Grand Slam Masters Final starts today in Sao Paulo
Today the fifth Grand Slam Masters Final starts in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The first round, scheduled for 15:00 local time (20:00 CET) has the following pairings: Anand-Vallejo, Aronian-Karjakin and Caruana-Carlsen.
The players during the opening ceremony on Sunday | All photos courtesy of the official website
Grand Slam Masters Final 2012 | Participants
|Francisco Vallejo Pons||ESP||2697||51||1982|
The opening ceremony of the fifth Grand Slam Masters Final was held on Sunday morning, September 23rd in the Ibirapuera Park. Officials, organizers and the six players attended the ceremony, which was open to the public. Chief Arbiter Herman van Riemsdijk performed the drawing of lots. The results were: 1. Vishy Anand 2. Levon Aronian 3. Fabiano Caruana 4. Magnus Carlsen 5. Sergey Karjakin 6. Francisco Vallejo. This resulted in the following pairings for today: Anand-Vallejo, Aronian-Karjakin and Caruana-Carlsen.
Gilberto Kassab, the mayor of Sao Paulo, was present as well as Regina Celia, the Municipal Secretary of Education. She stressed the importance of teaching chess in public schools and pointed out that the program now reaches 53,000 students. On Saturday a simul was organized by the city's Department of Education. Together with a number of Brazilian players, the top grandmasters played against 120 pupils of public schools.
Here are some more details about the tournament. The rate of play is 90 minutes for the ﬁrst 40 moves, then 60 minutes for the remaining moves with a 10-second increment. Players are not allowed to agree to a draw without the arbiter’s permission. In case both players request it to him, the arbiter will make his decision after consulting with the technical assistant. And again the football scoring system is used: 3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw and 0 for a loss.
Like last year, Sao Paulo will host the first half of the Grand Slam Masters Final. Rounds 1-5 will be held September 24th-29th with a rest day on the 27th. The second half will be held, as always, in Bilbao, Spain. Rounds 6-10 will be held October 8th-13th, with a rest day on the 11th.
Grand Slam Masters Final 2012 | Schedule
|Round 1||24.09.12||20:00 CET||Round 6||08.10.12||16:00 CET|
|Round 2||25.09.12||20:00 CET||Round 7||09.10.12||16:00 CET|
|Round 3||26.09.12||20:00 CET||Round 8||10.10.12||16:00 CET|
|Round 4||28.09.12||20:00 CET||Round 9||12.10.12||16:00 CET|
|Round 5||29.09.12||20:00 CET||Round 10||13.10.12||16:00 CET|
Pupils awaiting the top players during Saturday's simuls
World's number 2 Levon Aronian starting his simul...
...and world's number 1 Magnus Carlsen signing an autograph first
Why not Sergey Karjakin's autograph on your shoulder?
A picture with the top players and the youngsters joining
World Champ Vishy Anand chatting with Sergey Karjakin
The opening ceremony on Sunday in the Ibirapuera Park was open to the public
Sao Paulo Mayor Gilberto Kassab giving a speech...
...and later playing a casual game with Levon Aronian
At the drawing of lots: Chief Arbiter Herman van Riemsdijk and Francisco Vallejo Pons
A last photo shoot with the players
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