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Geneva Masters Starts Wednesday

  • webmaster
  • on 25-06-13 07:41.

The first Geneva Chess Masters starts on Wednesday in Geneva, Switzerland. It's a brand new rapid tournament where three World Champions and a female chess legend will be playing, as well as three participants of the recently concluded Tal Memorial!

The first Geneva Chess Masters will take place from June 26th-30th, 2013 in the Pitoeff Theater in Geneva. The tournament will be held under the patronage of the City Council of Geneva and organized by the Geneva Chess Federation (Fédération Genevoise d’Echecs).

The players will be fighting each other in two four-player groups, in order to qualify for a knockout phase with semi-finals and eventually a Grand Final. The following eight players will appear on the stage of the Pitoeff Theater:

  • Vladimir Kramnik (Russia), world number 4 in the live rankings, World Champion from 2000 to 2007 and conqueror of the great Garry Kasparov;
  • Judit Polgar (Hungary), the greatest female player of all time, who has defeated nine male World Champions;
  • Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan), the newly crowned World Rapid Champion;
  • Hikaru Nakamura (USA), world number 8 in the live rankings, legend of bullet chess;
  • Alexandra Kosteniuk (Russia), Women’s World Champion from 2008 to 2010;
  • Etienne Bacrot (France), former World Champion U10 and U12, 6-times French champion and well-known member of the French Olympic team;
  • Romain Edouard (France), former European Champion U16, well-known member of the French Olympic team;
  • Yannick Pelletier, best Swiss player, 4-times Swiss Champion.

The players will be playing short matches; each match starts with two rapid games (25 minutes + 10 seconds increment per move). If the score is still equal, the match proceeds with two blitz games (4 minutes + 2 seconds increment per move). Finally, if necessary, an Armageddon blitz game is played (Black has one minute less but can afford a draw to qualify, whereas White must win).

The drawing of lots for the pairings will be performed during the Opening Ceremony on Tuesday, June 25th at 18:00pm CET (12:00 EDT, 09:00 PDT). The first round starts on Wednesday, June 26th at 15:30 CET (09:30 EDT, 06:30 PDT).

***Update: You can follow the action live here.***

The qualifying phase takes place from June 26th to 28th. The semi-finals are to be played on Saturday, June 29th and the final on Sunday, June 30th. All games will be transmitted live on the Internet and spectators will have the possibility to follow the games with French and English commentary.

At the same venue an open tournament will take place with an A group (9 rounds, >1800 Elo) and a B group (7 rounds,

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  • 10 maanden geleden

    albatrosses

    Mamedyarov won the final.

  • 10 maanden geleden

    sittingpawn

    why no update on this? This tournament is almost over and not one update

  • 10 maanden geleden

    SebLeb0210

    does are my predictions Cool

  • 10 maanden geleden

    SebLeb0210

    Kramnik 1st Judith Polgar 2nd Alexandra kosteniuk 3rd : Alexandras profile :http://www.chess.com/members/view/ChessQueen

  • 10 maanden geleden

    Cheese1231

    yes go kramnik

  • 10 maanden geleden

    Vlodior

    Go Kramnik!!

  • 10 maanden geleden

    wrothgar

    Naka!!! excitement for the fans :)

  • 10 maanden geleden

    gabrielconroy

    Was anyone else having trouble following it on the official site yesterday? When I was looking at it, I could only watch Kramnik - Mamedyarov or Polgar - Pelletier, and even then it got stuck on one of their blitz games.

  • 10 maanden geleden

    Ruzzell

    I'll go for my favourite chess player, "The Conqueror of Garry Kasparov" - Vladimir Kramnik! Show them what you got!

  • 10 maanden geleden

    restinpeace

    nakamura! have some kitkat mate! i know you love chess but maybe you need some break even for a week or so! LOL --just saying.

  • 10 maanden geleden

    Balachandar

    Where is Kortchnoi? 

  • 10 maanden geleden

    cll3

    thanks Son of Pearl

  • 10 maanden geleden

    chessdoggblack

    Wonder what brought her face to the place..."Miss Heart Throb?" Gentleman chessplayers, whatever you do - don't leave your drinks unattended at the board. "Mr. Fix" was a no show. WelI...OK...I can't reveal his name but here's a clue - U.S.A.Cool

  • 10 maanden geleden

    webmaster

    @SonofPearl Thanks, link added!

  • 10 maanden geleden

    chessrook1234

    Naka will Win!!! Hope Kramnik and Naka have recovered from recent tourney losses...;-(

  • 10 maanden geleden

    drumdaddy

    Thanks for the link, SonofPearl. Bookmarked. I see that you've been enjoying these excellent news articles. Peace.

  • 10 maanden geleden

    CatGorilla

    Go Naka!!! and/or Polgar!!!!  (the two most exciting players on the ticket)
     
    Snoris Gelfand just played strategically at Tal, drawing a lot--never pushing the envelope--and then winning (2 of 3 as black) when others overreached and DID push the envelope.  He was lucky not to come in 2nd to Carlsen, while Naka and Morozevich played some nice games, even when they lost...and Kramnik and Karjakin didn't win a single game!  I do hope Naka gets revenge against Mamedyarov.

     
  • 10 maanden geleden

    crazyim5

    Naka has been playing non-stop. He really needs a break.

  • 10 maanden geleden

    zezpwn44

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  • 10 maanden geleden

    Lawdoginator

    Naka needs a break sometime. 

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