From the 26th to the 30th of June 2013, the City Council of Geneva is proud to present the 1st Geneva Chess Masters, organized by the Geneva Chess Federation (Fédération Genevoise d’Echecs).

Three World champions and a legendary woman grandmaster in Geneva!

Two four player groups challenging each other to qualify for the semi-finals and eventually the Grand Final. The concept is like the tennis masters tournaments – uncompromising games between the best players in the world.

In the end, only one remains!

Eight elite players will appear on the stage of Théâtre Pitoëff:

– Vladimir Kramnik, World N°3, World Champion from 2000 to 2007 and conqueror of the great Garry Kasparov.

– Judit Polgar, the greatest female player of all time, who has defeated nine male world champions.

– Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, newly crowned World Rapid Play Champion.

– Hikaru Nakamura, World Number 5, and fastest player in the world, undisputed king of Bullet chess, etc.


Each match starts with two rapid games (25 minutes + 10 seconds increment per move).

If the score is still equal, the match proceeds with two blitz games (4 minutes + 2 seconds increment per move).

Finally, if necessary, a “Sudden Death” blitz game is played (Black has one minute less but can afford a draw to qualify, whereas White must win). Lots will be drawn for the pairings during the

Opening Ceremony on Tuesday 25 June at 6:00pm.

The first round starts on Wednesday 26 June at 3:30 pm.

The qualifying phase takes place from the 26th to the 28th of June. Semi-finals are to be played on Saturday 29 June and the Final on Sunday 30 June.

All games will be broadcast live on the internet and spectators will have the possibility to follow the games with

French and English commentary. Website:

Chess Daily News from Susan Polgar
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