Bilbao will be once again the World Chess Capital in September and October 2012

Thedatesforthe5theditionoftheChessGrandSlamMastersFinalhavealreadybeendecided.Thetournament,consideredoneoftheworldsmostprestigious,willtakeplacefromSeptember24toOctober13,2012and,asinpreviouseditions,theworldstop-rankedplayerswillparticipate.

Justasinpreviousyears,Bilbaowillonceagainhostthe5theditionoftheChessMastersFinal,andsimultaneousnegotiationsarebeingheldwithfiveoftheworldsmaincapitalstosharethehostingofthe2012tournament.Thisiswhathappenedinthelasttwoeditions.In2010BilbaowasjointhostalongwithShanghaiandinthelasteditionwhichtookplacethisyear,itwastheBraziliancityofSaoPaulothathostedtheeventalongwiththeBiscayancapital.

Regardlessoftheoutcome,thetournamentwillcontinuetobeplayedbythedoubleround-robinleaguesystemamongsixofthemostprominentworldchessmasterschosenfromamongthewinnersoftheworldsforemostchesstournaments.

Two playershavealreadyqualifiedNorwaysMagnusCarlsenandRussianVladimirKramnik(theformerbeingnumber1intheworldrankingandwinnerofthelasteditionoftheGrandSlamFinalandthelatter,formerworldchampionandwinnerofthe2010Final).BothhavereceiveddirectinvitationstoBilbao,theNorwegianforhisvictoryintheTaltournamentinMoscowandtheRussianforhiswinattheLondonClassicthisveryDecember.

TherestoftheparticipantsofthisgreatchesseventintheBiscayancapital,alsoreceivingdirectinvitations,willcomeoutofthewinnersofthe2012TatatournamentinWijkaanZee,Holland,the2012KingstournamentinBazna,RomaniaandtheCityofLinaresinSpain(onceitisconcludedbeforeAugust24).

Ifthesameplayerwinsmorethanonetournament,thehighest-rankedsecondplacefinisherfromoneofthesetournamentsaccordingtotheJuly2012listwillbeawardedaspot.Ifallthesecond-placefinishershavealreadyearnedspotsinthe2012MastersFinalbyothermeans,theOrganizingCommitteewilldecidewhogetsthespotbydirectinvitation.

ThewinneroftheWorldChampionship match,whichwillbeplayedbetweenAnandandGuelfandnextmayinMoscow,willalsoreceiveadirectinvitationforthe2012MastersFinal.

Fromthismostrigorousqualifyingandselectionsystemwillthereforeemergethesixcontendersforthe5theditionoftheChessGrandSlammastersFinal,whosegoal,accordingtoitsOrganizingCommittee,istocontinuetomaintainexcellenceintermsofthequalityoforganizationaswellasthehighlevelofsportingcompetitivenessofpreviouseditions.