The masked men ride again

11/9/2002 – The eastern German chip manufacturer "Zentrum Mikroelektronik Dresden" (ZMD) are showing their products at the Electronica in Munich. CEO Thilo von Selchow is a great friend of Garry Kasparov, who is going to be at the ZMD stand on November 13. It is not the first time the chip manufacturer and the chess champion have got together. More

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Kasparov takes East Germany in 2001

The masked men in the picture are Garry Kasparov and Thilo von Selchow. Actually they are wearing special protective suits in a "clean room" of the chip factory. That was in June 2001, when Kasparov first visited ZMD and eastern Germany. We reported on that visit in a multimedia report in ChessBase Magazine 83 extra.

Kasparov's first visit was so successful that Kasparov's host, the east German chip manufacturer "Zentrum Mikroelektronik Dresden" (ZMD) decided to do a repeat in their home town of Dresden. In August 2001 CEO von Selchow invited the charismatic ex world champion to celebrate the 40th birthday of his company. In the beautiful Pillnitz castle, which took 100 years to complete (starting from 1720), Kasparov first gave a simultaneous exhibition. And in July this year ZMD sponsored the traditional Dresden Open, which has been aptly renamed the "ZMD Open".

Simul at Schloss Pillnitz


Schloss Pillnitz – Pillnitz Castle


Simultaneous exhibition in the castle


These are the boards with the German women's champions under 12, 10, 14 and 16


Kasparov with Thilo von Selchow


At breakfast the next morning


The Dresden opera – giving away drinks on the hottest day of the year


Visiting the famous "Zwinger" art gallery


Some of the most beautiful paintings in the world


The Elbe river, which flows through Dresden


The famous sandstone cliffs ("Sandsteingebirge")



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