Coming soon: Bonn, Wijk aan Zee and Morelia/Linares

11/23/2006 – Suffering withdrawal symptoms after the Elista World Championship and the Tal Memorial? The next big events with all the superstars you can take are already looming. This weekend we are going to see a Man vs Machine spectacular in Bonn, Germany. And in the first two months of 2007 there will be two Super-GM events. Preview.

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The chess duel Man vs Machine, Vladimir Kramnik vs Deep Fritz, begins next Saturday (November 25) and lasts until December 5th. It is sponsored by the RAG Aktiengesellschaft, one of Europe's largest energy companies. It takes place in the National Art Gallery in Bonn, Germany, together with a major Guggenheime Exposition in the same building. The schedule is as follows:

Game 1: Saturday 25.11.2006 15:00 h
Game 2: Monday 27.11.2006 15:00 h
Game 3: Wednesday 29.11.2006 15:00 h
Game 4: Friday 01.12.2006 15:00 h
Game 5: Sunday 03.12.2006 15:00 h
Game 6: Tuesday 05.12.2006 15:00 h

There will be full live coverage on the Playchess server, as well as on the official site and a number of partner sites. We will keep you updated on the ChessBase news page.


This super-tournament will take place in Wijk aan Zee, Holland, from January 12 to 28, 2007. There are three groups, and the participants of the first two have been announced. In Group A there are nine GMs over 2700, and all the players ranked 1–5 in the world are present.

Group A

No. Player Country Rating Ranking
 1 Veselin Topalov Bulgaria
2813
1
 2 Viswanathan Anand India
2779
2
 3 Vladimir Kramnik Russia
2750
3/4
 4 Peter Svidler Russia
2750
3/4
 5 Alexander Morozevich Russia
2747
5
 6 Levon Aronian Armenia
2741
7
 7 Teymour Radjabov Azerbaijan
2729
11
 8 Alexei Shirov Spain
2720
14
 9 Ruslan Ponomariov Ukraine
2703
20
10 Magnus Carlsen Norway
2698
21
11 Sergey Tiviakov Netherlands
2680
27
12 Loek van Wely Netherlands
2676
29
13 Sergey Karjakin Ukraine
2672
35
14 Alexander Motylev Russia
2662
44

In Group B we find Dmitry Jakovenko, Bu Xiangzhi, Gabriel Sargissian, Pavel Eljanov, Friso Nijboer, Erwin L’Ami, Suat Atalik, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Daniel Stellwagen, Jan Werle, Alexandra Kosteniuk, Vladimir Georgiev, Jan Smeets and Tatiana Kosintseva.


Torneo Ciudad de Linares - Morelia 2007

As in the 2006 edition this double round robin tournament is split between Mexico and Spain. The first half will be staged in Morelia from February 16 to 25, 2007, the second half in Linares from March 2 to 11 2007. The participants are:

No. Player

Country

Rating

Ranking
1 Veselin Topalov

Bulgaria

2813

1
2

Viswanathan Anand

India

2779

2
3

Peter Svidler

Russia

2750

3/4
4

Alexander Morozevich

Russia

2747

5
5

Levon Aronian

Armenia

2741

7
6

Peter Leko

Hungary

2741

8
7

Teimour Radjabov

Azerbaijan

2729

11
8

Magnus Carlsen

Norway

2698

21

The prize fund is Euros 100,000 for first place, €75,000 for second, €50,000 for third, followed by €30,000, €20,000, €15,000, €13,000 and €11,000 for the rest. There is no official web site yet, but you will find more details on our Spanish news page. We will report extensively on this tournament from Mexico and Spain, as we did in the 2006 event.


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