World Chess Grand Prix Opens in Geneva with a Black-tie Gala
ByEditorsJul 06 — 5:02 AM
World’s best chess players, bankers, diplomats, watchmakers and businessmen came together to celebrate the opening of the FIDE World Chess Geneva Grand Prix at the Four Seasons Hotel. Geneva is now looking forward to 9 days of intense chess battles which will possibly determine a winner of the series.
Celebrity swagger, beautiful mountains, and private banking have helped give Geneva a lead among jet setters. Now they are learning chess as the city is hosting the FIDE World Chess Grand Prix — a prestigious qualifier for the World Chess Candidates Tournament and the Championship Match.
The Opening Gala, held at the famous Four Seasons Hotel Ball Room, was an event of the day: the Mayor of Geneva, famous banking families, sports stars and businessmen mingled with ambassadors and United Nations representatives.
During his opening remarks, Ilya Merenzon, CEO of World Chess, the organizer of the Series and the Championship cycle, said that it’s a perfect time to introduce chess to Geneva and Switzelrand.
Black-tie Gala Opening of the Grand Prix started at 7PM at the famous Four Seasons Hotel in Geneva.
Opening Press Conference
FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov with guests
Alexander Mints, board member of EG Capital Advisors, one of the General Partners of the cycle, is all smiles when showcasing an S.T.Dupont pen, developed specifically for chess championships
Guests played some chess
Boris Gelfand of Israel will play Shakhriyar Mamedyarov of Azerbaijan in the first round.
Ilya Merenzon, World Chess CEO
The event took place in the Four Seasons Ball Room
FIDE and World Chess announces today that the 2018 World Chess Championship Match will take place in London in November 2018. The world’s most prestigious chess tournament is to be the climax of a season of high-profile activity to extend the sport’s appeal among global audiences – and make 2018 the Year of Chess in the UK.
After 9 days of intense chess battles at the last leg of the World Chess Grand Prix series 2017 in Palma de Mallorca, the two winners of the series were finally determined: Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan, overall 340 points in the series) and Alexander Grischuk (Russia, 336,4 points). They qualified for the Candidates Tournament – the next part of the World Chess Championship cycle, which leads up to the Championship match.
The sole leader of the Palma de Mallorca Grand Prix Levon Aronian made a quick draw with Evgeny Tomashevsky today, inviting the group of rivals to join him at the top. But same as in the previous rounds all games on the top boards finished peacefully and not a single player came close to catching up with him.
After seven rounds Aronian is in the lead with 4,5 points. A group of 8 players is half a point behind, including Vachier-Lagrave. In order to qualify for the Candidates, the Frenchman needs to win at least one more game. Boris Gelfand defeated Alexander Riazantsev, Pavel Eljanov won against Jon Ludvig Hammer, while Teimour Rajabov outplayed Li Chao. After the victory the Azerbaijani Grandmaster still hopes to qualify, but in that case has to win both games.
Javier Ochoa, Honorary FIDE Vice President and President of the Spanish Chess Federation, made the first symbolic move to start the fourth round, which turned out to be the most exciting round of the tournament so far, with six decisive games out of nine.
In the Third Round of the FIDE Grand Prix in Palma de Mallorca games between the four leaders, Vachier-Lagrave-Aronian and Rajabov-Giri, finished in a draw. Peter Svidler joined the group of leaders by beating Jon-Ludvig Hammer in the third round.
The world’s best chess players and chess establishment came together in Bellver Castle to celebrate the opening of the final leg of the FIDE 2017 World Chess Grand Prix Palma de Mallorca – a prestigious qualifier for the World Chess Candidates Tournament.
Katerina Lagno, one of the strongest Russian women-grandmasters won the historic Moscow Blitz Tournament, beating her fellow Russian Olympic team members Alexandra Kosteniuk, Valentina Gunina and Olga Girya.
After a draw against Ian Nepomniachtchi, Teimur Rajabov won the tournament. One of the strongest players, Rajabov had not won a major tournament lately, but has shown phenomenal form in Geneva and managed to overpower some of top world’s players