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4th Pivdenny Bank Chess Cup

May 30 – June 2, 2008, Odessa

The 4th Pivdenny Bank Chess Cup will take place in Odessa, Ukraine from 30 May – 2 June 2008. Eight grandmasters will play two rapid games each against other.

The games between the veterans Karpov and Korchnoi will be of special interest. In 1978 they played the first of their world championship matches in Baguio, Philippines.

Last year’s edition was won by Vassily Ivanchuk


Boris Gelfand (2723, Israel)
Ruslan Ponomariov (2719, Ukraine)

Anatoly Karpov (2655, Russia)
Pavel Tregubov (2629, Russia)
Viktor Korchnoi (2598, Switzerland)

Yuri Drozdovskij (2581, Ukraine)
Valery Beim (2523, Austria)
Mikhail Golubev (2474, Ukraine)

The winners of the three previous Pivdenny Bank Chess Cups were:

2005 – Ruslan Ponomariov (Ukraine)

2006 – Joel Lautier (France)
2007 – Vassily Ivanchuk (Ukraine)

The main organiser of the tournament is Bank Pivdenny, which is the largest bank in the southern part of Ukraine. Pivdenny also organised the 2007 and 2008 ACP World Rapid Chess Cups, which were won by Peter Leko (Hungary) and Teimour Radjabov (Azerbaijan), respectively.

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