Beijing Grand Prix begins tomorrow

7/3/2013 – The fifth stage of the FIDE Grand Prix Series will be held in Beijing between the 3rd and 17th of July 2013. The playing venue will be at the premises of the Chinese Chess Association. The players were treated to a fabulous opening ceremony and the games are ready to start. Pictorial report on the opening ceremony.

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FIDE and Chinese Chess Association are pleased to announce the fifth stage of the FIDE Grand Prix Series, which will be held in Beijing between the 3rd and 17th of July 2013. The playing venue will be at the premises of the Chinese Chess Association. The time controls are 120 minutes for the first 40 moves, 60 minutes for the next 20 moves and 15 minutes for the rest of the game, with an increment of 30 seconds per move from move 61 onwards. The games start at 3 p.m. local time, except the last round.

The prize fund to be shared by the players 170,000 EUR, while a further 70,000 EUR is being provided to the accumulated prize fund for the overall Grand Prix series standings. The Grand Prix Series consists of six tournaments to be held over two years (2012-2013). 18 top players participate in four of these six tournaments. The winner and second placed player overall of the Grand Prix Series will qualify for the Candidates Tournament to be held in March 2014.

Beijing


Beijing, sometimes romanized as Peking, is the capital of the People's Republic of China and one of the most populous cities in the world. The population as of 2012 was 20,693,000. It is the second largest Chinese city after Shanghai and is the nation's political, cultural, and educational center. It is home to the headquarters of most of China's largest state-owned companies, and is a major hub for the national highway, expressway, railway, and high-speed rail networks. The Beijing Capital International Airport is the second busiest in the world by passenger traffic.


Grand Prix participants

The players list includes former FIDE World Champion Veselin Topalov, who will be trying to repeat his performance from Zug, Switzerland, earlier this year and clinching one of the two places for the Candidates tournament in 2014. He will be challeneged by several world class players. Boris Gelfand, coming hot from his recent epic victory in Moscow Tal memorial will be one, as will be Shakriyar Mamedyarov, who has had a very good month of June starting with winning the world Rapid Championship in Khanty Mansiysk. Also not to forget world top ten players such as Sergey Karjakin, Alexander Grischuk as well as former Candidates players Vasily Ivanchuk, Peter Leko. Note that GM Teimur Radjabov has withdrawn from the Beijing Grand Prix for personal reasons and has been replaced by GM Wang Yue from China. The top Chinese player Wang Hao, who placed fourth in overall Grand Prix at the moment, will also play in Beijing.

# Player Nat. Rtng
w-rnk
1 Grischuk, Alexander RUS 2780
5
2 Karjakin, Sergey RUS 2776
6
3 Gelfand, Boris ISR 2773
9
4 Topalov, Veselin BUL 2767
10
5 Kamsky, Gata USA 2763
11
6 Mamedyarov, Shakriyar AZE 2761
12
7 Wang, Hao CHN 2752
15
8 Leko, Peter HUN 2737
18
9 Morozevich, Alexander RUS 2736
19
10 Giri, Anish NLD 2734
20
11 Ivanchuk, Vassily UKR 2733
22
12 Wang, Yue CHN 2705
43

Ratings and ranks: FIDE July 2013 list. Average rating: 2751 = Cat. XXI

The opening ceremony

The opening ceremony took place at the New Century Grand Hotel, which will host the players, at 8 p.m. on the 3rd of July.

Karjakin, Grischuk, Gelfand and Leko listening to the important details of the technical meeting.

For the drawing of lots players were asked to select a Beijing Opera figurine, which held their starting number inside.

Not all figurines were made in the same style.

The Zheng is a traditional Chinese instrument, a plucked zither, and was the most popular instrument in China during the Qing Dynasty - around 200 B.C.

This instrument has over 18 strings and the bridges are movable.

A mandatory guest FIDE President Kirsan Ilyuzhimov.

The Deputy Arbiter Anatasia Sorakina

Karjakin choosing his figurine, and his number. He will have six blacks and only five whites this event.

Peter Leko and wife Sofia.

A contemplative Wang Hao about to show Chinese skill in home turf.

The Chinese media is following the event closely, and the organization has provided plenty of translators.

Information and pictures by FIDE press chief WGM Anastasiya Karlovich

Schedule and pairings

Round 01 – July 04 2013, 15:00h
Giri Anish 2734
-
Karjakin Sergey 2776
Morozevich Alexander 2736
-
Wang Yue 2705
Gelfand Boris 2773
-
Topalov Veselin 2767
Leko Peter 2737
-
Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2761
Kamsky Gata 2763
-
Grischuk Alexander 2780
Ivanchuk Vassily 2733
-
Wang Hao 2752
Round 02 – July 05 2013, 15:00h
Karjakin Sergey 2776
-
Wang Hao 2752
Grischuk Alexander 2780
-
Ivanchuk Vassily 2733
Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2761
-
Kamsky Gata 2763
Topalov Veselin 2767
-
Leko Peter 2737
Wang Yue 2705
-
Gelfand Boris 2773
Giri Anish 2734
-
Morozevich Alexander 2736
Round 03 – July 06 2013, 15:00h
Morozevich Alexander 2736
-
Karjakin Sergey 2776
Gelfand Boris 2773
-
Giri Anish 2734
Leko Peter 2737
-
Wang Yue 2705
Kamsky Gata 2763
-
Topalov Veselin 2767
Ivanchuk Vassily 2733
-
Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2761
Wang Hao 2752
-
Grischuk Alexander 2780
Round 04 – July 07 2013, 15:00h
Karjakin Sergey 2776
-
Grischuk Alexander 2780
Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2761
-
Wang Hao 2752
Topalov Veselin 2767
-
Ivanchuk Vassily 2733
Wang Yue 2705
-
Kamsky Gata 2763
Giri Anish 2734
-
Leko Peter 2737
Morozevich Alexander 2736
-
Gelfand Boris 2773
Round 05 – July 09 2013, 15:00h
Gelfand Boris 2773
-
Karjakin Sergey 2776
Leko Peter 2737
-
Morozevich Alexander 2736
Kamsky Gata 2763
-
Giri Anish 2734
Ivanchuk Vassily 2733
-
Wang Yue 2705
Wang Hao 2752
-
Topalov Veselin 2767
Grischuk Alexander 2780
-
Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2761
Round 06 – July 10 2013, 15:00h
Karjakin Sergey 2776
-
Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2761
Topalov Veselin 2767
-
Grischuk Alexander 2780
Wang Yue 2705
-
Wang Hao 2752
Giri Anish 2734
-
Ivanchuk Vassily 2733
Morozevich Alexander 2736
-
Kamsky Gata 2763
Gelfand Boris 2773
-
Leko Peter 2737
Round 07 – July 11 2013, 15:00h
Leko Peter 2737
-
Karjakin Sergey 2776
Kamsky Gata 2763
-
Gelfand Boris 2773
Ivanchuk Vassily 2733
-
Morozevich Alexander 2736
Wang Hao 2752
-
Giri Anish 2734
Grischuk Alexander 2780
-
Wang Yue 2705
Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2761
-
Topalov Veselin 2767
Round 08 – July 12 2013, 15:00h
Karjakin Sergey 2776
-
Topalov Veselin 2767
Wang Yue 2705
-
Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2761
Giri Anish 2734
-
Grischuk Alexander 2780
Morozevich Alexander 2736
-
Wang Hao 2752
Gelfand Boris 2773
-
Ivanchuk Vassily 2733
Leko Peter 2737
-
Kamsky Gata 2763
Round 09 – July 14 2013, 15:00h
Kamsky Gata 2763
-
Karjakin Sergey 2776
Ivanchuk Vassily 2733
-
Leko Peter 2737
Wang Hao 2752
-
Gelfand Boris 2773
Grischuk Alexander 2780
-
Morozevich Alexander 2736
Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2761
-
Giri Anish 2734
Topalov Veselin 2767
-
Wang Yue 2705
Round 10 – July 15 2013, 15:00h
Karjakin Sergey 2776
-
Wang Yue 2705
Giri Anish 2734
-
Topalov Veselin 2767
Morozevich Alexander 2736
-
Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2761
Gelfand Boris 2773
-
Grischuk Alexander 2780
Leko Peter 2737
-
Wang Hao 2752
Kamsky Gata 2763
-
Ivanchuk Vassily 2733
Round 11 – July 16 2013, 15:00h
Ivanchuk Vassily 2733
-
Karjakin Sergey 2776
Wang Hao 2752
-
Kamsky Gata 2763
Grischuk Alexander 2780
-
Leko Peter 2737
Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2761
-
Gelfand Boris 2773
Topalov Veselin 2767
-
Morozevich Alexander 2736
Wang Yue 2705
-
Giri Anish 2734

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