Elista FIDE Grand Prix round 2

Four players sharing the lead

Teimour Radjabov and Alexander Grischuk were victorious in the second round of the Elista Grand Prix. Radjabov beat Etienne Bacrot with Black, while Grischuk wrecked Peter Leko’s Queens Indian defence with a nice tactical shot.

Round 2 results

Kasimzhanov Rustam 2672 0.5-0.5 Eljanov Pavel 2720
Alexeev Evgeny 2715 0.5-0.5 Gashimov Vugar 2703
Wang Yue 2736 0.5-0.5 Inarkiev Ernesto 2669
Akopian Vladimir 2679 0.5-0.5 Jakovenko Dmitry 2737
Grischuk Alexander 2719 1-0 Leko Peter 2747
Cheparinov Ivan 2696 0.5-0.5 Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2731
Bacrot Etienne 2705 0-1 Radjabov Teimour 2751

Elista FIDE Grand Prix round 1

Press conference with Kirsan Ilymzhinov

Interview with Mr. Geoffrey Borg, the CEO of Global Chess

- Mr. Borg, when did your company begin to collaborate with the International Chess Federation?

- We have been working together with FIDE for two years already and in my opinion we’ve achieved a lot. We’ve done a great deal of work with FIDE and concluded a commercial agreement. The legal agreement between FIDE and Global Chess was confirmed in November 2007. The first part was implemented in June this year. We did the marketing part, administer the FIDE website, created the new design which simplifies the communication with national federations and chess-players. Global Chess participates in all FIDE projects, and helps organize various contests – club tournaments, club championships, woman championships, blitz tournaments.

- So, your company cares for the interests of not only chess elite, as one may consider on the ground of FIDE Grand Prix series organization?

- Yes, we do understand that chess can arouse interest in potential sponsors only in the event that a special platform attractive for most of the players is created. I had meetings with the representatives of national chess federations and elaborated a deeper understanding of our strategic targets. We exert every possible effort to promote chess in the regions. I did a study of a number of suggestions concerning chess promotion at schools and via TV. This is one of the priority aims in the matter of chess development.

Read the full interview