FIDE Grand Prix Series 2012/13, an integral part of the World Chess Championship cycle, is kicking off on 21st September with the start of the first Grand Prix tournament in London.
The venue for this event is the historic site of Simpson’s on the Strand which was originally one of the leading chess clubs in the 19th century.
Twelve players will compete in the round robin tournament, which is concluding on 3rd October.
A total of 18 players participate in the Grand Prix series (6 tournaments), qualifying from the previous World Championship, the World Chess Cup, by the highest average ratings of July 2011 and January 2012, as FIDE President and AGON nominees.
London GP participants:
GM Hikary Nakamura USA 2783
GM Vassily Ivanchuk UKR 2769
GM Alexander Grischuk RUS 2754
GM Veselin Topalov BUL 2752
GM Hao Wang CHN 2742
GM Boris Gelfand ISR 2738
GM Peter Leko HUN 2737
GM Anish Giri NED 2730
GM Shakriyar Mamedyarov AZE 2729
GM Leinier Dominguez CUB 2725
GM Michael Adams ENG 2722 (replacing Peter Svidler)
GM Rustam Kasimdzhanov UZB 2684
The organisers have had to effect a last minute replacement as GM Peter Svidler has had to withdraw from this leg due to family reasons.
Round 1 pairings:
GM Kasimdzhanov Rustam 2684 – GM Leko Peter 2737
GM Nakamura Hikaru 2783 – GM Gelfand Boris 2738
GM Topalov Veselin 2752 – GM Grischuk Alexander 2754
GM Dominguez Perez Leinier 2725 – GM Giri Anish 2730
GM Wang Hao 2742 – GM Adams Michael 2722
GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2729 – GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2769
LIVE Games with computer analysis (starting daily at 15:00 CET)
The first Grand Prix was originally set to take place in Chelyabinsk, Russia, but the Russian Chess Federation refused to register the tournament unless it was given the right to nominate three players instead of AGON. AGON quickly found a solution in moving the event to London.
London is set to see three highly prestigious tournaments within only seven months – FIDE Grand Prix, London Chess Classic (in December) and FIDE Candidates Tournament (in March 2013).