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Major New Tournament Announced In Baden-Baden

  • SonofPearl
  • on 1/5/13, 11:42 PM.


GRENKE Chess Classic Baden-Baden

Category 19 GM tournament: 7th–17th Feb 2013

For the first time ever, the Chess Center Baden-Baden (Schachzentrum Baden-Baden) will host a category 19 GM tournament, the GRENKE Chess Classic Baden-Baden. This event will follow the tradition of great chess tournaments that the well-known southern German Spa town has established over the last two centuries.

Baden-Baden is also known in the chess world as the hometown of OSG Baden-Baden, the most successful German club in the 1990 and 2000s. In the same period we started the Chess Center Baden-Baden, to lay further foundations for establishing Baden-Baden as an important center of the European chess community.

The main event of our chess weeks will be the GRENKE Chess Classic Baden-Baden, a super-tournament which will give the the three top German players the chance to face three established world class players on their own soil.

As partners of the GRENKE Chess Classic Baden-Baden, we gained the Grenkeleasing AG, the German Chess Federation, and Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa.

The participants in the double round robin will be:

Viswanathan Anand  India  World Champion 
Fabiano Caruana  Italy  World #5
Michael Adams  England  World #23
Arkadij Naiditsch  Germany  World #37
Daniel Fridman  Germany  World #78
Georg Meier  Germany  World #108


Rising star Fabiano Caruana will be the main challenger to Vishy Anand

Fabiano Caruana Dortmund round 8.jpg


The tournament is scheduled from February 7th to 17th 2013. The venue will be the historical halls of Kulturhaus LA8 (House of Culture) in the center of Baden-Baden. The games will start daily at 3 p.m., in the last round at 1 p.m.

To complement the main event, several side tournaments – each limited to 80 players – will take place:

  •     Chess Classic Elo Open (9 rounds, 9 days, only for players ELO 1800+) 7th–15th Feb 2013
  •     Chess Classic Fasching (6 rounds, 3 days, open to all) 9th–11th Feb 2013
  •     Chess Classic Ferien (6 rounds, 3 days, open to all) 14th–16th Feb 2013


Official website here.

6256 reads 35 comments
5 votes


  • 3 years ago


    Naiditsch will win :)

  • 3 years ago


    All Caruana has to do is draw Anand and beat the weaker players, Anand will draw everyone and Caruana will win.

  • 3 years ago


    Anand only

  • 3 years ago


    Lets see if Anand can beat the three German players who are much lower in the FIDE's January Rating List. 

    Caruana most probably will win this tournament with ease.

  • 3 years ago


    Viswanathan Anand  India  2772
    Fabiano Caruana  Italy  2781
    Michael Adams  England  2725
    Arkadij Naiditsch  Germany  2708
    Daniel Fridman  Germany  2667
    Georg Meier  Germany  2645
  • 3 years ago


    Caruana reminds me of Ichabod Crane, the main character in the classic American tale The Legend of Sleepy Hallow.Smile

  • 3 years ago


    Good information.

  • 3 years ago


    A strong super tourney. It is hoped to be a fighting chess by the protagonists. In case of a draw (with due respect to the players), may I, suggest, that their playing time be reduced. Germany, thank you for hosting another big event for chess. May the best man win. Good luck to all.   

  • 3 years ago


    Caruana is the man to win!

  • 3 years ago


    Really excited to see everyone-- Adams after an impressive performance in London, Caruana and Anand with something to prove, and some German talent I don't know much about!

  • 3 years ago


    Caruana wins this one. 

  • 3 years ago


    go anand

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