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Saturday, April 20, 2013

Alekhine Chess Memorial Inauguration Today in Paris

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Hi everyone, 

Some great chess is coming up at the Alekhine Memorial 2013 for sure. The cultural opening ceremony and drawing of lots, along with a press conference, will take place this evening. You can watch it all live at the official website.

The tournament is a befitting tribute to great Russian chess player and fourth World Chess Champion Alexander Alekhine as it is being held in two of the world's greatest museums - the Louvre in Paris and the Russian Museum in St Petersburg. The idea to choose such exotic locations is to draw the world's attention to the rich cultural heritage (both in chess and art) of Russia 

The opening ceremony and first five rounds will take place in Paris, in the Tuileries Garden. On April, 26 in the morning the participants, arbiters, journalists will leave Paris for Saint-Petersburg. Last 4 rounds will be played in Saint Michael’s Castle (The Russian Museum branch). 

The event will take place in a special pavilion built in the Tuileries Garden. The opening ceremony will include the pairings selection and a small concert offered by Nikolay Lugansky (piano) and Vadim Repin (violin) who will perform various pieces by S. Rachmaninov.

The pavilion includes the playing hall with places for the audience and on-line transmission, a special hall with on-line and video broadcasting where the spectators will be able to listen to French speaking commentators. The welcome reception will take place in St Petersburg on April 26. An official ceremony will include a concert played by the orchestra conducted by Y. Temirkanov. There is a special programme for children on April, 27.

The tournament will be played in Saint George’s hall which has enough places for spectators and allows to watch games on-line. The press centre will be situated in the Oval hall, while the Lacon Gallery will become a place for chess café, where experts will comment the broadcasted games.

The will be an extra pavilion in the yard of Saint Michael’s Castle in case if the number of spectators exceeds the possible number of people inside the playing hall. Games will also be broadcast at the official website.

Participants: World Champion Viswanathan Anand, his challenger from 2012 match Boris Gelfand, former World Champion Vladimir Kramnik, World Cup winner Peter Svidler, Levon Aronian, Nikita Vitiugov, Michael Adams, Ding Liren, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Fressinet Laurent.

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