Friday, August 12, 2011

Karpov joins Kings' Team



Anatoly Karpov Joins Kings vs. Queens Field

Tournament to coincide with the opening of the World Chess Hall of Fame



SAINT LOUIS, August 11, 2011 -- Former World Champion Grandmaster Anatoly Karpov will join the Kings team in the upcoming Kings vs. Queens tournament, scheduled to be held in Saint Louis September 9-16.



The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis is hosting the tournament to coincide with the grand opening of the World Chess Hall of Fame, which will open to the public on September 9 in Saint Louis. Kings vs. Queens: A Battle of the Sexes will feature some of the top chess players in the world in a 5-on-5 team event.



“The addition of Anatoly Karpov to this already impressive field will only serve to heighten the intensity of this battle,” said Tony Rich, the executive director of the CCSCSL. “It will be an honor to welcome Karpov to the club.”



The Queens field is headlined by the strongest female player in chess history, GM Judit Polgar. US #1 and Rapid specialist GM Hikaru Nakamura will lead the Kings into battle.



The players, including FIDE ratings and the federation each represents, are as follows:



Queens



GM Judit Polgar (2699) - Hungary

GM Kateryna Lahno (2536) - Ukraine

IM Anna Zatonskih (2522) - U.S.

GM Alexandra Kosteniuk (2497) - Russia

IM Irina Krush (2486) - U.S.



Kings



GM Hikaru Nakamura (2770) - U.S.

GM Anatoly Karpov (2617) - Russia

GM Ben Finegold (2488) - U.S.

IM Jacek Stopa (2474) - Poland

IM Marc Arnold (2445) - U.S.

The average team rating of the Queens is 2548 FIDE and the King’s average rating is 2559 FIDE. This will be a Scheveningen-paired tournament, in which each of the five team members will play each of the opposing team members twice: once in a Fischer Random (Chess 960) game with a time control of G/25 + 10-second increment and once in a rapid game with a time control of G/25 with a 5-second increment.

The Opening Ceremony for the tournament will take place on September 9, and the first round will begin at 3 p.m. CT on Saturday, September 10.

The winning team of the event will win $20,000, divided equally between each member of that team. In addition, individual prizes will be awarded based on final standings and are are as follows:

1st: $5,500

2nd: $5,000

3rd: $4,500

4th: $4,000

5th: $3,500

6th: $3,000

7th: $2,500

8th: $2,000

9th: $1,500

10th: $1,000

Individual prizes total $32,500 and, when coupled with the team prize, the total prize fund for this event is $52,500.

Karpov replaces GM Timur Gareyev on board two for the Kings. IM Martha Fierro of Ecuador will serve as an alternate for the queens.