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Saturday, September 5, 2009

2009 Chess Grand Slam Masters Final

The second annual Grand Slam Masters Final of Chess is going to start on Sunday.This tournament was supposed to have the players who won the following tournaments as participants: Nanching Pearl Spring tournament, Corus-Wijk aan Zee, Ciudad de Linares and Mtel Masters-Sofia tournaments (this being GM's Grischuk,Shirov , Karjakin and Topalov). However, at the last minute Topalov withdrew and this meant that Levon Aronian will now be playing.

The official tournament website for this event is:

The tournament is being played from September 6th-12th.The rate of play will be 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, 60 minutes to finish the game, with 10 extra seconds per move from move number 41. The “Sofia Rule” is being used in this event: This means players are not allowed to agree draw without arbiter's permission. In case both players request it to him, the arbiter will make his decision after consulting with a technical assistant. The format of the tournament is a double-round robin with each player playing both colors against each other player.

The final standings will be determined according to the following criteria:
  1. Players will get 3 points for winning a match, 1 point for drawing and 0 points for losing.
  2. If two players tie for first, they will play a blitz match immediately after the last round finishes. They will play two games at the rate of all the moves in 4 minutes add-on 3 seconds for each move from the first, alternating colors, which shall be decided for the first game by draw. If this match is tied, they shall play a one game Armageddon (sudden death), White will have 5 minutes and Black 4, in the case of a draw Black wins first place. This game's colors shall be decided by draw. If more than two players tie for first, only the two first classified players according to the systems listed below shall play the match.
  3. In case of tie for third to fourth places, the following tie-breaks will be applied:
    1. Traditional scoring. Players get one point for each game won and 0.5 points for each game in draw.
    2. Particular result (based on traditional scoring).
    3. Koya system (based on traditional scoring).
    4. Sonneborn-Berger (based on traditional scoring)
Good luck to all the players, it should be a very exciting tournament!


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