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Zurich Chess Challenge 2014 – The strongest tournament in chess history to date

On Wednesday, 29 of January 2014, the Zurich Chess Challenge 2014 will commence at the Hotel Savoy. With six participants it is the first tournament in the history of chess to reach category 23 with an amazing average rating of 2801!

The star of the Zurich Chess Challenge 2014 will be the newly crowned world-champion Magnus Carlsen. During his first tournament appearance since winning the world title last November, the 23-year old Norwegian will compete against his predecessor and former world-champion, Viswanathan Anand of India (number 9 in the world-ranking), the Armenian Levon Aronian (2), the American Hikura Nakamura (3), the US-Italian Fabiano Caruana (6), as well as the Israeli Boris Gelfand (8).

This brilliant event, which will take place in the extraordinary familial environment of the ballroom of the Hotel Savoy, has already caught the attention and led to the registration of many journalists and top-players from throughout the world, including Peter Leko, Jan Timman and Gennadi Sosonko.

Further, the Chinese women’s world-champion Hou Yifan will attend this unique occasion and will be playing a simultaneous exhibition with clocks against 6 top Swiss juniors on 1 February at 1 p.m. at the Zurich “Zunfthaus zur Saffran”.

Zurich Chess Challenge 2014

For the “Zurich Chess Challenge 2014″, a blitz tournament will determine the color distribution on the first day. Five rounds of classical chess will then be played from Thursday to Monday (30 January to 3 February), followed by a rapid tournament with reversed colors on the last day (4 February).

A won game in the classical tournament counts two points, draws one point. Wins in the rapid tournament count one point and draws half a point.

All games will be commented live by GM Yannick Pelletier and IM Werner Hug and broadcast world-wide live via Internet on www.zurich-cc.com.

Admission to the classical and rapid games of this formidable event is free and no previous registration of spectators is required!

The “Zurich Chess Club” was founded in 1809 and is the oldest active chess club of the world. With the “Zurich Chess Challenge 2014″ it will continue its long-standing tradition of hosting top-level tournaments, which have included such memorable events as the candidate’s tournament 1953, the simul and rapid tournament of all living world-champions at at the Zurich main train station 2009, the “Zurich Chess Challenge 2012″ with Levon Aronian and Vladimir Kramnik as well as the “Zurich Chess Challenge 2013″ with the four grand masters Vladimir Kramnik, Viswanathan Anand, Fabiano Caruana and Boris Gelfand.

The “Zurich Chess Club” is very proud to be the organizer and host of this unique event. Further, it would like to thank the main tournament sponsor and chess-enthusiast Oleg Skvortsov from the “International Gemological Laboratories” of Moscow, Russia, whose generous contribution has allowed for this extraordinary happening!

We look forward to welcoming all our friends from throughout the chess world either at the Hotel Savoy or live via the Internet!

Participants (Elo rating according to FIDE list of January 2014)

Magnus Carlsen (Norway, Elo 2872, Nr 1)
Levon Aronian (Armenia, Elo 2812, Nr 2)
Hikaru Nakamura (USA, Elo 2789, Nr 3)
Fabiano Caruana (Italy, Elo 2782, Nr 6)
Boris Gelfand (Israel, Elo 2777, Nr 8)
Vishwanathan Anand (India, Elo 2773, Nr 9)

Schedule

Daily from 30 January to 4 February 2014.
The rounds start at 15.00 local time (CET), except for the last round, which begins at 13.00 CET.
Spectators are welcome, entrance free.

Main sponsor

“IGC International Gemological Laboratories” is a Russian institute providing gemological services, such as diamond grading reports, enhanced diamonds identification, man-made / synthetic diamonds and imitation detection, as well as certification of diamonds, gemstones and jewelry in the Russian Federation. IGC is the Russian branch of “GCI” a group of gemological laboratories located worldwide.

Co-sponsors

Aspeco, SurJewel, Savoy Chess Corner, Zurich Chess Club (founded in 1809, the oldest chess club of the world)

Partners

Hotels Savoy Baur en Ville, Rössli and Seehof in Zurich

Organization
Zurich Chess Club
Press Contact: media@sgzurich.ch

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