FIDE 2017 Moscow Grand Prix: Opening Ceremony Print
Friday, 12 May 2017 06:56

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The opening ceremony for the second stage of FIDE Grand Prix Series took place in Moscow

A host of VIP guests gathered tonight at the Opening Ceremony for the eagerly anticipated FIDE 2017 Moscow Grand Prix.

Israel Gelfer, Vice President of FIDE, the world’s governing body of chess and Ilya Merenzon, CEO of World Chess, organizer of the Moscow Grand Prix, welcomed guests from the worlds of sport, entertainment, culture and politics who rubbed shoulders at the lavish event with the 18 Grandmasters who are competing for a prize fund of 130,000 euros.

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Mr Gelfer said: “Russia has an enduring love affair with chess so it is always special to bring a World Championship Grand Prix event back to Moscow. The 2017 Grand Prix has an incredibly strong field and I know that there will be some incredible games between the world’s best.”

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Ilya Merenzon, the Chief Executive of World Chess, the organiser of the World Chess Championship cycle, said: “The eyes of the chess world will be on Moscow once more. We are expecting thousands of spectators at the venue and millions more will watch every move at”

Andrey Guryev, CEO PJSC PhosAgro

We already have established a tradition of supporting World Chess Championship matches that take place in Russia, for example, in Sochi in 2014. We also support matches with Russian grandmasters, as we did in New York in 2016, where Sergei Karjakin, who is here today, played a truly exciting game.
Therefore, we are pleased to be an official partner of the Grand Prix stage here in the heart of Russia!" said Andrey Guryev, Russian Chess Federation Board of Trustees Member, CEO PJSC PhosAgro.

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Sergey Zemkov, Kaspersky Lab

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Mikhail Kasumov, EG Capital Advisors

During the ceremony of drawing of lots the highest rated player Maxime Vachier-Lagrave chose the white piece to decide colours for tomorrow’s first round, which begins at 2pm local time.

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The top ranked player in the tournament, which runs from tomorrow until 21 May, is world number five Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France.

Hikaru Nakamura, the 7th strongest player in the FIDE rankings and five other top 20 players will also contest for the first prize of 20,000 euros in a field of 18 competitors. The full list of players is available at

The Grand Prix returns to the Telegraph Building in central Moscow, which previously hosted the 2016 Candidates Tournament won by Sergey Karjakin of Russia. Spectator tickets are available at

Chess fans who are unable to attend can follow every game online. A live video broadcast of the tournament, including expert commentary, costs just $10 and is available at

The tournament, a nine round Swiss contest, also features Hou Yifan, the world’s leading female player. It is the second of four Grand Prix in 2017 and follows the Sharjah Grand Prix in February, which was won by Alexander Grischuk, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov in a three-way tie.

The Moscow Grand Prix is sponsored by EG Capital Partners, PhosAgro, Kaspersky Lab, and VimpelCom.

Beluga is the official VIP program partner while S.T. Dupont is the official writing partner for the World Chess Championship cycle.

Opening Ceremony Photo Gallery

Pairings - Round 1 on 2017/05/12 at 14.00

Bo. No.   Name Rtg Pts. Result Pts.   Name Rtg No.
1 1 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2795 0 - 0 GM Adams Michael 2747 10
2 11 GM Inarkiev Ernesto 2727 0 - 0 GM Nakamura Hikaru 2786 2
3 3 GM Giri Anish 2785 0 - 0 GM Gelfand Boris 2724 12
4 13 GM Radjabov Teimour 2710 0 - 0 GM Ding Liren 2773 4
5 5 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2772 0 - 0 GM Vallejo Pons Francisco 2710 14
6 15 GM Tomashevsky Evgeny 2696 0 - 0 GM Svidler Peter 2755 6
7 7 GM Nepomniachtchi Ian 2751 0 - 0 GM Hou Yifan 2652 16
8 17 GM Salem A.R. Saleh 2633 0 - 0 GM Grischuk Alexander 2750 8
9 9 GM Harikrishna P. 2750 0 - 0 GM Hammer Jon Ludvig 2621 18
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