Fourth FIDE Grand Prix in Nalchik

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3/25/2009 – The fourth FIDE Grand Prix Series Tournament will be held from April 14th to 29th, 2009, in the Intour Hotel Sindica in Nalchik, Kabardino-Balkaria, Russia. The fourteen participants include Ivanchuk, Aronian, Mamedyarov, Leko, Kamsky, Svidler, Karjakin and Grischuk. Average rating: around 2725 points. The total prize fund is 162,000 Euros. Full details in this FIDE press release.

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Fourth FIDE Grand Prix
in Nalchik, Kabardino-Balkaria

Press release

The fourth FIDE Grand Prix Series Tournament will be held in Nalchik, Kabardino-Balkaria, Russia, during 14th -29th April 2009 at the Intour Hotel "Sindica".

The fourteen participants are: Vladimir Akopian (Armenia), Evgeny Alekseev (Russia), Levon Aronian (Armenia), Etienne Bacrot (France), Pavel Eljanov (Ukraine), Boris Gelfand (Israel), Alexander Grischuk (Russia), Vassily Ivanchuk (Ukraine), Gata Kamsky (USA), Sergey Karjakin (Ukraine), Rustam Kasimdzhanov (Uzbekistan), Peter Leko (Hungary), Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan), Peter Svidler (Russia).

The fourth FIDE Grand Prix will be the strongest in the series, and one of the strongest tournaments of the world this year. New functions on the FIDE website allow us to see the current rating changes of top-grandmasters. The average rating of the tournament in Nalchik will be around 2725 points based on the April 2009 list to be published soon. Previously the highest average rated tournament was held in the third stage of the series, Elista (2715 points).

The top-rated player of the competition is the World Cup 2005 and Olympiad winner Levon Aronian. Two players have also shown excellent results this year: Alexander Grischuk – the winner of the Linares and Elista super tournaments, and Sergey Karjakin, who won the Corus tournament in January in Wijk aan Zee. The World Cup 2007 winner Gata Kamsky this year has shown also a good performance during the Challenge match against Veselin Topalov. The tournament is so evenly balanced that every one of the 14 participants who comes to Nalchik is in a good position to win the tournament.

Time control: 120 minutes for the first forty moves, 60 minutes for the next twenty 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.

Games will be played from April, 15 till April, 29 every day. April 20 and 25 are rest days. The total prize fund is 162,000 Euros.

Eldar Mukhanetov, Press officer
FIDE Grand Prix Nalchik 2009

Nalchik – Kabardino-Balkaria

The city of Nalchik is situated at an altitude of 550 meters (1,804 ft) in the foothills of the Caucasus Mountains. It covers an area of 131 square kilometers (50.6 sq mi). Population: 275,000. The city is named after the Nalchik River, on the shores of which it is located. The word "Nalchik" literally means "small horseshoe" in Kabardian – it is a diminutive of nal, the Turkic and Turkish word for "horseshoe". Nalchik was chosen the "second cleanest city of Russia" in 2003.

There is a lot of chess activity in the above region. We have marked off twenty-two hotspots on the map, which you can find by moving your mouse cursor over it. Each is linked to a memorable event or story linked to the town. Some are hot. Can you find them all?

Musical Theatre in the center of Nalchik

The entry hall of Hotel “Sindica”, where the games of the Grand Prix will be played


Category Floor Beds
Standard 5th floor 2 beds
Standard 6th floor 2 beds
Semi luxe 5th and 6th   2 beds
De Luxe 7th floor 2 beds
Semi Luxe 7th floor 2 beds
Luxe 7th floor 2 beds
Semi luxe 8th floor 1 bed
De luxe 8th floor 1 bed
De luxe 8th floor 2 beds
Luxe 8th floor 1 bed
Suite + office   8th floor 1 bed

* Price in Rubles. Exchange rate: 1 EUR = 45.6968 RUB; US $1 = 33.6380 RUB; 2000 RUB = 43.78 EUR = US $59.46 (rates on March 25 2009).

Each price is per hotel room, which is paid without prejudice to the number of pax (not more than 2 persons in a room). This applies to all hotel rooms. Breakfast is not included into the room price and has to be paid separately (300 rubles = $8.92 or €6.57). Approximate prices for meals in the restaurant of the Syndica Intour-Hotel: lunch from 500 rubles; dinner from 600 rubles. All payments must be made in local currency (foreign exchange is available in banks near the hotel). Credit cards are NOT accepted.

  • Contact tel. number of Intour-Hotel "Sindica": +7 8662 492677
  • Fax:+7 8662 720045
  • Mobile: +7 960 429 54 15
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