Dear chess fans,

the Chess Classic has moved to a new home with an extraordinary ambience. For the first time since 1994, the world's most famous rapid chess tournament will be the guest in the heart of the city of Mainz, right along the banks of the River Rhine. The Rheingoldhalle as playing venue in cooperation with the Congress Center and the Hilton Hotel will guarantee optimal conditions as indicated by theChess Classic Mainz: Hans-Walter Schmitt phrase 'everything under one roof'. In the person of Jens Beutel, the Mayor of Mainz, we have found the support of a leading local politician. He is not only an experienced chess player but also a successful key player in the search for new sponsorship for our rich in tradition brain game.

The organisational task of putting together the premiere of the Chess Classic Mainz as another top chess event may be termed well done. The 'battle of the world champions' with a ten game match between Viswanathan Anand and Vladimir Kramnik marks an absolute highlight within the current chess world! Both are regular Chess Classic visitors and it is only here where they feel duty bound to meet in a prestigious face-to-face encounter!

The additional programme also sticks to the Chess Classic approach to push ahead with chess innovation: For the first time a Fischer Random Chess match between two top players, world no. 4, Michael Adams, and no. 7, Peter Leko. Afterwards both players will compete against a pocket chess programme. The festival will be completed by two well-known competitions: simuls by the world champions and the Ordix Open, the world-wide strongest rapid chess tournament of its kind.

The Frankfurt Chess Tigers and Frankfurt-West Chess Club are delighted to held this chess event with the support the city of Mainz, the Landesbank Rheinland-Pfalz as main sponsors and other noted co-sponsors.

Enjoy yourself in Mainz
Hans-Walter Schmitt
President of Chess Classic Mainz 2001