Reports | March 06, 2013 17:18

Alekhine Memorial in April in Paris and St Petersburg museums

The Louvre (top) and the Mikhailovsky Palace of the State Russian Museum (down)

A new super tournament will take place 21 April - 1 May in both Paris and St Petersburg under the name "Alekhine Memorial". The same sponsors who were behind the Anand-Gelfand match are supporting the tournament, which will be held in the Louvre and the State Russian Museum. The participants are Anand, Kramnik, Aronian, Svidler, Gelfand, Vachier-Lagrave, Fressinet, Adams, Vitiugov and Ding Liren.

The Louvre in Paris (top) and the Mikhailovsky Palace of the State Russian Museum in St Petersburg (down)

The Russian Chess Federation has announced yet another super strong chess tournament, in the memory of the fourth World Champion Alexander Alexandrovich Alekhine (1892-1946). The international tournament will be held in Paris and St. Petersburg, cities associated with the name of the maestro. The tournament will be organized by the Russian Chess Federation on the initiative and with the support of businessmen Gennady Timochenko and Andrei Filatov. 

The Alekhine Memorial will be held from April 21st till May 1st, 2013. The participants are Viswanathan Anand (India), Vladimir Kramnik (Russia), Levon Aronian (Armenia), Peter Svidler (Russia), Boris Gelfand (Israel), Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (France), Laurent Fressinet (France), Michael Adams (England), Nikita Vitiugov (Russia) and Ding Liren (China).

The tournament will be held in two stages: in Paris, where Alekhine lived and worked at the zenith of his fame, and in St. Petersburg, where in 1914 his brilliant career started. The venues for the memorial will be the leading national museums of France and Russia. The first stage – five game days – will be held in the largest museum in France, the Louvre. The second phase will begin on April 28th in the Mikhailovsky Palace of the State Russian Museum and will include four game days. The winner will be announced at the closing ceremony on May 1st, 2013.

The Alekhine Memorial will continue the tradition of holding major international chess events in museum halls. In May 2012, the world title match between Anand and Gelfand took place in the Engineering Building of the Tretyakov Gallery. This event was also supported by businessmen Andrei Filatov and Gennady Timochenko, who again hope that chess can be an effective tool to promote Russian culture and the Russian museum tradition.

In both Paris and St. Petersburg, the entrance to the tournament will be free to the public. As part of the tournament there will be online and video broadcast with commentary in three languages ​​- Russian, French and English.

Ilya Levitov, the chairman of the Board of the Russian Chess Federation, said:

Alekhine is one of the most prominent figures in chess history. I think it is very logical and beautiful to hold an Alekhine Memorial in two of the world's cultural capitals, which were inextricably linked to his life. The interesting field of participants promises a hard fight hard, and in great museums, and so the tournament will increase interest from the audience not only as chess, but also as a cultural event.

Gennady Timochenko, co-sponsor:

The first Russian World Champion was one of the most interesting chess artists of the 20th century. His legacy remains valuable for new generations of chess players and his biography continues to excite historians and enthusiasts. The upcoming tournament is a tribute to a great player and a great citizen of two countries with which his life was connected, Russia and France.

Thus far the press release. It's just wonderful to have so many top chess events these days, but it's getting hard to keep track! Here's our calendar once again:

Calendar: major events in 2013

Event Location Start date End date
FIDE Candidates London, England 14 Mar 2013 1 April 2013
FIDE Grand Prix Lisbon, Portugal 17 Apr 2013 1 May 2013
Alekhine Memorial Paris/St Petersburg 21 Apr 2013 1 May 2013
European Individual Championship 2013 Legnica, Poland 4 May 2013 17 May 2013
Norway Chess 2013 Stavanger region, Norway 7 May 2013 18 May 2013
Sigeman & Co Malmö, Sweden 22 May 2013 28 May 2013
FIDE Grand Prix Madrid, Spain ? 22 May 2013 5 Jun 2013
World Rapid and Blitz Championships 2013 Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia 3 Jun 2013 10 Jun 2013
Tal Memorial Moscow, Russia 12 June 2013 21 Jun 2013
FIDE Grand Prix Berlin, Germany 3 Jul 2013 17 Jul 2013
Biel Chess Festival Biel, Switzerland 20 Jul 2013 2 Aug 2013
Sparkassen Chess Meeting Dortmund, Germany 25 July 2013 4 Aug 2013
World Cup 2013 Tromso, Norway 10 Aug 2013 5 Sep 2013
FIDE Grand Prix Paris, France 18 Sep 2013 2 Oct 2013
Grand Slam Masters Final Bilbao,Spain Mid Sep 2013 Mid Oct 2013
European Club Cup 2013 Rhodes, Greece 19 Oct 2013 27 Oct 2013
World Championship Match ? 6 Nov 2013 26 Nov 2013
European Team Championship 2013 Warsaw, Poland 7 Nov 2013 18 Nov 2013
World Team Championship 2013 Antalya, Turkey 1 Dec 2013 11 Dec 2013
World Youth Championship 2013 Al-Ain, UAE 17 Dec 2013 29 Dec 2013


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AK's picture

Looks very interesting. Venues are amazing. Nice to see some players who rarely (never) play in top events. So refreshing instead of usual guys like Nakamura, Caruana, Wang Hao. Looks like Anand is the new Ivanchuk (playing every event possible). I guess he drastically changed his prep for the match.

Thomas Oliver's picture

Anand will have a rest during the candidates event while others battle it out. Kramnik actually plays almost nonstop: Zurich, candidates event, Alekhine Memorial, Norway, then most probably Tal Memorial and Dortmund, in between these maybe world rapid and blitz.

The Alekhine Memorial organizers demonstrate a few things:
- it's possible to organize an event in two cities without imposing jetlag and climate change on the players
- it's possible to organize such an event shortly after and shortly before other events, and indeed exactly coinciding with a FIDE GP event.

Compare this to the Bilbao organizers who complain that the top tournament calendar isn't all empty from three weeks before until three weeks after the dates they choose for their event.

Theo's picture

Very true but Anand might lack match rhythm and become a bit rusty. (as he already is) Looking forward to the match with Carlsen!

Theo's picture

Very true but Anand might lack match rhythm and become a bit rusty. (as he already is) Looking forward to the match with Carlsen!

Harry Caray's picture

Naka et al are committed to the FIDE Grand Prix which is occurring at the same time.

RealityCheck's picture

Great to have sponsors who know and love chess!
Thanks again Mr. Filatov and Mr. Timochenko.

ShockeR's picture

amazing venues ;)

some good players too. This should be pretty good !

bronkenstein's picture

Excellent news, let´s hope it becomes traditional!

PS very interesting - and refreshing - lineup.

PPS Still waiting for Fischer memorial...

Bob's picture

I wonder if the organizers decided against inviting Carlsen, or if he turned down their offer. I can't remember the last tournament with Kramnik, Aronian, and Anand, but no Carlsen.

AK's picture

I think he turned down to be fresh and extra prepared for his tournament in Norway.

Kronsteen's picture

I think he'll be preparing for his big match!

bronkenstein's picture

I don´t believe that he takes his friendly match with Borki Predojevic so seriously.

Thomas Oliver's picture

Maybe it's about time: the last years Wijk aan Zee often had "three out of four", never leaving out Carlsen.

noyb's picture

You can bank on the fact that not all of these planned events will actually come to fruition. World Economy is about to take huge downturn with inflation, look for several to be cancelled.

AAR's picture

Africa caught in war and diseases.
Corruption is keeping India down.
Russia and China - state companies choking private economy.
Islamic nations focused on jihad.

Western Europe, Japan, USA should start producing more babies or import finished goods from China or India.

Until then economy would not turn around.

Gerben's picture

I would make my bet on Aronian. But come on peo
ple Gelfand, Svidler, Anand, Vitiugov. That are gonna be a lot of draws. Looking forward to see Aronian vs kramnik tough

Mvl's picture

"The largest museum in France, le Louvre."

You can say the "largest museum in the world." The second largest being the Hermitage.

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