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Chess Grand Prix 2012-2013 participants announced

FIDE logoFIDE and AGON have announced the 18 participants in the Grand Prix series, which are part of the World Chess Championship cycle. The participants come from the previous World Championship, the World Chess Cup, the highest average ratings of July 2011 and January 2012, one FIDE President nominee, and nominees of AGON.

Note: a day after this publication FIDE and AGON announced corrections in the list (full article here)

 

1. From World Championship Match 2012

GM Boris Gelfand (ISR)

2. From World Cup 2011

GM Peter Svidler (RUS)
GM Alexander Grischuk (RUS)
GM Vasily Ivanchuk (UKR)
GM Ruslan Ponomariov (UKR)

3. By Average Rating (July 2011 + January 2012)

GM Teimour Radjabov (AZE)
GM Sergey Karjakin (RUS)
GM Hikaru Nakamura (USA)
GM Veselin Topalov (BUL)
GM Shakriyar Mamedyarov (AZE)
GM Gata Kamsky (USA)

4. FIDE President Nominee

GM Fabiano Caruana (ITA)

5. AGON Nominees

GM Alexander Morozevich (RUS)
GM Wang Hao (CHN)
GM Peter Leko (HUN)
GM Leinier Dominguez Perez (CUB)
GM Anish Giri (NLD)
GM Rustam Kasimdzhanov (UZB)

After the Russian Chess Federation refused to hold the Grand Prix in Chelyabinsk, Agon has scheduled a new event in London. In fact, with the current player’s list and schedule this will be the strongest of all events, with ELO average of over 2750.

Here is the complete schedule and players participating in each event. There are slight modifications in the dates previously announced in the draft schedule.

 

FIDE GRAND PRIX 2012 2013
Name  Country  Criteria Jul-12 London Tashkent Lisbon Madrid Berlin Paris
20 Sep – 3 Oct 21 Nov – 5 Dec 17 Apr – 1 May 22 May – 4 Jun 3 – 17 Jul 18 Sep – 2 Oct
Radjabov, Teimour  AZE Rating 2788 2788 2788 2788 2788
Karjakin, Sergey  RUS Rating 2779 2779 2779 2779 2779
Nakamura, Hikaru  USA Rating 2778 2778 2778 2778 2778
Caruana, Fabiano ITA FIDE
President
2773 2773 2773 2773 2773
Morozevich, Alexander RUS AGON 2770 2770 2770 2770 2770
Ivanchuk, Vassily UKR World Cup 2769 2769 2769 2769 2769
Grischuk, Alexander RUS World Cup 2763 2763 2763 2763 2763
Topalov, Veselin  BUL Rating 2752 2752 2752 2752 2752
Svidler, Peter RUS World Cup 2749 2749 2749 2749 2749
Kamsky, Gata USA Rating 2744 2744 2744 2744 2744
Wang, Hao CHN AGON 2739 2739 2739 2739 2739
Gelfand, Boris ISR Match 2738 2738 2738 2738 2738
Leko, Peter HUN AGON 2730 2730 2730 2730 2730
Ponomariov, Ruslan UKR World Cup 2726 2726 2726 2726 2726
Mamedyarov, Shakriyar AZE Rating 2726 2726 2726 2726 2726
Dominguez Perez, Leinier CUB AGON 2725 2725 2725 2725 2725
Giri, Anish NLD AGON 2696 2696 2696 2696 2696
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam UZB AGON 2690 2690 2690 2690 2690
Average 2746.4 2736.0 2747.5 2744.8 2748.3 2749.8 2751.9
Players 12 12 12 12 12 12

More about the Grand Prix 2012-2013

Following the approval of the Executive Board in Krakow, Poland in 2011, the FIDE World Championship and Olympiad Commission has agreed on these Regulations which will apply to the Grand Prix Series which forms part of the World Championship Cycle for 2012/2014.

Each Grand Prix tournament shall consist of the 12 players playing a round robin of 11 games. Time control: 120 minutes for the first forty moves, 60 minutes for the next twenty moves and then each player will be allotted 15 minutes after the second time control and an increment of 30 seconds per move will be allowed from move 61 onwards.

The total Grand Prix prize fund for the six tournaments in aggregate is 1.44 million euro. The Prize Fund will be split equally between each tournament. The prize money which will be paid by AGON for each tournament is 240,000 Euros (170,000 Euros for the tournament and 70,000 Euros towards an accumulated prize fund for the overall Series positions).

Andrew Paulson, Director of AGON, said, “We are glad to be bringing a series of World Chess events to the capitals of Europe. In the future we will be progressing continent by continent, bringing great competitions to the world’s capitals in a regular and predictable schedule.”

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