European Individual Chess Championship, Plovdiv 2008

first photo impressions from the EICC

The European Individual Chess Championship for men and women started in Plovdiv with a nice opening ceremony. It was a typical opening ceremony – many official guests and traditional dances. The officially announced guest speaker – the Prime minister of Bulgaria Sergey Stanishev – was not present, but speaches were given by Boris Kutin (president of the ECU), Vesela Lecheva (one of the main supporters of Kamsky – Topalov bid in Bulgaria), the transportation minister Mutafchiev, the mayor of the municipity of Plovdiv, Atanasov, and some other local governors.

After the general formalities, the ceremony continued with nice traditional dances performed by a professional dance group. Here is a photo report from the opening ceremony by the Chessdom photographers IM Dejan Bojkov and Milena Stefanova. Pairings will be available at 10 CET Monday and all the photos can be seen in the Plovdiv 2008 photo gallery (which is part of the Chessdom photo gallery).

eicc 2008 flags

The flags are at the entrance of the playing hall

eicc 2008 playing hall

The playing hall of the EICC 2008 in Plovdiv

eicc 2008 flags dances

Traditional dances at the ceremony

eicc 2008 flags bojkov

IM Momchil Nikolov with the Chessdom’s photographer IM Dejan Bojkov
both are participants in the men section

eicc 2008 milena photographer, Milena Stefanova
She will also participate in the women section

Grand Prix Baku 2008

photos preview

The Chess Grand Prix in Baku starts this Sunday. 14 players will compete in the first event of the new World Chess Championship cycle. Here is a photo preview of the event. All the photos from Baku will be available at the photo gallery and the Grand Prix general page

Carlsen Karjakin Corus 2007

Carlsen and Karjakin have already met at top competitions before the Chess Grand Prix.
In Baku 2008 they will have to perform yet another show of the young tallents

Mamedyarov Kamsky

Kamsky has positive balance against Mamedyarov. Yet Mamedyarov is constantly rising in the rating list.
The Chess Grand Prix will be a serious test for both players

Radjabov-Mamedyarov Corus 2008

Radjabov, Mamedyarov, and Gashimov will be the local stars of the Grand Prix Baku 2008.
Their direct matches will create a lot of interest

Aronian Navara post mortem

Aronian and Navara are surely candidates for the top spots in Baku 2008

Ruy Lopez Adams

Michael Adams has recently won the Ruy Lopez festival. Can he do it in Baku?