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Grischuk wins Ordix Open once more
Schmitt and Beutel enthusiastic about Chess Classic
Hartmut Metz (Translation by Mark Vogelgesang) sums up.

08.08.
Duell
Nobody can beat Anand in Mainz! After his victories over Kramnik, Ponomariov and Polgar, the Indian won another match in Mainz, his next victim was Alexei Shirov. The match ended with two draws on the last day, in the final game Shirov probably missed a win. The final score is 5-3. It is Anand´s seventh Chess Classic title in total and his fifth in a row. "Two Fingerfehler decided the match, which was in fact very tight", a happy Anand said in th epress conference.
08.08.
Gerling Match

Svidler can defend his WNCA Chess 960 wordl title! On the last day of the Gerling Match, we saw the first draw of the match. The players played very carefully in the seventh game, but in the last game Svidler had the upper hand. Once again Aronian had troubles with his time. "Aronian played better, I played faster", the Russian smiled after the last game.

8/8 Combined winner of the FiNet Open and the Ordix Open is Zoltan Almasi. He scored 18 points in both tournaments. Alexander Grishuk, Sergei Rublevsky and Alexander Morozevich scored 17.5. Best senior is Vlastimil Hort, best female player Viktorija Cmilyte, best junior Sergei Karjakin.
8/8
ORDIX Open
Alexander Grischuk wins ORDIX Open, 9,5/11 after a draw against Morozevich in final round. Seven players have 9 points, Vaganjan won the second price, Rublevsky is third. The young Russian remains unbeaten in the Ordix tournaments in 2003 and 2004: 16 wins and 6 draws. 542 players participated in this years tournament : a new record!
Here you can find a report about the ORDIX Open by Eric van Reem.
8/8
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The Chess960 engine The Baron 1.4.0 is available for download. This is the engine that played a match against GM Levon Aronian last wednesday. The match ended 1-1.
8/8
ORDIX Open
After eight rounds Alexander Grishuk (Russia) is the sole leader with 7,5 points. He won an important game against Etienne Bacrot in round seven. There are three players with seven points: Sadvakasov, Rublevsky and Vaganjan (picture). 18 players have 6,5 points, among them Alexander Morozevich.
8/7
Kass
The 100.000 Dollar move
Carmen Kass lost her baggage on the way to Mainz, and had difficulties findes something appropiate to wear in Mainz. However, she has aready promised to came to Mainz next year. Organiser Hans-Walter Schmitt found a way to convince th supermodel to come back...
8/7
Duell
Vishy Anand is leading 4-2 after the third day in his duell against Alexei Shirov. In the fifth game the Sapniard won a pawn but the Indian star never thought that he would lose the game. Shirov once again had problems with the clock and had to agree with a draw. In the second game of the day, a so called “Fingerfehler” from Shirov decided the game. Anands comment: “he has played Neg instead of Bf8. After Bg5 the game was over”. Anand just needs to draw one of the last games on Sunday to win the Chess Classic for the fifth time in a row.
8/7
Gerling
Match
”High level games today”, Peter Svidler and Levon Aronian had the same opinion about the Chess960 games of the third day. And black was OK this time: both games were won with the black pieces. In an exciting time scrable, Svidler completely lost control of the game. “Levon just found all the right moves”, the Russian smiled. In the second game of the Gerling Match everything went well for Svidler. Aronian fought like a lion but with only seconds on the clock he had to resign. 3-3 after six games in the Gerling match and everything is possible on Sunday!
8/7
ORDIX Open
More, more, more! 69 Grandmasters, 44 IM, 43 FM, more than 30% of the players in the Ordix Open are holding an international FIDE title. After the first day we have six players with a perfect score: Grishuk, Dautov, Bacrot, Karjakin (picture), Georgiev and Ehlvest. Favorite Ponomariov already played two draws and the highest seeded player Morozevich lost one game. Women world champion Antoanetta Stefanova is doing very well, she has 4,5 points. On Sunday 6 more rounds will be played. The sixth round starts at 10.00 AM.
8/7
ORDIX Open

New record number of participants ! 542 players in ORDIX Open !! In a time where Open tournaments lose players, The Chess Classic keeps on breaking records. Ruslan Ponomariov is also playing in the Ordix Open and he will face strong opposition, like Morozevich, Grishuk, Bacrot, Bologan, Karjakin and many other strong grandmasters. The first price is 6000 Euro. Before the start of the first round, Ponomariov proudly showed his new T-Shirt. He supports the Free Bobby Fischer petition of the Chess Tigers. On the picture you see the ex-world champion with organiser Hans-Walter Schmitt.
8/6
Duell
Vishy Anand still in the lead after the second day of the Chess Classic Match. The Indian superstar had the upper hand in both games but could not use his small advantage. With two exciting draws today nothing is decided yet. Anand leads 2,5-1,5 after four games against Alexei Shirov.
8/6
Gerling
Match
Two more white wins today in the Gerling Chess960-world championship match Aronian-Svidler. Aronian won the first game of the day, but the Chess960 world champion Peter Svidler bounced back in the second game to equalise the match: 2-2 after four games.
8/6
FiNet Open

Zoltan Almasi, the Hungarian GM, who is playing for SC Kreuzberg in Berlin, won the FiNet Chess960 Open unbeatenwith 9,5 points out of 11 games. He won eight games and scored three draws. After seven rounds Etienne Bacrot still had a 100% score, but he could not keep the murderous pace in the last and final rounds. The French star had to share second place with Rublevsky, Morozevich, Sadvakasov, Kobalija, Naiditsch and Tregubov. They all scored 8,5 points. The 27-year old Hungarian star will look forward to CCM5. He will play for the WNCA world title next year against the winner of the Gerling Chess960 match Svidler-Aronian. A full report about the events of the FiNet Open can be found here.

8/6.   Pictures of the Finet-Open and the Duels by Chess Classic photographer Thilo Gubler.

8/5
Gerling
Match

in the Gerling Match Peter Svidler soon had a big time advantage in his first game against Levon Aronian. The position on the board was also good for the Russian: he won the endgame easily. In the second game Aronian controlled the position." I was outplayed by Levon", Svidler admitted after the game in the press conference. 1-1 after the first day. A promising start ot the match!
8/5
Duell
In the Duel Anand-Shirov Titelverteidiger Vishy Anand leads the match after his win in the second game with the white pieces. Shirov was close to victory in the first game, but had not enough time on the clock to beat the Indian star. 1,5-0,5 after the first two games.
8/5
FiNet Open

In the FiNet Open three players still have 100% : Artur Yusupov (SG Solingen), French star Etienne Bacrot and the Russian GM Michail Kobalija. Luke McShane (England), Vadim Zvagintsev (Russia) and Zoltan Almasi (Hungary) have 4,5 points.
The Russian superstars Ruslan Ponomariov (4) and Alexander Morozevich (3,5, Picture) are not very pleased with their result. Both players want to play a friendly Chess960 match tonight. To make things exciting the players agreed to play for $50 per game!

8/4
Exhibitions

Man vs. Machine Match: 1-1
Levon Aronian and the Dutch program The Baron by Richard Pijl played two draws in the wolrd premiere man against machine Chess960 match. Aronian made an hilarious mistake in the first game: he tried to castle queenside but forgot the exact Chess960 castling rules. His opponent Richard Pijl was glad to show him how to castle. 1-1 is a good result for the amateur program , since Aronian has a rating of 2670! Pijl was pleased, because his program played well and never had a minus score.

8/4

Blitz exhibition: Stefanova shows no mercy!
Vishy Anand and Antoanetta Stefanova played a handful of blitz games against VIP´s like Mayor Jens Beutel, Model Carmen Kass and Wolfgang Grenke, one of the sponsors of the Chess Classic. They also played a few games against amateurs. Gentleman Vishy drew one game against the supermodel, but the beauty from Bulgaria showed no mercy: she won all her games.
8/4

Press conference
Two press conferences started off the Chess Classic Mainz. Vishy Anand, his challenger Alexei Shirov, WNCA Chess 960 world champion Peter Svidler and the winner of last year´s Chess960 Open, Levon Aronian joined organiser Hans-Walter Schmitt and the mayor of Mainz Jens Beutel. Schmitt was proud to tell that the Chess960 Open has attracted more players than last year. 32 players of the top-100 will play in Mainz, among them superstars like Ruslan Ponomariov and Alexander Morozevich.
In the second press conference supermodel Carmen Kass (picture), who happens to be the president of the Estonian Chess Federation, and women world chess champion Antoanetta Stefanova from Bulgaria attracted many photographers and TV stations from all over the world. Kass and her federation want to bring the Chess Olympiad 2008 to Estonia. This presentation was not very much appreciated by the German delegation from Dresden. The Germans also want to organise this major chess event. Schmitt ended the press conference with his petition to get Bobby Fischer out of his Japanese prison.



 

 

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