Wednesday 27 October 2021

The Grand Swiss

 In a sign that things *might* be getting back to normal, the FIDE Grand Swiss has just started in Riga. Normally held on the Isle of Man, it was moved to Riga for this year, as initially it was thought that it would be easier to travel to Latvia, rather than the UK. Then a spike in Covid cases put Latvia in lockdown, but the Latvian government gave the event a special dispensation, so it is now going ahead (although a couple of players decided to pull out).

There is one Australian player in the 108 player field, GM Temur Kuybokarov. He is seeded 101's in the tournament, but in a such closely packed field (the 54th seed is rated less than 100 points more than him), I suspect form is going to count for more than reputation.

The tournament (and the Women's Grand Swiss) are being covered on (and I suspect other websites). As no big event is being run without live commentary these days, you can also find plenty of that if you look around.  

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