Survey in alphabetical order of the supertournament *series* in classical chess as of 2016:
since 1968 (49th) Biel Chess Festival (Biel chess tournament), Open without GMT in 2016
(==> Biel International Chess Festival, 50th years jubilee with Open and GMT in 2017)
since 2008 (9th) Bilbao Masters Final (6 players/drr) (Bilbao Chess Masters Final)
since 1973 (44th) Dortmund Sparkassen (8 players) (Dortmund Sparkassen Chess Meeting)
since 1962 (51st) Havana, Cienfuegos, Varadero et al. (Capablanca Mem Elite) (6 players/drr) (Capablanca Memorial)
since 2009 (9th) London Chess Classic (10 players) (London Chess Classic)
since 2006 (10th) Moscow (Tal Mem) (10 players) (Tal Memorial)
since 2013 (4th) Saint Louis, Sinquefield Cup (10 players) (Sinquefield Cup)
since 2014 (3rd) Shamkir (Gashimov Mem) (10 players) (Shamkir Chess)
since 2013 (4th) Stavanger area, Norway Chess Altibox (10 players) (Norway Chess)
since 1938 (78th) Wijk aan Zee, TATA Steel (14 players) (Tata Steel Chess Tournament)
(from 1938 to 1967 played at Beverwijk, originally known as Hoogovens, later Corus tournament)
Other current and annually organized international invitationals of note, but not considered as a chess supertournament (Elo average consistently below 2700 and / or no global mix of players), for instance in 2016:
Ljubljana, Portorož, Bled et al. (Vidmar
Memorial), unregularly played: Vidmar Memorial
Poikovsky (Karpov tournament): Poïkovski (tournoi Karpov)
Danzhou City (Hainan Province), Barcelona, Edmonton
no showing in 2016: Baden-Baden, Grenke Chess Classic, played unregular, sometimes supertournament, sometimes pure national; earlier prestigious Prequels: Baden-Baden
Former world-class invitation tournaments, currently held as an annual (local) Open:
Hastings International Chess Congress since 1920/21 as Winter chess congress, with first Summer chess congress in 1895 (strong invitation round robin tournament, today as a middle strong international Open): Hastings International Chess Congress
Sarajevo, Bosna since 1957 with a ten-year break (strong invitation round robin tournament, today as a rather regional based Open): Sarajevo (Bosna)
Polonica-Zdrój (Rubinstein Memorial) since 1963 (today as a local Open): Rubinstein Memorial
==> Survey of all international chess tournament *series*, past and present:
==> Survey of the most important international Open chess tournament *series*, past and present:
ATHENS, Greece. Acropolis Festival 1968, 1977 – 2009
Athens Acropolis Festival, 1968 - 2009, starting as an international invitation tournament in 1968, held again in 1977, then played on a fairly regular annual basis, switching between closed and open tournaments, including sometimes a tournament for women and another subsidiary minor (open) tournament for men.
It was longest running international chess tournament in Greece with in total 24 editions. As said, the format varied across the series, switching several times between closed and open events.
BAD HOMBURG, Germany 1927; 1996, 1997, 1998 (Soccer Score)
1927 Bogoljubov, 2. Réti
1996 Alterman, Gabriel
1997 Dautov, 2.= Svidler
1998 Korchnoi, 2. Svidler, incl. Jussupow, Torre, Larsen, Hort
=> First three-points-per-win scoring in an elite event!
BAD NAUHEIM, Germany 1935, 1936, 1937 (held in three cities: Bad Nauheim, Stuttgart, Germisch-Partenkirchen)
1936 Alekhine, Keres
=> Notable for young Keres' first international win
1937 Euwe ahead of 2./3. Bogoljubov, Alekhine, 4. Sämisch (Quadrangular)
1948 (national) Unzicker
GAUSDAL, Norway, founded in 1970 by Arnold J. Eikrem, relaunched by Hans Olav Lahlum
Gausdal Chess Festival (Norway), 1970 - 2008, starting with an international Open in 1970, followed by very frequent open tournaments (eg. Troll Masters, Peer Gynt, Eikrem Memorial, and Arnold Cup). Thus it happened quite often that several events were held same year!
Plus the Gausdal Classics, with a GM group + IM group(s)) + Open as innovative invitational series from 2001 to 2008 (with two editions in 2003), see below for more informations in pdf.
Magnus Carlsen had his entry in an invitation tournament at the international level in a closed IM-group of Gausdal Classics in April of 2001, when Hans Olav Lahlum decided to invite him despite being unknown in the chess world at that time and with an Elo rating of just 2064!
Carlsen played in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, and finally won the Gausdal Classics in 2007.
GAUSDAL CLASSICS, invitation tournament series 2001 – 2008, with two editions in 2003; Drammen Smartfish Chess Masters, invitation tournament in 2004/05
HANINGE, Sweden 1988 – 1990
This invitation tournament series, lasting three years at Haninge near Stockholm was the strongest in Sweden, followed by the Malmö TePe Sigeman & Co.
LODZ, Poland (unregular)
1907/08 (5th All Russian Master’s) Rubinstein
=> Rubinstein’s Immortal
1935 (International) Tartakower
1938 (International) Pirc
Further prominent players: Fine, Bogoljubov, Najdorf, Menchik
NANJING (Pearl Spring), China 2008 – 2010
Named after the venue, the Mingfa Pearl Spring Hotel, it was the first supertournament in China!
2008 Topalov (Elo number one)
2010 Carlsen (Elo number one)
NOORDWIJK, The Netherlands 1938; 1965
1938 Eliskases first above Keres, Pirc, and Euwe. An excellent win for Eliskases!
1965 (Noteboom Memorial) Botvinnik
Daniël Noteboom Memorial series, held in Noordwiijk or Leiden
NOTEBOOM MEMORIAL, The Netherlands ongoing
Played annually in Leiden or Noordwijk since 1936!
Quadrangular, later Open, mostly of national or local colorit, sometimes with elite players
Leiden 1970 Spassky
NOVGOROD, Russia 1994 – 1997
Winners: Kasparov (3x*), Ivanchuk (1x*), Topalov (1x).
*Ivanchuk at better tie-break above Kasparov in 1994
Kramnik invited in all four editions, but failed to win
ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia (unregular)
1896 Match: Steinitz vs. Schiffers 6.5 - 4.5
1961 (Chigorin Memorial, Prequel) Taimanov
1993 (Bondarevsky Memorial) Tiviakov
Children and the widow of Igor Bondarevsky (1913-79) guests of honour!
SOLINGEN, Germany (unregular)
1974 Polugaevsky, Kavalek (Pachman boycotted)
Fischer (simul exhibition), Spassky (SG Solingen club player) , and Korchnoi (friendly match in 1973) visited Solingen, too
SOFIA, Bulgaria, M-Tel 2005 – 2009
Winners: Topalov (3x), Ivanchuk (1x), Shirov (1x), all winning outright
World Champions Carlsen, Kramnik, and Anand played, but failed to win at Sofia M-Tel tournament!
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