London Chess Grand Prix 2012/13 Begins Tomorrow at Simpson's-in-the-Strand
A total of 18 players participate in the Grand Prix series (6 tournaments), qualifying from the previous World Championship, the World Chess Cup, by the highest average ratings of July 2011 and January 2012, as FIDE President and AGON nominees. The organisers have had to effect a last minute replacement as GM Peter Svidler has had to withdraw from this leg due to family reasons. He has been replaced by UK number one player GM Michael Adams. Access the official website at this link.
London GP participants:
Hikaru Nakamura USA 2783
The Chief Arbiter for the London event will be International Arbiter Ms. Carol Jarecki who will be assisted by International Arbiter Mr. Stewart Reuben. Chairman of Appeals Committee will be Mr Lakhdar Mazouz, who is also President of African Chess Union. FIDE Press officer and Representative is Mr Geoffrey Borg, FIDE Chief Executive Officer.
The first Grand Prix was originally set to take place in Chelyabinsk. London is set to see three highly prestigious tournaments within only seven months – FIDE Grand Prix, London Chess Classic (in December) and FIDE Candidates Tournament (in March 2013).
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