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28.Juli 2008, 16:00 Uhr, Goldsaal C&D Hilton Mainz

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13. GRENKELEASING
Rapid World Championship
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2. FiNet Chess960 Women's
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20 Games (.pgn)
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July 28- Aug 3rd, 2008 Rheingoldhalle, Mainz
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Chess Classic
Video of the press conference after the finals of the 2. FiNet Chess960 Rapid World Championship
01.08.2008 - She was slightly unsatisfied about her play in the final, but in the end Alexandra Kosteniuk was very happy to have defended her Chess960 title. Her opponent in the final, Kateryna Lahno was obviously frustrated after the last game, but she proved to be an excellent Chess960 player during her debut in Mainz. The good-looking quartet was completed by Viktorija Cmilyte and Natalia Zhukova and although they also played the FiNet Open, they were also ready to answer all questions after a tough day. You can see and hear it all here in the video of the press conference. more...
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Alexandra Kosteniuk wins final to become Chess960 World Champion
Update
01.08.2008 - It was an exciting end of an entertaining and interesting event. In the final of the 2. FiNet Chess 960 Rapid World Championship Alexandra Kosteniuk and Kateryna Lahno played four hard fought, entertaining games. Sometimes Lahno Kosteniuk proved to be lucky, sometimes Lahno. But in all four games of the match, Kosteniuk set the pace in the end she deservedly became World Champion. more...



All results of the 2. FiNet Chess960 Women's Rapid World Championship
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Nakamura and Kasimdzhanov with a 100% score
7. FiNet Open with 235 participants / minute of silence for the inventor of Chess960
31.07.2008 - At 12.30 the 7. FiNet Open started on time, with 235 players battling it out for the Chess960 title. In the exquisite field, we find 44 grandmasters and altogether 83 players with an international title. The average rating of the top 10 players is 2687! After the first five rounds on Thursday only Hikaru Nakamura and Rustam Kasimdzhanov still have a 100% score. To honor and to remember the inventor of Chess960, Robert James Fischer, organizer Hans-Walter Schmitt asked players and public to keep a minute of silence before the start of the first round. more...
Intermediate result 7. FiNet Chess960 Open
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Video interview with Judit Polgar
31.07.2008 - Cheerful and looking great, Judit Polgar arrived in Mainz and she was willing to answer a few questions in this give short video interview. She talks about her male opponents in the 13. GRENKELEASING Rapid World Championship, which will start on Friday. She already played several rapid chess games against Alexander Morozevich and Vishy Anand, but she has never played a rapid chess game against Norwegian shooting-star Magnus Carlsen. We will see the world premiere in Mainz tomorrow! As you will see, Judit Polgar is ready for the challenge. more...
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Rybka and Shredder qualify for the finals
Strong performance by Rybka on second day
31.07.2008 - On the second day of the Livingston Chess960 Computer World Championship, title holder Rybka showed her (remember? Rybka is a she) class by scoring 5,5 points out of six games. With 9/12 games programmer Vasik Raijlich clearly won the preliminaries and will face Shredder, the program by Stefan Meyer-Kahlen on Friday. Shredder scored 6,5 points. The ICC qualifiers Naum and Deep Sjeng played some very good games, occasionally teased Rybka and Shredder, but in the end the favourites came out on top. more...
Preliminary result of the 4. Livingston Chess960 Computer WCC
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7. FiNet Open started
Top-class field fighting for Chess960 title
31.07.2008 - On Thursday, the 7. FiNet Open started with 235 players. It is not only attractive to win some of the money prizes, but the winner of the FiNet Open also qualifies for the Chess960 World Championship next year. And once again the field is exquisit. Top grandmasters like Zoltan Almasi, Evgeny Bareev, Pavel Eljanov, Sergei Movsesian and the winner of the ICC qualifier, Hikaru Nakamura (see picture) battle it out in 11 rounds on Thursday and Friday. To honor and to remember the inventor of Chess960, Robert James Fischer, organizer Hans-Walter Schmitt asked players and public to keep a minute of silence before the start of the first round.
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Fischer’s Heir
31.07.2008 - On Wednesday the juniors and kids again had a chance to show their skills. In the 2. Mini-FiNet Chess960 Open U-14 they fought for rating places and trophies. more...


Results and final standings of the 2. Mini-FiNet Open
All recorded games of the 2. Mini-FiNet Open (PGN)
All recorded games of the 2. Mini-FiNet Open (CBV)
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Kosteniuk wins convincingly, Lahno qualifies safely
30.07.2008 - The second half of the 2. FiNet Chess 960 Rapid World Championship turned out to be a rather one-sided affair. Alexandra Kosteniuk and Kateryna Lahno, who were leading after the first half, had a simple recipe to qualify for the final: They both won in rounds four and five to safely qualify. While Natalia Zhukova still had trouble with the clock she also seemed to be a bit shaken after her disastrous start into the tournament. Viktorija Cmylite tried hard but without success. more...
Preliminary result of the 2. FiNet Chess960 Women's Rapid World Championship
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The human factor in computer chess
Rybka and Naum take the lead after six rounds
30.07.2008 - Today, another highlight of the Chess Classic 2008 started: the fourth Livingston Chess960 Computer World Championship with the four strongest Chess960 engines in the world: apart from reigning champion Rybka and Shredder, the most successful program in the history of chess computers, the programs Naum and Deep Sjeng, which qualified in the ICC internet tournament played their first games today. These four programs also happen to be the top four on the current Chess960 computer world ranking list. After the first day, Rybka and Naum lead the field with 3,5/6, Shredder has 3/6 and Deep Sjeng scored 2/6 today. On Thursday another round robin will be played to determine which programs will play the final on Friday. more...
Preliminary result of the 4. Livingston Chess960 Computer WCC
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„I think, this year it might well be one of the most exciting events of the Chess Classic.“
Chief spokesman Harry Schaack interviews World Champion Viswanathan Anand
30.07.2008 - When the GRENKELEASING Rapid World Championship will begin as part of the Chess Classic Mainz, World Champion Vishy Anand will try for the eighth time in a row to defend his rapid chess title. All in all he won the main event of the Chess Classic no less than ten times. Harry Schaack talked to the World’s number one about the peculiarities of rapid chess and the opponents he will face this year. more...
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Livingston Chess960 Computer tournament started
Only the best engines play in Mainz
30.07.2008 - Today, another highlight of the Chess Classic 2008 started: the fourth Livingston Chess960 Computerchess World Championship with the four strongest Chess960 engines in the world: Rybka, Shredder, DeepSjeng and Naum. In this category 29 tournament a double round robin will be played on Wednesday and Thursday (12 games), the four-game finals will be played on Friday. All programmers play on the same machines with quadcore AMD processors. In the first three rounds the program playing white seems to have the upper hand: six wins for white! You can read a full pictorial report of the first day later today.
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Not perfect, but entertaining
2. FiNet Chess960 Women's Rapid World Championship - 1st preliminary round
30.07.2008 - The first half of the 2. FiNet Chess960 Rapid World Championship produced entertaining though not perfect chess. It also showed that Alexandra Kosteniuk was able to handle the challenge of the limited time and the uncommon opening position best. After three rounds she leads with 2.5 points, followed by Kateryna Lahno with 2 points. Victorija Cmilyte scored 1.5 points while Natalia Zhukova had three promising positions and spoiled them all in time trouble to still remain on zero. Playing with a time limit of 20 minutes plus 5 seconds increment per move time proved to a crucial factor in all games. Having no theory to rely on, the players had to think right from the start and very often had only minutes left to realize possible advantages gained before. But judging from their relaxed and animated chat after the games, they all seemed to have a good time in Mainz. more...
Preliminary result of the 2. FiNet Chess960 Women's Rapid World Championship
All games (PGN)
All games (CBV)
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Young players, great fun
In the 2. Mini-Ordix Open young talents – not older than 14 – had a chance to play like the professionals.
29.07.2008 - 104 young players took part in the Rapid Chess Open in the Rheingoldhalle in Mainz. In a way this tournament is a rehearsal for the Ordix Open, which will start on Saturday and in which more than 700 players will play. However, on Tuesday the kids fought under the same conditions as the top players. The tournament leaders played on stage and in the limelight – at the very same place where Vishy Anand, the World’s best player will move his pieces later in the week. The top games of the Mini-Open were transmitted to the big screens and the various monitors in the foyer of the Rheingoldhalle. But not only that: parents, who did not come to Mainz, could follow the deeds by their offspring live on the internet. more...
All results of the 2. Mini-Ordix Open
All recorded games of the 2. Mini-Ordix Open (PGN)
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Focus on the family
Opening press conference and drawing of lots
29.07.2008 - The expert round at the press conference table on Monday were convinced that Vishy Anand will win another Chess Classic title this year, but it will be a hard battle according to Anand: “Magnus Carlsen has a winning streak this year winning big tournaments like Wijk aan Zee and Baku, and he is leading the tournament in Biel currently. That is very impressive. All players in the Grenke Leasing Rapid World Championship have an attractive style. Alexander Morozevich and Magnus seem to be in great form, and my games with Judit Polgar are always hard-fought. I even had a 14-game sequence with Polgar without a single draw.” Since the Grenke Rapid World Championship will be played at the end of the week, the women were in the focus of attention during the opening press conference, because they will start off with the FiNet Chess960 Women´s rapid world championship today. Alexandra Kosteniuk, Natalia Zhukova, Victorija Cmilyte and Katherina Lahno will play a round robin with a 4-game final on Thursday. Also starting on Tuesday : the Mini Ordix Open for players under 14. more...
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Anand against 40 trying to break his own record
Simultaneous sponsored by Stadtwerke Mainz AG
28.07.2008 - The Chess Classic Mainz began in style. World Champion Vishy Anand and 10-times winner of the Rapid World Chess Championship in Mainz opened the event with a simul on 40 boards. This time, maybe a bit more than just the usual chess entertainment simuls tend to be. Of course, Anand has his mind on the World Championship match against Vladimir Kramnik, which will be played in October. Doing badly in a simul might not be good for his confidence. But possibly Anand does not even think about defeat and just wants to break another record in Mainz where he already holds so many records. Four draws in 40 games is the best result ever achieved in these simultaneous events, which traditionally start the Chess Classic. And this record was set back in 1994, at the first Chess Classic ever – and by no other but Vishy Anand himself. more...
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All results (pdf) of the WCh-Anand-simultaneous
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Chess Classic 2008 openend!
Kick off with press conference and drawing of lots
28.07.2008 - The experts think that Vishy Anand can still win another Chess Classic title this year, but it will be a hard battle according to Anand: “Magnus Carlsen has a winning streak this year winning Wijk aan Zee, Baku, and he is leading the tournament in Biel currently. That is very impressive. All players in the Grenke Leasing Rapid World Championship have an attractive style. Alexander Morozevich and Magnus seem to be in great form, and my games with Judit Polgar are always hard-fought. I even had a 14-game sequence with Polgar without a single draw.” Since the Grenke Rapid World Championship will be played at the end of the week, the women were in the focus of attention during the opening press conference, because they will start off with the FiNet Chess960 Women´s rapid world championship on Tuesday. Alexandra Kosteniuk, Natalia Zhukova, Victorija Cmilyte and Katherina Lahno will play a round robin with a 4-game final on Thursday.
Chess Classic
Only the best
By now it’s a tradition in Mainz: The best will meet. But the 15. Chess Classic Mainz taking place 28. July to 3. August in the “Rheingoldhalle”, will be special.
21.07.2008 - As it happens, the top three players on the live elo ranking list from 1. July (http://chess.liverating.org), joined by the World’s best women player, Judit Polgar, will compete from 1. to 3. August for the 13. GRENKELEASING Rapid World Championship: World Champion and Number One Viswanathan Anand, Magnus Carlsen and Alexander Morozevich. In contrast to the FIDE-World ranking list, the live elo list includes the Aerosvit tournament in Foros, which finished in June and was won in superior style one point ahead of the field by Norwegian superstar Magnus Carlsen. more...
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Category 29: The strongest chess tournament…ever!
Livingston Chess960 computer chess world championship
18.07.2008 - For the fourth time during the Chess Classic in Mainz, the Livingston Chess960 computer chess world championship will be held. Last, year we saw a four-program round robin with the strong participants Rybka, Shredder, Jonny and Spike. Rybka, developed by Vasik Rajlich won the final against the German top program Shredder to clinch home the title. Both programs will play in Mainz again this year and from 31.07-02.08 they will be challenged by two top chess programs, the qualifiers from the ICC online tournament: Naum, made by Alexander Naumov and Deep Sjeng, the brainchild of Belgian programmer Gian-Carlo Pascutto. The engines that will battle it out in Mainz are the numbers 1-4 on the Chess960 computer rating list. Arbiter Hans Secelle calculated that the average rating of Rybka, Shredder, Naum and Deep Sjeng adds up to (3052 + 2970 + 2956 + 2947) = 2981. This means that we'll have a Fide-category 29 (!) tournament or, in other words, the strongest tournament in the history of chess.... (Eric van Reem) more...
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Welcome to Mainz!
Little Knigge for the Chess Classic
12.07.2008 - The Chess Tigers are glad to welcome you (again) to the Chess Classic Mainz. With this little Knigge, we want to provide you with some orientation through the jungle of the Chess Classic with its many events, rules and another tidbits. The Chess Classic Mainz are a series of events which will start this year on the 28th July and end on the 3rd August 2008. This year, we will have four different tournaments. There are two youth tournaments on Tuesday and Wednesday, one held in the traditional chess and one held in Chess960. On Thursday, the FiNet Chess 960 will start, and on Saturday, the Ordix Open will begin. Additionally, there will be a simultaneous exhibition with The World Champion Viswanathan Anand. This year’s evening exhibitions will be the fight for the women’s Chess960 crown with Alexandra Kosteniuk, Natalia Zhukova, Victoria Cmilyte, and Kateryna Lahno and the fight for the black jacket with Viswanathan Anand, Magnus Carlsen, Alexander Morozevich, and Judit Polgar We will also present an exhibition in computer chess with several programs trying to win the Chess960 computer world championship. All together, we are confident that you can enjoy a complete week with exciting chess duels. more...
Chess Classic Mainz 2008
Chess Classic
Attractive and charming
Chess Classic 2008 celebrates its 15th anniversary
03.07.2008 - It is a small anniversary: during the Chess Classic Mainz, which will be played from 27 July- 3 August in the Rheingoldhalle in Mainz, the spectators will be able to experience a first-rate chess event for the 15th time in a row. The Chess Classic will have a number one crowd-puller with world chess champion Viswanathan Anand. (English version: Eric van Reem) more...

   


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