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World Chess Grand Prix, Beijing 2013. Opening Ceremony and Technical Meeting

A beautiful classical Chinese Beijing Opera figurine
A beautiful classical Chinese Beijing Opera figurine.

Opening ceremony. Photos by Anastasiya Karlovich
The officials and participants of the FIDE World Chess Grand Prix 2013 Beijing tournament at the Opening ceremony. The opening ceremony of the 5th stage of FIDE Grand Prix Series 2012-2013 took place at the New Century Grand Hotel, Beijing, 3rd July 2013.

Opening ceremony, Beijing, China, 3rd July 2013
Opening ceremony, Beijing, China, 3rd July 2013

Deputy arbiter Anastasiya Sorokina
Deputy arbiter Anastasiya Sorokina proceeded with drawing of lots. She called up the players to come to the table and pick of the Chinese classical figurine to determine a number.

A nice Beijing Opera figure
A nice Beijing Opera figure.

Anish Giri, number 1 Alexander Grischuk - number 8
The drawing of lots for the Beijing Grand Prix tournament. Nr.1 - Magnus Carlsen?! No, Anish Giri! Alexander Grischuk - number 8.

Photographers, cameramans and Shakriyar Mamedyarov
Photographers, cameramen and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. What is the number? It is a secret!

The guzheng, a musical instrument, a Chinese plucked zither
The guzheng, a musical instrument, a Chinese plucked zither.

The guzheng, or zheng at the Opening ceremony
The guzheng, or zheng at the Opening ceremony.

Sofia Leko, Peter Leko and Shakriyar Mamedyarov at the Opening ceremony
Sofia Leko, Peter Leko and Shakriyar Mamedyarov at the Opening ceremony.

The technical meeting
Gata Kamsky and Vasily Ivanchuk
Gata Kamsky, Vasily Ivanchuk and other players.

Veselin Topalov and Wang Hao
Veselin Topalov and Wang Hao at the technical meeting.
Photos by Anastasiya Karlovich.

Time control: 120 minutes for the first forty moves, 60 minutes for the next twenty moves and then each player will be allotted 15 minutes after the second time control and an increment of 30 seconds per move will be allowed from move 61 onwards.
The "no-draw offer" rule and "zero tolerance" rule which require chess players to be seated at their boards when the games are scheduled to start.
Players will not be allowed to offer draws directly to their opponents. Players will continue to play if the Chief Arbiter does not authorize the draw. Any draw claim will be permitted only through the Chief Arbiter in the following cases: a triple-repetition of the position as per FIDE laws of chess, in theoretically drawn position, applying the rule of 50 moves as per FIDE laws of chess.
The Grand Prix Series consists of six tournaments to be held over two years (2012-2013). 18 top players participate in 4 of these 6 tournaments. The winner and second placed player overall of the Grand Prix Series will qualify for the Candidates Tournament to be held in March 2014.

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