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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Nalchik FIDE Grand Prix Chess Tournament begins

The fourth FIDE Grand Prix Series Chess Tournament will be held in Nalchik, Kabardino-Balkaria, Russia, from April 14th -29th, 2009.Here are the participants in this event:
Vladimir Akopian (Armenia), Evgeny Alekseev (Russia), Levon Aronian (Armenia), Etienne Bacrot (France), Pavel Eljanov (Ukraine), Boris Gelfand (Israel), Alexander Grischuk (Russia), Vassily Ivanchuk (Ukraine), Gata Kamsky (USA), Sergey Karjakin (Ukraine), Rustam Kasimdzhanov (Uzbekistan), Peter Leko (Hungary), Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan), and Peter Svidler (Russia). The tournament runs from 15th-29th April 2009. Rest days: April 20th and 25th.

Here are the pairings for round 1:

SNo. Name Rtg Name Rtg
GM Leko Peter 2751 -GM Kamsky Gata 2720
GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar2725-GM Aronian Levon2754
GM Akopian Vladimir 2696 -GM Kasimdzhanov Rustam 2695
GM Karjakin Sergey 2721 -GM Eljanov Pavel 2693
GM Grischuk Alexander 2748 -GM Gelfand Boris 2733
GM Alekseev Evgeny 2716 -GM Svidler Peter 2726
GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2746 -GM Bacrot Etienne 27288

Good luck to all the players! This event is a 13 rounds, having a round-robin format. It has the following time control: Time control: 120 minutes for the first forty moves, 60 minutes for the next twenty moves and then each player will be allotted 15 minutes after the second time control and an increment of 30 seconds per move will be allowed from move 61 onwards. Games start at 15:00 Nalchik time. To find out what time the games start each day in your part of the world go to:
http://www.worldtimeserver.com/convert_time_in_RU-KB.aspx

A unique rule concerning this event is that players will not be allowed to offer draws directly to their opponents. Any draw claim will be permitted only through the Chief Arbiter . The official website for the Nalchik Grand Prix is http://nalchik2009.fide.com/

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