Zurich Chess Challenge 2014 — The strongest tournament in chess history to date begins Wednesday, January 29 at the Hotel Savoy. This is going to be the first chess tournament in the history of the game to claim a level of Category 23 with an amazing average rating of 2801!
Destiny is cruel and chess destiny can be crueler still: The newly-crowned World Chess Champion and his ‘victim’ Viswanathan Anand will meet again for the first time after the November 2013 World Chess Championship. This will be Magnus Carlsen‘s first tournament appearance after winning the world title. Anand has already played the London Chess Classic in December 2013 which Carlsen did not attend.
This brilliant event, which will take place in the extraordinary familial environment of the ballroom of the Hotel Savoy, has already caught the attention throughout the world and led to the registration of many journalists and top-players, including Peter Leko, Jan Timman and Gennadi Sosonko.
A press release states, the Zurich Chess Club is very proud to be the organizer and host of this unique event and it would like to thank the main tournament sponsor and chess-enthusiast Oleg Skvortsov, whose generous contribution has allowed for this extraordinary event to take place!
Admission to the classical and rapid games is free, no previous registration is required. Due to limited room capacity, the Opening Ceremony and the blitz tournament are for official guests only.
Participants (Elo rating according to FRL of January 2014)
Magnus Carlsen (Norway, Elo 2872, Nr 1)Levon Aronian (Armenia, Elo 2812, Nr 2)Hikaru Nakamura (USA, Elo 2789, Nr 3)Fabiano Caruana (Italy, Elo 2782, Nr 6)Boris Gelfand (Israel, Elo 2777, Nr 8)Vishwanathan Anand (India, Elo 2773, Nr 9)
Daily from 30 January to 4 February 2014.
The rounds start at 15.00 local time (CET), except for the last round, which begins at 13.00 CET.Spectators are welcome, entrance free.
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Aspeco, SurJewel, Savoy Chess Corner, Zurich Chess Club (founded in 1809, the oldest chess club of the world)
Hotels Savoy Baur en Ville, Rössli and Seehof in Zurich
OrganizationZurich Chess Club