The players for this years GRENKE Chess Classic were revealed. The tournament will be held from 31 March-09 April, 2018.
Venue: Schwarzwaldhallte Karlsruhe (Round 1 to 3), Kulturhaus LA8 Baden-Baden (Round 4 to 9)
Time control: 100 min/40 moves + 50 min/20 moves + 15 min/rest of the game with a 30 sec increment from move 1
Draws: No draw offers before move 40
Tiebreakers: 1. Number of wins, 2. Number of wins with Black, 3. Head-to-head score
In case of a tie for first place: 2 games with 10 min + 2 sec a move; then if needed 2 games with 5 min + 2 sec a move; finally a game with 6 min for White and 5 min for Black (in case of a draw Black wins)
It will be very strong tournament once again.
The list is topped by the World Champion GM Magnus Carlsen. The other players are GM Levon Aronian, GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, GM Fabiano Caruana, GM Viswanathan Anand, GM Nikita Vitiugov, GM Arkadij Naiditsch, GM Hou Yifan, GM Georg Meier, GM Matthias Bluebaum.
Live games with analysis will be provided daily with the best chess software competing in the Top Chess Engine Championship – Komodo, Houdini, and Stockfish.