Rapport Richárd a Grand Prix sorozatban!

Kaspersky Lab Becomes Official Cybersecurity Partner Of FIDE And World Chess


Az Egyesült Emírségekbeli Sardzsában február 17-től rendezik meg a 2017-es Grand Prix négy versenyből álló sorozatának első versenyét. A meghívott, kijelölt 24 sakkozónak három-három tornán kell játszania, amelyeket 18-18 résztvevővel, 9 fordulós svájci rendszerben bonyolítanak le.Ahol Rapport Richárd is a GP résztvevője. Az összetett pontverseny első két helyezettje játszhat 2018-ban a világbajnok-jelölti versenyen. Valamennyi versenynek 130 ezer euró a díjalapja.

A 2017-es Grand Prix négy versenyből álló sorozatának első versenyét. A meghívott, kijelölt 24 sakkozónak három-három tornán kell játszania, amelyeket 18-18 résztvevővel, 9 fordulós svájci rendszerben bonyolítanak le. Reményünk valóra vált, Rapport Richárd is a GP résztvevője. Az összetett pontverseny első két helyezettje játszhat 2018-ban a világbajnok-jelölti versenyen.

2017 FIDE World Chess Grand Prix launch press conference

·      2017 Grand Prix cycle details announced

·      Salem Saleh to become first player from UAE to take part in Grand Prix

·      Grand Prix will be exclusively broadcast at www.worldchess.com

6 FEBRUARY, SHARJAH: World Chess by Agon Ltd. today revealed details of the 2017 Grand Prix series and announced that Kaspersky Lab becomes the Official Cybersecurity Partner of FIDE and World Chess, the organiser of the World Chess Championship cycle of events.

The unveiling of the partnership took place at the Sharjah Cultural and Chess Club, the venue for the first Grand Prix in the 2017 cycle.

The venues and dates for the forthcoming Grand Prix cycle in 2017 will be as follows:

·      Sharjah, UAE: February 18-27

·      Moscow, Russia: May 12-21

·      Geneva, Switzerland: July 6-15

·      Palma De Mallorca, Spain: November 16-25

Salem Saleh from Sharjah will become the first Grandmaster from UAE to take part in a World Championship event when he competes in the Sharjah Grand Prix.

In total, 18 players will participate in each Grand Prix and contest a prize fund of 130,000 euros. Players qualify to the Grad Prix series by rating or by being nominated by World Chess by Agon Ltd, with one addition coming from the Association of Chess Professionals (ACP) or FIDE.

Eugene Kaspersky, Chairman and CEO of Kaspersky Lab, commented: “I’m very proud that we’re now a partner of the World Chess Championship. The ultimate game of strategy, chess involves lots of excitement and tension too. The top chess tournaments are all about human brainpower – aided today by computer technologies. Some games at the very top level are simply among the top human achievements – real masterpieces. And we’re happy to become a part of this.”

The partnership between Kaspersky Lab, FIDE and World Chess will include complex cybersecurity protection for FIDE headquarters, several national chess federations, chess players competing in the World Chess Championship and the online infrastructure for each tournament. It also includes cybersecurity training for players. Kaspersky Lab’s branding will be visible on all player tables during the matches of the World Chess Championship 2017-18.

Georgious Makropoulos, Deputy President of FIDE, said: “I am delighted that the world’s top players will have the opportunity to benefit from this partnership with one of the world’s leading cybersecurity company. And it is immensely gratifying to see another global brand sponsor our sport.”

Ilya Merenzon, Chief Executive of World Chess by Agon Ltd, said: “Chess lives and breathes as IT-related sport, played by hundreds of millions of people around the world. This makes Kaspersky Lab a natural partner to the game as it continues to gain in popularity.”

Kaspersky Lab is the latest global brand to partner with World Chess and follows previously announced agreements with EG Capital Advisors, the asset management group, PhosAgro, the giant phosphates group and S.T. Dupont, the luxury goods company.

Mr Merenzon said: ‘Global businesses are increasingly recognizing that chess as a sport provides a fantastic platform to amplify their brand values to target customer groups in key international markets.”

All the Grand Prix will be exclusively broadcast at www.worldchess.com

The full list of players taking part in the 2017 World Chess Championship Grand Prix series is as follows:

Peter Svidler (RUS), Anish Giri (NED), Pavel Eljanov (UKR), Hikaru Nakamura (USA), Levon Aronian (ARM), Ding Liren (CHN), Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (FRA), Alexander Grischuk (RUS), Harikrishna Pentala (IND), Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (AZE), Dmitry Jakovenko (RUS), Boris Gelfand (ISR), Michael Adams (ENG), Evgeny Tomashevsky (RUS), Li Chao (CHN), Teimour Radjabov (AZE), Ernesto Inarkiev (RUS), Francisco Vallejo Pons (ESP), Salem Saleh (UAE), Wei Yi (CHN), Jon Ludvig Hammer (NOR), Ian Nepomniachtchi (RUS), Alexander Riazantsev (RUS), Richard Rapport (HUN). 

Less than two weeks remain before things kick off in Sharjah, and while we still don’t know the 18 players who will compete, Agon have finally released the overall 24-player line-up. It looks as follows, with the ratings and rankings taken from the February 2017 FIDE rating list:

  1. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (FRA), 2796, world no. 5
  2. Levon Aronian (ARM), 2785, world no. 7
  3. Hikaru Nakamura (USA), 2785, world no. 8
  4. Anish Giri (NED), 2769, world no. 10
  5. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (AZE), 2766, world no. 11
  6. Ding Liren (CHN), 2760, world no. 12
  7. Pavel Eljanov (UKR), 2759, world no. 13
  8. Harikrishna (IND), 2758, world no. 14
  9. Michael Adams (ENG), 2751, world no. 16
  10. Ian Nepomniachtchi (RUS), 2749, world no. 17
  11. Peter Svidler (RUS), 2748, world no. 18
  12. Alexander Grischuk (RUS), 2742, world no. 20
  13. Wei Yi (CHN), 2725, world no. 26
  14. Ernesto Inarkiev (RUS), 2723, world no. 28
  15. Boris Gelfand (ISR), 2721, world no. 29
  16. Li Chao (CHN), 2720, world no. 30
  17. Evgeny Tomashevsky (RUS), 2711, world no. 34
  18. Teimour Radjabov (AZE), 2710, world no. 35
  19. Dmitry Jakovenko (RUS), 2709, world no. 36
  20. Francisco Vallejo Pons (ESP), 2709, world no. 38
  21. Richard Rapport (HUN), 2692, world no. 50
  22. Alexander Riazantsev (RUS), 2671, world no. 77
  23. Salem Saleh (UAE), 2656, world no. 99
  24. Jon Ludvig Hammer (NOR), 2628, world no. 158

Some observations:

  • 7 of the 15 qualifiers rejected their invitations, including the world’s Top 4. Those were: Carlsen, Caruana, So, Kramnik, Anand, Karjakin and Topalov. Carlsen is of course World Champion, Karjakin automatically plays the Candidates, while Caruana, So and Kramnik may hope to gain one of the two rating places. Anand’s hopes seem to lie with the World Cup alone, while Topalov is an outspoken critic of the current FIDE leadership
  • 4 players will have a busy year as they compete in both the FIDE Grand Prix and the Grand Chess Tour: Nakamura, Aronian, MVL and Nepomniachtchi
  • 3 players were listed as reserves if replacements were required: Grischuk, Li Chao and Harikrishna. They all play.
  • 13 players who didn’t directly qualify are playing. Although not specified, it’s likely Mamedyarov, Jakovenko, Gelfand and Adams play as additional reserves based on ratings, leaving Agon’s 9 permitted nominees as: Radjabov, Inarkiev, Vallejo, Salem Saleh, Wei Yi, Hammer, Nepomniachtchi, Riazantsev and Rapport.

Originally the Grand Prix regulations stated that nominees needed to have had a 2700 classical rating (or 2650 for former men’s or women’s World Champions), though that was later changed to read “2600 for former men and women national or world champions”, with a provision added to allow nominees with a 2575 rating in at least one 2016 rating list. That latter addition to the regulations seems to have been unnecessary, since Riazantsev, Saleh and Hammer have all won their national championships.