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Sunday, May 9, 2010

Men's FIDE Grand-Prix Tournament in Astrakhan, Russia begins on Monday

The last Men's FIDE Grand Prix tournament begins in Astrakan, Russia on Monday.
Here are the participants:

Vladimir Akopian (Armenia)
Evgeny Alekseev (Russia)
Pavel Eljanov (Ukraine)
Vugar Gashimov (Azerbaijan)
Boris Gelfand (Israel)
Ernesto Inarkiev (Russia)
Vassily Ivanchuk (Ukraine)
Dmitry Jakovenko (Russia)
Peter Leko (Hungary)
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan)
Ruslan Ponomariov (Ukraine)
Teimour Radjabov (Azerbaijan)
Peter Svidler (Russia)
Wang Yue (China)

GM Aronian has already qualified for the Candidates Matches 2010-2011, and because of this
fact he is not participating at Astrakan. For the remaining players this is a chance to also qualify
for the Candidates matches.

Here is the schedule the players will follow at Astrakan
:Games start at 15:00 Local Time (GMT+3)


9th Apr 2010 - 25th Apr 2010, ASTRAKHAN, RUSSIA



1st day: Arrivals & Open. Ceremony 09.05.2010


2nd day: Round 1 10.05.2010


3rd day: Round 2 11.06.2010


4th day: Round 3 12.07.2010


5th day: Round 4 13.05.2010


6th day: Round 5 14.05.2010


7th day: Free day 15.05.2010


8th day: Round 6 16.05.2010


9th day: Round 7 17.05.2010


10th day: Round 8 18.05.2010


11th day: Round 9 19.05.2010


12th day: Free day 20.05.2010


13th day Round 10 21.05.2010


14th day: Round 11 22.05.2010


15th day: Round 12 23.05.2010


16th day: Round 13 & Clos. Ceremony 24.05.2010


17th day: Departure 25.05.2010


The offfical tournament website is at:: http://astrakhan2010.fide.com/
Best wishes to all the players in the tournament!

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