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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Zurich Chess Challenge 2015 from Feb 13-19

Hello chess blog friends, the Zurich Chess Challenge 2014 will be back at the Zurich Chess Club from Feb 13 to 19. Some of the world's best chess players will attend the fourth edition of this event at the Hotel Savoy Baur en Ville. 

The new World No. 2 Fabiano Caruana will meet former world champions Viswanathan Anand and Vladimir Kramnik, along with top players Levon Aronian, Sergey Karjakin and Hikaru Nakamura. A Blitz Tournament will determine the colors distribution on the first day. 

Five rounds of classical chess will then be played from Saturday, February 14th to Wednesday, February 18th followed by a rapid tournament with reversed colors on the last day (February 19th). A won game in the classical tournament counts two points, draws one point. Wins in the rapid tournament count one point and draws
half a point.

All games will be commented live and broadcast worldwide via the Internet on Admission to the classical and rapid games of this formidable event is free and no previous registration of spectators is required.

This tournament is made possible again by the generous support of Oleg Skvortsov, owner of the International «Gemological Laboratories» in Moscow and a passionate strong chess player with good personal relationships to the entire world elite of chess.

Participants: Fabiano Caruana (Italy, Elo 2836, No.2), Levon Aronian (Armenia, Elo 2793, No.3), Viswanathan Anand (India, Elo 2785, No.6), Sergey Karjakin (Russia, Elo 2777, No. 7), Hikaru Nakamura (USA, Elo 2764, No. 8), Vladimir Kramnik (Russia, Elo 2760, No.11).

Schedule: Classical tournament from Saturday, February 14, 2015 to Wednesday, February 18, 2015, starting at 3 pm. Spectators welcome, free entry.

Rapid tournament on Thursday, February 19, 2015, starting at 11 am followed by the Closing Ceremony, also public.

Main sponsor: «IGC International Gemological Laboratories» is a Russian institute providing gemological services, such as diamond grading reports, enhanced diamonds identification as well as certification of diamonds, gemstones and jewelry in the Russian Federation. IGC is the Russian branch of GCI - a group of gemological laboratories worldwide.

Co-Sponsors: Savoy Chess Corner, Zurich Chess Club (founded 1809, the oldest existing chess club in the world).

Organisation: Schachgesellschaft Zürich (Zurich Chess Club)

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