Dresden, Miskolc, Yerevan, Sofia, Elista, Dortmund

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3/29/2007 – With the Amber tournament over some chess fans are getting a tad nervous. When are the next major events? You can calm down: in April we have the European Championships and a rapid chess match between Kramnik and Leko, in May one between Kramnik and Aronian, then M-Tel Masters, then the FIDE Candidates, then the Dortmund Super-GM. Chess calendar April-June 2007.

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Calendar overview

April 2007   May 2007   June 2007
1 2 3 4 5 6 7     1 2 3 4 5           1 2
8 9 10 11 12 13 14 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
15 16 17 18 19 20 21 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
22 23 24 25 26 27 28 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 17 18 19 20 21 22 23
29 30           27 28 29 30 31     24 25 26 27 28 29 30

   April 3–15  Eighth Individual European Championships, Dresden, Germany
   April 24–30  Rapid chess match Kramnik vs Leko, Miskolc, Hungary
   May 4–6  Rapid chess match Kramnik vs Aronian, Yerevan
   May 9–20  Third M-Tel Masters, Sofia, Bulgaria
   May 26 – June 14  FIDE Candidates Tournaments 2007, Elista, Kalmykia
  June 23 – July 1  Sparkassen Chess Meeting 2007, Dortmund, Germany

Eighth Individual European Championships (EURO 2007)

The EURO 2007 Championships will be held in Dresden from April 3 (first round) until April 15 (tiebreaks, closing ceremony) 2007. The venue is the International Congress Center, Ostra Ufer 2, 01067 Dresden, Germany. The tournament is an 11 rounds Swiss with a playing time of 90 minutes for 40 moves plus 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move, starting from move one.

The "Theaterplatz" in the center of Dresden [Photo: Christoph Münch]

The European Championships are open to all players representing the Chess Federations which comprise the European Chess Union (FIDE zones 1.1 to 1.9) regardless of their title or rating. The total prize fund is 200,000 Euros. In addition FIDE will contribute to the prize fund with an amount of US $80,000 (60,000 for the open section and 20,000 for the women’s section).

Participation in the EURO 2007 is expected to break all records. We will start reporting on the event this weekend, with extensive live coverage on Playchess.com.

Miskolc, Kramnik vs Leko

Press announcement

We cannot underestimate the excitement generated by this eight-game duel between two leading players in the world of chess, Péter Lékó and the world champion, Vladimir Kramnik. It will take place in the National Theater of Miskolc, Hungary, as the most prestigious event of the year 2007. The arbiter is grandmaster Zsuzsa Veroczi, Head of Communication of the Hungarian Chess Federation.

In 2005 Péter Lékó played the first such rapid match in Miskolc, against Michael Adams of England. Lékó started with three consecutive losses, but he managed to equalize and the two grandmasters finished with a tied score of 4-4.

Last year Lékó’s opponent was the twelfth world champion Anatoli Karpov who, during his carrier is said to have won 166 tournaments, setting a record that is not likely to be broken. The two battled it out in the new shrine of chess, the beautiful National Theater of Miskolc, and the excitement of their games exemplified perfectly why chess fans are so fond of rapid chess. Lékó took the lead by winning the third game and was able to preserve his advantage till the end, gaining a victory of 4.5-3.5.

Now the series will be continued with Peter Lékó taking on the man who wrested the world championship title from Garry Kasparov in 2000. Kramnik defended his title against Lékó in Brissago, Switzerland, in 2004. Last Autumn he won the reunification world championship final against Bulgarian Veselin Topalov by 8.5-7.5 in the tie-break.

We may consider their duel of eight games in Miskolc as the return match for Brissago, although the two grandmasters are going to play rapid games. Kramnik and Lékó first played against each other in the super tournament in Dortmund 1995. Since then they have played another 73 games. Apart from 57 draws Kramnik has the lead by 10-7. At classical time controls the score is 4-4, with 36 draws. Kramnik is one of the best players in the world in rapid chess. At this speed he leads Lékó 6-3, with 21 draws.


24.04.2007 Opening ceremony
25.04.2007 Rounds 1 + 2
26.04.2007 Rounds 3 + 4
27.04.2007 Rest day
28.04.2007 Rounds 5 + 6
29.04.2007 Rounds 7 + 8

Home page of the event (currently only Hungarian)

Yerevan gets ready for the
Aronian-Kramnik match

Yerevan is getting ready for a six-game rapid chess match between top Armenian GM Levon Aronian, winner of the 2006 World Cup, and world chess champion Vladimir Kramnik. The event will take place from May 4-6. The two will compete for the Prize of Armenian Chess Federation.

The Match Organizing Committee is headed by the President of Armenian Chess Federation, Minister of Defense of Republic of Armenia Serzh Sargsian. The match will be held in the Opera House, one of the most prestigious halls in Yerevan. The Match Chief Arbiter will be IA Ashot Vardapetian.

The games may be followed online at the official website of Armenian Chess Federation.

Information for the media

The third M-Tel Masters starts on May 9

Six players of the world’s chess elite to compete for the title in Sofia

(March 27, 2007) Six of the strongest GM’s of the world will compete for the title in the tournament M-Tel Masters 2007, which starts on May 9 in Sofia. The Bulgarian fans of the ancient game will be able to watch live No. 1 in the world rank list Veselin Topalov (Elo 2783), the European Champion for 2005 Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu from Romania (Elo 2689), the youth World Champion Shakriyar Mamedyarov from Azerbaijan (Elo 2754). The other participants are the former World Vice-Champions Gata Kamsky from USA (Elo 2705) and Michael Adams from England (Elo 2735), as well as the young Indian talent Krishnan Sasikiran (Elo 2700).

"Along with the experienced fighters this year we invited the promising talents Mamedyarov and Sasikiran. We hope this will make the competition a spectacular one," shared the director of the tournament Silvio Danailov – the average Elo of the participants is 2727, the competition is FIDE 20th category”.

The tournament will take place from May 9 till May 20, 2007, and his patron for the third year in a row will be the President of the Republic of Bulgaria Georgi Parvanov. The six chess players will play in Sofia Hall of the luxury five-star Grand Hotel Sofia.

According to the rules there will be two rounds with seven-hour control. This way each participant will play two games against each of the rest in exchanged colors. In case of a draw in the end a tie-break will be played to determine the winner. Like in the previous two editions of M-Tel Masters the rule about the draws will be valid that was introduced exactly in Sofia. According to it the players do not have the right to agree a draw. This can allow only the chief arbiter of the tournament.

In the rest day of the competition the 19th World Champion Veselin Topalov, who won the previous two editions of M-Tel Masters, will give a simul in the garden in front of the National Theatre.

This year the chess lovers again will be able to take part in the game Play like Topalov that runs on the official web site of the tournament – www.mtelmasters.com. Special guest of this year’s edition of the competition will be the winner of the game last year – the Italian Alex Brunetti, who guessed 209 moves of the Bulgarian GM for the ten rounds of the competition.

For further information:
Zhivko Ginchev, +359 888705579, ginchev@gmail.com
Dimitar Naydenov, +359 887462873, press@mtelmasters.com


Wednesday   May 09   09.00 UTC   Press conference, Opening, Party
Thursday May 10 11.30 UTC Round 1
Friday May 11 11.30 UTC Round 2
Saturday May 12 11.30 UTC Round 3
Sunday May 13 11.30 UTC Round 4
Monday May 14 11.30 UTC Round 5
Tuesday May 15   Rest Day
Wednesday May 16 11.30 UTC Round 6
Thursday May 17 11.30 UTC Round 7
Friday May 18 11.30 UTC Round 8
Saturday May 19 11.30 UTC Round 9
Sunday May 20 10.30 UTC Round 10
    16.00 UTC Tiebreaks, Closing, Party

FIDE Candidates Tournament 2007 in Elista

A total of 16 players meet to play a series of matches and fill four places in the 2007 World Championship in Mexico City. The entire qualification will take place in Elista, Kalmykia. The prize fund is US $40,000 per match, most of the money coming from a personal fund of FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov. The initial pairings are:

1 Levon Aronian
Magnus Carlsen
8 Alexei Shirov
Michael Adams
3 Ruslan Ponomariov
Sergei Rublevsky
6 Alexander Grischuk
Vladimir Malakhov
2 Peter Leko
Mikhail Gurevich
7 Judith Polgar
Evgeny Bareev
4 Boris Gelfand
Rustam Kasimjanov
5 Etienne Bacrot
Gata Kamsky

Announcement of the Candidates Matches

Dortmund Sparkassen
Chess Meeting 2007

The Chess Meeting starts on June 23 in the State Theatre in Dortmund, Germany. Eight grandmasters are participating in this prestigious round robin event, which will achieve a category of 19 or 20. Five of the eight participants are in the top ten in the world. This includes world champion Vladimir Kramnik, who will defend his victory in last year's Chess Meeting. Also in the field is the world's number two (from April number one) ranking player Vishy Anand, who won the event in 2004.

The other participants are world number four ranking grandmaster Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, 21, of Azerbaijan; Peter Leko of Hungary, ranked number six in the world; GM Boris Gelfand of Israel, number ten in the world. In addition we have German Champion Arkadij Naiditsch, who won the event in 2005 at the age of 19; Magnus Carlsen, the 16-year-old prodigy from Norway; and the winner of the Aeroflot Open Evgeny Alekseev.

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