Bilbao Grand Slam Opening ceremony photos

the Chess Grand Slam Final starts tomorrow, pairings available

Live from Bilbao: Aronian – Carlsen

The Bilbao Chess Grand Slam starts tomorrow. Today is the opening ceremony, here are the first pictures for Chessdom by our good friend Susan Polgar.

It was stressed at the Opening Ceremony that this is NOT the traditional chess scoring system. They are using the soccer scoring system with 3 points for a win and 1 point for a draw.

In addition, players who do not attend the official reception at Bilbao’s Town Hall on September 1st or the closing ceremony on September 13th will be fined €6,000!

Round 1 pairings

Anand – Ivanchuk

Radjabov – Topalov

Aronian – Carlsen

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The players
Aronian, Carlsen, Radjabov, Ivanchuk, Anand, and Topalov

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Magnus and Henrik Carlsen in Bilbao

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Danailov and Topalov

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The players and the organizers

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Drawing of lots