During the Easter holidays chess fans will enjoy the GRENKE Chess Classic 2017. It will be held from 15th to 22nd April. The first three rounds take place in Karlsruhe alongside the Grenke Chess Open. After a rest day, the remaining four rounds are played in Baden-Baden.
In the tournament will take part players as:
Magnus Carlsen, World Champion, Elo: 2838;
Norway Fabiano Caruana, third in the world ranking list, Elo: 2817;
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, 5th in the world ranking list, Elo: 2803,
Levon Aronian, 9th in the world ranking list, Elo: 2774,
Armenia Hou Yifan, 110th in the world ranking list, Elo: 2649,
Arkadij Naiditsch, 41 in the world ranking list, Elo: 2702;
Georg Meier, 154 in the world ranking list and winner of the 2016 Grenke Chess Open, Elo: 2630;
Matthias Blübaum, 148th in the world ranking list, Elo: 2632.
We are eager to see the fight of Magnus Carlsen with three Top Ten players: Caruana, Vachier-Lagrave and Aronian and at the same time we are curious about the play of Hou Yifan, Matthias Blübaum, Georg Meier and Arkadij Naiditsch who were so close to winning in 2015 Grenke Chess Classic.
System of play: 7 Rounds - 8-Player Round-Robin
Rate of play:
100 minutes in 40 moves +
50 minutes in 20 moves +
15 minutes all moves +
30 seconds for each move
starting from move 1
If players are tied for first place a rapid play-off will take place.
Schedule : * CET (UTC/GMT +2)
15.04 2017 - Round 1 - 15:00
16.04 2017 - Round 2 - 15:00
17.04 2017 - Round 3 - 15:00
19.04 2017 - Round 4 - 15:00
20.04 2017 - Round 5 - 15:00
21.04 2017 - Round 6 - 15:00
22.04 2017 - Round 7 & Playoff (if applicable) - 15:00
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