2007 in chess
Events in chess during the year 2007:
(Top events in bold)
- January 1 - Veselin Topalov (Bulgaria) lost 30 rating points but still tops the FIDE rating list at 2783. Viswanathan Anand (India) is second at 2779 and Vladimir Kramnik (Russia) is third at 2766. There is only one change in the players in the top eleven: Peter Svidler (Russia) dropped from number 4 to number 12 with Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan) jumping from 12 to 4. At number 13 and rated 2727, Judit Polgár (Hungary) is the only woman in the top 100. Top juniors are Teimour Radjabov (Azerbaijan, number 11 at 2729), Magnus Carlsen (Norway, number 24 at 2690), and Sergey Karjakin (Ukraine, number 29 at 2678). Viktor Korchnoi (Switzerland) reenters the world top 100 at age 74, earning the 85th position with a rating of 2629.
- January 5 - David Howell, age 16 years 1 month, becomes the youngest British Grandmaster ever. His second place finish at the Rilton Cup in Stockholm with the score 7/9 gives him his third grandmaster norm and a rating of 2501.
- January 7 - 82nd Hastings International Congress 2006/7 won by GM Merab Gagunashvili (Georgia) and GM Valerij Neverov (Ukraine).
- January 7 - 49th Reggio Emilia won by GM Viorel Iordachescu (Moldava).
- January 8 - 1st ACP World Rapid Cup in Odessa won by Peter Leko (Hungary) over Vassily Ivanchuk (Ukraine) by 2½-1½ in the final.
- January 9 - 2006/7 Australian Open Championships in Canberra won by IM Zong-Yuan Zhao (Australia). GM Ian Rogers (Australia) is 2nd, and Darryl Johansen (Australia) and GM Mark Bluvshtein (Canada) are 3rd=.
- January 11 - Moscow-London "Ice Chess" exhibition game is played by satellite link on large outdoor boards in Moscow and London with giant pieces sculpted of ice in the shapes of local landmarks. Anatoly Karpov (Russia) and Nigel Short (England) serve as honorary captains with eight-year-old Russian and English chess prodigies choosing the moves. The game is agreed drawn after about an hour of play, with the pieces melting due to temperatures above freezing in both cities.
- January 12 - Paul Keres Memorial Tournament in Tallinn "A Group" won by Georgy Timoshenko (Ukraine).
- January 12 - 114th New Zealand Championship in Wanganui won by 16-year-old FM Puchen Wang.
- January 15 - 32nd Ciudad de Sevilla won by GM Karel van der Weide (Netherlands) on tie-break over GM Daniel Campora (Argentina).
- January 20 - Belarus Championship in Minsk won by GM Aleksej Aleksandrov.
- January 26 - 67th Armenian Championship in Yerevan won by GM Karen Asrian in a playoff with GM Tigran Kotanjian.
- January 27 - German Championship in Bad Koenigshofen won by GM Arkadij Naiditsch on tie-break over IM Rainer Buhmann.
- January 27 - Estonian Championship in Tallinn won by GM Meelis Kanep after a playoff against GM Kaido Kulaots. WIM Tatyana Fomina won the women's title after a three-way playoff.
- January 28 - Wijk aan Zee is a three way tie between GM Levon Aronian (Armenia), Veselin Topalov (Bulgaria), and Teimour Radjabov (Azerbaijan).
- January 31 - Cuban Chess Championship in Santa Clara won by Lazaro Bruzon.
- March 10 - 125th Varsity Match between Cambridge and Oxford (the world's oldest regular chess event) is won by Cambridge in an upset.
- March 11 - Morelia/Linares won by GM Viswanathan Anand (India), with GM Magnus Carlsen (Norway) and GM Alexander Morozevich (Russia) 2nd=.
- March 11 - Finnish Team Championship won for the first time by OpusCapita from Tampere. Matinkylä placed second for the fourth consecutive time.
- March 11 - Austrian Team Championship in Mattersburg won by Union Ansfelden.
- March 11 - Norwegian League championship in Oslo won by Oslo Schakselskap.
- March 13 - 64th Georgian Women's Championship in Tbilisi won by IM Lela Javakhishvili in a playoff against WGM Sopiko Khukhashvili.
- March 14 - Turkish Championship in Ankara won by GM Suat Atalık.
- March 17 - Serbian Championship in Vršac.
- March 18 - Polish Women's Championship in Barlinek won by IM Iweta Rajlich.
- March 20 - 71st Bulgarian Championship in Pernik won by GM Boris Chatalbashev. WGM Margarita Voiska won the women's championship.
- March 24 - 8th Internet Chess Tournament "Ciudad de Dos Hermanas" (Internet Chess Club) won by Jorge Sammour-Hasbun.
- March 24 - Belgian League won by CRELEL Liège. Also qualifying for the European Team Championships are Namur finishing second and Rochade finishing third.
- March 25 - 66th Georgian Championship in Tbilisi won by GM Baadur Jobava.
- March 29 - 16th Amber Blindfold and Rapid in Monaco won by GM Vladimir Kramnik (Russia) by two points, winning the blindfold event with 9/11 and finishing 2nd= in the rapid.
- March 30 - Kazakhstani Championship in Astana won by GM Darmen Sadvakasov.
- May 1 - Lugano Open finishes in a four-way tie for first between Robert Zelcic, Joseph Gallagher, Nenad Sulava, and Michele Godena.
- May 6 - World Cup holder Levon Aronian (Armenia) defeats World Champion Vladimir Kramnik (Russia) 4-2 in a six game rapid match held in Yerevan.
- May 6 - Chinese Zonal 3.5 in Shangdong won by GM Bu Xiangzhi.
- May 7 - 4NCL won by Guildford-ADC 1 with a perfect record of 11/11 ahead of Guildford-ADC 2 at 10.
- May 12 - Russian Team Championship won by Tomsk 400 (Alexander Morozevich, Dmitry Jakovenko, Sergey Karjakin, Rustam Kasimdzhanov, Ernesto Inarkiev, Vladislav Tkachiev, Victor Bologan, and Pavel Smirnov) with a perfect 9/9 score.
- May 12 - Baku Chess Festival won by GM Arkadij Naiditsch (Germany) over a field of 147. Naiditsch scores 7½/9 after a last round victory as Black over top seed GM Nigel Short (England).
- May 13 - 74th Lithuanian Championship in Šiauliai won by GM Šarūnas Šulskis with 8/11.
- May 16 - Mitropa Cup in Szeged men's winner is France, women's winner is Hungary.
- May 17 - 2006 Chess Oscar won by Vladimir Kramnik (Russia). Veselin Topalov (Hungary) and Viswanathan Anand (India) finished second and third.
- May 20 - 3rd M-Tel Masters in Sofia won by GM Veselin Topalov (Bulgaria), his third consecutive victory in the event.
- May 21 - 16th Croatian Team Cup in Šibenik won by Lapor-Mladost, Zagreb (GM Zdenko Kozul, GM Adrian Mikhalchishin, GM Krunoslav Hulak, GM Georg Mohr).
- May 23 - U.S. Championship in Stillwater won by GM Alexander Shabalov.
- May 23 - Uzbek Championship in Tashkent finished in a three-way tie for first at 9½/13 between IM Vladimir Egin, IM Anton Filippov, and GM Timur Gareev.
- May 27 - 2007 Candidates round one matches begin.
- May 27 - 50th Serbia Team Cup in Mataruška Banja won by VSK Sveti Nikolaj.
- May 28 - 37th Bosna in Sarajevo six-player category 17 double round-robin top section won by Sergei Movsesian.
- May 29 - 42nd Capablanca Memorial in Havana elite section (ten GM single round-robin, category 15) won by GM Vassily Ivanchuk (Ukraine) 7½/10, two points ahead of the field.
- May 30 - 1st World Women's Team Championship in Ekaterinburg won by China with 17 points, ahead of Russia at 15 and Armenia at 14. Teams from ten national Federations participated.
- June 3 - 2007 Candidates Matches, final games of round one played. Levon Aronian (Armenia), Peter Leko (Hungary), Sergei Rublevsky (Russia), Boris Gelfand (Israel), Gata Kamsky (USA), Alexander Grischuk (Russia), Evgeny Bareev (Russia), and Alexei Shirov (Spain) advance.
- June 3 - French Team Championship in Clichy won by Clichy over Cannes and Paris Chess 15.
- June 8 - St Petersburg Championship won by GM Marat Makarov on tie-break over IM Pavel Anisimov and Maxim Matlakov all at 6½/11.
- June 10 - 7th European Individual Senior Championship in Hockenheim overall (men's) winner GM Nukhim Rashkovsky (Russia) on tie-break over IM Algiman Butnorius (Lithuania) both with 7½/9, women's winner Elena Fatalibekova (Russia).
- June 10 - Bosnian Team Championships won by SK Zeljeznièar, Sarajevo (Robert Ruck, Zoltán Ribli etc.) over the favorites SK Bosna, Sarajevo (Zoltán Almási, Ivan Sokolov, Nigel Short, Sergei Movsesian, Borki Predojević, Suat Atalık etc.).
- June 10 - Uruguayan Championship at Montevideo won by IM Bernardo Roselli Mailhe for the 12th time on tie-break over FM Manuel Larrea.
- June 11 - National Open in Las Vegas won by GM Hikaru Nakamura (USA) with 5½/6. GM Viktor Korchnoi (Switzerland) is part of a six-way tie for second at 5.
- June 13 - 2007 Candidates final games of round 2 played. Levon Aronian (Armenia), Peter Leko (Hungary), Alexander Grischuk (Russia), and Boris Gelfand (Israel) advance, qualifying for the 2007 World Championship tournament in Mexico City in September.
- June 18 - 5th World Computer Championship in Amsterdam won by Rybka.
- June 20 - Colombian Championship in Cartagena de Indias won by IM Alder Escobar Forero, the women's event won by Martha Mateus.
- June 24 - 3rd European Union Individual Championship in Arvier won by GM Nikola Sedlak (Serbia) on tie-break over GM Michele Godena (Italy), both scoring 8/10 in a field of 110.
- June 28 - Dutch Championship in Hilversum won by GM Sergei Tiviakov in a rapid playoff over GM Daniel Stellwagen after both scored 8/11. GM Peng Zhaoqin won the women's title with 8/9.
- June 30 - Aerosvit tournament in Foros (12 GMs, category 18) won by GM Vassily Ivanchuk (Ukraine) with 7½/11. GM Sergey Karjakin (Ukraine) placed second at 7.
- August 3 - 40th Biel Festival
- August 5 - Baltic Sea Cup in Bornholm
- August 11 - 94th British Championship in Great Yarmouth
- August 18 - 5th Staunton Memorial at Simpson's-in-the-Strand, London, features six British and six Dutch players (11 GMs, 1 WGM, category 13) in a single round-robin. GM Michael Adams (England) is the individual winner with 8½/11. The Dutch players compile a higher total score: Netherlands 38, UK 28.
- January 17 - Rodrigo Flores (1913-2007), 93, eleven-time Chilean champion.
- May 21 - Alexander Roshal (1936-2007), 70, Russian chess journalist, editor of 64-Chess Review, responsible for restoration of the Chess Oscar as an annual award.
- June 8 - Fenny Heemskerk (1919-2007), 87, ten-time Dutch Ladies' Champion.
- July 1 - Maxim Sorokin (1968-2007), 38, Russian Grandmaster.
- November 27 - IM Svein Johannessen (1937-2007), 70. Norwegian Champion 1959, 1962, 1970 and 1973.