International News Today - November 6, 2012

The Chigorin Memorial (St Petersburg, RUS) finished Sunday with Alexander Areshchenko (UKR) and Bartosz Socko (POL) finishing tied for 1st with 7.5 out of 9. Both won their last round games to emerge from a group of 8 tied for 1st going into the final round. Anton Kovalyov, found himself on board 5 in the last round and with a win, would have finished tied for 3rd. However, even with white pieces playing a super-GM is never easy and he lost to Armenian #2 Vladimir Akopian.

Kovalyov, while still listed as ARG on official crosstables, is just a year away from having his two year waiting period finished, and will be eligible to play for Canada in the 2014 Olympiad in Norway. At 2593, he presently is the top active FIDE rated Canadian.

Tomorrow, the World Youth Championships start in Slovenia. Canada have about 25 hopefuls attending. We'll be watching this event as it unfolds.

On Friday, the Women's World Championship tournament starts in Russia. Representing Canada is Natalia Khoudgarian. The format is a 64 player KO event.