8/16/2005 – The hot favourite Vishy Anand won the rapid chess match against Alexander Grischuk with a round to spare – and went on to lose a very dramatic last game. Peter Svidler considers himself lucky to have beaten Zoltan Almasi in Chess960, and the giant Ordix Open with 55 GMs has a bright young winner: 18-year-old Teimour Radjabov.
8/14/2005 – At 22 you have boundless energy. Even if you are facing the world's highest-ranked active player in the evening you can still take part in the giant rapid chess open in the afternoon. After all, what else is there to do when you have missed your breakfast? Alexander Grischuk played 1½:½ on
day three in Mainz.
8/13/2005 – On the second day he was a bit lucky. After overcoming losing chances in both rapid chess games against Alexander Grischuk, Indian chess superstar Vishy Anand came out of the hall with 1½:½ points. Levon Aronian won the Chess960 section and the amateur program Spike the Chess960 computer tournament. Illustrated report.
8/12/2005 – Alexander Grischuk, one of the young turks challenging the supremacy of the top players, started badly at the Chess Classic in Mainz, when he ran into the rapid chess firewall of Vishy Anand. The score: 2:0 for Anand. Meanwhile Peter Svidler took a 1½:½ lead in his Chess960 match against Zoltan Almasi. Report and pictures...
8/11/2005 – They are still mortal enemies – Anatoly Karpov moved his seat from next to Viktor Kortchnoi at the openings ceremony, the latter wore the trade-mark shades against Karpov's gaze. In the Gala Exhibition in honour of Wolfgang Unzicker's 80th birthday Karpov and Kortchnoi both scored 3.5/6. Unzicker Gala and 960 man vs machine reports.
8/3/2005 – Next week the traditional Mainz Chess Classic will start in the German Rhine city. There is an Unzicker Gala (with Karpov, Korchnoi and Spassky), a rapid chess match between Anand and Grischuk, a Chess960 championship between Svidler and Almasi, and two opens. And some unusual postcards from artist Frank Stiefel. Press release.
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