Fischer Random Chess

26th June - 29th June

 

Sparkasse Mainz

 

Games

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

Points
Adams 1/2

0

1/2 0  1/2

1

1/2

1/2

3,5

Leko 1/2

1

1/2

1

 1/2

0

 1/2

1/2

4,5

  

In Mainz, Peter Leko and Michael Adams played two spectacular games on the final day. After making a draw in round 7, Adams had to win the final game to equalize the match and to force a tie-break. However, the English Grandmaster, running short of time, could find the winning combination and Peter Leko was lucky to make a draw. He  won the match with the narrowest margin: 4,5-3,5. Leko can now be proud to be called the first Unofficial world champion in this fascinating variation of chess.

Michael Adams and Peter Leko celebrated a successful final day at the Chess Classic Mainz. Both to grandmasters beat the computer programme Pocket Fritz by 3.5:0.5. Leko conceded a draw against the software which runs on a handheld computer. In three weeks the programme will be available in the shops for 99 German Marks.

Michael Adams and Peter Leko celebrated a successful final day at the Chess Classic Mainz. Both to grandmasters beat the computer programme Pocket Fritz by 3.5:0.5. Leko conceded a draw against the software which runs on a handheld computer. In three weeks the programme will be available in the shops for 99 German Marks.

 

Caricature by Frank Stiefel


Before the final day the Fischer Random Match became a close race. The two points lead of the no. 7 in the world rating list, Peter Leko, was cut down to 3.5:2.5 in Mainz's Rheingoldhalle. After a draw in game five Michael Adams won game six. He draw his lessons from the second game of the match which surprisingly started from an identical initial position. At Fischer Random Chess the initial position is determined by drawing of lots; Black gets an identical position of pieces at the back row.

On Friday at 3 p.m. the final two games of the match will be played. At 5.30 p.m. the next games of the LRP-match between the world champions, Viswanathan Anand and Vladimir Kramnik, will start. Kramnik currently has a 2.5:1.5 lead. The prestigious duel will continue until Sunday (start at 3 p.m.). In a Fischer Random Chess tournament for celebrities and journalists the manager of local chess club Schott Mainz, Erich Siebenhaar, won with 6.5:0.5 points ahead of the Mayor of Mainz, Jens Beutel, who scored five points and drew in the final round with Eckhard Freise. The Wuppertal-based professor was the first winner of Jauch's show "Who wants to be a millionaire?". At the Chess Classic he managed to beat Anand in a simul game.

 

 

 

Former world champion Robert (Bobby) Fischer invented Fischer Random Chess in order to avoid terribly long opening variations and to promote creativity in chess. This kind of chess is characterised by a special set up for white and black pieces decided with the help of drawing lots. After several times world championship candidate Artur Yusupov lost against the Fritz on Primergy programme at 0:2 last year, two world class players will combat in a Fischer Random Match: the world no. 4 Michael Adams from England will face Peter Leko from Hungary, three places lower in the table.

  

 

 

 

Normal chess is already very difficult, but Fischer Random Chess is against the conventions of Geneva!

It's a bit mess here!

They are not gentlemen.

I don't even know if I may castle!

Caricature by Frank Stiefel

 

The position in the historical first game of Fischer Random Chess on the highest level