Chess Classic Mainz 2008 is a chess monster event of superlatives. It takes place once a year in Rheingoldhalle in Mainz, Germany and spans over six full days. This year, it's from Monday, 7/28 until Sunday 8/3/08. The Chess Classic Mainz 2008 (CCM8) features excellent viewer oriented and media affine entertainment: Huge screens and TVs transmit the event into every corner of the Rheingoldhalle, several Grandmasters live comment the games audible on lendable earphones. Schach Niggemann, a well-known national chess seller has a large book stand in the lounge, everyone kan play the Opens and watch the many Grandmasters play. The show is open to public viewing for all from Monday to Wednesday, from Thursday for a small fee (6 EUR). Also, all tournaments are dtransmitted on the Internet live.
Good to know:
Chess Classic Mainz 2008 consists of the following events:
- Besides traditional chess, the same number of tournaments goes Chess960.
- All tournaments are played as rapid chess with additional time after each move, which is 20min for the game plus 5s addon for each move.
- Open participants get free entry to the evening program of the world championships.
Events of CCM8:
- ORDIX Open
- World's biggest rapid chess Open in traditional chess. Around 650 participants, thereof a lot of Grandmasters. Combined price fonds (with FiNet Open) 40.000 EUR.
- FiNet Open
- World's biggest Chess960 rapid chess Open. Around 250 participants, thereof a lot of Grandmasters. Combined price fonds (with ORDIX Open) 40.000 EUR.
- 2. FiNet Chess960 Rapid Woman World Championship
- Chess960 world championship in rapid chess. Four candidates: Incumbent world champion Alexandra Kosteniuk and her challengers Natalia Zhukova, Viktorija Cmilyte and Kateryna Lahno.
- 13. GRENKELEASING Rapid World Championship
- Rapid chess world championship. Four Candidates: Incumbent world champion Viswanathan Anand and his challengers Alexander Morozevich, Magnus Carlsen, Judit Polgar.
- 2. Mini-ORDIX Open
- Rapid chess open for children under 14 years (U14). Cutoff date 01/01/94
- 2. Mini-FiNet Open
- Chess960 rapid chess open for children under 14 years (U14). Cutoff date 01/01/94
- Simul at 40 boards
- World champion and Fide #1 Viswanathan Anand gives a simul in traditional chess.
- 4. Livingston Chess960 Rapid Computer World Championship
- Computer world championship in Chess960 rapid chess. Incumbent world champion is Rybka.
- Gourmet Club
- Experience the nice atmosphere in Hilton's Goldsaal, savour small daily changing delicacies and a selection of alcolic and non-alcoholic drinks, listen to your personal Grandmaster at the evening world championships in front of five huge LCD screens, talk shop with him or just relax and relish.
- Kinder Club
- During the day, children are being attended by skilled specialists. They play, do handicrafts and paint with other children oder use the mouse at Fritz und Fertig.
Chronological course of events during the week of events
Tournament plan 1 (.pdf) shows the main events in a graphical overview. The other activities and the computer world championship are displayed in Tournament plan 2 (.pdf). Course of events (.pdf) lists all start an ending times in a table.
A wide variety of accomodation is available, starting from youth hostel not ending at the Hilton Mainz located directly at the river Rhine.
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Should you have some questions, Hans-Walter Schmitt will be pleased to answer you personally , phone number 06196-22926. If you got questions about the web site please turn to webmaster Börries Wendling.
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