San Sebastián, Spain, in Basque country not far from where the Grand Slam final will take place in Bilbao later in the year, will host a chess festival with a very strong GM event this July. The dates are July 6-16 and the main event's field was just finalized today: Sergei Movsesian (2747 - SVK), Peter Svidler (2726 - RUS), Ruslan Ponomariov (2726 UKR), Hikaru Nakamura (USA - 2701), Rustam Kasimjanov (2695 - UZB), Francisco Vallejo (2688 - ESP), Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (2684 - FRA), Anatoly Karpov (2644 - RUS), Julio Granda (2610 - PER), Pablo San Segundo (2560 - ESP). (Average: 2687; category 18.)
It will be held in the same playing hall that saw the famous 1911 San Sebastián tournament won by Capablanca over Rubinstein, Vidmar, Marshall, and Tarrasch. In fact, this event can be considered a sort of warm-up for the events they want to organize to celebrate the centenary of that event. There are three other all-play-alls, a cat. 11, a cat. 8, and a women's event. The top event has a 34,000 euro prize fund with the winner receiving 9,000. (As is often the case, appearance fees, aka "the conditions" of the tournament, are surely substantially more.)
Remarkable to see Karpov taking on this field. You never know what to expect with veterans who don't play that often. Obviously he knows more about chess than the rest of the field combined, and can defend himself and get the occasional win against anybody on sheer Karpovness. But age plus a lack of practice is a faulty combination for anybody and this is too strong to be a warm-up event. Maybe he'll get in a few games. I'll certainly be rooting for him. It will also be interesting to see Granda Zuñiga back in an elite event. The Peruvian is in Spain pretty much full time these days but hasn't recaptured the magic that once made him the strongest Latin American player since Mecking. San Segundo might look out of place here, but he's a dangerous and experienced player who has quite a few elite scalps in his collection. I'll see if I can dig up a very funny interview I did with him when we met in Buenos Aires some 15 years ago.
Of course many eyes will be on America's Hikaru Nakamura, who hasn't had many opportunities in strong round-robin events while doing well enough in opens and league events to push his rating to 2700. Looks like a great event. Thanks to David Llada for the info.