Had you the chance to pose a question to Garry Kasparov, what would you ask? Russian opposition leader and former chess world champion will come to Milan in two months: he will be one of the 100 guests of “La Milanesiana”, a great cultural event to be held in the main city of Northern Italy. Seven Nobel prize and two Pulitzer winners are also awaited. Kasparov will take part in a discussion about “Competitions” at Dal Verme Theater (2, San Giovanni sul Muro street) on June 30 (start at 9 p.m.) and will be the special guest of an “Aperitif with the author” at Sala Buzzati (3, Balzan street) the next day (start at 12 a.m.). I obviously will go to Milan for those two events: it is just 40 minutes by car from Bergamo, where I live. I hope I will have the chance to ask some questions to Garry: I will try to pose the most interesting among those suggested by you. I already have some ideas, anyway :-)
Today the Italian rapid championship was played in Arvier, Aosta Valley. Surprise winner was candidate master Dario Pedini from Fano (but living in Milan), who scored 8 points out of 9; GM and Elo favourite Michele Godena placed second, IM Sabino Brunello third. 110 players competed in the event. Official site www.scacchivda.com; final full standings are not available yet :-(
Bulgarian GM Ivan Cheparinov has already won the 15th Sigeman & Co. tournament, which will end tomorrow in Malmo (Sweden). Cheparinov leads by one point and a half (undefeated) with only one round to go: whatever will be the result of his last game against Dutch GM Jan Timman, he is the winner of the competition (official site: http://www.sigeman-chess.com/). Cheparinov is well known for being Topalov’s second (with whom he share the manager, Silvio Danailov) since 2005, but he is a strong GM himself, as this and other results confirm. Born on November 20, 1986, in Asenovgrad (Bulgaria), Cheparinov started playing chess at the age of 5. Seven years later he won the junior chess title of Bulgaria. In 2000 he claimed the third place on Wijk an Zee, working up the IM norm, then in 2004 he became national champion of Bulgaria and received the GM status in October the same year. On the April 2007 list Cheparinov reached his highest rating: with a 2646 Elo he is currently 64th in the world. In the recent Euro champ he placed fifth after tie breaks, sharing the first place with 8 points after the 11 “regular” rounds.
His win over Greek GM Vasilios Kotronias in the Sigeman & Co. tourney is a tipical example of his sharp style (quite similar to Topalov’s).
Cheparinov, I (2646)-Kotronias,V (2570) [B65], Malmo 23.04.2007
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