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AytoBilbaoBilbao, 18th March 2016

The Bilbao Chess Grand Slam Masters Final 2016 will now definitely take place from the 13th to the 23rd of July, as announced today by the event’s organizing committee.

The tournament has been brought forward by one week with respect to what had been previously announced. This was done to fit in with available dates and to assure the participation of the world’s current best chess players.

The reigning world champion, Magnus Carlsen from Norway, heads the list of stars at the ninth edition of the Bilbao Chess Masters Final. Along with Carlsen – twice winner of this prestigious tournament – five other grand masters from the elite of world chess will aspire to win the Grand Slam title. Names will be announced shortly once current negotiations are finalized.
The Bilbao Chess Masters Final presents itself this year as the most competitive precursor to the individual World Championship in November, which will see Carlsen face the winner of the Candidates Tournament currently being played in Moscow.
In parallel to the tournament, the Masters Final organizers are also working on the design of an open international tournament, to take place at the same time in July. The participation of grand masters and international masters from numerous countries is expected, given both the amount of prize money to be played for and the attraction of Bilbao as one of the main capitals of world chess.

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