The chess world has resumed its revolutions. Tomsk-400 repeated as Euro Club Cup champions, led by Morozevich this time instead of Aronian. By the way, what happened to the mighty NAO team, winners in 03 and 04? NAO won the French league again this year so should have been there, but they didn't participate. Much of the team were in Elista, at least briefly in some cases. Did the Mad(ame) money run dry? Anyone know?
From the rich get richer dept: Zaven Andriasian of Armenia - Olympiad gold medal winning Armenia - is the new world junior champ. This event lost its luster when super-teens like J Polgar and Leko started ignoring it. Nowadays you will rarely find any of the top 20 juniors participating.
Meanwhile, a couple of interesting events coming up. Topalov is right back in action on Oct 20 in Essent, which continues their tradition of world champ (oops), junior champ (Mamedyarov), top woman (aka Judit Polgar) and top-rated local, Ivan Sokolov.
A stealth event, the Tal Memorial, is coming to Moscow in mid-November, but no confirmation of date or field yet. Supposed to be a 10-player round-robin. This Indian page lists some players, this Norwegian page others. You correctly surmise that Magnus Carlsen will be there, but you would be wrong to assume Anand is. (Ganguly will second Shirov.) Svidler, Leko, Aronian, and Morozevich are also mentioned, but we'll have to wait and see.