A New Name is Rising on the Chess World's Horizon: Oleg Skvortsov Will Play Classical Games Against Kramnik, Aronian and Others

Время публикации: 21.04.2012 16:54 | Последнее обновление: 21.04.2012 17:20

The main sponsor of the match Kramnik - Aronian and the Russian businessman Oleg Skvortsov does not intend to limit himself to a passive participation in the event that started today in Zurich. Skvortsov will play classical time limit games against both leading heroes of the event: Kramnik and Aronian (on the free days scheduled during the match), as well as against the Swiss grandmaster Yannick Pelletier and the guest of honour Viktor Korchnoi, who will arrive towards the end of the match.

The businessman seriously worked on chess some time ago. Earlier our site published Skvortsov's memorable game with the annotations of his former coach Sergey Janovsky. According to Skvortsov, he prepared seriously for the forthcoming battles and even used a grandmaster to help him.  


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