Medias "Kings" Tournament Postponed

  • SonofPearl
  • on 6/17/12, 12:26 AM.

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The planned "Kings" Tournament in Medias, Romania from 23 June - 4 July has unfortunately been indefinitely postponed by the organisers.

The 2012 tournament was due to be the 6th edition (being held in Bazna until last year) and was set to include an impressive 6-player double round robin line-up headed by last year's winner and world #1 Magnus Carlsen and the world champion Vishy Anand

The other players were Teimour Radjabov, Sergey Karjakin, Vassily Ivanchuk and top Romanian player Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu.

Rumours of the postponement were confirmed by a brief announcement at the official website, "We are very sorry to announce that the 6th edition of the Kings Tournament is postponed. The global financial crisis and the instable political situation in Romania made it impossible to start the tournament on the initially announced dates".

The Kings tournament is the latest in a series of chess tournaments that have been affected by the global financial crisis, including M-Tel in Bulgaria and most notably the Linares tournament in Spain which has not been held for the last two years.


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  • 4 years ago


    Kings Tournament 6th edition starts on November 7th in Bucharest, Romania

  • 4 years ago


    Economic crisis, may be, but what political  instability are they talking about? There is nothing like this in Romania right now. Probably, they have lost some sponsors and now they are trying to come with some scapegoat, just they do  not  appear stupid. Or may be the players asked for a higher platform for prizes and the organisers didn't accept it. It is possible to blame many other things, but not the political instability because here it is not: Syria, Afganistan, Somalia, nor even close to it

  • 4 years ago


    I don't think Anand would have won Bazna in a field with Carlsen, Karjakin, Ivanchuk and Radjabov, but now that it's cancelled he has two chances left to avoid passing five years without a tournament win, the Grand Slam final and London, he finished 5th in both last year.

  • 4 years ago


    @freetringers: Yes they usually can't find sponser's to fund the tournament winnings

  • 4 years ago


    Maybe I'm naive, but why would an economic crisis affect a chess tournament? Were they unable to fund the prize pool?

  • 4 years ago


    At least its the candidatestournaments left.

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