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Revised "Kings" Line-Up Announced

  • SonofPearl
  • on 10/23/12, 10:52 AM.

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The "Kings" Tournament in Romania was scheduled to take place in June/July this year, but was postponed due to the "global financial crisis and the unstable political situation in Romania".

Now the official website has confirmed that the delayed double round-robin tournament will go ahead from 7-14 November in Bucharest with the field reduced from 6 to 4 players. 

Sadly, the last minute arrangements mean that most of the original players, including last year's champion Magnus Carlsen, are now unavailable.

However, Vassily Ivanchuk and Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu survive from the original line-up, and they will be joined by Fabiano Caruana and Veselin Topalov.

Name Fed Elo
Fabiano Caruana ITA 2772
Vassily Ivanchuk UKR 2771
Veselin Topalov BUL 2751
Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu ROU 2661


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3 votes


  • 2 years ago


    Topalov is the only one who has been a World Champion and I hope one day he returns to the throne coronized again.

  • 2 years ago


    4 players!?!?  boring

  • 2 years ago


    Hey guys! Lets not be so pesimiste...Roumania is not the best plce to be right now, but it is a good thins that thry manage to keep the tournamet.

    Let's hope for the best!


  • 2 years ago

    IM pfren

    It seems that most top players do not trust the tournament organizer, and have withdrawn. Hardly surprising.

    I hope this will not end in a fiasco.

  • 2 years ago


    Topalov and Ivanchuk.... Thanks for news. Hi to all. I come back.

  • 2 years ago


    I will cheer for Topalov!

  • 2 years ago


    A very good lineup despite the last-minute arrangements, and also a lineup that will not ordinarily be seen in other major tournaments.  Despite the absence of the top-3 in the ranking, these players all play attractive chess and can be just as good as the top-3 in their most inspired times!

  • 2 years ago


    Time for Ivanchuk to shine.

  • 2 years ago


    What are the prizes?

  • 2 years ago


    Carlsen always does well in this tournament and always wins it.. that's too bad.

  • 2 years ago


    I think Topalov will win the series... but I lreally like the games of Ivanchuk.

    I hope there will be less boring draws. Wink

  • 2 years ago


    Caruana wins !!

    Please be relevant, helpful & nice!

  • 2 years ago


    To bad Magnus couldn't play.

  • 2 years ago


    Caruana will win this one for sure. Looking forward to Nisi vs Ivanchuk

  • 2 years ago


    Topa go get em!

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