"The New Classics" In Zurich: Six Elite GMs To Try Out "The Future of The Classical Chess" Format

Время публикации: 27.10.2015 13:52 | Последнее обновление: 27.10.2015 14:45

The fifth Zurich Chess Challenge will be even shorter and will take place from February 12-15 in Savoy Hotel Zurich. 

Six elite GMs will compete in this tournament:

Vladimir KRAMNIK
Anish GIRI

The competition is especially interesting due to its regulations.

The opening ceremony (February 12) will be marked with a concert of the world-renowned cellist Boris Andrianov. The Russian guitarist Dimitry Illarionov and the violinist Alena Baeva are also invited to perform. After the ceremony, the participants will play a blitz tournament (not counted) which will decide over the color distribution for the classical games.

The players will compete in a round robin with a new time control of 40 minutes per game with additional 10 seconds for each move. According to the director of the event Oleg Skvortsov, this is the future of classical chess, "The idea is to bring attention to this new time control and create a precedent, so that the elite GMs could play an hour-long game with a 10 minute add-up (no more than two hours for the entire game) counting the classical ELO points, - the businessman explained in the commentary to our website. - The Zurich competition will be formally counted for the rapid rating, but by the initial idea this is the new classical chess!" 

According to the press release: "We preserve the Zurich system of point control but for another format. There are 2 points for a victory, 1 point for a draw in new classical chess and 1 point for a victory and 0.5 points for a draw in a blitz."

The blitz cycle will take place on February 15. The winner of Zurich Chess Challenge will be the player having collected the most of the all possible points. 


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