Dear chess fans,

"Play personally in the afternoons and see and learn from the world's best players in the evenings"

This is the motto of this year's Chess Classic Mainz. The new date in August on the Thursday holiday, the Feast of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, provides an additional bonus for some German regions as these participants only have to give up one leave day in order to play in both major rapid chess events. "Everything under one roof" and optimum conditions in the Congress Center of Mainz provide all that is required for chess players who can enjoy the convenience and facilities of the Rheingoldhalle and the four-star Mainz Hilton hotel for a reasonable price.

The well-proven recipe of the best available services for participants and spectators will be put into action again. From 14th to 18th of August spectators can watch the games on a big video screen of 3 x 4 metres. This visual pleasure is supplemented by expert commentary by grandmasters Artur Jussupov, Matthias Wahls and Eric Lobron.

The traditional ORDIX AG Open is the main attraction for most participants for the ninth time. However, the simuls by young world champion Ruslan Ponomariov and pretty vice-world champion Alexandra Kosteniuk as well as the first 'creative' open, played according to the rules of legendary world champion Bobby (James Robert) Fischer, promise to offer a lot of excitement. This innovative Chess960 open is designed to give players a lot of room to experiment, as well as a handicap competition between the "professional chess players and the well-known expert". The Lord Mayor of Mainz, Jens Beutel, will compete against world-famous Viswanathan Anand. You can follow this duel and a lot more. In the "Duel of the World Champions", Viswanathan Anand will meet Ruslan Ponmariov, and in the "Duel of the Graces", Elisabeth Paehtz will met Alexandra Kosteniuk: so everyone can enjoy the performances of the stars. People can play themselves in the afternoons and enjoy themselves in the evenings.

You can find more details on our official homepage by going to Further information about the host city, restaurants, hotels, cultural features and sight-seeing are available from and

The chess clubs, Frankfurt Chess Tigers and SC Frankfurt-West, are pleased to be organising this chess festival with the support of well-known sponsors. We invite you to compete and hope you will enjoy the second chess festival in Mainz's Rheingoldhalle.

Have a lot of fun and feel completely at home at Mainz;
Hans-Walter Schmitt,
President of Chess Classic Mainz