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Sieger 2007: 1.Bologan 2.Kamsky 3.Ivanchuk
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Chess Classic
Aronian Wins FiNet Chess960 Rapid World Championship
Exciting match at Chess Classic
16.08.2007 - Today, Anand and Aronian played a four game match at the Chess Classic for the title of FiNet Chess960 Rapid World Champion, which finished only minutes before midnight. The rapid match was drawn after four exciting games and thus a two match blitz-tiebreak had to be played. Here Aronian had the better of it and won the blitz match 1,5:0,5 to become Chess960 World Champion. The match for third place between Etienne Bacrot was dominated by Bacrot who won 3:1. Games and report will follow…
Chess Classic
Shredder and Rybka qualify for the final
Exciting final expected between top chess programs
16.08.2007 - Defending Chess960 world champion Shredder and computer chess world champion Rybka will play the final of the 3rd Livingston Chess960 Computer Chess Tournament. Both programs scored 4 points. In the two games the programs played against each other the result was a draw, so we can expect an exciting final on Friday. The bronze medal will be at stake in the Spike vs. Jonny encounter. The Chess960 positions, played in the tournament were determined by rolling the Chess960 dice. Today, Vlastimil Hort, Gata Kamsky and Alexander Grishuk were responsible for the interesting starting positions. more...
Chess Classic
FiNet Chess960 Open: Record number of participants!
16.08.2007 - Today 280 chess enthusiasts came to the Rheingoldhalle in Mainz to play the 6th FiNet Chess960 Open tournament. On Thursday and Friday 11 rounds will be played. Top seed is Vassily Ivanchuk, closely followed by such formidable players like Mamedyarov, Shirov, Grishuk and Kamsky. Surpisingly Etienne Bacrot, the French star who also plays the rapid Chess960 world championship in the evening showed up to play the Open as well:” I love to play Chess960 and I have nothing else to do anyway…” Maybe he will be able to win the tournament again, like he did last year. We will keep you updated about the progress of the tourney. The top games can be followed live on the Internet.
Chess Classic
Tigers on the Stage
Anand and Aronian Qualify for Final in FiNet Chess960 Rapid World Championship
15.08.2007 - If you looked closely at the pictures from the first day of the FiNet Chess960 Rapid World Championship you may have discovered the tiger on stage and maybe wondered what it was doing there. A reminder that the Chess Classic Mainz are organized by the Chesstigers? A tribute to Vishy Anand, nine times winner of Mainz and nicknamed “Tiger of Madras”? Something to do with the children’s tournament? None of the above. Today a second tiger joined the first and it turned out that they simply count the number of tournament days. But they could also be seen as a symbol for the strong performances of Anand and Aronian. more...
Chess Classic
Strong performance by Shredder on first day
Livingston Chess960 Computer Chess World Championship-day 1
15.08.2007 - Computer chess world champion Rybka and Chess960 world champion Shredder started their double round-robin tournament with two other programs, Spike and Jonny in the lobby of the newly renovated Rheingoldhalle today. After three rounds on the first day, Shredder seems to be cruising towards the final on Friday. The program, developed by Stefan Meyer-Kahlen, scored 2,5 points today. The biggest surprise was the first round shock-victory of Spike, the first Chess960 Computer Chess World Champion over Rybka. more...
Chess Classic
Aronian Shines on First Day of Chess960 FiNet World Championship
14.08.2007 - When Freddy Mercury declares to be one of a group of champions, the top players in Mainz know that things are starting to get serious. Traditionally, in Mainz the famous Queen-song signals the beginning of the round: The players go on stage, sit down to study the – this time unknown – position and the hall is darkened. The spectators fall silent to focus on the games shown on two huge screens towering above the stage. Those who look for some expert comment and do not trust the whispered comments by their friends put on their headphones to listen to the analyses of GM Artur Jussupow and GM Fabian Döttling. Or they just throw a glance on the two monitors in front of the stage, on which the computer program Spike reveals how he thinks, or rather calculates, the position should be evaluated. more...
Chess Classic
Constantin Göbel unbeaten Mini-Ordix Open winner
108 young talents had a lot fun
14.08.2007 - The winner of the first Mini Ordix Open is Constantin Göbel. He scored 5,5 points after six rounds. Ramil Babayev also score 5,5 points, but Göbel, from chessclub SC Ladja Rossdorf, had a slightly better Buchholz score. Best girls was local hero Anna Endress from Schott Mainz, she scored five points. Alexander Yusupov (yes, the son), Janek Elkman, ELO-favourite Joshua Hager, Slavik Sarchisov and Daniel Weber scored 5 points as well. The winners in the various categories received a nice trophy, but all players got a souvenir: the received a nice certificate. And Ordix already promised that they will sponsor the youth tournament again next year! more...
Chess Classic
Ukrainian Superstar Goes for the Record Against 40
Vassily Ivanchuk plays a 40-board simul at the Chess Classic Mainz
14.08.2007 - After Monday’s opening press conference of the Chess Classic Mainz and the drawing of lots, Vassily Ivanchuk, currently number four on the world’s ranking list, gave a 40-board simul. Right from the start of the world’s greatest rapid chess festival such simuls have been part of the program. (Harry Schaack / English version: Johannes Fischer) more...
Chess Classic
More than 100 talents play the Mini-Ordix!
14.08.2007 - Lots of nervous children in the Rheingoldhalle today, and even more nervous parents and trainers bustle about because we see a premiere in Mainz: for the first time the Mini-Ordix Open is played. More than 100 young talents Under-14 play in an open group, exactly like the well-known "Big" Ordix Open. Organiser Hans-Walter Schmitt: “The youngsters will get the opportunity to play on a big stage to get the electrifying feeling, what it is like to play in the spotlight. And in the foreseeable future we want to bring out a German World Champion”. The young talents play six rounds today. On Wednesday the first Mini FiNet Open will be played, in which the children play Chess960.
Chess Classic
The Chess Classic Begin
13.08.2007 - World Stars and Amateurs Come to Mainz more...
Chess Classic
The customer is in our focus of attention
Interview with Hans-Walter Schmitt
12.08.2007 - The 14th Chess Classic will be held from 13 - 19 August in the Rheingoldhalle in Mainz. The biggest rapid chess festival in the world will once again offer top level chess this year. But not the professional players will be in the focus of attention, the customer will be the center of interest. Harry Schaack talked to the organiser Hans-Walter Schmitt about the Chess Classic 2007 in particular and about the chess world in general. (Harry Schaack / English version: Eric van Reem) more...
Chess Classic
We want to support the idea Chess960
Interview with the CEO from FiNet Peter Kunath
03.08.2007 - FiNet, located in the German city Marburg, is the holding company for a nationwide network of independent insurance and financial brokers. Within the framework of the Chess Classic Mainz the company supports Chess960 and their sponsoring has considerably added to the popularization of this chess variant. In Mainz, the best players in the world meet every year to play this exciting chess variant and this year even the worlds number 1 Vishy Anand plays Chess960, a premiere for him. Press officer Harry Schaack spoke to Peter Kunath, one of the managing directors of FiNet about the reasons for sponsoring the event in Mainz, his fondness for Chess960 and how sees the Chess Classic. more...
Chess Classic
Always in the front line
Interview with the Lord Mayor of Mainz, Jens Beutel
30.07.2007 - From August 13th – 19th the most important rapid chess event in the world will take place in the newly renovated Rheingoldhalle in Mainz, the capital of the state Rheinland-Pfalz (Rhineland-Palatinate). The Chess Classic, which had its roots in Frankfurt, has now found a comfortable home in Mainz. A highly influential man in the city is Mayor Jens Beutel, who is a strong chess player himself. The 61year-old always insists on playing the simuls or the Open tournaments, despite his very tight schedule. Harry Schaack, the new Chess Classic Mainz press officer had a conversation with Jens Beutel about the forthcoming Chess Classic. more...
Chess Classic
Fishing for another title - Rybka makes its debut in Mainz
3. Livingston Chess960 Computer Chess World Championship
14.07.2007 - The measure of all things in computer chess at the moment is Vasik Rajlich with his stunning program Rybka. He demonstrated his strength once again during the 15. ICGA Computer Chess World Championship in Amsterdam in June, which he won unbeaten with an almost perfect score: 10/11 games. One of his most persistent rivals, Shredder, had to be satisfied with the fourth place. The current Chess960 world champion will get a chance to get even soon, because the program will meet Rybka again during the 3. Livingston Chess960 Computer Chess World Championship in Mainz on 15.-17. August. Stefan Meyer-Kahlen, the brilliant brain behind Shredder, will certainly try everything to defend his title. Rybka and Shredder will play a double round-robin with two other programs, Spike and Jonny during the Chess Classic Mainz in the lobby of the newly renovated Rheingoldhalle. more...
Chess Classic Mainz 2007
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Chess Classic
Win a trip to the Chess Classic!
Chess960 Qualifiers on ICC
02.07.2007 - The Internet Chess Club, in conjunction with Chess Tigers, organizers of the popular annual Mainz Chess Classic in Germany, are offering ICC members next week a unique opportunity to win a round trip ticket, 600 Euro ($811) cash, hotel room and breakfast at the Hilton Mainz Hotel, by the banks of the Rhine, just 1 block from the picturesque Old Town, from August 15 to 20 (5 nights and 6 days!). You will also receive an automatic seat into two of the biggest and most prestigious series of rapid chess tournaments in the world, playing alongside many of the game's top grandmasters: the 6th FiNet Open, the world's biggest Chess960 tournaments, and the 14th ORDIX Open, one of the biggest and strongest rapid tournaments in the world. While there, you will also have the best seats in the house for the main evening attraction in Mainz. This event is only open to ICC members and to those who sign up NOW for a free trial membership of the ICC - so don't delay, sign-up here today! For further information on last year's 2006 Mainz Chess Classic, click here and here. more...
Homepage ICC
Chess Classic Mainz 2007
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Chess Classic
Anand, the new number one, targets all titles
Chess Classic Mainz 2007 brings many innovations - Anand goes for the Chess960 crown
28.04.2007 - At this year’s Chess Classic in Mainz (August 13 - 19 at the Rheingoldhalle), the world’s new number one chess player will for the first time fight for the crown in Chess960, where the starting position of each game is determined by chance. By winning the last six matches he fought in Mainz, Viswanathan Anand was able to prove that he is the strongest rapid chess player in the world. This year, however, he will cross swords with three other world-class players in an event that mixes tournaments and matches in order to determine the new World Champions in rapid chess and in Chess960. (Translation by Mark Vogelgesang) more...
Chess Classic
India’s Chess Super Star continues along his chosen path
Vishy Anand looks at the Chess Classic as the final test for the World Championship
28.04.2007 - Due to his continued success, Viswanathan Anand has become the front man of the Chess Classic.As the strongest player in the world, he joins the competition in Mainz as the favourite to win. In a conversation with Harry Schaack, Viswanathan Anand explains his thoughts on the new format, how he considers his chances, and provides answers to many other questions. Vishy Anand spoke to Harry Schaack right after his team from Baden-Baden won the German team championship, the “Bundesliga”. (Translation by Mark Vogelgesang) more...
Homepage Vishy Anand
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