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FIDE and AGON announce players for FIDE Grand Prix Series


Following a technical clarification, the World Chess Federation (FIDE) and Agon have announced the revised list of players and allocation for the FIDE Grand Prix Series 2012/13.

The full list of players who will participate in the cycle over the next two years is as follows:

1) From World Championship Match 2012 

GM Boris Gelfand (ISR)

2) From World Cup 2011

GM Peter Svidler (RUS)

GM Alexander Grischuk (RUS)

GM Vassily Ivanchuk (UKR)

GM Ruslan Ponomariov (UKR)

3) By average rating (July 2011 + January 2012)

GM Teimour Radjabov (AZE)

GM Sergey Karjakin (RUS)

GM Hikaru Nakamura (USA)

GM Veselin Topalov (BUL)

GM Shakriyar Mamedyarov (AZE)

GM Vugar Gashimov (AZE) 

4) FIDE president nominee

GM Fabiano Caruana (ITA) 

5) AGON nominees

GM Alexander Morozevich (RUS)

GM Wang Hao (CHN)

GM Peter Leko (HUN)

GM Leinier Dominguez Perez (CUB)

GM Anish Giri (NLD)

GM Rustam Kasimdzhanov (UZB)


The allocation of dates and cities for the FIDE Grand Prix Series is as follows:
(Please click on the thumbnail image to open the full-size table)

Kindly note that the date for the first leg in London has moved by one day, meaning arrival will be on 20 September, with the first round on 21 September 2012.

Similarly, the Lisbon event has been rescheduled by one week, starting with arrival on 17 July 2013 and the first round on 18 July 2013. This is due to a move in the start date of the Candidates Tournament in London, which will now start on 20 March 2013, due to the availability of the playing venue.


Notes to editors:

The World Chess Championship Cycle is the pinnacle of chess and consists of nine events over two years. The 2012-13 Candidates Tournament will take place in London in March 2013 and is a double round-robin tournament between eight players; the winner will go on to play the reigning World Chess Champion, Viswanathan Anand, in the World Championship Match in November 2013.

Overlapping, the next cycle will begin this September with the Grand Prix Series, which will be hosted in London, Tashkent, Lisbon, Madrid, Paris and Berlin, and the World Cup hosted in Tromsø. The commercial rights for the World Chess Championship Cycle were accorded to AGON, the company founded by the media entrepreneur Andrew Paulson, by the World Chess Federation (FIDE) in February 2012.


For further information, please contact:

Harriet Dennys at Mission PR
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7845 7800 or +(0)7979 692018
Email: harrietd@thisimission.com


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