Bucharest Kings: children first

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11/19/2012 – During the Bucharest Kings tournament, with Caruana, Topalov, Ivanchuk and the local hero Nisipeanu, the Bucharest Individual School championship was also held. For the children, it meant not only being able to play in a fun chess tournament but also being inspired by the presence of the world's best. The top performers earned a spot in a simul against all four. Here is a lovely pictorial.

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The Chess Club Society "Elisabeta Polihroniade” of Bucharest is staging a double round robin tournament with four top GMs: Italian Fabiano Caruana, Italy's greatest player since the Renaissance, the Ukrainian GM Vassily Ivanchuk, Veselin Topalov, the former world champion and world number one, and Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu, the best Romanian player. The competition is taking place from November 7th to 13th 2012 in Bucharest, Romania. CCRL <img data-cke-saved-src="http://en.chessbase.com/portals/4/files/news/2009/bazna/bazna03.gif" src="http://en.chessbase.com/portals/4/files/news/2009/bazna/bazna03.gif" title="" width="134" "="" height="115" vspace="20" border="0">

Bucharest Kings: children first

During the top-notch tournament held in the city of Bucharest, with Caruana, Topalov, Ivanchuk, and local hero Nisipeanu, the Bucharest Individual School championship was also held in the hotel where the players stayed. For the children, it meant being able to not only play a fun chess tournament, but be inspired by the presence of the world's best.

An age where standing up is still necessary to comfortably reach some of the pieces

The playing hall where the Bucharest Individual School tournament was held

"I've got you now" - "I protest!"

The parents gather around as the tournament starts

Best buddies forever

They had an added incentive for doing well though: the best players from the event would have the priviliege of playing in a joint simul aganst all four of the chess giants.

Ivanchuk greets one of his very diminutive opponents

Topalov in line, facing a sea of boards

The focus of a warrior

Something wicked this way comes... notably an unstoppable white pawn on c7

After the simul ended, the prize ceremony of Bucharest Kings was held, celebrating an excellent tournament organized in embattled conditions.

Dan Gabor yields the microphone to Elisabeta Polirohinade, one of the key figures in
making the event happen.

A group shot of the organizers, important supporters of the tournament, and players

Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu (4th), Fabiano Caruana (3rd), Veselin Topalov (2nd), and
Vassily Ivanchuk, the tournament winner.

A short interview with Vassily Ivanchuk, the winner of the 2012 Kings Tournament

Final standings

All photos by Pascal Simon


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