Chess Classic with Anand, Radjabov, Svidler, Aronian and Vaile

8/14/2006 – Suffering withdrawal after Sofia and Dortmund? The next big event starts tomorrow, in Mainz, Germany. Anand plays an eight-game rapid chess match against Teimour Radjabov, Peter Svidler a Chess960 (Fischer Random) against Levon Aronian. There are Chess960 events for women, seniors, juniors and computers. We bring you a road map and all the essential links.

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Chess Classic Mainz 2006

The event takes place from August 15 to 20 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 Anand, Aronian, Svidler, Radjabov, Kosteniuk and Pähtz participating.


View from last year's Classic, with the Open and two matches in progress

Schedule of events


Vishy Anand

Teimour Radjabov
  • Grenkeleasing Rapid World Champioship
    This is the biggest attraction and has the world's number two (and rapid chess specialist) Vishy Anand, rated 2779, pitted against 19-year-old Teimour Radjabov of Azerbaijan, rated 2728 and number 11 in the world rankings, in a rapid chess match over eight games. Format: eight Rapid Chess games (25 min/game + 10 sec/move increment). Schedule: two rounds a day from Thursday, August 17 to Sunday, August 20, with the rounds starting at 6:30 und 8:00 p.m. (5:30/7:00 p.m. London, 12.30/2:00 p.m. New York).


    Aronian vs Svidler in their Chess960 match in Mainz two years ago

  • Clerical Medical Chess960 World Championship
    Here we have Peter Svidler of Russia playing Levon Aronian of Armenia in an eight-game Chess960 (Fischer Random) match. Svidler beat Peter Leko in a Chess960 match in 2003 and has defended his title in this discipline successfully since then. Aronian is currently the number three player in the world, Svidler is number five. Format: eight Chess960 games (25 min/game + 10 sec/move increment). Schedule: two rounds a day from Thursday, August 17 to Sunday, August 20, with the rounds starting at 6:30 und 8:00 p.m. The starting positions will be revealed about five minutes prior to the start of the games.


    Alexandra Kosteniuk vs Elisabeth Pähtz in a traditional rapid chess match in 2002

  • Clerical Medical Chess960 World Championship for women, seniors and juniors
    These are eight-game Chess960 (Fischer Random) matches between Elisabeth Pähtz and Alexandra Kosteniuk (Women); Vastimil Hort and Lajos Portisch (Seniors) and Pentala Harikrishna and Arkadij Naiditsch (Juniors). Format: eight rounds, rate of play 20 min/game + 10 sec/move increment. Schedule: Tuesday, August 15 and Wednesday, August 16, with the rounds starting at 3:00, 4:15, 5:30 and 6:45 p.m.

  • 5th FiNet Chess960 Open
    Rapid Chess960 Open, staged in the same hall as the GM matches. Format: eleven rounds, 20 min/game + 5 sec/move increment. Schedule: From 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 17 (registration, rounds 1-5) and Friday, August 18 (rounds 6-11, prize giving).

  • 13th ORDIX Open
    Rapid Chess Open, staged in the same hall as the GM matches. Format: 20 min/game + 5 sec/move increment. Schedule: From 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 19 (registration, rounds 1-5) and Sunday, August 20 (rounds 6-11, prize giving).

    One of the participants in the simultaneous exhibition is 26-year-old a rock singer Vaile, who is also a budding soap star (in the German series Marienhof). She will play against Levon Aronian, in the Chess960 start position 518, which is the one used in chess for over a millennium now. After the game Vaile will entertain visitors with an "unplugged gig".

  • Simultaneous exhibitions
    Tuesday, August 15, 3:30 p.m.: 40 board simul given by Vishy Anand, and Wednesday, August 16, 3:30 p.m. simultaneous Chess960 exhibition on 20 boards (with 20 different starting positions) given by Levon Aronian.

  • 2nd Livingston Chess960 Computer World Championship
    This is a computer chess tournament in Chess960 (Fischer Random). Format: nine rounds, 25 min/game + 5 sec/move increment. Schedule: From 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 17 (rounds 1-5) and from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 18 (rounds 6-9).

  • Exihition man vs machine matches
    Teimour Radjabov vs the chess program Shredder and Peter Svidler vs the Chess960 program Spike. The games will be played on Wednesday, August 15 from 10:30 a.m. to 13:30 p.m.

  • Commentary
    Live commentary is by GMs Artur Jussupow, Eric Lobron, Vlastimil Hort, Rustem Dautov and Fabian Döttling.

    Programme overview
    Date from until live games Round Time View Download
    Clerical Medical Chess960 World Championships
    15.08.2006 15:00 15:40 3 1. 20min+5sec ONLINE PGN
    15.08.2006 16:15 16:55 3 2. 20min+5sec ONLINE PGN
    15.08.2006 17:30 18:10 3 3. 20min+5sec ONLINE PGN
    15.08.2006 18:45 19:25 3 4. 20min+5sec ONLINE PGN
    16.08.2006 15:00 15:40 3 5. 20min+5sec ONLINE PGN
    16.08.2006 16:15 16:55 3 6. 20min+5sec ONLINE PGN
    16.08.2006 17:30 18:10 3 7. 20min+5sec ONLINE PGN
    16.08.2006 18:45 19:25 3 8. 20min+5sec ONLINE PGN
    16.08.2006 ? Tiebreak 5min+5sec ONLINE PGN
    Livingston Duelle Mensch-Maschine
    16.08.2006 11:00 12:00 2 1. 25min+10sec ONLINE PGN
    16.08.2006 12:30 13:30 2 2. 25min+10sec ONLINE PGN
    Livingston Chess960 Computer-WM
    17.08.2006 10:00 11:00 8 1. 25min+10sec ONLINE PGN
    17.08.2006 12:00 13:00 8 2. 25min+10sec ONLINE PGN
    17.08.2006 14:00 15:00 8 3. 25min+10sec ONLINE PGN
    17.08.2006 16:00 17:00 8 4. 25min+10sec ONLINE PGN
    17.08.2006 18:00 19:00 8 5. 25min+10sec ONLINE PGN
    18.08.2006 10:30 11:30 8 6. 25min+10sec ONLINE PGN
    18.08.2006 12:30 13:30 8 7. 25min+10sec ONLINE PGN
    18.08.2006 14:30 15:30 8 8. 25min+10sec ONLINE PGN
    18.08.2006 16:30 17:30 8 9. 25min+10sec ONLINE PGN
    FiNet Open Chess960 WM-Qualifikation
    17.08.2006 12:30 13:10 10 1. 20min+5sec ONLINE PGN
    17.08.2006 13:40 14:20 10 2. 20min+5sec ONLINE PGN
    17.08.2006 14:50 15:30 10 3. 20min+5sec ONLINE PGN
    17.08.2006 16:00 16:40 10 4. 20min+5sec ONLINE PGN
    17.08.2006 17:10 17:50 10 5. 20min+5sec ONLINE PGN
    18.08.2006 10:00 10:40 10 6. 20min+5sec ONLINE PGN
    18.08.2006 11:10 11:50 10 7. 20min+5sec ONLINE PGN
    18.08.2006 12:20 13:00 10 8. 20min+5sec ONLINE PGN
    18.08.2006 14:00 14:40 10 9. 20min+5sec ONLINE PGN
    18.08.2006 15:10 15:50 10 10. 20min+5sec ONLINE PGN
    18.08.2006 16:20 17:00 10 11. 20min+5sec ONLINE PGN
    GRENKELEASING Rapid World Championship
    Clerical Medical Chess960 World Championship
    17.08.2006 18:30 19:30 2 1. 25min+10sec ONLINE PGN
    17.08.2006 20:00 21:00 2 2. 25min+10sec ONLINE PGN
    18.08.2006 18:30 19:30 2 3. 25min+10sec ONLINE PGN
    18.08.2006 20:00 21:00 2 4. 25min+10sec ONLINE PGN
    19.08.2006 18:30 19:30 2 5. 25min+10sec ONLINE PGN
    19.08.2006 20:00 21:00 2 6. 25min+10sec ONLINE PGN
    20.08.2006 18:30 19:30 2 7. 25min+10sec ONLINE PGN
    20.08.2006 20:00 21:00 2 8. 25min+10sec ONLINE PGN
    20.08.2006 ? Tiebreak 5min+5sec ONLINE PGN
    ORDIX Open
    19.08.2006 12:30 13:10 10 1. 20min+5sec ONLINE PGN
    19.08.2006 13:40 14:20 10 2. 20min+5sec ONLINE PGN
    19.08.2006 14:50 15:30 10 3. 20min+5sec ONLINE PGN
    19.08.2006 16:00 16:40 10 4. 20min+5sec ONLINE PGN
    19.08.2006 17:10 17:50 10 5. 20min+5sec ONLINE PGN
    20.08.2006 10:00 10:40 10 6. 20min+5sec ONLINE PGN
    20.08.2006 11:10 11:50 10 7. 20min+5sec ONLINE PGN
    20.08.2006 12:20 13:00 10 8. 20min+5sec ONLINE PGN
    20.08.2006 14:00 14:40 10 9. 20min+5sec ONLINE PGN
    20.08.2006 15:10 15:50 10 10. 20min+5sec ONLINE PGN
    20.08.2006 16:20 17:00 10 11. 20min+5sec ONLINE PGN

 

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