Kortchnoi Zurich Chess Challenge 2017

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11/6/2016 – On June 6th this year one of the all-time greats of chess, Viktor Lvovich Korchnoi, passed away. In his final years, debilitated by a series of strokes and bound to a wheelchair, he attended the Zurich Chess Challenge each year, in fact playing a match himself in 2015. To honor the unforgettable chess legend there will be a special memorial tournament from April 13th to 17th, 2017 in Zurich. Take note of these dates – you can participate as well.

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Kortchnoi Zurich Chess Challenge 2017

Viktor Korchnoi – 1931-June [photo with kind permission by David Llada]

In honor of the unforgettable chess legend Viktor Kortchnoi, who passed away June 6th, the Zurich Chess Club will organize at Easter time, from April 13th to 17th, 2017, at the Kongresshaus in Zurich a grandmaster tournament with the two world champions: Vladimir Kramnik and Viswanathan Anand, and the world class players Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Hikaru Nakamura, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Peter Svidler as well as the best player of the "Nutcrucker Event" 2016 in Moscow and the best Swiss chessplayer Yannick Pelletier. They will play seven rounds with a time control of 45 minutes and 30 seconds per move and a Rapid Tournament with a time control of 10 minutes and 5 seconds per move on the last day.

Kortchnoi Open

At the same time a strong Open Tournament is organized, to which all chess friends around the world are wellcome. Seven rounds will be played with a time control of 90 minutes and 30 seconds per move.
More information about both tournaments will be provided in January 2017 on the official web site.


The 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: Zurich Chess Club, Aviora Holding AG Baar, Savoy Chess Corner Zurich and other chess friends.

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