It used to be a much larger chess festival, but even so it's nice that the GRENKE sponsors and organizers have put together a strong tournament that partially fills in the gap left by the apparently dearly departed Linares super-tournament. This one is a six player double-round robin in Baden-Baden, Germany starring three players from the world elite and three very strong German GMs (one of whom, Naiditsch, is an on-again, off-again member of the first group as well). Here are the pairings for round 1:
- Arkadij Naiditsch (2716) - Daniel Fridman (2667)
- Michael Adams (2725) - Viswanathan Anand (2780)
- Fabiano Caruana (2757) - Georg Meier (2640)
Except for the last round, play begins each day at 3 p.m. local time = 2 p.m. GMT/9 a.m. ET.