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Same procedure as every year: Vishy Anand and Peter Svidler win their matches!

14.08.2005 - On the last day of the Grenke Leasing match between Indian superstar Vishy Anand and his challenger Alexander Grischuk from Russia, the Indian won the seventh game after 47 moves. Although Grischuk started playing chess at 10 o´clock this morning he still wanted to show a good last game to say goodbye to the audience and won the eighth game. “That was a miracle, Grischuk laughed. Anand won the match 5-3. In the FiNet Chess960 World Championship Peter Svidler defended his title for the third time. After his fine wins over Peter Leko in 2003 and Levon Aronian in 2004, this year the Russian won his Chess960 match against Zoltan Almasi from Hungary 5-3. The last two games on Sunday ended in a draw.

Final statements from the players and the organiser:

Alexander Grischuk

Vishy Anand, wearing the white winner's jacket, talks to Alexander Grischuk

Grischuk played well in the Open today, lost only one game (against Dreev) and scored 9 points. “I did not regret a single bit that I played the Open”, Grischuk said on stage. Immediately after the price-giving ceremony of the Open, he had to play the seventh game in his match against Anand. He lost that one, but Grischuk showed his strength and willpower in the last game, which he won. “My romantic side says that I have to say good luck to the winner, but my realistic side says that Anand won because of serious training and practice and therefore deserved to win the match.” The last game was strange, I did not want to make a draw, but I was not really motivated anymore. And than a miracle happened: I won the last game!”

Vishy Anand

“I expected a close match and on the chessboard it was clear that it was a really close match. But the score tells a different story. After winning the fourth game, it was difficult to get a grip on the match. I wanted to reach the 4,5 points as soon as possible and that resulted in this desaster in the sixth game. You should never sit on your lead. It was an interesting match, with a lot of good games. I even enjoyed the last game that I lost, it was a beautiful game. I was completely winning, but somehow lost it.”

Zoltan Almasi

“I am very disappointed. I could easily have won this match, I had an advantage in almost every game but then I started thinking too long. Strange, because I had no problems with the time last year. But I will try to qualify for a match next year in the Open. I´ll be back! “

Peter Svidler

The Almasi vs Svidler Duell was like a football cup final. Svidler: "Almasi had many chances, but failed to score".
Drawing by Fränk Stiefel

“Zoltan should have won the match”. I compare this match to a football match, the FA Cup final between Manchester United and Arsenal this year. There is a certain analogy to this match. Manu had plenty of possibilities to score a goal, but Arsenal won the penalty shootout. In this match, Zoltan did have many possibilities to score, but in the end I won the match, because I took my chances. Zoltan outplayed me in almost every game, the match could have gone either way.”

Hans-Walter Schmitt

“This was a perfect tournament, with many highlights. We have seen exciting matches, with good players. I liked the Opens, with players like Bacrot, Aronian and so on and I liked the fact that so many German players came to Mainz. It is obvious that Aronian will play against Peter Svidler next year, but it is not clear that the Ordix Open winner, Radjabov, will play a match against Vishy next year. The computer chess tourney was important as well. We will keep on organising the Computer tournament and every now and then we will have man-machine exhibitions as well. We are not going to mix computers and humans in tournaments”.

The Chess Classic Mainz 2006 tournament will start on 15 August 2006! See you all next year!

Eric van Reem

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