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The JR Chess Report (April 18): Anand stranded in route to Sofia match
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Anand-Topalov Title Match begins in Sofia Friday (maybe); Anand stranded by Eyjafjallajkul

The 12-round match for the world title between reigning champion Vishy Anand of India and Bulgarian GM Veselin Topalov, who was the last of the FIDE champions that began in the schism that pitted Garry Kasparov against FIDE, begins Friday, April 23 in the Bulgarian capital of Sofia.

The match will last until Monday, May 10, when the final round is played, with any necessary tiebreaks sceduled for May 12.

Anand and his wife, Aruna, are currently stranded in Frankfurt, Germany, by volcanic ash from the eruption of Eyjafjallajkul in Iceland. The All-India Chess has requested a three-day delay in the start of the match to give the Anands time to make alternate travel arangemnts.

Games will be broadcast live on the Official match website. All games begin at 3 pm Eastern European Standard Time (5 am PST).

Other tournments starting this week:

Asian Championships, Subic Bay (The Philippines) April 20-30.

Women's Grand Prix, Nalchik 23 April-6 May.


Bosna 2010, Sarajevo 5-14 May.

Grand Prix, Astrakhan (Russia) 9-25 May.

US Championship, St. Louis 13-25 May.

Chicago Open 27-31 May.

Kings Tournament, Banza 14-24 June. Carlsen, Gelfand, Nisipeanu, Ponomariov, Radjabov and Wang Yue.

Women's Grand Prix, Jermuk 23 June-6 July.

World Open, Valley Forge, Pennsylvania 29 June-5 July.

Women's Grand Prix, Ulan Bator (Mongolia) 29 July-12 August.

World Junior Championships, Chotowa Czarna (Poland) 2-17 August.

Mainz Chess Classic 6-8 August. The world economic crisis reduces the festival to three days in 2010, with the rapid open and simultaneous exhibitions by Vishy Anand and Alexandra Kosteniuk being the only featured events.

Chess Olympiad, Khanty Mansiysk 19 September-4 October.

Pan-American Women's Championship, So Paulo 10-21 October.

European Club Cup, Plovdiv 16-24 October.

Women's Grand Prix, Vina del Mar (Chile) 27 October-9 November.

World Youth Championships, Halidiki (Greece) 19-31 October.

FIDE Women's Knock Out (Women's World Championship), Turkey 2-25 December.
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