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ICC News Item #1908

NEWS 1908 (31-Oct-08)Next Previous
A Corus of Online Approval!

In a unique partnership with the Corus Chess Tournament,,
one of the world's most famous chess festivals, Internet Chess Club (ICC)
will be hosting a special satellite qualifier for one of the final spots in
the 2009 'C' Group.

16 invited players, selected by Corus in consultation with ICC, will fight it
out in an online rapid knockout tournament, held on the weekends of November
1st & 2nd and 8th & 9th (starting at 10am Eastern Time each day), with the
winner receiving the Corus 'C' Group invite, a round-trip ticket to Wijk aan
Zee, Hotel & Breakfast plus $1,300 (1,000 Euro).

And its a true international line-up, with the 16 players spanning the globe
and different time zones.  From the USA through Canada to Brazil, Cuba and
Venezuela, and from Scotland, England, Spain, Germany, Netherlands, Azerbaijan
and Russia, to even far away Australia all coming together as one over the

The full field includes: GM Alexander Fier (Brazil), GM Eljtaj Safarli
(Azerbaijan), GM Georg Meier (Germany), GM Mark Bluvshtein (Canada), GM Ivan
Salgado (Spain), IM Sanan Sjugirov (Russia), GM Eduardo Iturrizaga (Venezuela),
IM Manuel Rodriguez (Cuba), IM Sevak Krikor Mekhitarion (Brazil), IM David
Smerdon (Australia), IM Ray Robson (USA), FM Anish Giri (Russia), IM Robert Ris
(Netherlands), FM Marcos Santos (Brazil), WGM Dagne Ciuksytev (England) and FM
Graham Morrison (Scotland).

And to ensure fair-play for all, at each location and for each match, an
independent "proctor" will be in place to oversee the proceedings, many of whom
being national chess officials, international arbiters, national arbiters and
ICC administrators.

For further information of the tournament and the pairings: please visit:

Contact: John Henderson, ICC Director of Marketing Tel: +44 847-347-9593.
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