Grand Slam Chess Association – Press Release

Decisions of the GSCA Presidential board

Press Release – Amsterdam, March 16th, 2009

During the Presidential board meeting of the GSCA (Grand Slam Chess Association) in Linares (Saturday, March 7th 2009), the next decisions have been made:

A. The GSCA Presidential board will now consist of these members:

Juan Fernandez (Linares) – President

Silvio Danailov (Sofia) – Executive Director

Jeroen van den Berg (Wijk aan Zee) – Spokesman

Andoni Madallaga (Bilbao) – General Secretary

A fifth member from Nanjing (China) will be announced later.

B. The potential new member of the GSCA, San Luis, has not yet made an official request to enter the GSCA. In case San Luis wants to enter this year, the deadline is April 1st 2009.

C. Via Malcolm Pein the GSCA has received a request from a new tournament in London to enter the GSCA. The GSCA will decide about London’s participation in the Grand Slam after the players field has been announced. Since it is important to have a 3 years guarantee for each new tournament in the Grand Slam, the GSCA considers to include London as an invitational tournament for the year 2009.

D. The next GSCA Meeting will be held on 22/23 May 2009 in Sofia, during the M-tel Masters Tournament.

E. In the agenda for the next meeting these items will be discussed: unified criteria for all tournaments, such as time control, dress code, tie breaks, etc etc.

F. Next GSCA Tournaments:

Sofia, M-Tel Masters: 12-23 May 2009

Bilbao, Grand Slam Masters Final: 2-15 September 2009

Nanjing: 27 September – 9 October 2009

Corus Chess Tournament: 15-31 January 2010

Jeroen van den Berg

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Carlsen – Karjakin and Wesley So – Leon Hoyos featured games

live commentary from Corus Wijk Aan Zee

Today’s round in Corus A is theoretically the most interesting situation in a round robin tournament. The top seeded player, GM Magnus Carlsen, will face the leader of the standings, GM Sergey Karjakin, in the long awaited battle of the generations in group A.

Follow Carlsen – Karjakin LIVE!

Wesley So and Manuel Leon Hoyos surely have wings after their victories yesterday, against Iturrizaga and Bitalzadeh respectively. Victory will be both players primary goal and fierce chess is awaited in the top clash of group C.

Follow Wesley So – Leon Hoyos LIVE!

GM Wesley So and GM Magnus Carlsen’s games voted again by the audience

The Corus live coverage on Chessdom starts at 13,00 CET

Corus 2009

Welcome to the round 4 live coverage of Corus 2009 on! One more day GM Wesley So fans showed devotion and the young Filipino collected 48,5% of the votes. The second game of the day will be of GM Magnus Carlsen, who collected 18% of the votes.

Third position with 3-4% each was shared by Kasimdzhanov, Kamsky, Caruana, and Sasikiran. Votes were also received for Bitalzadesh, Yifan Hou, Efimenko, Iturizzaga, Navara, Harika, Aronian, and Dominguez.

Watch Levon Aronian – Magnus Carlsen live

Watch GM Wesley So – GM Abhijeet Gupta live

Round 5 voting is now open and it will give a chance to more players to be commented as GM Christian Bauer (2610) will also join the commentators team. The fans will have 2 days for voting and the results are unpredictable.

In order to vote:

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The voting section

Corus 2009 discussion

Round 4 live commentary

GM Vladimir Dimitrov (who will comment the upcoming Topalov – Kamsky match live on Chessdom) will be the commentator for the Corus A game between GM Levon Aronian and GM Magnus Carlsen.

GM Valentin Iotov will exclusively comment GM Wesley So – GM Abhijeet Gupta. GM Iotov is from the same generation of young talents. He is well acquainted with the style of both players and has actually played with GM Gupta during the U12 World Championship in Oropesa. “I didn’t get opening advantage with the white pieces and later on I went to win an interesting pawn ending.”

Since this game GM Iotov has won multiple strong championships, made 5,0/5 in the first rounds of the Olympiad in Dresden, and was champion of Bulgaria in 2006.

Corus day 3

Carlsen and Wesley So win the voting

As announced yesterday, your votes will be counted when considering which games to comment on during the Corus tournament. The results from the round 3 voting are in:

1. Wesley So 33%

2. Magnus Carlsen 18,5%

3. Krishnan Sasikiran 8%

4. Gata Kamsky 6%

5. Teimour Radjabov 6%

6. Yifan Hou 6%

7. Fabiano Caruana 6%

Votes were also received for Karjakin, Harika, Ivanchuk, Dominguez, and Gupta.

These results of the poll show that the games commented in round 3 will be Anish Giri – Wesley So and Magnus Carlsen – Sergei Movsesian.

The voting for round 4 is now open, click here to submit your votes. The players with most votes will be commented in the next round.

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The voting section

Corus 2009 discussion

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Round 3 pairings

Corus A round 3

M. Carlsen – S. Movsesian

L. Aronian – D. Stellwagen

V. Ivanchuk – T. Radjabov

S. Karjakin – W. Yue

L. van Wely – J. Smeets

G. Kamsky – A. Morozevich

M. Adams – L. Dominguez

Corus B round 3

K. Sasikiran – R. Kasimdzhanov

D. Reinderman – H. Yifan

N. Short – E. l’Ami

A. Volokitin – F. Vallejo Pons

H. Mecking – J. Werle

A. Motylev – F. Caruana

D. Navara – Z. Efimenko

Corus C round 3

D. Howell – R. Pruijssers

F. Nijboer – T. Hillarp Persson

O. Romanishin – M. Bosboom

A. Giri – W. So

A. Gupta – A. Bitalzadeh

E. Iturrizaga – F. Holzke

M. Leon Hoyos – D. Harika

Corus 2009 day 2

you can choose the live games for tomorrow

Welcome to the Corus 2009 round 2 live coverage on! As we saw yesterday, no one should be underestimated in this year’s edition of the Wijk Aan Zee tournament. The underdogs Smeets, Harika, Navara, Karjakin, and Bosboom proved this yesterday.

Today we will have one commented game live and this will be Stellwagen – Carlsen. As tomorrow GM Iotov returns to the studio, we will be back to more commented games. The new thing is that the users will decide which game they want to see commented. Voting happens in this section of the forum, simply leave a message with the player you want to be commented live on Monday.

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The voting section

Corus 2009 discussion

Corus 2009

Pairings round 2

Full pairings and results here

Corus A round 2

S. Movsesian – M. Adams

L. Dominguez – G. Kamsky

A. Morozevich – L. van Wely

J. Smeets – S. Karjakin

W. Yue – V. Ivanchuk

T. Radjabov – L. Aronian

D. Stellwagen – M. Carlsen

Corus B round 2

R. Kasimdzhanov – D. Navara

Z. Efimenko – A. Motylev

F. Caruana – H. Mecking

J. Werle – A. Volokitin

F. Vallejo Pons – N. Short

E. l’Ami – D. Reinderman

H. Yifan – K. Sasikiran

Corus C round 2

R. Pruijssers – M. Leon Hoyos

D. Harika – E. Iturrizaga

F. Holzke – A. Gupta

A. Bitalzadeh – A. Giri

W. So – O. Romanishin

M. Bosboom – F. Nijboer

T. Hillarp Persson – D. Howell

Corus 2009 day 1

Carlsen – Radjabov, Volokitin – Caruana, Nijboer – Wesley So live on Chessdom

Corus 2009

The first round of the Corus chess tournament begins at 13:30 CET. will provide live commentary. The featured game of group A will be Carlsen – Radjabov, the game of group B Volokitin – Caruana, and the game of group C Nijboer – Wesley So.

You can find the live game links and all Corus 2009 related information in the upper left hand corner of the page.

Here are links to previously commented games and news on

Carlsen – Radjabov – last year’s encounter between the two players at Corus

Carlsen – Radjabov – their game during the Grand Slam final

Carlsen – Radjabov – a game from Linares

Profile of Fabiano Caruana

Wesley So perspectives for 2009

Mexico City open letter

Cancelation of the Chess Grand Slam in Mexico

As we have informed you several days ago, there will be no Chess Grand Slam competition in Mexico. Today we received the official cancellation letter from the Grand Slam Chess Association. Here is the full unedited text of the letter.

Distinguished Members of
Chess Grand Slam International

Tournament Representatives

CORUS of Wijk aan Zee, Holland.

City of Linares, Linares, Spain.

M-Tel Masters of Sofía, Bulgaria.

Final Chess Master of Bilbao, Spain.

Mexico City, May 16 2008

Dear Sirs,

I regret having to write the following, since I had hoped this letter would describe the contents and progress of the Mexico City tournament, but unfortunately, this is not the case.

I have done everything in my power to arrange for the Grand Slam Tournament in Mexico, which is why I have taken so long to cancel it, but I cannot wait any longer and I would like to take advantage of the fact that the main organizers of the Grand Slam are in Sophia in order to inform you of my decision.

I have organized several major chess events, in addition to many other cultural, artistic and musical events for many years, with professionalism and success, including the three major Chess Festivals in the Mexico City Zocalo, in which over two million people participated.

However, despite my reputation and prestige as an organizer, I have been unable to persuade government to participate in our project again. As a result of the disastrous handling of the World Chess Tournament in Mexico City, in which, as you know, I did not participate, the chess world in Mexico was severely damaged. I did everything in my power to reverse this situation, but despite all my efforts, failed to do so. That is why I have made this decision which is not good for Mexican chess or myself yet which was the only possible one, particularly after a series of chess events that have tarnished Mexico’s reputation.

After the unpleasant experience of Morelia, in which they took two years to pay me, and ended up excluding me from my own project, I am not prepared to pay for things with my own money without knowing when I will be able to recoup it. I am an entrepreneur and can invest money, as I have done several times in the past but I am not a magnate or irresponsible. Given the lack of decision on the part of the authorities, I cannot afford to run risks.

On the other hand, I would particularly like to thank the friends who had faith in me and accompanied me in this endeavor as far as possible. I am particularly sorry to have disappointed them and words do not suffice to thank them for their loyalty or to pay them back for having jeopardized their prestige and defended this cause which, despite their efforts, has entailed an enormous setback for chess in Mexico.

Lastly, I would have preferred to be there with you and discuss all this personally, but this situation was only decided a few hours ago at the highest level.

I am grateful for your trust in Mexico and I deeply regret any damage this decision may have caused.

Warmest regards,

Hiquíngari Carranza

Grand Master International

Mexico City

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Radjabov to be the sixth player at the Grand Slam final

After a short discussion among the GS members, it has been decided that Radjabov will be the sixth candidate for the Grand Slam final. It is based on the fact that he has participated in the GS tournaments until now and that he has had good performance in them. Other names that have surfaced in the discussion have been Gata Kamsky and Alexei Shirov, but all factors have indicated that Radjabov is the right person for the sixth spot.

Chess Grand Slam Final in Bilbao

exclusive information update

Since the Mtel Masters in May, there have been many rumors around the Chess Grand Slam. In the last several days information flow has intensified, confirming very interesting facts about the newborn chain. Here is the latest information, exclusive for the readers of

Chess Grand Slam, Mexico

There will not be a Chess Grand Slam tournament in Mexico City. The agreement reached last year in Sofia has not been finalized due to financial obstacles. This leaves the sixth spot for the Bilbao tournament unoccupied.

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Chess Grand Slam, Bilbao

The Chess Grand Slam in Bilbao will take place 1-13 September 2008. It will feature six players. The first three will be the winners of Corus 2008, Morelia – Linares 2008, and Mtel Masters 2008 – GM Levon Aronian, GM Viswanathan Anand, and GM Vassily Ivanchuk. Invitations have received and the second place holders – GM Magnus Carlsen and GM Veselin Topalov. The sixth player will be known after the next meeting of the board of the Chess Grand Slam.

Speculations are already flying around who this third player will be. It is known that organizers will stick to players who have participated in most of the events. However, there is a good chance the tournament to be category XXI, so the sixth player invited will be a top 30 one. The rating list that will be published in July has an average of 2773 ELO for the confirmed players. However, if we take a look at the live rating of Hans Arild Runde, we can see that the five invited players have average rating of 2776, and maybe even more depending on the Aerosvit tournament and other events that will take place until the start of the Bilbao Grand Slam.

The total prize fund will be 400 000 eur, as more than 100 000 will go for the winner.

Bilbao Preview

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Chess Grand Slam, Seattle

Seattle will join the Grand Slam Chess tournaments in 2009. The event will have a prize fund of USD 750 000. No more details are known about the tournament, but rumors about it have reached the Chessdom editors as far back as the WCC in Mexico. Information that came out during the Mtel Masters suggested that the Seattle tournament is part of a plan to expand the Chess Grand Slam on more continents. As confirmed by Danailov, China is one of the candidates to join in 2010.

Live from Bilbao: Aronian – Carlsen / Ivanchuk – Carlsen

Mexico City will be the 5th tournament of theChess Grand Slam

GSCA meeting

(Sofia, May 13, 2007)

The Chess Grand Slam first edition (2008) is now completed, with five tournaments: Corus Wijk aan Zee (The Nederlands, January 11-27th), Linares (Spain, February 15th – March 9th), M-Tel Masters Sofia (Bulgaria, May 6-18th), Mexico City (June 21st – July 6th) and the Final Masters in Bilbao (Spain, September 15-27th).

The Mexico City candidature, supported by its Town Council, has been unanimously accepted during the Grand Slam Chess Association meeting in Sofia, as it fulfils all the required conditions.

The Bilbao Final Masters will have the winners of the other four Grand Slam tournaments. The total prize fund of the Final Masters in Bilbao will be 400.000 euros approximately.