2012 Chigorin Memorial

2012 Chigorin Memorial

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alexei_shirov.jpgThe 2012 Chigorin Memorial is underway in St Petersburg, Russia. The tournament is a 9-round Swiss event taking place from 27 October - 4 November.

The contest has attracted a strong field in honour of the "Father of Russian Chess", with 26 players over 2600 Elo.

Top seeded is the Alexei Shirov (pictured), now representing his birth country of Latvia once again. Three other GMs in the 2700+ club are also competing: Alexander Areshchenko, Zoltan Almasi and Vladimir Akopian.

Rounds start at 16:00 local time (12:00 UTC) except the final round on 4 November which is at 10:00. The time control is 90 minutes for 40 moves with a 30 second increment from the start.

The top 30 rated players

Name Fed Elo
Shirov Alexei LAT 2718
Areshchenko Alexander UKR 2710
Almasi Zoltan HUN 2707
Akopian Vladimir ARM 2703
Vitiugov Nikita RUS 2691
Eljanov Pavel UKR 2681
Sasikiran Krishnan IND 2680
Zvjaginsev Vadim RUS 2678
Grachev Boris RUS 2672
Matlakov Maxim RUS 2665
Negi Parimarjan IND 2657
Khairullin Ildar RUS 2639
Khismatullin Denis RUS 2638
Smirin Ilia ISR 2638
Iordachescu Viorel MDA 2637
Bartel Mateusz POL 2635
Timofeev Artyom RUS 2631
Lysyj Igor RUS 2628
Socko Bartosz POL 2619
Lenderman Aleksandr USA 2614
Popov Ivan RUS 2614
Hovhannisyan Robert ARM 2610
Demchenko Anton RUS 2610
Swiercz Dariusz POL 2609
Andriasian Zaven ARM 2604
Shimanov Aleksandr RUS 2599
Vorobiov Evgeny E. RUS 2598
Kovalyov Anton ARG 2593
Gabrielian Artur RUS 2592
Ipatov Alexander TUR 2591


The official website (in Russian) is here.  A live broadcast of the top games each round is here.

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