Monday, June 11, 2012

Karpov, Seirawan Round 2 in Saint Louis

SAINT LOUIS, June 11, 2012 -- Former World Champion GM Anatoly Karpov and four-time U.S. Champion GM Yasser Seirawan will play the second of their two classical games today at 1 p.m. Central in Saint Louis. The first game ended in a draw after 67 moves.

The event features live commentary from GM Ben Finegold and WGM Jennifer Shahade, which can be viewed through the Chess Club's Livestream account.

Karpov and Seirawan are participating in an exciting competition that will test their classical chess skills along with their abilities at both blitz and rapid play.

The scoring of the classical portion of the match has been slightly modified, with each game in the classical match worth two points. The match format is as follows:

Two Classical Games: 90 minutes for the first 40 moves followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an addition of a 30-second increment per move starting from move one
Each Classical game is worth two points.
Two Rapid Games: 25 minutes plus a five-second increment
Each Rapid game is worth two points.
Ten Blitz Games: Five minutes plus a two-second increment
Each Blitz game is worth one point.

Prize Fund:
1st Place: $10,000
2nd Place: $7,000

On June 13 at 4:30 p.m. Central time, immediately after the conclusion of the final blitz game, the players will participate in a live streaming press conference to answer questions from spectators, bloggers and journalists from all over the world. Stay tuned for more details.

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