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Levon Aronian Chess960 Rapid World Championship
WM Levon Aronian ľ Chess960-Weltmeister
28.-30. Juli 2009, 18:30 Uhr, Rheingoldhalle Mainz

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Chess Classic Mainz 2010 ľ Counting down the days to the tenth edition

27.07.2010 - The tenth edition of the Chess Classic Mainz is just days away. From 06-08 August 2010, Mainz will be the centre of the rapid chess world. As we have announced earlier, the organizing Chess Tigers had to cut down the event to three days, but the Chess Classic is still the main rapid chess event in the world, with many top grandmasters in the entry list. The winner of the Open Grenke Rapid World Championship will not only be amply rewarded with Ç6000 prize money, but will also receive the prestigious title ôRapid Chess World Championö.

The main sponsor of the event is Wolfgang Grenke, chairman of the GRENKELEASING AG. He started sponsoring the Chess Classic in 2005 and has increased his involvement every year. On 13 June, Grenke was honored with the European Culture Initiative Award for his abundant merits for cultural projects in Baden-Baden and his dedication to promote and support chess in Germany. Together with the many paying participants, he is responsible for the fact, that the showpiece of the Chess Classic, the gigantic Open will be played again and is upgraded to a world championship.

Wolfgang Grenke and Weltmeister Viswanathan Anand

However, we should not forget to mention the other sponsors and partners of the Chess Classic Mainz. Without FiNet AG, Stadtwerke Mainz AG, Livingston, Hilton Mainz, the Congress Center Mainz and our prime partner ChessBase and Schach Niggemann, organizing such an event would be impossible. The city of Mainz and its Lord Mayor Jens Beutel is proud to host the Chess Classic for the tenth year in a row. Beutel is an excellent chess player and this year he is not only the patron of the event, he is eager to play the open rapid world championship as well.

Jens Beutel versus Top GM Vugar Gashimov
Hans-Walter Schmitt is watching

The format of the open tournament will not be changed. Eleven hard-fought rounds will be played and the tempo will be 20 minutes + 5 seconds per move. The tournament will take place in the fully air-conditioned Rheingoldhalle of the Congress Center Mainz. During the world championship the very popular ôKids Clubö will be opened again during the tournament. Chess loving parents can fully concentrate on their games, knowing that their kids are in good hands.

Rheingoldhalle

Levon Aronian, who won the title in a match against Anand last year, will try to defend his title in Mainz. This task will not be easy, since the Armenian star will face strong opposition this year. Top 2700+ players like Alexei Shirov, Alexander Grischuk, Sergei Movsesian, Gata Kamsky and Vugar Gashimov have already confirmed their participation! We are also happy to welcome some of the best female chess players in the world to Mainz, like Alexandra Kosteniuk, Inna Gaponenko, Almira Skripchenko and Natalia Zhukova to name just a few.

Rapid World Champion Levon Aronian

The Chess Classic will be opened on Friday 06 August with the traditional opening press conference with three world champions: Viswanathan Anand, Alexandra Kosteniuk and Levon Aronian. At 16.00h, Anand will start his simul on 40 boards and Kosteniuk will play a Chess960 simul on 20 boards. Due to very high demand, there are no seats available anymore for the simuls, but you are kindly invited to visit the event on Friday.

World Champion Viswanathan Anand

It is still possible to register online for the Open Grenke Rapid World Championship. You can save Ç5, if you register before 31.07.2010! Note: GM, IM, WGM and WIM are free!

Top participants (GM & WGM) so far:

Aronian Levon Int. Gro▀meister Armenien 2783
Grischuk Alexander Int. Gro▀meister Russland 2760
Shirov Alexei Int. Gro▀meister Spanien 2749
Movsesian Sergei Int. Gro▀meister Slowakei 2723
Gashimov Vugar Int. Gro▀meister Aserbaidschan 2719
Kamsky Gata Int. Gro▀meister USA 2713
Kasimdzhanov Rustam Int. Gro▀meister Usbekistan 2699
Bologan Victor Int. Gro▀meister Moldawien 2695
Inarkiev Ernesto Int. Gro▀meister Russland 2671
Bareev Evgeny Int. Gro▀meister Russland 2663
Zvjaginsev Vadim Int. Gro▀meister Russland 2656
Markowski Tomasz Int. Gro▀meister Polen 2628
Kazhgaleyev Murtas Int. Gro▀meister Slowakei 2619
Iturrizaga Eduardo Int. Gro▀meister Venezuela 2614
Kempinski Robert Int. Gro▀meister Polen 2612
Tregubov Pavel Int. Gro▀meister Russland 2610
Kovalyov Anton Int. Gro▀meister Argentinien 2599
Pelletier Yannick Int. Gro▀meister Schweiz 2589
Hera Imre Jr. Int. Gro▀meister Ungarn 2585
Ghaem Maghami Ehsan Int. Gro▀meister Iran 2574
Moradiabadi Elshan Int. Gro▀meister Iran 2571
Andersson Ulf Int. Gro▀meister Schweden 2567
Milov Leonid Int. Meister Deutschland 2562
Bischoff Klaus Int. Gro▀meister Deutschland 2553
Berczes David Int. Gro▀meister Ungarn 2551
Mahjoob Zardast Morteza Int. Gro▀meister Iran 2546
Jaracz Pawel Int. Gro▀meister Polen 2541
Prohaszka Peter Int. Gro▀meister Ungarn 2526
Szabo Kriszian Int. Meister Ungarn 2523
Kosteniuk Alexandra Int. Gro▀meister Russland 2519
Zhukova Natalia Int. Gro▀meister Woman Ukraine 2499
Davis Nigel Int. Gro▀meister England 2494
Lalic Bogdan Int. Gro▀meister Slowakei 2491
Hort Vlastimil Int. Gro▀meister Deutschland 2473
Gaponenko Inna Int. Gro▀meister Woman Ukraine 2465
Skripchenko Almira Int. Gro▀meister Woman Frankreich 2458
Siebrecht Sebastian Int. Gro▀meister Deutschland 2417
Foisor Cristina Int. Gro▀meister Woman Rumńnien 2381
Foisor Sabina Int. Gro▀meister Woman USA 2317
Berend Elvira Int. Gro▀meister Woman Luxemburg 2307
Kochetkova Julia Int. Gro▀meister Woman Slowakei 2302
Jaracz Barbara Int. Gro▀meister Woman Polen 2280
Pourkashiyan Atousa Int. Gro▀meister Woman Iran 2269
Paridar Shadi Int. Gro▀meister Woman Iran 2264
Fischdick Gisela Int. Gro▀meister Woman Deutschland 2245

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