Two top events start today

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After a quiet week, today two top events start. In Foros (Ukraine) it's time for the annual Aerosvit tournament and in Yerevan (Armenia) a strong rapid tourney takes place.

The international chess tournament "AEROSVIT-2008" will be held June 8-19 in the city of Foros, Crimea, Ukraine. It's a twelve-player round-robin with the well-known rate of play of 90 minutes for the first 40 moves and then 30 minutes for the rest including 30 seconds increment from move one.

Again the tournament is sponsored by the Ukrainian airline company and with their help the organizers got together a field with an average rating of 2711,7 - an absolute top event. Here's the impressive list of participants:

 1. Carlsen, Magnus          g  NOR   2765
 2. Svidler, Peter           g  RUS   2746
 3. Ivanchuk, Vassily        g  UKR   2740
 4. Shirov, Alexei           g  ESP   2740
 5. Karjakin, Sergey         g  UKR   2732
 6. Jakovenko, Dmitry        g  RUS   2711
 7. Alekseev, Evgeny         g  RUS   2711
 8. Eljanov, Pavel           g  UKR   2687
 9. Volokitin, Andrei        g  UKR   2684
10. Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter  g  ROU   2684
11. Van Wely, Loek           g  NED   2676
12. Onischuk, Alexander      g  USA   2664

Not just a very strong list (with Magnus Carlsen top seeded for the second time in his career - now we'll stop counting) but also a nice mixture of some "solid lads" (Carlsen, Svidler, Eljanov) and some fierce fighters (Shirov, Volokitin, Van Wely). This tournament will surely be one of the most interesting events of the year. Needless to say, ChessVibes cover the event as much as possible.

Pairings first round:

Van Wely, Loek - Shirov, Alexei Eljanov, Pavel - Svidler, Peter Carlsen, Magnus - Ivanchuk, Vassily Alekseev, Evgeny - Karjakin, Sergey Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter - Volokitin, Andrei Onischuk, Alexander - Jakovenko, Dmitry

The games start at 15:00 hrs local time (that's 14:00 hrs CET).

A view of beautiful Foros, a resort town close to the more known Yalta

At the same time, in the Armenian capital the "Chess Giants Yerevan 2008" will take off, a rapid tournament that will last till June 15. In this eight-player double round-robin, each player plays two games a day. They start at 18:00 hrs local time; that's 15:00 hrs in Central Europe. In Armenia they also have a nice list of players:

 1. Morozevich, Alexander    g  RUS   2774
 2. Aronian, Levon           g  ARM   2763
 3. Leko, Peter              g  HUN   2741
 4. Adams, Michael           g  ENG   2723
 5. Gelfand, Boris           g  ISR   2723
 6. Bu Xiangzhi              g  CHN   2708
 7. Akopian, Vladimir        g  ARM   2643
 8. Sargissian, Gabriel      g  ARM   2643

Of course we will follow and cover this tourney as well!

yerevan Statue of David of Sasun, Yerevan

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