Among the guests in the UK capital were many of the players’ seconds – Peter Heine Nielsen (Carlsen), Sergei Mosvsesian (Aronian), Alexander Huzman (Gelfand), Nikita Vitiugov (Svidler), Alexander Riazantsev (Grischuk), etc.
As the pairings are already known for a few weeks, there was no need for drawing of lots. With the championship officially opened, the chess world now awaits the first games. Round 1 tomorrow will see Aronian – Carlsen, Gelfand – Radjabov, Ivanchuk – Grischuk, and Svidler – Kramnik and the games will be commented by GM Christian Bauer live here.
Photos by Anastasiya Karlovich