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Chess Classic Mainz 2009 (CCM9) 2009-07-27 - 2009-08-02

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Victor Bologan Chess960 Rapid World Championship
GM Victor Bologan – FiNet-Open-Sieger 2007
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)
6. Chess960 Rapid World Championship
GM L. Aronian, GM V. Bologan, GM H. Nakamura, GM S. Movsesian



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Chess Classic

Great start for challengers Radjabov and Aronian

18.08.2006 - Another busy day in Mainz. Not only the big matches Anand-Radjabov and Svidler-Aronian kicked off, but also the FiNet Chess960 Open with 248 players, among them no less than 111 men and women with an international FIDE title. The second Livingston Chess960 Computer Chess World Championship started today with 20 programs. In the evening matches, Radjabov could win one game against Anand, Aronian even scored two points. In the FiNet Open we have three leaders with a 100% score and in the Computer Chess event German program Jonny took the lead. Here is an overview of the events on Thursday.

Grenke Leasing Rapid World Championship

The first game in The Grenke Leasing Rapid Chess World Championship ended in a draw, nothing spectacular for the audience, but the second game was a different story. Radjabov won the second game, although he had a difficult position in the middle game. Certainly a shock for Vishy and his fans. Anand: “I misplayed it in the first game and lost a pawn but after exchanging some pieces I could hold the draw. In the second game I certainly had a very promising or even winning position. When I get to my room, I will check the game with the computer, which will probably show some promising lines.”

Clerical Medical Chess960 Rapid World Championship

Peter Svidler, Levon Aronian, Hans-Walter Schmitt (right to left)

In the second match on the stage of the Rheingoldhalle, Levon Aronian had an fantastic start by winning two games on Thursday. In both games Svidler seemed the have the upper hand, but Aronian won in the end. After the games, Svidler said: “Well, if all the games will be like today, we will provide a lot of entertainment for everybody. I the first game I reached a decent Hedgehog position which suddenly became rather tricky. I was probably much better and tried to find a forced win. I even found a way to win by force, but thought it was not good enough. Then I wanted to chase the rook with my knights, could not catch it, misplaced the knights and even lost the game. I the second game I chose a creative set-up, which reminded me on the Bird Opening. We reached a very tactical position, in which I blundered and lost again.” Aronian said at the press conference that he was lucky today. “I was practically lost in the first game and in the second game I had a difficult position as well. I liked Bf8, which was a good plan to protect my king, but then Peter blundered again. Big luck today.”

FiNet Open

New records-New names

And the winner is.....Pentala Harikrishna

Three Chess960 world champions played  their games in the fifth FiNet Open: Alexandra Kosteniuk, Pentala Harikrishna and Vlastimil Hort. But their challengers from the previous matches were also eager to play in one of the strongest chess tournaments in the world if you look at the average rating and the number of players holding an international title: 63 GM´s (56 Men, 7 Women) , 34 IM´s (26 Men, 8 Women) and 14 FM´s (13 Men, 1 Woman). Yes, if you counted right, the result is 111... And with about 20% more players than last year, 248, another Chess Classic record has been broken.

Five rounds will be played on Thursday, six games will be played on Friday. The winner will get a match against the winner of the Clerical Medical Chess960 World Championship next year. There are several extra prices in various categories.

Five players in this exquisite field have a 2700+ rating: Alexander  Morozevich, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Alexander Grishuk, Etienne Bacrot and Evgeny Bareev. But there are many, many very strong grandmasters in this field, and we also see some new faces in Mainz. For the first time we could spot the Dutch champion GM Zhaoqin Peng, who already played some Chess960 games with the inventor of the variant himself in Budapest! “I never played Chess960 in a tournament before but I love it. And it is very nice to play in this beautiful playing hall. I am impressed.” Another Chess960 newbie is Evgeny Bareev from Russia, who contacted Hans-Walter Schmitt just a week ago: he wanted to play in Mainz, and try Chess960!

After the first day, only three players still have a perfect score: Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Mikhail Mchedlishvili and Etienne Bacrot. Woman Chess960 world Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk has an excellent 4 out of 5 and, just like senior Vlastimil Hort. Pentala Harikrishna, maybe still a bit tired from his fabulous performance yesterday, could only score three points.  

Livingston Chess960 World Championship

German program Jonny surprising leader after first day

The second Livingston Chess960 World Championship started on Thursday with 20 programs – 2 more than the ICGA world championship which was played in Turin in May. That shows the acceptance for Chess960 in general and Chess960 computerchess in particular. Stefan Meyer-Kahlen, the Shredder programmer and 10 times world champion loves to play in this tournament: “I do not need an opening book for this tourney, I just grab my laptop and play chess.” The programmers also love to play in Mainz because many players, who are interested in computer chess, step by and take a look at the computer chess games. Alexandra Kosteniuk was happy to open the second round by playing the first move in the game Loop-Spike. One of the prominent computer chess fans is Levon Aronian, who enjoys to chat with the programmers. He laughs out loud when a computer plays a bad move and jokes with the operators: ”Did you teach him to play like this? That move is crap”, and then he moves on to the next board, laughing and joking.

After the first day, on which five rounds have been played, Jonny leads the field with 4,5 points, and is followed by two other German programs, Shredder and Ikarus. Shredder won an important game in the third round against the winner of last years championship, Spike. But the most spectacular game of the day was played by Jonny in the third round. Its creator, Johannes Zwanzger, a good chess player with an 2300+ rating, had no idea what happened on the board. Very tactical, very sharp, very nice! And Jonny could even beat Shredder in the last game of the day, rounding of a perfect day in Mainz!

Eric van Reem

Published by Gerhard Kenk

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