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Thursday, May 12, 2011

Candidates Chess Matches Kazan Semi-final: Both Kamsky-Gelfand, Grischuk-Kramnik games drawn

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Hello everybody,

After the highly tense first round matches we had two draws in the first game of the semifinals at the Candidates Chess Matches 2011 in Kazan on Thursday. Here are the day's games.

The matches are being held from May 3 to 27 to select a challenger for the current World Chess Champion Vishy Anand.. Time controls in the four regular games are 120 minutes for the first 40 moves, 60 minutes for the next 20 moves and then 15 minutes for the rest of the game, plus an additional 30 seconds per move starting from move 61. In case of a tie there will be four rapid chess games, and if the tie is still not broken then up to five two-game blitz matches 5'+3". Finally there may be a sudden-death final decider. The prize fund of the candidates is 500,000 Euros. You can access the official website here.

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