I spoke to some of the organizers and they are VERY EXCITED about the 2009 Grand Slam Final in Bilbao. Even in this tough economic time, this event is expected to be even better than this year! Here is the press release from this afternoon.
Grand Slam Chess Association (GSCA)
The 2nd edition of the Gland Slam Masters Final will be played in Bilbao, September 2-15th 2009. The winners of Corus-Wijk aan Zee, Ciudad de Linares and Mtel Masters-Sofia tournaments will qualify directly for the Masters Final in Bilbao, where the first edition (played at a central square, inside a glass cube) was a very big success last September.
More details on the 2009 tournament (number of players, system of play, etc) will be announced at the end of the Corus tournament in Wijk aan Zee. The Grand Slam is in negotiations to include one more high level tournament in the 2009 circuit.
Dresden, 23 November 2008
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– GM Susan Polgar