Italian candidate master Alex Brunetti from Como will be the special guest in Mtel Masters 2007, which takes place in Sofia starting May 9th until 20th. Brunetti (president of the italian group "Chess and computer science" - his own site is http://www.e4e6.com) is the last year winner of the game "Guess Topalov's move" (he guessed 209 moves of the bulgarian superGM in Mtel 2006): this year he has the chance to face up the former world champion in person.
The participants of the supertourney will be six of the top 25 GMs in the January Fide list: Veselin Topalov (last year winner), Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Michael Adams, Gata Kamsky, Krishnan Sasikiran and Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu; the competition will be category XIX or XX. The tournament will be a double round robin; in case of equal score after the last round a tie break will be played. As in previous editions, Sofia Rule will be strictly applied, so draw-offers will be allowed only through the Chief-Arbiter in three cases: a triple-repetition of the position, a perpetual check and in theoretically drawn positions.
In the rest day (May 19) Veselin Topalov will play chess in the park in front of Grand Hotel Sofia (venue of the tournament). Official site to be announced soon (last year was http://www.mtelmasters06.com/en).
Waiting for Sofia, a strong tourney finished yesterday in Zafra (Spain), birthplace of Ruy Lopez, to whom the event was dedicated. Armenian GM Gabriel Sargissian scored 6.5/7 in the main XV category group, with a 3021 performance. Peruvian GM Julio Granda Zuniga and former Fide champion Ruslan Ponomariov were second with 4 points. Official spanish site: http://ruylopez.juntaextremadura.net/modules/news/. Here is a nice win by Sargissian against Pono: the critical move is 31.Rg1, after which Black can't play 31... Rxg1 32.Rxg1 Rxg1 because White has 33.h7 and the pawn is unstoppable.
Sargissian,G (2658) - Ponomariov,R (2723) [D20], Zafra 21.03.2007
1. d4 d5 2. c4 dxc4 3. e4 Nf6 4. e5 Nd5 5. Bxc4 Nb6 6. Bd3 Nc6 7. Be3 Be6 8. Nc3 Bc4 9. Bxc4 Nxc4 10. Qb3 N6a5 11. Qc2 e6 12. Nf3 Nc6 13. O-O Nb4 14. Qe4 Nd5 15. Bg5 Nxc3 16. bxc3 Qd5 17. Qxd5 exd5 18. Nd2 Nxd2 19. Bxd2 f5 20. h3 Be7 21. g4 Rf8 22. Kg2 Kd7 23. Rab1 b6 24. a4 h5 25. gxh5 Rh8 26. h6 g5 27. h4 g4 28. f3 Rag8 29. fxg4 Rxg4+ 30. Kf3 Rhg8 31. Rg1 Bxh4 32. Rxg4 fxg4+ 33. Kg2 Ke6 34. Rh1 Be7 35. Kg3 Kf5 36. h7 Rh8 37. Rh5+ Kg6 38. Kxg4 Bf8 39. e6 1-0