400.000 Dollar Preisgeld für das Grand Slam Finale

14.08.2007 – Das Finale des Schach "Grand Slam" wird vom 15 bis 27. September 2008 in Bilbao stattfinden und mit einem Preisfonds von 400.000 Dollar ausgestattet sein, gab die Grand Slam Association in einer Presseerklärung bekannt. Das Turnier wird mit sechs Teilnehmern gespielt. Zu den Siegern von von Wijk aan Zee, Linares, Sofia und Mexiko gesellen sich zwei weitere Spieler, die von der Grand Slam Association eingeladen werden. Der Sieger des Finales erhält ein Preisgeld von 150.000 Dollar. Pressetext (eng.)...

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It will take place in Bilbao from the 15th of September to 27th of September 2008


·        Six participants are taking part: the winners of the tournaments of Linares, Mtel-Sofia, Corus-Wijk Aan Zee and Ciudad de Mexico, to these four winners will join two invited players.

The Grand Slam Chess Festival “Bilbao Final Masters Tournament 2008” will be held in Bilbao, capital city of Vizcaya. The dates and prizes of the tournament have already been confirmed, it will take place from the 15th of September to 27th of September 2008 and it will probably be among the world best tournaments in chess history. The total prize fund for the Tournament is 400.000 Euros, 150.000€ for the first prize, being the highest prize in world chess tournaments, excluding the one from Fide world chess championship.

The players who will take part in the Masters Final will be the winners of the following tournaments: Corus-Wijk Aan Zee (Holland, January 11-27), Linares (Spain, February 15 to March 9), MTEL-Sofia (Bulgaria, May 6-18) and Ciudad de México (Mexico, June 21 to July 6), to these four winners will join two more players, who will earn a place by winning a world top tournament or by special invitation made by the organization.

The primary objective of the Grand Slam Tournaments is to dignify and modernize chess, all of this together with the task of turning elite chess into a magnificent sport spectacle. We are working with this aim in taking special care of the good image of chess and players (establishing rules to cut down or eliminate short draws.); developing a strong collaboration with the FIDE; improving relationships with the media; incorporating Information Society tools in terms of implement new ways to allow fans to follow and participate in the tournaments, whether it be by attending them or through internet portals, and finally, promoting initiatives that enhance the social and educational role of chess.


Bilbao, 9th August, 2007