No-Castling Masters: Kramnik and Caruana will play in Dortmund

by ChessBase
3/24/2023 – The historic Sparkassen Chess Trophy will celebrate its golden jubilee edition this year. The 50th Dortmund Chess Days Festival will take place from June 24 to July 2 at the Westfalenhallen Goldsaal in Dortmund, Germany. The NC World Masters will feature the 14th world champion Vladimir Kramnik, former World Championship challenger Fabiano Caruana, defending champion Dmitrij Kollars, and the winner of the two previous editions of the Deutschland Grand Prix, Pavel Eljanov.

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50th anniversary of the Dortmund Festival

Press release by Initiative Pro Schach

Dortmund Chess Festival 2023

The field of participants for the NC World Masters, part of the 50th edition of the International Dortmund Chess Days Festival, has been determined. The 14th World Chess Champion, Vladimir Kramnik, and former World Championship challenger Fabiano Caruana will be playing no-castling chess at the Goldsaal of the Dortmund Westfalenhallen from 26 June.

Vladimir Kramnik already played a match of no-castling chess against Viswanathan Anand in the first edition of the event, in 2021. He is a great advocate of the chess variation and researched it early on together with Alpha Zero, the AI engine developed by DeepMind, the world-leading company in this field.

Vladimir Kramnik

Vladimir Kramnik

Fabiano Caruana is not only a World Championship challenger, but also a three-time winner of the Dortmund super-tournament. He won the event in 2012, 2014 and 2015. His last visit to Dortmund was in 2016, when he finished in third place.

Fabiano Caruana

Fabiano Caruana

Last year’s winner, Dmitrij Kollars, will also return to Dortmund. The German national player was a late replacement at the 2022 NC World Masters and was able to adapt to the special format very quickly. Kollars celebrated the biggest success of his career by winning the tournament ahead of Viswanathan Anand.

Dmitrij Kollars

Dmitrij Kollars

The fourth player is Pavel Eljanov. The Ukrainian impressively won the grandmaster tournament of the International Dortmund Festival two years in a row.

Pavel Eljanov

Pavel Eljanov

The organizing association, Initiative pro Schach e.V., has not only put together an absolute top field, but also invited outstanding players from previous tournaments years to the 50th anniversary. This underlines the historical significance of the chess festival for the region and the chess world.

The tournament starts on Monday, 26 June, at the Goldsaal of the Dortmund Westfalenhallen. The players will meet each opponent twice until Sunday, 2 July. Thursday is a rest day. The exact pairings will be published well in advance.

Spectators and participants of the Chess Festival will again have the chance to watch the stars up close in Dortmund. The A-Open will be played in the same room as the NC World Masters, the Goldsaal of the Dortmund Westfalenhallen.

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