June 7 – June 20 in Ukraine
Foros Aerosvit 2008 will take place June 7 – June 20 in Ukraine. It
has a very
strong field with average rating 2711, which puts the competition
at one level with Baku Chess Grand Prix, Corus, Morelia Linares, and
Mtel Masters. 11 rounds will be played with time control 90 minutes
for the first 40 moves and 30 minutes to the end of the game to each
participant with addition of 30 sec. after every move starting from
the first move.
The arrival day is June 7th and round 1 starts at 14:30 local time
(12:30 CET). Rounds 2-8 will be played daily (June 14 is rest day) and
games will start at 15:00 local time. There will be daily live
commentary and blogging on Chessdom.com, as many of our readers
Sergey Karjakin and Vassily Ivanchuk
Last year winner Vassily Ivanchuk is back to defend the title after his remarkable accomplishment at the recent Mtel Masters. Chess fans are intrigued if he can continue this run with same pace. Sergey Karjakin, who then concluded second, arrives in good mood after claiming Ukrainian Club Cup with his team PVK Kievchess.
The field of twelve players is resembling last year’s lineup, with only three players, Lenier Dominguez Perez, Sergei Rublevsky and Krishnan Sasikiran, being replaced by Evgeny Alexeev (2711), Andrei Volokitin (2684) and now first-seeded Magnus Carlsen (2765).