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Geneva Masters Starts Wednesday

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  • on 6/25/13, 7:41 AM.

The first Geneva Chess Masters starts on Wednesday in Geneva, Switzerland. It's a brand new rapid tournament where three World Champions and a female chess legend will be playing, as well as three participants of the recently concluded Tal Memorial!

The first Geneva Chess Masters will take place from June 26th-30th, 2013 in the Pitoeff Theater in Geneva. The tournament will be held under the patronage of the City Council of Geneva and organized by the Geneva Chess Federation (Fédération Genevoise d’Echecs).

The players will be fighting each other in two four-player groups, in order to qualify for a knockout phase with semi-finals and eventually a Grand Final. The following eight players will appear on the stage of the Pitoeff Theater:

  • Vladimir Kramnik (Russia), world number 4 in the live rankings, World Champion from 2000 to 2007 and conqueror of the great Garry Kasparov;
  • Judit Polgar (Hungary), the greatest female player of all time, who has defeated nine male World Champions;
  • Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan), the newly crowned World Rapid Champion;
  • Hikaru Nakamura (USA), world number 8 in the live rankings, legend of bullet chess;
  • Alexandra Kosteniuk (Russia), Women’s World Champion from 2008 to 2010;
  • Etienne Bacrot (France), former World Champion U10 and U12, 6-times French champion and well-known member of the French Olympic team;
  • Romain Edouard (France), former European Champion U16, well-known member of the French Olympic team;
  • Yannick Pelletier, best Swiss player, 4-times Swiss Champion.

The players will be playing short matches; each match starts with two rapid games (25 minutes + 10 seconds increment per move). If the score is still equal, the match proceeds with two blitz games (4 minutes + 2 seconds increment per move). Finally, if necessary, an Armageddon blitz game is played (Black has one minute less but can afford a draw to qualify, whereas White must win).

The drawing of lots for the pairings will be performed during the Opening Ceremony on Tuesday, June 25th at 18:00pm CET (12:00 EDT, 09:00 PDT). The first round starts on Wednesday, June 26th at 15:30 CET (09:30 EDT, 06:30 PDT).

***Update: You can follow the action live here.***

The qualifying phase takes place from June 26th to 28th. The semi-finals are to be played on Saturday, June 29th and the final on Sunday, June 30th. All games will be transmitted live on the Internet and spectators will have the possibility to follow the games with French and English commentary.

At the same venue an open tournament will take place with an A group (9 rounds, >1800 Elo) and a B group (7 rounds,

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  • 16 months ago

    EternalChess

    Nakamura is playing way too much.

  • 16 months ago

    quintessentiald

    So IF (big if) my Elo was 1850 am I A group or B group? Either way this looks like it could be an exciting tournament. I'm hoping for some sharp play from Kramnik and Polgar.

  • 16 months ago

    SonofPearl

    Looks like the live games will be broadcast here.

  • 16 months ago

    EvanTheTerrible

    Rorschach, Nakamura did not finish last. He finished on an even score because he also had a three game winning streak in the same tournament. He finished sixth.

  • 16 months ago

    AngeloPardi

    Bacrot isn't member of the French Olympic Team.

  • 16 months ago

    LaughingCoffin

    It will be interesting to watch how Kosteniuk is gonna do against the rest.. 

    I wish Kramnik would win this, but he seems out of shape or tired lately.. 

    Well, anyways, it is going to be an interesting tournament ! ;)

  • 16 months ago

    cll3

    any coverage of these games?

  • 16 months ago

    PhilipN

    I usually root for Nakamura, but as a fan of his, I was kind of hoping not to see his picture among those pictures up there.  Consider this:  he blamed his weak performance at the end of the Tal Memorial on playing four tournaments in a row.  I just hope that he gets some rest before the Chess World Cup--and that he doesn't skip it this time!

  • 16 months ago

    nunoap

    It's great for chess that men and women compete side by side! 

  • 16 months ago

    rorschach1985

    Nakamura lost the last three games in Moscow and Kramnik I believed finished dead last...so right now neither are doing so good.  I would like to see one of the females win, however, I really don't think that will happen.  I will be rooting for Polgar though.  And who knows Gelfand won the Tal Memorial beating out several higher ranked players so anything can happen.

  • 16 months ago

    Ann_belle

    I vote for Kramnik XD

  • 16 months ago

    SonofPearl

    My heart says Polgar, but my head says Nakamura!

  • 16 months ago

    bx_boogie10

    This should be interesting

  • 16 months ago

    MSC157

    Go Kramnik! :)

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