The 119th Scottish Chess Championships promises to be one of the best ever, thanks to the donation of the anonymous benefactor. The target is to have 10 Grandmasters and 10 IMs taking part in the combined Championship and International Open.
The Trades Hall in the centre of the Merchant City, Glasgow is confirmed as the venue for the 2012 Scottish Championships. The main tournament will be held in the Grand Hall with the weekenders being held in the Saloon on Saturday and Sunday.
The provisional dates are 7th to 15th July 2012. The main tournament will be a 9-round event with title norm opportunities.
Incorporated in the Open will be the Scottish Championship, the Scottish Senior Championship and the Scottish Boys and Girls Championships.
Other events will be the U1750 and U1500 Championships, the Scottish U1750 Senior Championship (7th-13th July) and a full weekend programme (13th-15th July).
Currently 53 players are signed to take participation. Top rated are:
GM Deep Sengupta India 2572
GM Nikolov Momchil Bulgaria 2550
GM Jacob Aagaard Denmark 2522
GM Daniel W Gormally England 2520
GM Vitaly Teterev Belarus 2516
GM Mark L Hebden England 2514
IM Das Arghyadip India 2482
IM Jonathan Hawkins England 2480
IM Andrew Greet England 2449
IM Spas Kozhuharov Bulgaria 2439
GM Colin A McNab 2438
IM Ivajlo Enchev Bulgaria 2432
IM Roddy M McKay 2376
IM Stephen R Burns-Mannion 2351
IM Douglas M Bryson 2350
IM Craig W Pritchett 2348