M-Tel Masters in Sofia

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Mtel-Masters
10. bis 21. Mai 2006
Grand Hotel Sofia
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Grand Hotel Sofia, Austragungsort


Die heutige Pressekonferenz


Ponomariov, Topalov, Anand

 

Spieler:

Veselin Topalov,  Bulgarien, ELO 2804
Viswanathan Anand,  Indien, ELO 2803
Peter Svidler, Russland, ELO 2743
Ruslan Ponomariov, Ukraine, ELO 2738
Etienne Bacrot, Frankreich, ELO 2708
Gata Kamsky, USA, ELO 2671 
 

Zeitplan:

Mittwoch Mai 10    
    10.00 GMT Pressekonferenz
    16.00 GMT Eröffnung
    17.00 GMT Bankett
Donnerstag Mai 11 12.30 GMT Runde 1
Freitag Mai 12 12.30 GMT Runde 2
Samstag Mai 13 12.30 GMT Runde 3
Sonntag Mai 14 12.30 GMT Runde 4
Montag Mai 15 12.30 GMT Runde 5
Dienstag Mai 16   Rest Day
Mittwoch Mai 17 12.30 GMT Runde 6
Donnerstag Mai 18 12.30 GMT Runde 7
Freitag Mai 19 12.30 GMT Runde 8
Samstag Mai 20 12.30 GMT Runde 9
Sontag Mai 21 11.30 GMT Runde 10
    16.00 GMT Stichkämpfe
    18.00 GMT Schlussfeier
    19.00 GMT Bankett

 

 


Press release

 “M-Tel Masters” 2006 gathers the world chess elite in Sofia
For a second consecutive year the tournament will be the strongest on the planet


(Sofia, May 10th, 2006) “M-Tel Masters” 2006 ( www.mtelmasters06.com ) gathers in Sofia the chess elite for a second consecutive year. The competition will be entered by three world champions. The Bulgarian fans of the ancient game will be able to watch live the current world champion Veselin Topalov and the former aces of the planet Viswanathan Anand from India and Ruslan Ponomariov from Ukraine. The other three participants are Gata Kamsky from the USA, Etienne Bacrot from France and Peter Svidler from Russia.

Again “M-Tel Masters” is the strongest competition on the planet, shares the director of the tournament Silvio Danailov. The average ELO coefficient of the competitors is 2747 and the tournament is ranked category 20, according to the FIDE.

The event will take place from May 10th to May 21st, 2006 and its patron is the President of the Republic of Bulgaria Mr. Georgi Parvanov. The six players will play against each other at Sofia Hall of Grand Hotel Sofia.

General sponsor of the competition is Mobiltel (www.mtel.bg), the biggest Bulgarian mobile operator.
Supporting the chess competition is also mineral water “Hissar” from source Nr. 7 (www.hissarwater.com).
Bulstrad Life JSC insured the six top chess players. The company, which is the official insurer of “M-Tel Masters”, is among the first five insurance companies on the Bulgarian market.

Scandinavia Motors, importer of automobiles SAAB for Bulgaria is the official carter of the chess stars.

“I do not doubt the great success of the M-Tel Masters 2006! I believe in Vesko’s words that this year’s tournament will even surpass in interest M-Tel Masters 2005, said Josef Vinatzer, CEO of Mobiltel. “For the new tournament we developed a special JAVA game, which allows chess fans to play against each other using their mobile phones”, he added.

The regulations of the tournament foresee two rounds with a 7-hour check. This way each player will play two games against the other participant with exchanged colors. In case of a draw at the finals, a tie-break will be played in order to determine the winner. As last year, in force is again the new rule established during the previous competition in Sofia, which states that the participants cannot agree on a draw. The draw could be decided only by the head judge of the tournament.

Russian and Indian TV channels will cover the tournament. NTV+ Sport, which has 1.2 million viewers, will broadcast each night 30-minute reports for the competition, while the Indian Doordashan (with 233 million viewers in Asia and Europe) will send a special correspondent.

The rights for Bulgaria are owned by the BNT. Channel 1 will broadcast diaries, whereas the satellite channel TV Bulgaria foresees tо join the play hall directly three times a day.

During the tournament the world champion Veselin Topalov will be awarded with the chess “Oscar” for 2005. On May 16th, during the day-off from the tournament, the king of chess will play against Bulgarian journalists on the tables in the garden in front of the National Theater. The most relentless media representative will receive a special prize from Mobiltel.

More about the tournament

The first edition of “M-Tel Masters” was held from May 11th to May 22nd 2005 in Sofia. The tournament was won by the Bulgarian grand master Veselin Topalov. The winner came first by a point before Viswanathan Anand, followed by Judit Polgar, Ruslan Ponomariov, Vladimir Kramnik and Michael Adams. Only 5 months later Topalov won the world title at the competition in Saint Luis, Argentina and headed the FIDE ranking.

For more information

Press center of the international chess tournament “M-Tel Masters” 2006:
Jivko Ginchev, Dimitar Naydenov
press@mtelmasters06.com


 

 

 



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