Chess Classic Mainz 2007
The event takes place from August 13 to 19 in the Rheingoldhalle of the Congress Centre, Hilton Hotel in Mainz, Germany. It includes matches and Opens in traditional and Random Chess, with stars like the current world's number one Anand, who will play in Chess960 (Fischer Random) and in rapid chess tournaments together with Levon Aronian, Rustam Kasimdzhanov and Etienne Bacrot.
Aronian wins FiNet Chess960 World Championship
It was an exciting day in Mainz: Anand and Aronian played the four-game Chess960 match at the Chess Classic for the title of FiNet Chess960 Rapid World Champion. The final started at 8:30 p.m. and ended just a few minutes before midnight.
The final of the FiNet Chess960 World Championship
The match was drawn after four exciting games, with Aronian winning the first and Anand equalising in the fourth. Now a two-game blitz tiebreak had to be played, and it was Aronian who won the first and drew the second. He now has the title of Chess960 World Champion.
The winner: Levon Aronian or Armenia
Came very close in his first Chess960 match: Vishy Anand
The match for third place between Etienne Bacrot was dominated by Bacrot, who won 3:1.
Replaying the games
Due mainly to the specially castling rules (see below) Chess960 games recorded in PGN cannot be easily replayed with regular chess programs or applications. However Fritz 10 can handle these files, in PGN or ChessBase formats. ChessBase 9 or ChessBase Light can also do the same, using the games in ChessBase format.
How about a nice game of Chess960?
Note that with Fritz 10 you can also play Chess960 against the or on the Playchess server. With ChessBase Light you can do the latter.
To do this you should enter the special rooms reserved for Chess960. You can go there to watch the broadcasts of the games being played at the Mainz Chess Classic, or you can play games against other users yourself.
You can also stage tournaments, for humans or for chess engines which know the game.
Picture gallery: 6th FiNet Open
World's biggest Chess960 Rapid Chess Tournament
The 6th FiNet Open, also played with shuffled pieces, started on August 16 and will be concluded on August 17. There is a large number of sterling players participating, as our picture report shows.
Standings after five rounds
Game links are given above
You think this is funny? Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs Sergey Karjakin (Shakh won)
The one who does not (boo!) get to play in Mexico: Vassily Ivanchuk
As ever intense: Indian GM Krishnan ("Shashi") Sasikiran
Young Indian GM (and GM killer) Parimarjan Negi
Parimarjan Negi, India, vs Andrej Volokitin, Ukraine (0-1)
Top US GM Gata Kamsky (second from right), posing with the tournament mascots
GM Mohamad Al-Modiahki of Qatar
... and his wife, former women's world champion Zhu Chen
(get her a new, leak-proof pen, Modiakhi!)
Former junior world champion Elisabeth Pähtz, Germany
Indeed you can't, Viktorija Cmilyte, as you showed in Predeal
Top Czech GM David Navara
Veteran GM Vlastimil Hort (in red) facing the daughter Ekaterina of veteran GM Artur Jussupow
Due for a Medal of Bravery: Mainz Lord Mayor Jens Beutel, right, faces Shakh Mamedyarov
And the little ones are calle "pawns" – just kidding, Jens Beutel is a strong tournament player and is discussing the technicalities of the ceremonious first move with chief organiser Hans-Walter Schmitt
All pictures by Carsten Straub