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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Inauguration of 4th Chess Grand Slam Masters on Cruise ship!

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Hi everyone,

Not only would the inauguration of the 4th Grand Slam Final take place aboard a cruise ship but the tournament is going to be back to 6 players in a round-robin format!

The fourth Grand Slam Masters Final will be held from September 25 to October 11 this year. The second and third editions had four players. The tournament will be held in both Bilbao, Spain and a partner city, to be announced. Current World Champion Viswanathan Anand, Magnus Carlsen and Hikaru Nakamura have already qualified for the Grand Slam Final. Last year, the first part of the event had taken place in Shanghai, China. (Opportunity for more red Chinese shirts for Carlsen maybe this year too!)

The opening ceremony will take place on the deck of the MSC Opera cruise ship on September 20 at the Bilbao harbour. The ship will weigh anchor immediately for a Chess Theme Cruise.

MSC Opera Cruise
MSC Cruises and the Bilbao Port Authority are two official partners of this fourth edition of the Grand Slam Masters Final. Together they will offer, through Basque travel agency Romotur, special conditions to those who wish to take part in the Chess Theme Cruise, which will follow the route Bilbao-Gibraltar-Tunisia-Dubrovnik-Venice from September 20 to September 28.

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