Zurich 2014: Without Kramnik, But With Carlsen and Other Stars

Время публикации: 16.09.2013 19:29 | Последнее обновление: 18.09.2013 20:20

Zurich Chess Challenge 2014 announces participants

The 3rd edition of Zurich Chess Challenge is scheduled to take place from Jannuary 29 to February 4. this time Vladimir Kramnik is not among the participants, howevr, the event will be rich with other starry players:

Magnus Carlsen  2862 (#1 in FIDE rating-list for September)
Levon Aronian 2813 (2)
Fabiano Caruana 2779 (5)
Viswanathan Anand  2775 (7)
Hikaru Nakamura  2772 (9)
Boris Gelfand 2764 (11)

The organizers note that "with an average of 2794 Elo points (according to the September rating list) this is going to be the strongest tournament in chess history." Also, this will be the first clash between reigning champion Vishy Anand and his challenger Magnus Carlsen after their upcoming world championship match in Chennai. Thus, the event will gather the world champion and at least two challengers (Caruana can become the 3rd). 

The regulations of the tournament are the most unusual. The grandmasters will play a round-robin tournament of five rounds with a classical time control which will be followed by a rapid tournament with colors reversed on the last day of play. A won game in the classical tournament counts 2 points, a draw 1 point. Wins in the rapid tournament count 1 point and draws half a point.

The event promises to be full of surprises. We will inform on them additionally.

The main sponsor is Oleg Skvortsov. He organizes the Zurich Chess CHallenge for the 3rd time: The first Zurich Chess Challenge in 2012 was a match between Kramnik and Aronian. The second event in 2013 was a double-round robin with Kramnik, Anand, Caruana and Gelfand.

Image - englishchess.org.uk


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