Local interest includes Ed Player (2239) and Adam Taylor (2212) in the FIDE Open, where 37 Grandmasters are included among the 250 entrants. They play nine rounds between 9 and 16 December.
The Super Rapidplay, with 10 rounds over the second weekend, 17/18 December, features 40 GMs and 363 entrants, so far. Entries are still being accepted for this event, which is free to enter if done by 16 December.
Of course, the main event is the fourth and final round of the Grand Chess Tour, which features eight of the World’s strongest players (plus two other invitees, including England’s Michael Adams). This event is currently led by GM Wesley So, who looks to have an unassailable lead in the battle for the $120,000 first prize.