London Grand Prix Opening Ceremony

  • SonofPearl
  • on 21/09/12, 01:10.

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Andrew Paulson, the Chief Executive and Founder of Agon, the company that has been awarded the commercial rights to the World Chess Championships, created a very different opening ceremony for the FIDE London Grand Prix, held last night.

The occasion took place in the beautiful neo-classical building Somerset House which is an arts and cultural centre, and home to London Fashion Week.

Instead of a longwinded ceremony, official protocol was kept to a minimum at what was described as an "opening party".

Andrew Paulsen welcomes FIDE President Kirsan Illyumzhinov

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The players joined Andrew Paulsen, waiting for the drawing of lots

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The players each chose a London Monopoly card to decide their place in the draw

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Top seed Hikaru Nakamura of the USA makes his choice

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The opening party in full swing with many special guests

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Andrew Paulsen with actress Gillian Anderson and English Junior Joshua Altman

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The players gave blitz demonstrations for the party guests (Michael Adams v Anish Giri)

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Boris Gelfand (left) and Hikaru Nakamura

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Leinier Dominguez Perez (left) versus Veselin Topalov

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Wang Hao (left) and Rustam Kasimdzhanov

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Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (right) faced Alexander Grischuk

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Model and actress Lily Cole challenged Veselin Topalov!

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The official poster for the London Grand Prix

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The full line-up for the first Grand Prix in London is:

Name Fed Elo
Hikaru Nakamura  USA 2783
Vassily Ivanchuk  UKR 2769
Alexander Grischuk  RUS 2754
Veselin Topalov  BUL 2752
Wang Hao  CHN 2742
Boris Gelfand  ISR 2738
Peter Leko  HUN 2737
Anish Giri  NLD 2730
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov  AZE 2729
Leinier Dominguez Perez  CUB 2725
Michael Adams  ENG 2722
Rustam Kasimdzhanov  UZB 2684


The tournament starts today. See our preview here.  Who is your pick to win?

All photos by Ray Morris-Hill.

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  • 4 anni fa



    Carlsen, Anand, Kramnik, and Aronian declined to participate in the Grand Prix because they will very likely qualify by rating (Carlsen, Aronian, Kramnik), or current World Champion (Anand).

  • 4 anni fa


    Ivanchuk or Giri

  • 4 anni fa


    Wow!  First class all the way.  That's how to begin a chess tournament! 

  • 4 anni fa


    where are anand, carlsen. kramnik, aronian???

     to arogand to play? or what? epsecially anand and carlsen are absend from all major events...whats wrong with these guys? i think anand has lost his will and carlsen is just a norwegian who likes to travel...true? all scandinavians do least i think so...

  • 4 anni fa


    Thanks for the elegant presentation .

  • 4 anni fa


    i bet boris gelfand of israel

  • 4 anni fa


    While Kasimdzhanov and Giri look very sharp in their suits, Best-Dressed award goes to Nakamura, and therefor he will win the tournament!

    The official poster is beautiful!

  • 4 anni fa


    Paul can throw a party.

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