Fide Chess Grand Prix in Thessaloniki from May 21
FIDE has announced the fourth stage of the Fide Chess Grand Prix Series to be held in Thessaloniki (Greece) between the 21st of May and 4th of June 2013. The 5-star Makedonia Palace Hotel and its owner, international business investor and philanthropist Ivan Savvidis, are Fide's sponsors for the 12-player Grand Prix Chess Tournament. The event is supported by well-known philanthropist Ivan Savvidi who wanted to bring an elite chess event to Greece.
"As Fide has its principal secretariat in Athens, we are quite happy to have such an elite event in Greece. Additionally, the Greek Chess Federation is one of the most experienced and organized chess Federations in the world and their involvement in the organization of the event will be critical to its success,” said Fide president President Kirsan Iljumzhinov.
Participants include three former World Champions - Ruslan Ponomariov (Ukraine), Veselin Topalov (Bulgaria), Rustam Kasimdzhanov (Uzbekistan). GM Teimur Radjabov has withdrawn from the Thessaloniki Grand Prix for personal reasons and has been replaced by GM Etienne Bacrot from France. Official commentators are GM Ioannis Papaioannou and GM Stelios Halkias.
Time control: 120 minutes for the first 40 moves, 60 minutes for the next 20 moves and then each player will be allotted 15 minutes after the second time control and an increment of 30 seconds per move will be allowed from move 61 onwards.
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