Chess Grand Slam Final in Bilbao

exclusive information update

Since the Mtel Masters in May, there have been many rumors around the Chess Grand Slam. In the last several days information flow has intensified, confirming very interesting facts about the newborn chain. Here is the latest information, exclusive for the readers of Chessdom.com.

Chess Grand Slam, Mexico

There will not be a Chess Grand Slam tournament in Mexico City. The agreement reached last year in Sofia has not been finalized due to financial obstacles. This leaves the sixth spot for the Bilbao tournament unoccupied.

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Chess Grand Slam, Bilbao

The Chess Grand Slam in Bilbao will take place 1-13 September 2008. It will feature six players. The first three will be the winners of Corus 2008, Morelia – Linares 2008, and Mtel Masters 2008 – GM Levon Aronian, GM Viswanathan Anand, and GM Vassily Ivanchuk. Invitations have received and the second place holders – GM Magnus Carlsen and GM Veselin Topalov. The sixth player will be known after the next meeting of the board of the Chess Grand Slam.

Speculations are already flying around who this third player will be. It is known that organizers will stick to players who have participated in most of the events. However, there is a good chance the tournament to be category XXI, so the sixth player invited will be a top 30 one. The rating list that will be published in July has an average of 2773 ELO for the confirmed players. However, if we take a look at the live rating of Hans Arild Runde, we can see that the five invited players have average rating of 2776, and maybe even more depending on the Aerosvit tournament and other events that will take place until the start of the Bilbao Grand Slam.

The total prize fund will be 400 000 eur, as more than 100 000 will go for the winner.

Bilbao Preview

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Chess Grand Slam, Seattle

Seattle will join the Grand Slam Chess tournaments in 2009. The event will have a prize fund of USD 750 000. No more details are known about the tournament, but rumors about it have reached the Chessdom editors as far back as the WCC in Mexico. Information that came out during the Mtel Masters suggested that the Seattle tournament is part of a plan to expand the Chess Grand Slam on more continents. As confirmed by Danailov, China is one of the candidates to join in 2010.

Live from Bilbao: Aronian – Carlsen / Ivanchuk – Carlsen