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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Nanking 2010 Pearl Spring Chess Tournament

The 2010 edition of the Pearl Spring Chess Tournament begins tomorrow in China. This tournament consists of 5 players:

1.Magnus Carlsen of Norway: GM Carlsen is the highest-rated player in chess, with an elo rating of 2826.

2.Veselin Topalov of Bulgarian: GM Topalov is the second-highest rated player in chess, with an elo of 2803.

3.Viswanathan Anand of India: GM Anand is the Current World Chess Champion and is the third-highest-rated player in chess, with an elo of  2800.

4.Wang Yue of China: GM Yue is the 16th highest-rated player in chess with an elo of  2732.

5.Vugar Gashimov of  Azerbaijan. GM Gashimov is the 26th-highest-rated chess player in chess  with an elo of  2719.

6.Etienne Bacrot of France. GM Bacrot is the 28th-highest-rated chess player  in chess with an elo of  2716.

Source of ratings:http://ratings.fide.com/top.phtml?list=men

This tournament consists of nine rounds of play.

Time control: Time control: 40 moves in two hours then 20 moves in one hour followed by the remainder of the game in 15 minutes with a 30 second increment as of move 61.  


Best wishes to all the players in this tournament. With the top three-rated players in chess participating it will be interesting to see which category of tournament this event is.

The official website for this tournament is: http://www.chess-pearlspring.com/
with the official schedule at: http://www.chess-pearlspring.com/www/chess_pk/2009/en/dsdt3.htm This tournament runs from October 20th until October 30th (with the players having a rest day on October 25th).

Here are the pairings for the entire tournament:
(source:http://www.chessvibes.com/reports/pearl-spring-opening-ceremony-pairings/  )


  I have created a poll about this tournament on the side of page  one of my blog. I hope you will take the opportunity to vote in this poll! Thank you!

You can expect coverage of this event at the following websites:

http://www.chessbase.com/index.asp 

http://www.chess.co.uk/twic/twic.html 

http://www.chessvibes.com/ 

 http://susanpolgar.blogspot.com/

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