Leko-Carlsen begins today

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Today, in one hour to be exact, a rapid match between Peter Leko and Magnus Carlsen starts in Miskolc (Hungary).

In the National Theater of Miskolc, eight rapid games will be played May 28-June 1 (free day on May 30). The arbiter is WGM Zsuzsa Veroci.

Leko has been playing rapid matches in Miskolc since 2005. In that year he kicked off against Michael Adams, an exciting duel that ended in a 4-4 tie. In 2006, Leko's opponent was the twelfth world champion Anatoly Karpov. This match was won by Leko 4,5-3,5.

Heroes' Square, city of Miskolc

Last year, then World Champion Vladimir Kramnik travelled to Hungary, Leko's opponent during the world championship match in 2004 in Brissago, Switzerland. In Miskolc, Kramnik won the third and fifth games, Leko could nevertheless close up in the sixth, however, the Russian GM won the duel 4,5-3,5.

The Miskolc National Theater

So this year it will be Magnus Carlsen - the current no. 5 in the world will be another tough match for Leko, although the Hungarian (currently no. 10 in the world) still has a very positive score against the young Norwegian.


His father Henrik has already started blogging, and so we know that Magnus will have Black in games 1,3,5 and 7 and will be rooting to his fellow Scandinavians (the Swedish) regarding the upcoming European Football Championship! (He picked Portugal as the favourite).

But... back to chess now. The schedule in Miskolc:
Wednesday, May 28, 2008Game 1, 16:30 CET
Wednesday, May 28, 2008Game 2, 18:00 CET
Thursday, May 29, 2008Game 3, 16:30 CET
Thursday, May 29, 2008Game 4, 18:00 CET
Saturday, May 31, 2008Game 5, 16:30 CET
Saturday, May 31, 2008Game 6, 18:00 CET
Sunday, June 1, 2008Game 7, 16:30 CET
Sunday, June 1, 2008Game 8, 18:00 CET

Live games here on the official website.
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