14th -29th April, Nalchik, Kabardino-Balkaria, Russia
The fourth FIDE Grand Prix Series Tournament will be held in Nalchik, Kabardino-Balkaria, Russia, during 14th -29th April 2009 at the Intour – Hotel “Sindica”.
14 participants are: Vladimir Akopian (Armenia), Evgeny Alekseev (Russia), Levon Aronian (Armenia), Etienne Bacrot (France), Pavel Eljanov (Ukraine), Boris Gelfand (Israel), Alexander Grischuk (Russia), Vassily Ivanchuk (Ukraine), Gata Kamsky (USA), Sergey Karjakin (Ukraine), Rustam Kasimdzhanov (Uzbekistan), Peter Leko (Hungary), Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan), Peter Svidler (Russia).
The fourth FIDE Grand Prix will be the strongest one in the series, and one of the strongest tournaments of the world this year. New functions on the FIDE website allow us to see the current rating changes of top-grandmasters. The average rating of the tournament in Nalchik will be around 2725 points based on the April 2009 list to be published soon. Previously the highest average rated tournament was held in the third stage of the series, Elista (2715 points).
The top-rated player of the competition is the World Cup 2005 and Olympiad winner Levon Aronian.
Two players have also shown excellent results this year: Alexander Grischuk – the winner of Linares and Elista super tournaments, and Sergey Karjakin, who has won the Corus tournament in January in Wijk-an-Zee.
World Cup 2007 winner Gata Kamsky this year has shown also a good performance during the Challenge match against Veselin Topalov.
The tournament is so evenly balanced that everyone of the 14 participants who comes to Nalchik is in a good position to win the tournament.
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.
Games will be played from April, 15 till April, 29 every day. April 20 and 25 are rest days.
The total prize-fund is 162,000 Euros.
Official website: http://www.nalchik2009.fide.com
FIDE Grand Prix Nalchik 2009