Reports | February 03, 2008 20:27

[lang_nl]Data & locaties Grand Prix aangekondigd[/lang_nl][lang_en]Dates & venues Grand Prix announced[/lang_en]

[lang_nl]FIDE heeft de data en locaties van de Grand Prix-toernooien in 2008/2009 aangekondigd: Bakoe, Krasnoyarsk, Doha, Montreux, Elista en Karlovy Vary.[/lang_nl][lang_en]FIDE has announced the dates and venues for the 2008/2009 Grand Prix Tournaments: Baku, Krasnoyarsk, Doha, Montreux, Elista and Karlovy Vary.[/lang_en]

[lang_nl]Hier is het schema voor de eerste Grand Prix-serie:

Wanneer Waar
20 april ?¢‚Ǩ‚Äú 6 mei 2008 Bakoe, Azerbeidzhan
30 juli ?¢‚Ǩ‚Äú 15 augustus 2008 Krasnoyarsk (of een andere Russische stad), Rusland
13 - 29 december 2008 Doha, Qatar
14 - 28 april 2009 Montreux, Zwitserland
1-17 augustus 2009 Elista, Rusland
December 7th ?¢‚Ǩ‚Äú 23rd, 2009 Karlovy Vary, Tsjechi?ɬ´


Reservesteden zijn Istanboel and Teheran.

Elk toernooi is een gesloten groep van veertien spelers. De winnaar van de Grand Prix zal spelen tegen de winnaar van de World Cup van 2009 strijden om het recht om de wereldkampioen in 2010 uit te dagen.

Een PDF van de specifieke Grand Prix-regels, opgesteld door FIDE en Global Chess BV, kan hier worden gedownload. De kwalificatiecriteria hebben we al beschreven in het vorige artikel over de Grand Prix. Daaruit volgde dat Anand, Kramnik, Topalov, Kamsky, Shirov, Carlsen, Karjakin, Ivanchuk, Mamedyarov, Leko, Morozevich, Aronian, Radjabov en Gelfand zich hebben geplaatst (eerste reserve Adams, tweede Svidler, derde Polgar, vierder Grischuk).

Enkele interessante details:

  • Oorspronkelijk wilde FIDE ten minste ?ɬ©?ɬ©n Grand Prix-toernooi op elk continent houden, maar dat is dus (nog) niet gelukt.
  • Van de spelers wordt verwacht dat ze redelijk meewerken met de media, en ze moeten meteen na de partij beschikbaar zijn voor korte interviews. ChessVibes zegt: uitstekend!
  • Bij de Grand Prix-toernooien wordt de 'Sofia-regel' gehanteerd: spelers mogen niet direct remise aanbieden aan de tegenstander.
  • De 'handen-schudden-regel' bij de GP-toernooien is nog altijd onduidelijk: "The players shall shake hands (or shall greet each other in a normal social manner in accordance with the conventional rules of their society) before the start and after the end of each game. If a player fails to meet these requirements and after being asked to do so by the Chief Arbiter, then he will lose the game immediately."
  • Het aanbevolen prijzengeld dat per stad door de organisatoren wordt verzorgd, is 212.000 euro en wordt verdeeld in 162.000 euro direct prijzengeld en 50.000 euro als deel van het totale prijzengeld dat aan het eind van de serie wordt uitgekeerd.
  • Hoe wordt de winnaar bepaald? Dat zal degene zijn die de meeste cumulatieve punten heeft gewonnen. De cumulatieve score wordt berekend uit de beste drie resultaten voor elke speler.
Plaats 	  EUR 	     Punten
  1 	30.000 	  140 + 40 bonus
  2 	22.500 	    130 + 20
  3 	20.000 	    120 + 10
  4 	15.000 	       110
  5 	12.500 	       100
  6 	11.000 	        90
  7 	10.000 	        80
  8 	 8.500 	        70
  9 	 7.500 	        60
 10 	 6.000 	        50
 11 	 5.500 	        40
 12 	 5.000 	        30
 13 	 4.500 	        20
 14 	 4.000 	        10

Aan het eind van de serie worden de volgende prijzen uitgekeerd:

Eindrangschikking  	Opgetelde prijzen (euro)
    1st                       75,000
    2nd                       50,000
    3rd                       40,000
    4th                       30,000
    5th                       25,000
    6th                       20,000
    7th                       18,000
    8th                       16,000
    9th                       14,000
   10th                       12,000

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[/lang_nl][lang_en]Here's the schedule for the first Grand Prix Series:

When Where
April 20th ?¢‚Ǩ‚Äú May 6th 2008 Baku, Azerbaijan
July 30th ?¢‚Ǩ‚Äú August 15th 2008 Krasnoyarsk (or other Russian city), Russia
December 13th ?¢‚Ǩ‚Äú 29th 2008 Doha, Qatar
April 14th ?¢‚Ǩ‚Äú 28th, 2009 Montreux, Switzerland
August 1st ?¢‚Ǩ‚Äú 17th, 2009 Elista, Russia
December 7th ?¢‚Ǩ‚Äú 23rd, 2009 Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic


Reserve cities are Istanbul and Teheran.

Each tournament will be a 14-player all play all. The winner of the Grand Prix will play with the winner of the 2009 World Cup for the right to challenge the World Champion in 2010.

A PDF of the specific Grand Prix rules, set up by FIDE and Global Chess BV, can be downloaded here. The qualification criteria were already mentioned in our previous article on the Grand Prix. It made clear that Anand, Kramnik, Topalov, Kamsky, Shirov, Carlsen, Karjakin, Ivanchuk, Mamedyarov, Leko, Morozevich, Aronian, Radjabov and Gelfand have qualified (1st reserve Adams, 2nd Svidler, 3rd Polgar, 4th Grischuk).

Some interesting details:

  • The original idea FIDE had, was to organise at least one Grand Prix Tournament on every continent. In this, (so far) they haven't succeeded.
  • The players are expected to cooperate reasonably with the media, and they are required to make themselves available for short interviews immediately after each game. ChessVibes says: excellent!
  • At the Grand Prix tournaments, the "Sofia Rule" will be applied: players will not be allowed to offer draws directly to their opponents.
  • The "handshake rule" at the GP tournaments is still quite unclear: "The players shall shake hands (or shall greet each other in a normal social manner in accordance with the conventional rules of their society) before the start and after the end of each game. If a player fails to meet these requirements and after being asked to do so by the Chief Arbiter, then he will lose the game immediately."
  • The recommended prize money which will be offered by host city organisers for each tournament is 212,000 Euros and is split 162,000 Euros as direct prize money for the tournament and 50,000 Euros towards an accumulated prize fund for the players at the end of the series.
  • How the overall winner is decided? He will be the one who will score the most number of cumulative points. The cumulative score will be calculated from the best three results for each player.
Place 	  EUR 	     Points
  1 	30,000 	  140 + 40 bonus
  2 	22,500 	    130 + 20
  3 	20,000 	    120 + 10
  4 	15,000 	       110
  5 	12,500 	       100
  6 	11,000 	        90
  7 	10,000 	        80
  8 	 8,500 	        70
  9 	 7,500 	        60
 10 	 6,000 	        50
 11 	 5,500 	        40
 12 	 5,000 	        30
 13 	 4,500 	        20
 14 	 4,000 	        10

At the end of the series, the following prizes will be awarded:

Overall Place  	Accumulated Prize (Euros)
    1st               75,000
    2nd               50,000
    3rd               40,000
    4th               30,000
    5th               25,000
    6th               20,000
    7th               18,000
    8th               16,000
    9th               14,000
   10th               12,000

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Comments

Michel's picture

@ Amit

That's a very good idea, that'd be for sure interesting. Plus it would give players who just played little games (like Polgar when being pregnant) and therefore didn't make it in the "A" a fair chance.

Michel's picture

I by the way don't like the calendar being so packed. Big tournament will become like Fastfood; more important, the PHYSICAL strenght of the player will play a higher role than before (at least if they do care a lot about being World Champion). I don't think that's good.

Amit's picture

I think in each of the Grand-Prix tournament they should also have a B-group. This would allow the slightly lower rated players also to participate and in each tournament they should interchange the top 2 from B group with the bottom 2 in A group from the previous tourney. This will result in more competition and more fighting chess.

Ardjan's picture

The main advantage to me seems that with these Grand Prix-series finally the World Championship system is complete.
Also, more money will flow into (top)chess and in combination with the anti-draw rules we'd see interesting chess. All of this should increase the status of chess and have a positive impact on the rest of the chess world....
Of course, the main risk to these Grand Prix-series and to the status of chess in general is the behavior of the players themselves!

peter's picture

As the German version of Chessbase notes, the Grand Prix Series has disadvantages as well:

  • It looks like the sucessful candidates matches of May 2007 (Elista) won't get a follow-up.
  • The tournament calendar is extremely packed now, and overlap between Grand Prix and other tournaments is unavoidable (especially the ECC, Mainz and the Tal Memorial).
  • Phil has a point when he says "always the same players"
Ardjan's picture

Fantastisch nieuws, het is Kok en consorten dus toch gelukt. De World Cup van de jaren 80-90 revisited maar dan in een modern jasje, d.w.z. inclusief de anti-remise regels.
Ik lees in de regelementen dat er 21 deelnemers zullen zijn die allen in vier toernooien (naar keuze) moeten uitkomen, dus net als in de jaren 80. Vermoedelijk zal Topalov Elista en Krasnoyarsk wel overslaan...

Xtra's picture

I especially like the part with the FIDE president being able to choose a couple of participants. it is a very logical and non-arbitrary way of selecting players into the world championship cycle, avoiding difficult and unfair procedures of qualifications through accepted tournaments and/or rating points. Other sports can learn from this, for example one of the 32 countries participating in the world cup of footbal (soccer) could simply and naturally be one team that the president of FIFA chooses from guiding principles such as profit expectations and/or various global political aspects.

manyoso's picture

I don't see how the handshake rule is unclear at all!

If your opponent offers his hand at the beginning or end of the game... take it and shake vigorously! If you refuse and he brings it to the arbiter and he tells you to do it... do it! Or lose...

This is a fine rule and is really quite simple. The whole purpose behind this rule is to *not* get into parsing the rule and trying to find advantages. It is simple sportsmanship.

peter's picture

Firstly, the use of the word "shall" in "the players shall shake hands" is not a chrystal-clear choice of words. And what about "a normal social manner in accordance with the conventional rules of their society"? What's normal to one player from one society, isn't for the other. We've seen that before. Why not something like "Players are obliged to either shake hands or wish each other a good/sportive game, or both"?

manyoso's picture

Peter, ok. But does it really matter? I think most players are intelligent enough to know that if they don't act like asses then they won't run afoul of the rule.

Hugo's picture

The Corus tournament has just ended and the Linares tournament will start soon. How do these so-called Grand Slam tournaments relate to these Grand Prix tournaments? I would say that the Grand Prix tournaments have a higher priority since the winner gets certain rights to go on for the World Title, whereas in the Grand Slam series this is not the case. I can imagine that this new Grand Prix series will harm traditional, classic tournaments like Wijk aan Zee and Linares. And also the MTel tournament in Sofia will start immediately after the end of the Grand Prix tournament in Bakoe.

Theo's picture

a "a normal social manner in accordance with the conventional rules of their society" could be like for example chinese people bowing to eachother, u know...

I guess the shaking of hands is not a world-wide habit.

Phil's picture

isn?Ǭ¥t it boring, always the same players? Nobody can join this exclusive club?!

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