Grenke Classic starts tomorrow in Baden-Baden - full pairings
Tomorrow the first edition of the Grenke Chess Classic starts in Baden-Baden, Germany. It's a six-player double round robin with Vishy Anand, Fabiano Caruana, Michael Adams, Arkadij Naiditsch, Daniel Fridman and Georg Meier. The full pairings are already known.
Early January we announced the tournament, and now it's there: the Grenke Chess Classic in Baden-Baden. The double round-robin runs from 7th to 17th February and will pit three of the world’s top grandmasters, including World Champion Viswanathan Anand, against three members of the German national team, including Germany's no. 1 Arkadij Naiditsch. The first round will have the games Naiditsch-Fridman, Adams-Anand and Caruana-Meier starting at 15:00 CET. In a press release sent out yesterday, the organizers already informed us of the full pairings:
Grenke Chess Classic 2013 | Pairings
|Round 1||07.02.13||15:00 CET||Round 6||13.02.13||15:00 CET|
|Round 2||08.02.13||15:00 CET||Round 7||14.02.13||15:00 CET|
|Round 3||09.02.13||15:00 CET||Round 8||15.02.13||15:00 CET|
|Round 4||10.02.13||15:00 CET||Round 9||16.02.13||15:00 CET|
|Round 5||11.02.13||15:00 CET||Round 10||17.02.13||13:00 CET|
(In these pairings Naiditsch has three blacks in a row in rounds 5, 6 and 7 while Meier has three whites in these rounds. As it's quite common for 6-player round robins to avoid this by switching e.g. rounds 4 & 5, we've contacted the organizers about this and we're awaiting a reply.)
The event, which features an extensive accompanying program, is sponsored and supported by Grenkeleasing AG, Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa, the German Chess Federation and Sparkasse Baden-Baden Gaggenau.
As the press release notes, spectators will get their money’s worth both at the venue and in the comfort of their own homes. The games will be accompanied by live commentary from German grandmasters Klaus Bischoff and Sebastian Siebrecht. For English-speaking chess fans the live video stream from the venue will feature commentary from English IM Lawrence Trent, who is perhaps best known for his commentary on the London Chess Classic. The video stream will also be used to broadcast the comments of the players during post-game interviews.
Chess fans can expect exciting games, as the players’ fighting spirit will be boosted by the fact that no draws can be offered before the 40th move. More information about the event can be found at the official website.
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