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Alexander Alekhine Memorial Announced

  • SonofPearl
  • on 3/8/13, 11:27 AM.

php26wYNP.jpegThe Russian Chess Federation has announced the establishment of a new tournament in honour of the fourth world chess champion Alexander Alekhine.

The Alekhine Memorial will be a 10-player single round robin tournament held jointly in the Louvre in Paris and the Russian State Museum in St.Petersburg between 21 April - 1 May.

The choice of shared venue is apposite, since Alekhine was based in Paris during the most productive time of his chess career, and won his first major Russian tournament, the All-Russian Masters Tournament in St.Petersburg in 1914.

The line-up is headed by the world champion Vishy Anand, world #2 Vladimir Kramnik, and world #3 Lev Aronian.

The full line-up is:

Name Fed Elo Rank
Vladimir Kramnik RUS 2810 2
Levon Aronian ARM 2809 3
Vishy Anand IND 2784 6
Peter Svidler RUS 2747 14
Boris Gelfand ISR 2740 18
Michael Adams ENG 2727 23
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave FRA 2722 27
Nikita Vitiugov  RUS 2712 30
Ding Liren CHN 2707 35
Laurent Fressinet FRA 2706 40

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Ilya Levitov, the Chairman of the Management Board of the Russian Chess Federation, "Alekhine is one of the brightest personalities in chess history. I think it's pretty logical and nice that the fourth world champion's Memorial will be held in two cultural capitals of the world. An interesting participants' list promises a tense fight, while the brilliant museums which will host the event will increase the spectators' interest to the Alekhine Memorial as not only to a chess competition, but as the cultural event too."

The Louvre Museum with its famous Pyramid

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Gennady Timchenko, the sponsor of Alekhine Memorial, "The Alekhine Memorial continues a successful tradition of holding the top events in the famous museums of the world. It was started in the Tretyakov Gallery in May 2012. We are thankful to Louvre and Russian museum which have supported our initiative and we are sure that the upcoming tournament will work not only for popularization of chess, but to popularization of Russian art too. The first Russian world champion was one oft he most interesting chess painters of XX century. His creative heritage stays valuable for the new generations and his biography continues to inspire the historians and the fans. the forthcoming tournament is a tribute to a great chess player and a worthy citizen of two countries - Russia and France.

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  • 20 months ago

    SonofPearl

    @ NajdorfDefence - yes.

  • 20 months ago

    NajdorfDefense

    Grand Prix was moved to Switzerland, right?

  • 22 months ago

    Loomis

    jonager, Morozevitch will be participating in the FIDE Grand Prix in Lisbon, Apr 17 to May 1, overlapping the Alekhine memorial. Others participating in the Grand Prix include Caruana, Radjabov, Karjakin, and Nakamura.

  • 22 months ago

    vikram014

    Anand will draw the 2730+ players and beat everyone else!

  • 22 months ago

    avsha22

    Was Alekhin cleared of his cooperation with the Nazies during WW 2?

  • 22 months ago

    WGM Natalia_Pogonina

    Our country knows how to stage chess tournaments Laughing

  • 22 months ago

    drumdaddy

    This is nearly an extention of the Candidates Matches. Top shelf.

  • 22 months ago

    SonofPearl

    @ XavierPadilla - I assume the 'official' coverage will be done by http://russiachess.org/

  • 22 months ago

    Balachandar

    Louvre Museum reminds me of Angels and Demons..

  • 22 months ago

    Balachandar

  • 22 months ago

    XavierPadilla

    No tournament official website yet?

  • 22 months ago

    Sahasrara

    abiogenesis23 you have to be more specific. Who in Russia should admit? KGB?

  • 22 months ago

    jonager

    where's morozevich? haven't seen him a in while

  • 22 months ago

    abiogenesis23

    Will Russia admit that Stalin had Alekhine killed?  

  • 22 months ago

    Henkkamh

    Go Vlad!

  • 22 months ago

    Ericbryan

    Great picture and a great idea! Go Micky

  • 22 months ago

    harroman

    Brilliant idea. Let's hope we see some exciting, attacking chess that Alekhine would have liked. No draws before move 40 would be good.

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