Leon:Viswanathan Anand, seeking his third consecutive and overall seventh title here, will start as the favourite at the Leon Chess tournament to be played among an elite field of all former World Champions from Saturday.
Anand, who has once claimed hat-trick by winning in 1999, 2000 and 2001, would be keen to prove his supremacy over other former world champions Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria, Ruslan Ponomariov of Ukraine and Rustam Kasimdzhanov of Uzbekistan ahead of the upcoming World Championships.
The Indian world number one player also the won here in 1996 and would be contesting for his seventh title in the prestigious event.
The three-day event will be held in knock-out format involving just four participants. The event will start off with the semi-final matches, comprising four games each.
The final will also be a four-game match.
The tournament will also have the shorter version of the game in which each player will have 20 minutes thinking time for the entire game, with an increment of 10 seconds per move played.
If there is a tie in the four-game match, the winner will be decided by blitz games with each player having 5 minutes for the entire game.
Anand, who excels at quicker time controls, will relish the format. The other participants too are quite adept at the quicker form of the game and Anand cannot expect an easy time.