Thursday, January 03, 2013

Baden Baden Super Tournament

PRESS RELEASE              

GRENKE Chess Classic Baden-Baden / February 7th – 17th 2013

Category 19 GM tournament in Baden-Baden 

For the time ever, the Chess Center Baden-Baden (Schachzentrum Baden-Baden) will host a category 19 GM tournament, the GRENKE Chess Classic Baden-Baden. This event will follow the tradition of great chess tournaments that the well-known southern german Spa town has established over the last two centuries.

Baden-Baden is also known in the chess world as the hometown OSG Baden-Baden, the most successful German club in the 1990 and 2000s. In the same period we started the Chess Center Baden-Baden, to lay further foundations for establishing Baden-Baden as an important center of the European chess community.

The main event of our chess weeks will be the GRENKE Chess Classic Baden-Baden, a supertournament which will give the the three German top players the chance to face three established world class players on their own soil.

As partners of the GRENKE Chess Classic Baden-Baden, we gained the GRENKELEASING AG, the German Chess Federation, and Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa.

The participants in the double round robin will be: 

- Viswanathan Anand, World Champion, 43 years, India
- Fabiano Caruana, No. 5 of the world, 20 years, Italy
- Michael Adams, No. 23 of the world, 41 years, England 
- Arkadij Naiditsch, No. 37 of the world, 27 years, Germany
- Daniel Fridman, No. 78 of the world, 36 years, Germany
- Georg Meier, No. 108 of the world, 25 years, Germany

The tournament is scheduled from February 7th – 17th 2013. The venue will be the historical halls of Kulturhaus LA8 (house of culture) in the center of Baden-Baden. The games will start daily at 3 p.m., on the last however at 1 p.m.

First informations about the tournament can be found under: 

To complement the main event, several side tournaments – each limited to 80 players – will take place:

Chess Classic ELO Open (9 rounds, 9 days, only for players ELO 1800+) 7th – 15th Feb 2013
Chess Classic Fasching (6 rounds, 3 days, open to all) 9th – 11th Feb 2013
Chess Classic Ferien (6 rounds, 3 days, open to all) 14th – 16th Feb 2013 

Information concerning GM tournament: 

Tournament director Sven Noppes:, tel.: +49-151-14813721

General information and information concerning side tournaments: 

Christian Bossert (Chairman of Schachzentrum Baden-Baden) und Dr Markus Keller (CEO of Schachzentrum Baden-Baden):; tel.: +49-7221-50079623