London 2012 FIDE Grand Prix

London 2012 FIDE Grand Prix

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The first Grand Prix of the 2012/13 FIDE Grand Prix series will take place at the historic chess venue of Simpson's-In-The-Strand in London between 20 September - 4 October.

The overall winner and runner-up of the Grand Prix qualify for the March 2014 Candidates Tournament.

After the first contest in London, the series moves on to Tashkent, Lisbon, Madrid, Berlin and Paris.  Each tournament is a single round-robin featuring 12 out of the 18 players in the Grand Prix, and each player competes in four of the six events.  Details of dates and participants can be found here.

Magnus Carlsen, Levon Aronian, Vladimir Kramnik and Viswanathan Anand have declined to participate in the Grand Prix as they are likely to qualify for the 2012 Candidates by virtue of their high ratings (or status as World Champion).

The line-up for the first Grand Prix in London is:

Name Fed Elo
Hikaru Nakamura  USA 2783
Vassily Ivanchuk  UKR 2769
Alexander Grischuk  RUS 2754
Veselin Topalov  BUL 2752
Wang Hao  CHN 2742
Boris Gelfand  ISR 2738
Peter Leko  HUN 2737
Anish Giri  NLD 2730
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov  AZE 2729
Leinier Dominguez Perez  CUB 2725
Michael Adams  ENG 2722
Rustam Kasimdzhanov  UZB 2684


Note that Peter Svidler was due to take part in London, but has had to withdraw for family reasons.  He has been replaced by Michael Adams.

The schedule for the London Grand Prix:

Arrival & Opening  20th September
1st Round  21st September
2nd Round  22nd September
3rd Round  23rd September
4th Round   24th September
5th Round  25th September
Free Day  26th September
6th Round    27th September
7th Round    28th September
8th Round   29th September
Free Day    30th September
9th Round  1st October
10th Round    2nd October
11th round & Closing  3rd October
Departure  4th October


All rounds start at 14:00 local time (13:00 UTC). The time control is 40 moves in 2 hours, followed by 20 moves in 1 hour, then an extra 15 minutes to a finish with a 30 second increment after the second time control.

Draws can only be claimed for triple-repetition of position, theoretical draws, or 50-move rule.

The official regulations for the 2012 FIDE Grand Prix can be found here.

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