Chess Classic

Hikaru Nakamura Chess960 Rapid World Championship
GM Hikaru Nakamura – FiNet Open Sieger 2008
28.-30. Juli 2009, 18:30 Uhr, Rheingoldhalle Mainz

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July 27- Aug 2nd, 2009 Rheingoldhalle, Mainz
Chess Classic Mainz 2009 (CCM9)
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Chess Classic

Welcome in Mainz!
Knigge for the Chess Classic by arbiter Dr. Eisengräber-Pabst

15.07.2009 - The Chess Tiger are glad to welcome you (again) to the Chess Classic Mainz. With this little guide, we want to provide you with some orientation through the jungle of the Chess Classic with its many events, rules and other tidbits. The Chess Classic Mainz is a series of events which will start this year on the 27th July and end on the 2nd August 2009. 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 Chess960 Open will start, and on Saturday, the ORDIX Open will begin. Additionally, there will be a simul exhibition with GM Levon Aronian. This year’s evening exhibitions will be the fight for the Chess960 crown – the 6th Chess960 Rapid World Championship - with defending champion GM Levon Aronian, GM Victor Bologan, GM Hikaru Nakamura and GM Sergei Movsesian and the fight for the black jacket - the 14th GRENKELEASING Rapid World Championship - with defending champion GM Viswanathan Anand, GM Levon Aronian, GM Ian Nepomniachtchi and GM Arkadij Naiditsch. 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.


Since 2000, the Chess Classic is taking place in the Rheingoldhalle in Mainz. Tournaments and evening events are located in the main hall.

In the foyer, you will find three registration desks, one of them reserved for GMs, IMs, WGMs and WIMs.

You will also find an information desk where (almost) all of your questions can be answered.

Additionally, there will be a live display in the foyer with the top boards of the tournaments and, of course, the evening events. Schach Niggemann will be present with a book store so that you can update or start your chess library.


Preregistration can be done via internet or via money transfer of the registration fee. Please don’t forget your name, otherwise our secretary of finances will be very happy when receiving anonymous donations!

Before the tournament can actually start, we ask you to fill in the forms which you can find in the foyer and hand these forms to our registration personnel. This will be also true when you have preregistered as we need to verify the presence of each participant in order to avoid any wins by default in the first round (at least we assume that you came to play chess).

Just in case that you are registered but you were not assigned to an opponent, our pairing officer, Hans-Dieter Post (photo), will be available shortly after the start of the first round. He will take your names and arrange the pairings so that you will have an opponent in the first round.

During the Chess Classic

Pairings will be published via large screens at the Rhine-side of the playing venue. Five minutes before start of the round, the pairings will be published. Additionally, you will see the pairings projected on the main screen on the stage in alphabetical order together with your opponent, board number, and colour. As soon as the pairings are published, we will play some music (traditionally Queen and ABBA, although we are open for ideas, but cannot guarantee the realization). As long as the music plays, you have time to study the pairings and look for your board. When the music is finished, you can start your game. In some cases, there may be special announcements at the beginning of a round. When you have finished your game, we ask the winner to notify our team at the overhead projectors of the result. In case of a draw, we would ask the player having had white to notify our team (although also the player with black can do so). Due to the large number of participants, we have divided the notification points in boards, so the notification of the results of the appr. first 80 boards shall be done at the notification point nearest to the stage, the next 80 boards are on the second notification point, and so on. The notification points are marked accordingly. We would also ask you to check the results in order to avoid any misunderstandings. Any mistakes can be corrected until the last round. Please note that our notification system as well as the pairing is organized completely by computers so that there will be practically no waiting time between the end of one round and the start of the following round – except for the scheduled breaks.

In case you played at one of the top boards being directly connected to a live transmission in the internet, we ask you to stop the transmission after the end of the game by following the instructions on the table. Otherwise, your post-mortem would also be transmitted in the internet (and that might lead to heavy confusion around the globe). In general, we would like to ask you not to remove any playing material from the hall as different organizations are providing us with their material (and it would be quite a job to correctly return the chess sets).

If you have any questions during or between the round regarding the rules, our arbiters will be glad to assist you. As a general rule, the FIDE laws of chess respectively the rules for Chess960 are valid. If you need assistance during the game and no arbiter is available, you can stop the clock and look for an arbiter. After having solved the issue, the arbiter will then restart the clock.

Should you need to drop out of the tournament or take a bye, we appreciate your timely information in order to avoid wins by default. If you lost one game by default, we will set you as inactive for the following rounds and you will not be paired. Please inform an arbiter if you want to resume playing and he will arrange that you are set as active player. By the way, you will not get a half point when taking a bye.

If you have any other questions, there will be an information desk in the foyer where we will be glad to assist you.

After the last round of each open tournament, we will publish the pairings of the last round with all results for about five minutes. We will ask you then to check the results. After this period, all results are final and no corrections are possible anymore.

At the then following award ceremony, we will hand over the prices only to the respective winners. We ask for your understanding that we do not hand out prices to substitutes. Please arrange your departure accordingly.

We want to provide a tournament atmosphere as perfect as possible to you and therefore ask you to keep the following in mind:

• Please notify our team of your game result swiftly and only then start your post-mortem!

• Please keep your mobiles switched off!

• Please do not carry playing material outside the playing venue!

• Please do eat and drink only in the foyer!

Evening exhibitions

Evening exhibition will start normally at 6 pm and will take place on the stage in the Rheingoldhalle.

If you do participate in the tournaments, you will receive tickets fort he evening exhibitions. Without these tickets, an entry in the Rheingoldhalle after 5.30 pm will not be possible.

If you do not participate in the tournaments, you can purchase tickets at the box office.

For a small fee, you can get headphones to be able to listen to the live commentary during the evening events. We need to ask you to provide us with an ID document as pledge.

In the interest of the players, we kindly ask you to accept the following rules during the evening events:

• Please keep your mobiles switched off!

• Please do not use the playing material on the tables!

• When entering the Rheingoldhalle, please take a seat swiftly.

• You can take flash pictures in the first three to five minutes after round start. After this period, we kindly ask you to refrain from taking pictures.

The Chess Tiger are looking forward to welcome you at the Chess Classic at Mainz and hope that you will enjoy your time with us. We wish you all the best and a great time in Mainz.

Some useful links:

Homepage Chess Classic Mainz 2009

Registration FiNet & ORDIX Open

Registration Mini-FiNet & Mini-ORDIX Open (U16!)

All CCM games in a single database (PGN) (more than 2.000 games!)

All time list ORDIX Open

All time list FiNet Open

All time list Mini-FiNet & Mini-ORDIX Open

Chess960 World Ranking

Dr. Axel Eisengräber-Pabst

Published by Mike Rosa

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