- The six participants in the super chess tournament (FIDE XXI category) are Veselin Topalov, Magnus Carlsen, Vassily Ivanchuk, Yue Wang, Leinier Dominguez and Alexei Shirov.
- The games will be played in a glass pavilion on the square in front of the National Theatre Ivan Vazov.
- General sponsor of the tournament is the mobile operator M-Tel.
For the fifth time
General sponsor of the tournament is
In this year’s edition of the tournament will take part the 19th Wiorld Champion and leader in the FIDE World Ranking Veselin Topalov, the best young chess player of the last years Magnus Carlsen (№ 3 in the world) from Norway, the 2007 blitz World Champion and winner in last year’s edition of M-Tel Masters Vassily Ivanchuk from Ukraine, the best chess player of Asia Yue Wang from China, Latin America’s strongest player Leinier Dominguez and № 1 of Spain Alexey Shirov, finalist from the World Cup 2007 in Khanty-Mansiysk.
The average ELO of the six Grandmasters is 2753, which makes the
M-Tel Masters is part of the international chain of chess tournaments Grand Slam that includes three of the world’s strongest tournaments: Corus in Wijk an Zee (
The patron of the tournament will traditionally be the President of the
The time control of a single game is 90 minutes for 40 moves per player and 60 minutes per player till the end of the game. The maximum period for a single game is 5 hours. Each player will play two games against each of the five Grandmasters with exchanged colors. This year again the rules known in the world of chess as “the
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