Well I'm really glad to see everyone kept their math in check
(pun intended) for all the tourney predictions made above!
One quick comment though:
Originally posted by Chess Nut:
I think Mamedyarov might do very well here and perhaps even pip a tired and troubled Topalov.
'El Topo' get pipped?
The drawing of the lots has been concluded for the "Crown Group"
and this has resulted in the following detailed schedule presented:
"Essent Chess Tournament"
October 20 - 28, 2006
*************************The Playing Schedule:
Round 1, Sunday October 22, 14.00 hours
Polgar, Judit - Sokolov, Ivan
Mamedyarov, Shak - Topalov, VeselinRound 2, Monday October 23, 14.00 hours
Sokolov, Ivan - Mamedyarov, Shak
Polgar, Judit - Topalov, Veselin Round 3, Tuesday October 24, 14.00 hours
Mamedyarov, Shak - Polgar, Judit
Topalov, Veselin - Sokolov, IvanWednesday October 25 - Rest Day
Note: The Open Section and Amateur Groups
I & II will play their respective rounds on this day.Round 4, Thursday October 26, 14.00 hours
Sokolov, Ivan - Polgar, Judit
Topalov, Veselin - Mamedyarov, ShakRound 5, Friday October 27, 14.00 hours
Polgar, Judit - Mamedyarov, Shak
Sokolov, Ivan - Topalov, VeselinRound 6, Saturday October 28, 12.00 hours
Topalov, Veselin - Polgar, Judit
Mamedyarov, Shak - Sokolov, Ivan Note:
I've shortened the first name of 'Shakhriyar'
to just 'Shak' above.
See my above post:
- The Rate of Play: The Crown Group (also the Open Group and Amateur I) is 40 moves in 2 hours, followed by 1 hour extra time for the completion of the game. Amateur II: 36 moves in 105 minutes, followed by 15 minutes extra time for the completion of the game.
- Playing hours: All rounds start at 14.00 hours daily. The final round (October 28th) starts at noon. The Amateur Groups have other starting times: Group I: 14.30 hours (October 28th at 13.00 hours); Group II: 10.00 hours (October 28th at 9.00 hours).
Once again from my above post:
The 10th Annual "Essent Chess Tournament 2006"
An excellent report on ChessBase: "Topalov at the 2006 Essent Chess Tournament"
Here are just a few of the first pics taken from the Opening Ceremony...
The main participants: Ivan (face obscured),
Shak, Veselin and Judit.
Chess art unveiled!
'El Topo' asking Shak, "Does your contract
really read the same as mine?"
Veselin studying a "Mate in 8"
Problem Competition, "I can mate in 9
moves from this position!"
No it's not a typo I'm just being Mal with
my last two comments! :p
Ladies and Gentleman (all sections) it's time to start your engines!
Should be of great interest to watch 'El Topo' back in action again. Let's hope that 'Garbage man' keeps a very low key profile and that he doesn't stick his nose in where it doesn't belong (could be he's not even there as no pics of him were found).