Elite Chess Tournament Schedule: 2012

It’s not easy to keep up with the constantly changing schedules, venues, player lists, etc. for the elite chess tournaments of 2012, so I decided to centralize my research here. The climate at the top of the chess world has become very interesting lately, as Magnus Carlsen and Levon Aronian have greatly distanced themselves from other super-grandmasters on the current ratings lists – Carlsen at #1 with 2835 FIDE and Aronian stubbornly chasing at #2 with 2825 FIDE – with the closest competitor Vladimir Kramnik almost 25 points back at #3 in the world with 2801 FIDE. The current World Chess Champion, Viswanathan Anand, has been fairly inactive as the champ is justifiably reluctant to expose his preparation. I believe we are going to see a new champion crowned in the near future, as the next generation of chess will be spearheaded by determined younger players like Magnus Carlsen, Levon Aronian, Fabiano Caruana, Hikaru Nakamura, Teimour Radjabov, and Sergey Karjakin. To keep an eye on the world’s best players and events, here is my list of the most interesting tournaments that are confirmed for 2012.

Elite Chess Tournament Schedule 2012

Aronian vs Kramnik – Chess Match 2012

When: April 21-28, 2012
What: 6-game match
Where: Zurich, Switzerland
Who: World #2 Levon Aronian vs World #3 Vladimir Kramnik,

2012 US Chess Championship

When: May 7-20, 2012
What: 12-player round robin format
Where: St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Who: Hikaru Nakamura, Gata Kamsky, Alexander Onischuk, Yasser Seirawan, Robert Hess, Varuzhan Akobian, Alexander Stripunsky, Ray Robson, Alejandro Ramirez, Yury Shulman, Aleksandr Lenderman, Gregory Kaidanov

2012 World Chess Championship

When: May 10 – June 1, 2012
What: 12 game match
Where: Moscow, Russia
Who: World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand (IND) vs Challenger Boris Gelfand (ISR)

Tal Memorial Chess 2012

When: June 7-19, 2012
What: 10-player round robin format
Where: Moscow, Russia
Who: Magnus Carlsen, Levon Aronian, Vladimir Kramnik, Teimour Radjabov, Hikaru Nakamura, Fabiano Caruana, Alexander Morozevich, Alexander Grischuk, Evgeny Tomashevsky, Luke McShane

King’s Chess Tournament 2012

When: June 23 – July 4, 2012
What: 6-player round robin format
Where: Medias, Romania
Who: Magnus Carlsen, Viswanathan Anand, Teimour Radjabov, Sergey Karjakin, Vassily Ivanchuk, and 1 local Romanian player as yet to be determined

World Chess Olympiad 2012

When: August 27 – September 10, 2012
What: Olympiad team tournament
Where: Istanbul, Turkey
Who: Select countries will be invited to send a team of their best chess players

2013 Candidates Tournament

When: March 13 – March 31, 2013
What: 8-player double round robin format
Where: London, England
Who: Magnus Carlsen, Levon Aronian, Vladimir Kramnik, Teimour Radjabov, Vassily Ivanchuk, Alexander Grischuk, Peter Svidler, and the loser of the 2012 World Chess Championship

I included this basic info about the 2013 Candidates Tournament on this list because the details were changing around quite a bit and have only recently been finalized. This line-up guarantees to be a very exciting candidates tournament to determine the challenger for the next world chess championship, and I am very excited to see how Magnus Carlsen will perform in his first serious attempt towards the title of World Chess Champion.

I will continue updating this list and adding details about more events as they are confirmed throughout 2012.

UPDATE: Linares 2012 Cancelled Due To Scheduling Conflicts

Organizers have confirmed that Linares 2012 is cancelled, citing scheduling conflicts as the reason (adamantly declining that sponsorship/funding is the problem)

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