Thursday, September 13, 2012
Sao Paulo Grand Slam
World #1 Magnus Carlsen
World #2 and Olympiad Champion Levon Aronian
World #6 and World Champion Vishy Anand
World #7 and Olympiad Champion Sergey Karjakin
World #8 and World #1 Junior Fabiano Caruana
World #51 and Spain's #1 Francisco Vallejo Pons
I have formally accepted the invitation from the organizer of the Sao Paulo Grand Slam Final to be the c0-commentator with GM Gilberto Milos. I am very excited to be a part of this prestigious event. I was involved with the Bilbao side a few years ago and it was a fantastic experience. I hope to provide exciting and entertaining commentary for chess fans around the world.
Official website (http://www.grandslamdexadrez.com.br):
FIVE OF THE EIGHT BEST CHESS PLAYERS IN THE WORLD WILL COMPETE IN THE 5TH MASTERS FINAL IN SAO PAULO AND BILBAO
Five of the world's best players will be at the final: Current world champion, Viswanathan Anand, Magnus Carlsen, number one in the world rankings, Olympic champion, Levon Aronián, Sergey Karjakin and Fabiano Caruana. Joining them will be the unpredictable and ever-creative Paco Vallejo.
Sao Paulo, Brazil's economic capital, will held the first half of the tournament from September 24 to 29. The second and deciding half will be played in Bilbao from October 8 to 13.
Sao Paulo and Bilbao will this year once again host the Grand Slam Chess Masters Final, making both cities for the second consecutive year the world Chess capitals. The tournament will be played via a double half-robin league. The Brazilian megalopolis will host the first half from September 24 to 29 and the second and defining half will be played in Bilbao from October 8 to 13.
Present at the final will be current world champion, India's Viswanathan Anand; Norwegian Magnus Carlsen, number one in the world rankings; Levon Aronián of Armenia, Olympic champion; Ukranian-born Russian Sergey Karjakin and the US-born Italian Fabiano Caruana, five of the world's current best chess players. Joining them, just as he did in 2011, will be Spain's Paco Vallejo.