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|Sep-18-12|| ||chessgames.com: Official site: http://grandprix.fide.com/
The finalized roster (as far as we can discern) will be: Nakamura, Ivanchuk, Grischuk, Topalov, Svidler, Wang Hao, Gelfand, Leko, Mamedyarov, Dominguez, Giri, and Kasimdzhanov.
We hope to be covering these games live.
|Sep-18-12|| ||Strongest Force: I will be first in line.|
|Sep-19-12|| ||waustad: Excellent, this will be fun. At least for the first part, this shouldn't conflict much in time with Bilbao/Sao Paulo which starts around 4 days later in a later time zone. By the time they move back to Europe, most of this will be done.|
|Sep-19-12|| ||waustad: After getting robbed in Brazil last time, I am not surprised that Ivanchuk is in the London tournament instead.|
|Sep-19-12|| ||LWCrunner05: What date does it start?|
|Sep-19-12|| ||SimonWebbsTiger: full details also on chessvibes
|Sep-19-12|| ||Shams: Sofia rules and classical time control:
<From the regulations (in PDF here) we learn that the time control is not the standard FIDE (90 minutes & increment) but the more classical 120 minutes for the ﬁrst 40 moves, 60 minutes for the next 20 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.
There's also the Corsica/Sofia rule: players will not be allowed to offer draws directly to their opponents. Players will continue to play if the arbiter does not authorise the draw. A draw claim will be permitted only through the arbiter in case of a triple-repetition, a theoretical draw or the 50-move rule.>
|Sep-19-12|| ||HeMateMe: I like the "no short draws" rule. Stuff happens if you keep playing.|
|Sep-19-12|| ||Blunderdome: Ahhhhhh. This will be good.|
|Sep-19-12|| ||cro777: <The finalized roster>|
The tournament starts on Friday. Michael Adams to replace Peter Svidler.
|Sep-19-12|| ||Ezzy: <Michael Adams to replace Peter Svidler.>|
This makes the tournament a little more interesting from my (a Brits) point of view.
|Sep-19-12|| ||shivasuri4: Svidler withdrew due to family reasons, as per http://www.chessdom.com/london-fide....|
|Sep-19-12|| ||achk: Any comments from Morozevich? Why did he decide to participate? As far as I remember he was boycotting last Grand Prix saying it's too long and disorganised.|
It's also interesting that Adams is going to play, as he withdrew from the previous GP.
|Sep-19-12|| ||apple scruffs: <achk>, thanks for reminding me. I'd almost forgotten Adams withdrew from the GP...couple years ago, wasn't it?|
|Sep-19-12|| ||csmath: <Any comments from Morozevich? Why did he decide to participate? As far as I remember he was boycotting last Grand Prix saying it's too long and disorganised.>|
Because boycotting this time would not attract any attention and obviously he needs money to make ends meet.
Hopefully this time he won't get "sick" in the middle of tournament altough it would be a good idea to keep Bologan's cell phone number handy.
|Sep-19-12|| ||Eyal: <It's also interesting that Adams is going to play, as he withdrew from the previous GP.>|
As far as I understand, Adams is just a one-time, last-minute replacement for this tournament (as a top local player) - not for the whole GP. He withdrew from the previous GP, together with Carlsen, as a protest against the mid-cycle changes made by by FIDE; this time he didn't qualify in the first place as one of the 18 participants who are playing for the 2 qualifying spots to the candidates.
|Sep-19-12|| ||Strongest Force: <Svidler withdrew>: Nak will be happy.
Adams plays one game & then Moro?|
|Sep-19-12|| ||kia0708: Carlsen - 2.843 (yikes !)
Aronian - 2.820 (yikes !)
4. Radjabov - my favorite player
6. Anand ... I wish the WC would do much better
|Sep-19-12|| ||messachess: This is a great lineup. I guess Naka would be the favored to win. With his style, I would think his prospects for any tournament are like Moro's. He seems to be more steady though.|
|Sep-19-12|| ||brankat: Morozevich is participating in this event? He is not on the list posted by CG at the top of this page...|
|Sep-19-12|| ||Eyal: Moro is participating in the Grand Prix series, but not in the London tournament; according to the official schedule he's supposed to play in the Tashkent, Lisbon, Madrid & Berlin tournaments. (There are 6 tournaments and 18 players overall in the GP, each player participating in 4 of the tournaments.)|
|Sep-19-12|| ||brankat: Thank You <Eyal>. I have not really been following the WC cycles and I'm not familiar with the format either.|
|Sep-19-12|| ||Eyal: Btw, in addition to Svidler & Moro, the other GP players not participating in this tournament are Radjabov, Karjakin, Caruana, Gashimov & Ponomariov; I'd say at least the first three should be counted among the favorites to gain the 2 candidates spots that the players in this series are competing for.|
|Sep-19-12|| ||Strongest Force: So, is Svidler out for entire series or just this tournament? Or maybe I should just worry about my two favs: Fab & Nak?|
|Sep-19-12|| ||Eyal: According to chess-news (http://chess-news.ru/en/node/9404), Svidler's replacement by Adams is definitely a once-only change and Svidler still plans to play in the series (he has three more tournaments). A bit funny that Svidler himself replaced Karjakin, who was originally supposed to play in London - they've switched two of their GP tournaments so that Karjakin could accept the late invitation that he got for the Grand Slam that starts in Sao Paolo in a few days.|
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