WGM Hou Yifan is playing in the Open section along with 22 GMs and four other Women GMs. There are 60 countries represented. (Official Site)
Mainz Festival (July 28th-August 3rd) – GM Hikaru Nakamura win the Mainz 960 tournament while GM Viswanathan Anand crushed GM Magnus Carlsen in the Mainz Rapid final. (ChessBase)
Viswanathan Anand (right) polishing off Magnus Carlsen.
Photo by ChessBase.
North Urals Cup (July 26th-August 3rd) – The strongest woment’s tournament in history saw GM Antoaneta Stefanova win the crown with IM Anna Ushenina (Ukraine) and GM-elect Marie Sebag (France). Top-seed GM Humpy Koneru was crippled by two early losses and had to settle for an even score. (Official Site)
Players’ Stage of North Urals Cup.
Photo by Vadim Smalkov.
Biel 2008 (July 17th – August 1st) – GM Evgeny Alekseev of Russia caught Cuba’s Lenier Dominguez in a tiebreak match to win the 41st edition of the tournament. GM Magnus Carlsen came in 3rd. (Official Site)
Lenier Dominguez battles Evgeny Alekseev in the tiebreak.
Photo by ChessBase.
The U.S. Open (August 2nd-August 10th) is happening as well. There are only two Grandmasters amongst a field of titled players and this is clearly a bad sign. The U.S. Open is clearly the longest-running tournament in America, but has lost much of its prestige due to the quest of GMs seeking greener pastures in Europe. Hikaru Nakamura is currently in Europe coming off of a win in the Mainz 960 (above). Most other Grandmasters have dispersed around the world to compete in a variety of tournament. The USCF will have to be creative to bring the magic that the tournament saw in the days of Samuel Reshevsky, Bobby Fischer and Walter Browne.