Champions Rapid
Viswanthan Anand Werner Hug Anatoli Karpov Alexander Khalifman Vladimir Kramnik Judith Polgar Ruslan Ponomariov Veselin Topalov
On Sunday, 23 August 2009, the champions will play against one another! The line-up: Viswanathan Anand – Anatoly Karpov – Alexander Khalifman – Vladimir Kramnik – Ruslan Ponomariov – Veselin Topalov. Judit Polgar, the best female chess player ever, Alexander Khalifman, FIDE World Chess Champion 1999–2000, and Werner Hug, member of Schachgesellschaft Zürich and World Junior Chess Champion in 1971, will complete the line-up.
No question: Seven rounds played according to the rapid chess rules will make for challenging games and thrilling moments. Chess lovers will be able to look over the champions' shoulders, the «chess god's» favour switching sides minute–by–minute! And even if you can't be at Zurich Main Station to take part in person, you needn't miss this extraordinary tournament: The Champions Rapid will be broadcast live on the internet; Chess enthusiasts worldwide can see close–up just how the drama on the chess board plays out on the champions' faces!
Main SponsorCredit-Suisse
Co-Sponsor Swiss Re
Stadt Zuerich
Chess Base
Alois Nagler Stiftung