Tiviakov drops out of the Dutch championship after the third round because the organizers insisted he would have to play the final round and appear at the closing ceremony. Both sides of the story at ChessVibes. I'm not even getting into prearranging a draw for the final round of a closed national championship event, which is horrible and inexcusable no matter how many mitigating factors there are. Apparently the Dutch federation didn't keep its word to Tiviakov about altering the dates so he would be able to play and still fulfill his obligations in Croatia. That's bad. But when that happens you don't start the event anyway hoping it will all work out as if by magic. Tiviakov had to make his choice as soon as the conflict was unavoidable. Playing a few rounds and then dropping out is the worst possible outcome for everyone. He's supposed to be board one for the Dutch at the upcoming Euro Teams; wonder how that's going to go now.
Kasparov is in Oslo and will have a press conference with Magnus Carlsen tomorrow. He's also trying to get in some training for his match with Karpov, which starts in Valencia on the 21st. My suggestion? Focus on the clock. Play as many training games with the same control as possible. After a long layoff the biggest problem we see is time trouble. Garry's still pretty devastating at the board in online blitz, so I don't think tactics will be a problem. And his work with Carlsen has probably kept his openings up to snuff. Karpov will be up for this though, and has been training with Russian GM Riazantsev. It appears to have helped Riazantsev if nothing else. He was leading the recently completed Russian championship most of the way until Tomashevsky overtook him.
Vlad Tkachiev, the French champion (And yes, I think the "French champion" part matters here, if only a little) who revived the Stoli Variation of the Siesta Gambit in Calcutta a few weeks ago, sent out a brief open letter. It's something of an explanation, not an apology, which seems like a bit of a miss to me.
September 9 was the deadline for confirming participation in the Khanty-Mansiysk World Cup, which starts on Nov. 20. The list of qualifiers is impressive, but how many of the top players will actually participate? Slighting these events has become something of a tradition among the elite, even though there's decent money and the winner goes to the candidates. Carlsen and Kramnik have the inside track on the rating spots now that Aronian is into the candidates as the Grand Prix winner. Radjabov, Wang Yue, and Gashimov have the best chances of becoming the second GP qualifier. Nobody playing in the London Classic will be in Khanty-Mansiysk, which takes Nakamura, Ni Hua, and just about every top UK player out of contention for the candidates. Note the wildcards so far; the include Robson, Caruana, and... Tkachiev!