For me 2010 started with a training camp in Marrakech in Morocco. It might not be that well known (except in France) these days, but Marrakech has a remarkable number of high-end hotels. We stayed at the excellent Es Saadi just outside the old city. The Atlas mountain ranging up to nearly 4200 meters are less than 50 kilometres away, and the picturesque view following the heavy snowfall in the mountains last week was awesome.
We spent a full week preparing for the Corus Chess Tournament starting tomorrow in the small seaside village Wijk aan Zee outside Amsterdam in Holland.

It is the 7th year in a row I.m playing in the Corus event (that is staged for the 72nd time)!
There are 3 grandmasters groups with 14 players in each, and numerous amateur events.
In the A-group I.m top ranked ahead of World Champion V.Anand and former World Champion V.Kramnik. We will play 13 rounds all-play-all and with 3 rest days after round 4, 8 and 10, the tournament lasts until the end of January.
During the opening ceremony today I drew start number 10 resulting in the black pieces (against Dutch Tiviakov) in round 1 Saturday at 13:30.

Magnus Carlsen, Wijk aan Zee, January 15th 2010