Reports | March 12, 2008 22:42

[lang_nl]Wie speelt waar in de Grand Prix?[/lang_nl][lang_en]Grand Prix: who plays where?[/lang_en]

[lang_nl]Over een maand begint alweer het eerste Grand Prix-toernooi. Wat weten we er eigenlijk van? Wie gaat welk toernooi en waar meedoen? Alle info en een video-interview met Geoffrey Borg.[/lang_nl][lang_en]In about a month time, the first Grand Prix will already be played. What do we know of it? Who will play, and where? All info and a video interview with Geoffrey Borg.[/lang_en]

[lang_nl]Vorige week liet Geoffrey Borg, commercieel manager van FIDE en directeur van Global Chess BV, even zijn gezicht zien in Linares. Juist op die dag werden op de FIDE-website de steden en spelers van de eerste Grand Prix-serie bekendgemaakt. Een complexe set data die voornamelijk door Borg zijn samengesteld - een prestatie op zich.

Op 20 april gaat de eerste van zes Grand Prix-toernooien van start in Baku, Azerbeijan. Het is het begin van een lange WK-cyclus die gecombineerd zal worden met de resultaten van de al geplande matches Anand-Kramnik en Kamsky-Topalov.

Ik had een interview met Geoffrey, en in de video vertelt hij over de zes komende toernooien. Hij gaat ook in op de kritiek die Morozevich onlangs uitte op de Grand Prix en probeert alle overgebleven scepsis weg te nemen.

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Op de FIDE-website zijn in PDF het schema en de deelnemerslijst van de eerste Grand Prix-serie te downloaden. Hieronder een overzicht per toernooi. Elke speler moet vier van de zes toernooien spelen en de uiteindelijke winnaar van de complete serie zal degene zijn die de meeste cumulatieve punten heeft gewonnen. De cumulatieve score wordt berekend uit de beste drie resultaten voor elke speler.[/lang_nl][lang_en]Last week, Geoffrey Borg (commercial manager of FIDE and CEO of Global Chess BV) dropped by for one day in Linares. Right on that day, at the FIDE website the cities and participants of the first Grand Prix Series was published, a complex set of data which have been created mainly by Borg - not a bad result by itself.

On April 20th, the first of six Grand Prix tournaments will start in Baku, Azerbaijan. It's the start of a new, long-term world championship cycle, that will be combined with the results of the already planned matches Anand-Kramnik and Kamsky-Topalov.

I took the opportunity to interview Mr Borg, and in the video Borg tells us about the six upcoming tournaments. He also comments on Morozevich's recent criticism and tries to take away any left skepticism.

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At the FIDE website, in PDF you can download the schedule and list of participants of the first Grand Prix Series. Here's an overview of each tournament. Every player has to play four of the six tournaments and the eventual winner will be the player who scored most cumulative points. The cumulative score will be calculated from the three?Ǭ†best?Ǭ†results for each player.[/lang_en]

April 20th - May 6th, 2008

Baku, Azerbaijan

 

July 30th - August 15th, 2008

Soci, Russia

No. Name Fed Rating   No. Name Fed Rating
1 Svidler, Peter RUS 2763   1 Svidler, Peter RUS 2763
2 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar AZE 2760   2 Ivanchuk, Vassily UKR 2751
3 Radjabov, Teimour AZE 2735   3 Aronian, Levon ARM 2739
4 Carlsen, Magnus NOR 2733   4 Gelfand, Boris ISR 2737
5 Karjakin, Sergei UKR 2732   5 Radjabov, Teimour AZE 2735
6 Adams, Michael ENG 2726   6 Karjakin, Sergei UKR 2732
7 Kamsky, Gata USA 2726   7 Kamsky, Gata USA 2726
8 Cheparinov, Ivan BUL 2713   8 Jakovenko, Dmitry RUS 2720
9 Grischuk, Alexander RUS 2711   9 Cheparinov, Ivan BUL 2713
10 Bacrot, Etienne FRA 2700   10 Grischuk, Alexander RUS 2711
11 Wang Yue CHN 2698   11 Wang Yue CHN 2698
12 Inarkiev, Ernesto RUS 2681   12 Navara, David CZE 2680
13 Navara, David CZE 2680   13 Gashimov, Vugar AZE 2665
14 Gashimov, Vugar AZE 2665   14 Al Modiahki, Mohamad QTR 2569

December 13th - 29th, 2008

Doha, Qatar

 

April 14th - 28th, 2009

Montreux, Switzerland

No. Name Fed Rating   No. Name Fed Rating
1 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar AZE 2760   1 Svidler, Peter RUS 2763
2 Leko, Peter HUN 2753   2 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar AZE 2760
3 Radjabov, Teimour AZE 2735   3 Leko, Peter HUN 2753
4 Carlsen, Magnus NOR 2733   4 Ivanchuk, Vassily UKR 2751
5 Adams, Michael ENG 2726   5 Aronian, Levon ARM 2739
6 Jakovenko, Dmitry RUS 2720   6 Gelfand, Boris ISR 2737
7 Cheparinov, Ivan BUL 2713   7 Radjabov, Teimour AZE 2735
8 Grischuk, Alexander RUS 2711   8 Carlsen, Magnus NOR 2733
9 Bacrot, Etienne FRA 2700   9 Karjakin, Sergei UKR 2732
10 Wang Yue CHN 2698   10 Kamsky, Gata USA 2726
11 Inarkiev, Ernesto RUS 2681   11 Grischuk, Alexander RUS 2711
12 Gashimov, Vugar AZE 2665   12 Bacrot, Etienne FRA 2700
13 Pelletier, Yannick SWZ 2600   13 Pelletier, Yannick SWZ 2600
14 Al Modiahki, Mohamad QTR 2569   14 Al Modiahki, Mohamad QTR 2569

August 8th - 24th, 2009

Elista, Russia

 

December 7th - 23th, 2009

Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic

No. Name Fed Rating   No. Name Fed Rating
1 Leko, Peter HUN 2753   1 Svidler, Peter RUS 2763
2 Ivanchuk, Vassily UKR 2751   2 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar AZE 2760
3 Aronian, Levon ARM 2739   3 Leko, Peter HUN 2753
4 Gelfand, Boris ISR 2737   4 Ivanchuk, Vassily UKR 2751
5 Karjakin, Sergei UKR 2732   5 Aronian, Levon ARM 2739
6 Adams, Michael ENG 2726   6 Gelfand, Boris ISR 2737
7 Kamsky, Gata USA 2726   7 Carlsen, Magnus NOR 2733
8 Jakovenko, Dmitry RUS 2720   8 Adams, Michael ENG 2726
9 Bacrot, Etienne FRA 2700   9 Jakovenko, Dmitry RUS 2720
10 Wang Yue CHN 2698   10 Cheparinov, Ivan BUL 2713
11 Inarkiev, Ernesto RUS 2681   11 Inarkiev, Ernesto RUS 2681
12 Navara, David CZE 2680   12 Navara, David CZE 2680
13 Gashimov, Vugar AZE 2665   13 Pelletier, Yannick SWZ 2600
14 Pelletier, Yannick SWZ 2600   14 Al Modiahki, Mohamad QTR 2569




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Comments

manyoso's picture

Great interview! Very informative. I like the line-up, but I really wish we'd have seen Nakamura, and Polgar included.

Michel's picture

I'd be interested in a list of 2700+ players missing...let's see:
- Anand, Kramnik, Topalov, because of the games they'll be playing anyway?
- Morozevich out of protest.
- Polgar because of ....?
- Shirov because of ....?
- Akopian, Alekseev, Ponomariov

Following frogbert's day to day rating, actual 2700+ players
Movsesian, Bu and Ni
are missing too.

Instead of this we find one or two pretty weak players.

I by the way find it interesting that although China has quite some strong and promising players these days (I only mentioned the three strongest ones), only Wang Yu is present.
Any reason for that?

peter's picture

Part of your question is answered when you take into account that qualification is based on "an average calculation to two decimal places, of the January 2007 rating list and the October 2007 rating list in the year prior to start of the cycle." See the qualification criteria.

xtra's picture

polgar must have declined since she was in a spot to take one of the places for one of those who declined. would be interesting to know for sure and why.

someone's picture

The last few players are the local players. Each host country can nominate one (their top) player. So Pelletier, Al Modiakhi, Navara, Gashimov, Inkarkiev and I think Jakovenko have qualified as local players so it is not relevant to ask why these players play instead of some player 2700 or a bit below.

Cheparinov, Wang and Bacrot, are president nominee's (because Anand, Topalov and Kramnik do not participate and these positions are supposed to be filled like this).

However, they are very strong (close or above 2700). Maybe Wang was selected to have one chineese player (fair since many are close to 2700). Bacrot probably was in line as reserve as for Cheparinov .. he has Danailov as manager :-) (ok, he is very strong and close to the line anyway).

Jorn's picture

Very good video. It has made me understand the Grand Prix and the World Championship Cycle much better. Thank you.

bobmutch's picture

@manyoso
Right now I am confused again. It is not Susan but Judit that is rated 2707. I am sure Susan gets this all the time.

Michel's picture

@ Peter

Cheers. I was to lazy to read through all the criteria. ;)

Nevertheless I find that quite some strong players are missing...

Ron's picture

"Weak" is a relative term! Al Modiahki is the weakest with 2569 and I think that rating is already stratosferic for 99,999% of the readers of this site.

bobmutch's picture

@xtra
I posted on one of Susan's blogs and asked her why she is not in the Grand Prix.
http://susanpolgar.blogspot.com/2008/03/chess-trivia_12.html#links

manyoso's picture

bobmutch, I don't think Susan is close to ELO for this kind of tournament. It is her sister that should be in the match.

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