No Castling Chess online tournament open to all

by ChessBase
5/19/2021 – This summer Vladimir Kramnik and Viswanathan Anand will face each other in an innovative chess variant, proposed by Kramnik: No Castling Chess. There is one simple rule change – no castling is allowed, everything else remains the same. The organizers have announced that everybody will get a chance to try the new variant at the Sparkassen Online Open to be played on July 10-18. The winner will get a spot in next year’s Dortmund Open.

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A new format

The chess world is expecting a major highlight in the heart of Germany’s Ruhr region this summer: Vladimir Kramnik (Russia) and Viswanathan Anand (India), the 14th and 15th chess world champions, will duel in an innovative chess variant at the No-castling (NC) World Masters. In addition, Germany's top players will compete with international grandmasters at the Deutschland Grand Prix. Both top events, as well as the NRW Youth Cup, will take place from July 13 to 18, 2021, at the Westfalenhallen Congress Center, while the digital Sparkassen Playchess Open will be held online from July 10 to 18, 2021.

Vishy Anand, Vladimir Kramnik

Anand and Kramnik playing the World Chess Championship in 2008

The regulations for the online open have been announced.

Dates: 10th of July – 17th of July 2021

Playing room

Lichess: https://lichess.org/team/sparkassen-chess-trophy-dortmund-2021

Schedule

  • 10.07.2021: 14.00 CEST (preliminary tournament 1)
  • 11.07.2021: 14.00 CEST (preliminary tournament 2)
  • 12.07.2021: 14.00 CEST (preliminary tournament 3)
  • 17.07.2021: 14.00 CEST (final)

Format

No-castling chess is played. This means that the games start from the known basic position. However, castling is not a legal move. Otherwise, the normal rules apply.

Three preliminary tournaments are played, from which the first eight players qualify for the final. In each of the preliminary tournaments and in the final, a 7-round Swiss open will be played.

In the final, all players are obliged to participate in a zoom video session with the arbiter during the games.

The time limit in all games is 10 minutes plus 5 seconds increment from move 1, so the total playing time per tournament is approximately four hours. There are two minutes between the last game of a round and the start of the next round.

Prices

The overall winner will be invited to participate in the 49th International Dortmund Chess Days in the A-Open and will receive accommodation and breakfast in the players' hotel for the duration of the tournament.

The players in second and third place may take part in the 49th International Dortmund Chess Days free of charge.

The players in the first three places in the preliminary round tournaments will receive a book signed by Vladimir Kramnik "Wladimir Kramnik - Aus dem Leben eines Schachgenies".

Registration

By stating first name, surname, nationality, club, year of birth, the admission to the Lichess team is applied for. This is possible until one hour before the start of the respective preliminary tournament.

Players who qualify for the final must contact the tournament management by email and will receive further information and the password for the final tournament.

Miscellaneous

By stating first name, surname, nationality, club, year of birth, the admission to the Lichess team is applied for. This is possible until one hour before the start of the respective preliminary tournament.

Players who qualify for the final must contact the tournament management by email and will receive further information and the password for the final tournament.

Information

Tournament director: Andreas Jagodzinsky (andreas.jagodzinsky@initiative-pro-schach.de)

Organizer: Initiative Pro Schach e. V., Eicktelgenweg 18, 44309, Dortmund.


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