Dortmund Sparkassen Chess-Meeting 2004

4/21/2004 – The strongest tournament in Germany is the Chess-Meeting in Dortmund. This year it will be held from July 22 to August 1 and features Anand, Kramnik, Leko, Svidler, Rublevsky, Bologan, Karjakin and Naiditsch. Here's the information you need to prepare for Dortmund 2004

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SPARKASSEN
CHESS-MEETING
2004
22 July to 1 August 2004

Press release

Exciting system of play, top grandmasters and gifted talents: "We expect interesting games from the beginning"

The participants of the Dortmund Sparkassen Chess-Meeting 2004 are definite. The event, taking place at the Dortmund Theatre from 22 July to 1 August, will present again an interesting mix of top players and talents – but also a new and exciting system of play.

Among the players are Classical World Chess Champion Vladimir Kramnik (Russia), Viswanathan Anand (India), Peter Leko (Hungary) and Peter Svidler (Russia) – four excellent Top Grandmasters who are actually placed among the best six players of the world. They try to get the title from Viorel Bologan (Moldavia), the sensational winner of the Sparkassen Chess-Meeting in 2003. Sergei Rublevsky (Russia) qualified with his win at the Aeroflot Open in Moscow for the Dortmund Tournament. Also at the start are two young and gifted players: Arkadij Naiditsch (Germany), the Dortmund super talent and Germany’s big hope, and the only 14 year old Sergey Karjakin (Ukraine): at the age of 12 he became youngest Grandmaster in Chess history.

To win the Super Tournament, the players have to run through preliminaries, semifinals and final matches. "We expect interesting games and a fight for the title from the beginning. That’s the way we want to go into the future", says tournament director Stefan Koth. "And also we keep our tradition for classical chess." The system of play is known from the Candidates‘ Tournament at Dortmund in 2002. In a double round robin system each player will play six games. The two winners of each group will advance to the semifinals. The winners will play the final match, the losers will play the match for the 3rd place. Number 3 and Number 4 in each preliminary group will play for the places 5 to 8.

Qualifying Round (Rating dated 1 April 2004)

Group 1 Country Birthday
Rating
Viswanathan Anand India 11 Dec. 69
2774
Peter Svidler Russia 17 June 76
2733
Sergei Rublevsky Russia 15 Oct. 74
2671
Arkadij Naiditsch Germany 25 Oct. 85
2571

Group 2 Country Birthday
Rating
Vladimir Kramnik Russia 25 June 75
2764
Peter Leko Hungary 08 Sep. 79
2741
Viorel Bologan Moldavia 14 Dec. 71
2665
Sergey Karjakin Ukraine 12 Jan. 90
2580

Schedule

Round 1: Thurs. July 22, 14:00h
V. Anand 
   A. Naiditsch
P. Svidler 
   S. Rublevsky
V. Kramnik 
   S. Karjakin
P. Leko 
   V. Bologan
Games – Report
Round 2: Friday. July 23, 14:00h
A. Naiditsch 
   S. Rublevsky
V. Anand 
   P. Svidler
S. Karjakin 
   V. Bologan
V. Kramnik 
   P. Leko
Games – Report
Round 3: Sat. July 24, 14:00h
P. Svidler 
   A. Naiditsch
S. Rublevsky 
   V. Anand
P. Leko 
   S. Karjakin
V. Bologan 
   V. Kramnik
Games – Report
Round 4: Sun. July 25, 14:00h
A. Naiditsch 
   V. Anand
S. Rublevsky 
   P. Svidler
S. Karjakin 
   V. Kramnik
V. Bologan 
   P. Leko
Games – Report
Round 5: Mon. July 26, 14:00h
A. Naiditsch 
   P. Svidler
V. Anand 
   S. Rublevsky
S. Karjakin 
   P. Leko
V. Kramnik 
   V. Bologan
Games – Report
Round 6: Tues. July 27, 14:00h
S. Rublevsky 
   A. Naiditsch
P. Svidler 
   V. Anand
V. Bologan 
   S. Karjakin
P. Leko 
   V. Kramnik
Games – Report
Wednesday July 28 – Rest Day
Semifinal 1: Thurs. July 29, 14:00h
     
     
Games – Report
Semifinal 2: Fri. July 30, 14:00h
     
     
Games – Report
Final 1: Sat. July 31, 14:00h
 
   
Games – Report
Final 2: Sun. Aug. 1, 11:30h
 
   
Games – Report

Dortmund Organizing Committee; Press Release, 13 April 2004. For information please contact Rolf Behovits, press officer and spokesman of the Sparkassen Chess-Meeting.
Contact: pr-behovits@uumail.de; presse_dortmund@chessgate.de

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