GM Suat Atalik and his wife IM Ekaterina Atalik were to give a tandem simul this afternoon -- except that best as the Canadian Open organizers can tell, the amount of interest is distinctly underwhelming.
So rather than hold the Ataliks to their part of the bargain, the organizers have opted to can the tandem simul. Given the attendances at the GM Bluvshtein simul and GM Rychagov simul, the 2007 Canadian Open's players are definitely much more keen on lectures (the lecture Tuesday by GM Tomas Likavsky on psychology in chess was packed, drawing 40 attendees).
However, GM Atalik is a man of his word. He promised the organizers that he would appear at a side event, and he has proposed that if there is interest, on Sunday, after the closing ceremony, he will make himself available to lecture, perhaps using his Canadian Open games as material, or simply having a Q+A session with interested players. "Interactive," GM Atalik stressed, when discussing the proposed lecture.
When are you going to get another chance to interact with an top-notch GM? Don't miss GM Atalik's words of wisdom on Sunday.