Baden-Baden GRENKE Chess Classic

For the first time ever the Baden-Baden Chess Centre (Schachzentrum Baden-Baden) is hosting a Category 19 GM tournament, the Baden-Baden GRENKE Chess Classic. This event will continue the tradition of great chess tournaments that the well-known southern German spa town has established over the last two centuries.


Baden-Baden is also renowned in the chess world as the home of OSG Baden-Baden, the most successful German club since the 1990s. In the same period we set up the Baden-Baden Chess Centre to lay the foundations for making Baden-Baden into an important centre for the European chess community.

The main event of the chess fortnight will be the Baden-Baden GRENKE Chess Classic, a supertournament providing three top German players with the chance to face three established world class players on their own soil.

The Baden-Baden GRENKE Chess Classic has been made possible by partnership with GRENKELEASING AG, the German Chess Federation and Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa.

The participants in the double round-robin will be:
- Viswanathan Anand, World Champion, 43, India
- Fabiano Caruana, No. 13 in the world, 20, Italy
- Michael Adams, No. 23 in the world, 41, England
- Arkadij Naiditsch, No. 29 in the world, 27, Germany
- Daniel Fridman, No. 78 in the world, 36, Germany
- Georg Meier, No. 120 in the world, 25, Germany

The tournament is scheduled for February 7th – 17th 2013. The venue will be the historic halls of Kulturhaus LA8 (House of Culture) in the centre of Baden-Baden. The games will start daily at 3 p.m. except for the last day when they start at 1 p.m.

The main event will be complemented by several side tournaments – each limited to 80 players:  

Chess Classic ELO Open (9 rounds, 9 days, only for players Elo 1800+ rated) 7th – 15th Feb 2013
Chess Classic Carnival (6 rounds, 3 days, open to all) 9th – 11th Feb 2013
Chess Classic Holiday (6 rounds, 3 days, open to all) 14th – 16th Feb 2013

Information concerning the GM tournament:
Tournament Director Sven Noppes: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , tel.: +49-151-14813721

General information and information concerning the side tournaments:
Christian Bossert (Chairman of Schachzentrum Baden-Baden) and Dr. Markus Keller (CEO of Schachzentrum Baden-Baden): This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; tel.: +49-7221-50079623