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New Year with News Around the Mediterrenean

We congratulate all the chess world and the Mediterranean Chess Family's New Year! We hope that 2008 brings happines to the world and the chess family. You can find a brief review of the tournaments and news around the Mediterranean including Pamplona, Reggio Emilia and a future super women's GM tournament in İstanbul.



Reggio Emilia Tournament led by Almasi

50th edition of Reggio Emilia tournament started on Saturday with ten grandmasters facing each other in round robin. The tournament has a special place in the recent decades of the chess history since world champion Vishwanathan Anand,  Anatoly Karpov, Lajos Portisch are among the winners of this important event. After Round 5, Zoltan Almasi of Hungary is leading with 3.5 points followed by Vugar Gashimov, Konstantin Landa, Pentala Harikrishna and Ni Hua.  The walking legend of chess Viktor Lvovich Korchnoi is also participating.


GM Paco Vallejo Wins 17th Pamplona International

17th International Tournament of Pamplona took place from December 21 to December 29 2007. Spanish Grandmaster Francisco Vallejo won the closed masters tourament with 4.5 out of 7.

Here are the final standings:

1. Francisco Vallejo Pons (ESP 2660) 4.5; 2-3. Baadur Jobava (GEO 2644) and Wang Yue (CHN 2703) 4.0; 4-5. Alexander Beliavsky (SLO 2646) and Sergei Movsesian (SVK 2670) 3.5; 6-7. Maxim Rodstein (ISR 2615) and Gabriel Sargissian (ARM 2673) 3.0; 8. Ibragim Khamrakulov (ESP 2604) 2.5;

isbankasi03.jpgAtatürk International Women Master's Tournament in Istanbul

İstanbul and the main sponsor of Turkish Chess Federation Türkiye İş Bankası is hosting an elite women's tournament in 22-30 March 2008 with former World Champion GM Zhu Chen, WGM Hou Yifan and IM Ekaterina Atalık playing among others in the event. The venue is the top floor of the highest building in Southeastern Europe, the 41st floor of the İş Bank Towers. See more details about the tournament and chessbase reports about it.


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