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

Opening ceremony. Photos by Anastasiya Karlovich
The participants of the FIDE World Chess Grand Prix Renova 2013 Zug tournament at the Opening ceremony. The opening ceremony of the 3rd stage of FIDE Grand Prix Series 2012-2013 the Renova Group Grand Prix took place at the SwissEver Hotel Zug, 17th of April.

Ruslan Ponomariov Hikaru Nakamura Anish Giri
The drawing of lots for the Zug tournament. The players: Ruslan Ponomariov, Hikaru Nakamura and Anish Giri.

Gata Kamsky Rustam Kasimdzhanov Alexander Morozevich
The players: Gata Kamsky, Rustam Kasimdzhanov and Alexander Morozevich (Wait a minute! I am writing).

The music band
The music band at the Opening ceremony. Accordion, clarinet and contrabass.

The technical meeting
Sergey Karjakin and Peter Leko
Sergey Karjakin and Peter Leko.

Gata Kamsky and Hikaru Nakamura
Gata Kamsky and Hikaru Nakamura. The Americans.
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.

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