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London 2012 FIDE Grand Prix

  • SonofPearl
  • on 9/19/12, 9:15 AM.

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The first Grand Prix of the 2012/13 FIDE Grand Prix series will take place at the historic chess venue of Simpson's-In-The-Strand in London between 20 September - 4 October.

The overall winner and runner-up of the Grand Prix qualify for the March 2014 Candidates Tournament.

After the first contest in London, the series moves on to Tashkent, Lisbon, Madrid, Berlin and Paris.  Each tournament is a single round-robin featuring 12 out of the 18 players in the Grand Prix, and each player competes in four of the six events.  Details of dates and participants can be found here.

Magnus Carlsen, Levon Aronian, Vladimir Kramnik and Viswanathan Anand have declined to participate in the Grand Prix as they are likely to qualify for the 2012 Candidates by virtue of their high ratings (or status as World Champion).

The line-up for the first Grand Prix in London is:

Name Fed Elo
Hikaru Nakamura  USA 2783
Vassily Ivanchuk  UKR 2769
Alexander Grischuk  RUS 2754
Veselin Topalov  BUL 2752
Wang Hao  CHN 2742
Boris Gelfand  ISR 2738
Peter Leko  HUN 2737
Anish Giri  NLD 2730
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov  AZE 2729
Leinier Dominguez Perez  CUB 2725
Michael Adams  ENG 2722
Rustam Kasimdzhanov  UZB 2684

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Note that Peter Svidler was due to take part in London, but has had to withdraw for family reasons.  He has been replaced by Michael Adams.

The schedule for the London Grand Prix:

Arrival & Opening  20th September
1st Round  21st September
2nd Round  22nd September
3rd Round  23rd September
4th Round   24th September
5th Round  25th September
Free Day  26th September
6th Round    27th September
7th Round    28th September
8th Round   29th September
Free Day    30th September
9th Round  1st October
10th Round    2nd October
11th round & Closing  3rd October
Departure  4th October

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All rounds start at 14:00 local time (13:00 UTC). The time control is 40 moves in 2 hours, followed by 20 moves in 1 hour, then an extra 15 minutes to a finish with a 30 second increment after the second time control.

Draws can only be claimed for triple-repetition of position, theoretical draws, or 50-move rule.

The official regulations for the 2012 FIDE Grand Prix can be found here.

Official website here. Look out for coverage at Chess.com/TV!

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  • 2 years ago

    Maimonides_H

    Go Shak! We are all azerbaijanians love and proud of you...

  • 2 years ago

    GeniusKJ

    and the lowest rated player is a former world chess champion!

  • 2 years ago

    mottsauce

    all right!  i might even follow this tourney if it's not going to be a draw-filled snooze-fest!  WOOHOO!

  • 2 years ago

    NimzoRoy

    Holy shirt! The lowest-rated contestant is 2684! Is this a super-tnmt or what? The average contestants' rating is 2740 making this a Category 20 tnmt (out of 22 categories)  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elo_rating_system

    Too bad it's not a double-rd robin, but I guess ya can't have everything!

  • 2 years ago

    imsplori

    Go Leko! This is another opportunity to play the FINAL, like you did in 2009 against Kramnik.

  • 2 years ago

    P_G_M

    @Steve212000, I agree Karjakin has been playing very solid chess the past six months, but I still believe Carlsen will take the first place in Bilbao because he also has been playing really solid chess this year, he is starting to become a Capablanca type of Super Gran Master.

    And Nakamura will be on the top 10 for the next 5 to 10 years, but never will be on the top 3.

  • 2 years ago

    FilipinoChess

    I don't understand this, Chucky unless he self destructs (unless he commits blunders?) you can say the same thing to a patzer lolSmile

  • 2 years ago

    SonofPearl

    @ mottsauce - Bilbao scoring.

  • 2 years ago

    P_G_M

    The Bilbao Master Finals has an excellent line up, the weakest will be Anand and Vallejo who will end at the bottom of the final standings, fifth and sixth place. 

    Carlsen, Aronian and Karjakin will be on the top three places.

  • 2 years ago

    DefconZer0

    Chucky unless he self destructs !

  • 2 years ago

    NM gumersindo

    Nakamura or Hao

  • 2 years ago

    patzercim

    where is Morozevich?Cry

  • 2 years ago

    corpsporc

    @bwolf93: Theoretical draws seem to be positions in which checkmate is impossible (generally insufficient material) and stalemate positions.

  • 2 years ago

    mottsauce

    @SonofPearl: Bilbao scoring, or standard?

  • 2 years ago

    P_G_M

    Thank you SonofPearl for the update.

  • 2 years ago

    skilledwolf

    Just wondering, but how do they define "theoretical draws"?

  • 2 years ago

    SonofPearl

    @ptrckmackay - the lineup is reportedly: Carlsen, Aronian, Anand, Karjakin, Caruana, Vallejo

  • 2 years ago

    P_G_M

    SonofPearl:

    The Bilbao Masters Final will be from September 24 to October 13, do you know the complete list of players for this tournament?

    I believe the players are Carlsen, Kramnik, Aronian, Anand, Karjakin and Radjabov, but I'm not certain.

  • 2 years ago

    GeniusKJ

    Chucky! Or naka

  • 2 years ago

    HristoProtos

    go Topa!

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