Category 19 GM tournament in Baden-Baden
PRESS RELEASE - For the first time ever the Baden-Baden Chess Centre (Schachzentrum Baden-Baden) is hosting a Category 19 GM tournament, the Baden-Baden GRENKE Chess Classic.
This event will continue the tradition of great chess tournaments that the well-known southern German spa town has established over the last two centuries.
Baden-Baden is also renowned in the chess world as the home of OSG Baden-Baden, the most successful German club since the 1990s. In the same period we set up the Baden-Baden Chess Centre to lay the foundations for making Baden-Baden into an important centre for the European chess community.
The main event of the chess fortnight will be the Baden-Baden GRENKE Chess Classic, a supertournament providing three top German players with the chance to face three established world class players on their own soil.
The Baden-Baden GRENKE Chess Classic has been made possible by partnership with GRENKELEASING AG, the German Chess Federation and Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa.
The participants in the double round-robin will be:
Viswanathan Anand, World Champion, 43, India
Fabiano Caruana, No. 5 in the world, 20, Italy
Michael Adams, No. 23 in the world, 41, England
Arkadij Naiditsch, No. 37 in the world, 27, Germany
Daniel Fridman, No. 78 in the world, 36, Germany
Georg Meier, No. 108 in the world, 25, Germany
The tournament is scheduled for 7-17 February 2013. The venue will be the historic halls of Kulturhaus LA8 (House of Culture) in the centre of Baden-Baden. The games will start daily at 3 p.m. (2 p.m. GMT) except for the last day when they start at 1 p.m. (12 p.m. GMT).
The main event will be complemented by several side tournaments – each limited to 80 players:
- Chess Classic ELO Open (9 rounds, 9 days, only for players Elo 1800+ rated) 7 – 15 Feb 2013
- Chess Classic Carnival (6 rounds, 3 days, open to all) 9 – 11 Feb 2013
- Chess Classic Holiday (6 rounds, 3 days, open to all) 14 – 16 Feb 2013
Photos: Georgios Souleidis
This year's tournament has a new website at http://www.grenkechessclassic.de