Date Wed, 12 April 2017 - Mon, 17 April 2017
Venue Opening: Hotel Savoy Baur en ville (Grand Ballroom), Paradeplatz, Zürich
Tournament: Kongresshaus (Gartensaal), Zürich
Participants GM Kramnik Vladimir (RUS), ELO 2810
GM Anand Viswanathan (IND) ELO 2785
GM Nakamura Hikaru (USA) ELO 2784
GM Nepomniachtchi Ian (RUS) ELO 2767
GM Svidler Peter (RUS) ELO 2748
GM Gelfand Boris (ISR) ELO 2720
GM Oparin, Grigoryi (RUS) ELO 2616
GM Pelletier Yannick (SUI) ELO 2577
Format/Time Control
  • 7 rounds New Classical with a time control of 45min + 30sec from 13 April to 16 April
  • 7 rounds Blitz with a time control of 10min + 5sec on 17 April
Program 12 April: 6 p.m.: Opening ceremony with concert and Opening Blitz
13 April: 5 p.m.: New Classical, 1st round
14 April: 12:30 p.m.: 2nd round, 5 p.m. 3rd round
15 April: 12:30 p.m.: 4th round, 5 p.m. 5th round
16 April: 12:30 p.m.: 6th round, 5 p.m. 7th round
17 April: 11 a.m.: Blitz tournament, 5 p.m.: Closing ceremony

After GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave had to cancel his participation in the Grandmaster Tournament in honor of the chesslegend Viktor Kortchnoi for personal reasons, we have the pleasure to announce the participation of GM Boris Gelfand, who was a good and closed friend of Kortchnoi. From April 13th to April 17th 2017 the world elite of chess will meet again at the Kongresshaus Zurich and at the same time many chessfriends from all over the world are expected in a Open Tournament. Spectators are wellcome, the entrance is free.  

Kortchnoi Zurich Chess Challenge

In honor of the unforgettable chess legend Viktor Kortchnoi, who passed away June 6th, the Zurich Chess Club will organize at Easter time from April 13th to 17th 2017 at the Kongresshaus in Zurich a grandmaster tournament with the two world champions Vladimir Kramnik and Viswanathan Anand and the worldclass players Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Hikaru Nakamura, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Peter Svidler as well as the best player of the "Nutcrucker Event" 2016 in Moscow and the best swiss chessplayer Yannick Pelletier. They will play 7 rounds with the New Classical time control of 45 minutes and 30 seconds per move and a Blitz Tournament with a time control of 10 minutes and 5 seconds per move on the last day.

Kortchnoi Open

At the same time a strong Open Tournament is organized,to which all chess friends around the world are wellcome. 7 rounds will be played with a time control of 90 minutes and 30 seconds per move. More information about both tournaments in January 2017 on  


Zurich Chess Club, Oleg Skvortsov (IGC, Moscow), Aviora Holding AG Baar, Savoy Chess Corner Zurich and other chessfriends.

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