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Chigorin Memorial 2012

Alexei Shirov idThe Chigorin Memorial will take place 27.10-4.11 in St. Petersburg, Russia. It is a stage of the Russian Chess Cup, just as the recently finished Botvinnik Memorial.

With 1 220 000 RUB prize fund, close to $40 000, the tournament is expected to attract a large number of professional players and chess lovers. Top seeded players are GM Krishnan Sasikiran (India), GM Alexei Shirov (Latvia), GM Pavel Eljanov (Ukraine), and GM Alexey Dreev (Russia). Their main competition comes from GMs Zvjaginsev, Zhigalko, Parimarjan Negi, Mateusz Bartel, Iordachescu, Timofeev, Khismatullin, Socko, Smirin, Lysyj, Lenderman, Burmakin, Andriasian, Ipatov, and Solak, all of them above 2600 ELO.

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Round1 27.10 at 17:00
Round 2 28.10 at 17:00
Round 3 29.10 at 17:00
Round 4 30.10 at 17:00
Round 5 31.10 at 17:00
Round 6 1.11 at 17:00
Round 7 2.11 at 17:00
Round 8 3.11 at 17:00
Round 9 4.11 at 12:00
Closing ceremony 4.11 at 19:00


Entries are accepted from 9:30 till 20:00 on October 26, from 9:30 till 12:45 on October 27 at the playing hall. There will be an additional pairing for the players registered on October 27 from 12:45 till 16:45.

Time control: 90 minutes for 40 moves, 30 seconds increment per move from move 1.

Players who are late for the game for 30 minutes get loss by default. No draw offer can be made before move 41.

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