Germany strikes back in the clouds

9/17/2002 – After the first leg of the match ended with a depressing 3.5:0.5 loss for the German players, they were able to strike back on home territory, winning with a 2.5:1.5 margin. Playing 120 meters above the famous Alexanderplatz Christopher Lutz won his first game against Viktor Kortschnoj. All other games were drawn. Here's an illustrated report.

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Switzerland vs Germany

Germany strikes back

After the first leg of the match ended with a depressing 3.5:0.5 loss for the German players, they were able to strike back on home territory, winning with a 2.5:1.5 margin.

The venue was the Casino Berlin and the games were played in the 37th storey of the Forum Hotel, 120 meters above the famous Alexanderplatz. Christopher Lutz won his first game against Viktor Kortschnoj, and 15-year-old Arkadi Naiditsch was winning against Yannik Pelletier. However the game ended in a draw and so the score was 1.5:0.5 on the first day.

On the second day both games were drawn, so that the final score in Berlin was 2.5:1.5. In the total of both encounters the Swiss are ahead with 5:3 points.

All games were covered live on the Playchess server, which also hosted a team championship between players from Germany and Switzerland. Here the Germans were victorious with a final score of 122.5:73.5.


Picture gallery


The venue at the top of the Forum Hotel


A view out of the window of the 37th floor


Kortschnoi vs Lutz, 120 meters above the Alexanderplatz


Kortschnoj vs Naiditsch, Pelletier vs Lutz on the second day


Live transmission by Matthias Wüllenweber of ChessBase


The Swiss team with Kortschnoj and Pelletier


GM Uwe Bönsch discusses the games for the public


Chess in relaxed atmosphere in the Casino Berlin

 

 



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