Tuesday, June 26, 2007
2007 Canadian Open: new Canadian star Anton Kovalyov confirmed
Fifteen-year-old Anton Kovalyov, a 2483-rated FIDE master, is confirmed to play in the 2007 Canadian Open Chess Championship.
For players of his age, he is ranked second in the world behind the Italian prodigy and IM Fabiano Caruana.
FM Kovalyov, who was born in Ukraine and has lived in Argentina for the last seven years, is settling in Canada just days before the 2007 Canadian Open. He and his family will live in Montreal, and the 2007 Canadian Open will be Anton's first tournament on Canadian soil.
Anton, who has studied with GMs Oscar Panno and Pablo Ricardi, has one IM norm and one GM norm. Several weeks ago, he won the Avellaneda Open, ahead of such seasoned, higher-rated players as GM Rubén Felgaer and GM Andrés Rodriguez.
Anton, who began playing chess in 2000, counts super-GM Vassily Ivanchuk among his favourite players.
He joins nearly 240 players of all strengths and more than a dozen nationalities at the 2007 Canadian Open Chess Championship, to be staged July 7-15 at the Ottawa Marriott.
For more information and to register online, please visit www.canchess.ca