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Who′s Who at the «Zurich Chess Challenge 2015»

Together with the six players of the leading elite, there will join in a group of legendary personalities from the world of chess at the 4th edition of the «Zurich Chess Challenge 2015» (February 13th-19th 2015).

The GM's Nigel Short, Jan Rogers, Gennadi Sosonko and Ljubomir Ljubojevic will support GM Yannick Pelletier and IM Werner Hug as guest commentators in the worldwide live broadcast at www.zurich-cc.com/games.html.

Leonxto Garcia from Spain, Frédéric Friedel (Chessbase, Germany) and many more journalists from over the world are going to report about this tournament of superlatives.

Among the Who′s Who at the Opening Ceremony (February 13th) on the stage of this great event at Zurich will be not only Arturo Pérez-Reverte, the Spanish author of the detective novel «La tabla de Flandes» («The Flanders Panel», a dialogue between literature, painting and chess) but also the world renowned Cellist Boris Andrianov, the first Russian cellist to become a laureate at the 6th International Rostropovich competition in Paris (Homepage Boris Andrianov). They will attune the six competitors at this closed ceremony (but broadcasted live at www.zurich-cc.com ) to the Blitz Tournament which will decide over the color distribution for the classical games.
Following the Rapid Tournament on the final day (February 19th), the public Closing Ceremony with a musical contribution of the «Trio Capriccio Zürich» and the Prize Giving Ceremony will end this extraordinay chess festival.

The supporting programme features Sergej Karjakin who will be playing a simultaneous exhibition against representatives of the sponsors at the «Zunfthaus zur Saffran» on February 12th.

Furthermore, we are particularily looking forward to a Rapid Competition between the two famous chessplayers Viktor Kortchnoi and Wolfgang Uhlmann who both made a lasting impression on the chess scene at their height. They will celebrate their 84th and 80th birthday respectively in March 2015! This event will be held on February 15th (rounds 1 and 2) and February 16th( rounds 3 and 4), both days at 11am at the Hotel "Savoy Baur en Ville" and preceded by a short overview about the bygone chess history by the president of the «Emanuel Lasker Gesellschaft», Paul Werner Wagner (Homepage Emanuel Lasker Gesellschaft).

We would like to invite and warmly welcome all chess afficionados to this singular showdown of the two meritorious legends! (FREE ENTRY)

«Zurich Chess Challenge 2015» —  Again a Tournament of Superlatives

From 13 to 19 February 2015, the world chess elite will arrive again in Zurich to the fourth edition of the «Zurich Chess Challenge» at the Hotel Savoy Baur en Ville. With Fabiano Caruana, the superior winner of the recently concluded Super Tournament in St. Louis, the currently most attractive chess player comes to our city, where he meets the former world champions Viswanathan Anand and Vladimir Kramnik, and the absolute Top players Levon Aronian, Sergey Karjakin and Hikaru Nakamura.

A Blitz Tournament will determine the colors distribution on the first day. Five rounds of Classical Chess will then be played from Saturday, February 14th to Wednesday, February 18th followed by a Rapid Tournament with reversed colors on the last day (February 19th).
A won game in the classical tournament counts two points, draws one point. Wins in the rapid tournament count one point and draws half a point.

All games will be commented live and broadcast worldwide via the Internet on www.zurich-cc.com. Admission to the classical and rapid games of this formidable event is free and no previous registration of spectators is required.
The organizers though will keep all rights to deny access to the playing hall to visitors without explanation. 

This tournament is made possible again by the generous support of Oleg Skvortsov from the International «Gemological Laboratories» in Moscow and a passionate strong chess player with good personal relationships to the entire world elite of chess..

Participants:
Fabiano Caruana (Italy, Elo 2811, No.2)
Viswanathan Anand (India, Elo 2797, No.5)
Vladimir Kramnik (Russia, Elo 2783, No.8)
Levon Aronian (Armenia, Elo 2777, No.9)
Hikaru Nakamura (USA, Elo 2776, No. 10)
Sergey Karjakin (Russia, Elo 2760, No. 12)

Elo-Average: 2785, Category: 22

Schedule:
Classical tournament from Saturday, February 14, 2015 to Wednesday, February 18, 2015, starting at 3 pm.
Rapid tournament on Thursday, February 19, 2015, starting at 11 am followed by the Closing Ceremony, also public.
Spectators welcome, free entry.

Sponsors:
«IGC International Gemological Laboratories» is a Russian institute providing gemological services, such as diamond grading reports, enhanced diamonds identification as well as certification of diamonds, gemstones and jewelry in the Russian Federation. IGC is the Russian branch of GCI - a group of gemological laboratories worldwide.
«Aspeco Belgium N.V.» is a part of the K. Girdharlal Group of companies who are one of the world's leading diamantaires with sales offices around the globe. In Antwerp, Aspeco N.V. is active in selling a large assortment of polished diamonds originating from the group manufacturing. Aspeco N.V. is also procuring rough diamonds from various renowned sources both for trading and for manufacturing purposes.
«Savoy Chess Corner»
«Zurich Chess Club» («Schachgesellschaft Zürich») founded 1809, the oldest existing chess club in the world.