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Chess Classic Mainz 2011 (Ends)

Chess Classic Mainz Ends

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The Chess Classic Mainz will not have an edition in 2011. The Brainchild of Hans-Walter Schmitt it started in Frankfurt before changing to the city of Mainz. The event brought new ideas of presentation to chess and championed Chess960. Last year there was a slimmed down event and this year no sponsor could be found. Knowing the determination of its creator I would not at all be surprised if it is revived when and if economic times improve. With the Linares tournament not taking place in February and possibly not at all and the Sofia tournament also not happening these are tough times for elite chess. There is a press release below from Hans-Walter along with a summary of all the results.

Chess Classic Mainz - End of an Era

Cost-benefit analysis requires clear statement for Mainz

2001 winners. Photo © Chess Tigers 2011

A decade full of dedication and passion for international rapid chess has come to an end in Mainz. A splendid decade from 2001 to 2010 with ground-breaking innovations in tournament organization for world class players and amateurs alike and the “Mainz System” Chess960, based on the ideas of the American World Champion Robert James “Bobby” Fischer, made the distinction between the Chess Classic and other classical tournaments. Speed and entertainment, service and amenities for the spectators and participants were the ingredients of a unique merger that took place once a year between the 2000-year old royal game and the ancient city of Mainz. The main goal of the organizers back in 1994 was to connect the small world of chess with everyday society. Explaining the complex game of chess to a bigger audience, for chess amateurs and laymen with the use of modern technology was the next step, which was thoroughly and systematically implemented in the event. This yearly meeting place for chess players was highly appreciated by professionals and amateurs and the Chess Classic became a nationally and internationally renowned event, without a doubt one of the highlights on the international chess calendar. The clarity and reliability of the annual world championships in rapid chess and Chess960 and the clear qualification rules in the open tournaments was appreciated by everyone - over the years the organizers had created their own brand. The Chess Classic atmosphere with the spacious Rheingoldhalle, Congress Centre and Hilton Mainz, on the banks of the river Rhine, but still in the centre of the city Mainz was perfect and unparalleled for a top-class and mass sports event.

If all the conditions in Mainz are perfect: why on earth will there be no next tournament, numerous friends of the Chess Classic are bound to ask? And it is a justified question. Maybe the answer of Vladimir Kramnik back in 2001, who was chess world champion at that time after his heroic win over Gary Kasparov, comes closest to the truth. During the Champions Dinner, one of the main sponsors of the event asked him: “How important is this first and unique match with the Fide world champion Viswanathan Anand from India, here in Mainz?” The answer was: “Not so important, this is just a rapid chess match”.

2009 publicity with Anand and Aronian starring. Photo © Chess Tigers 2011

The city of Mainz, its Lord Mayor Jens Beutel and the Chess Tigers e.V. with its chairman Hans-Walter Schmitt would like to thank the long-time sponsors, players and spectators, the international journalists and many volunteers in this seventeen breathtakingly years that rushed past. We have shaped and organized the event seven years in Frankfurt, followed up by ten years in Mainz with inspiration and expertise. We have put our heart and passion into the Chess Classic. There is a quote by the Austrian dramatist and novelist Arthur Schnitzler, which says it all: “Am Ende gilt doch nur, was wir getan und gelebt – und nicht, was wir ersehnt haben.“ (“In the End, all that matters is what we have done and lived – not what we have longed for”)

We would like to apologize to our Chess960 world champion Alexandra Kosteniuk, Chess960 world champion Hikaru Nakamura and his challenger Alexander Grishuk, the current GrenkeLeasing world champion Gata Kamsky, the 11-time winner Viswanathan Anand and the numerous friends of the Chess Classic, because there will be no title matches in 2011. However, should a “white knight” show up, who wants to grant the Chess Classic a secure financial future, the Chess Tigers are ready to go!

The organisational team of the 10th event. Photo © Chess Tigers 2011

Chess Tigers e.V

Chairman Hans-Walter Schmitt

Chess Classic Mainz Results

Chess Classic Championship
YearWinnerPlayers/ ModeResultCat.Elo Ø
1996Alexei Shirov4 round robin/final6½ / 8182681
1997Viswanathan Anand4 round robin/final7½ / 10192705
1998Viswanathan Anand4 round robin/final5½ / 10 s222781
1999Garry Kasparov4 round robin7½ / 12212764
2000Viswanathan Anand6 round robin7½ / 10212767
2001Viswanathan Anand2 ten rounds/match 5 / 10 s222796
2002Viswanathan Anand2 eight rounds/match4½ / 8202748
2003Viswanathan Anand2 eight rounds/match 5 / 8202746
2004Viswanathan Anand2 eight rounds/match 5 / 8212750
2005Viswanathan Anand2 eight rounds/match 5 / 8212754
2006Viswanathan Anand2 eight rounds/match 5 / 8212751
2007Viswanathan Anand4 round robin/final 6½ / 10202730
2008Viswanathan Anand4 round robin/final 7 / 10 212768
2009Levon Aronian4 round robin/final 7½ / 10 192721
2010Gata Kamsky 701 player 11 rounds open10 / 11 192727
Rapid Chess Open
YearWinnerResultPlayersElo Ø / Top 10
1994Alexander Chernin8½ / 111832569
1995Bogdan Lalic9½ / 111582580
1996Eric Lobron10 / 112632618
1997Waleri Beim 9 / 112772608
1998Fritz on Primergy9½ / 113192642
1999Loek van Wely9½ / 114322663
2000Sergei Rublevski 12½ / 152922657
2001Michael Adams9½ / 114842667
2002Viktor Bologan 9 / 114982654
2003Alexander Grischuk9½ / 115002675
2004Alexander Grischuk9½ / 115422686
2005Teimour Radjabov9½ / 115462705
2006Rustam Kasimdzhanov9½ / 116322699
2007David Navara9½ / 117622714
2008Ian Nepomniachtchi9½ / 116932686
2009Shakhriyar Mamedyarov10 / 116942717
2010Gata Kamsky10 / 117012727
Simuls (40 Players)
DatePlayerEloClr. Result%Time
08.07.94Viswanathan Anand 2725 W +34/=5/-191,25%(4:22h)
09.07.94Viswanathan Anand2725 W+36/=4/-095,00%(3:02h)
30.06.95Vladimir Kramnik2730 W+32/=8/-090,00%(4:58h)
17.11.95Viswanathan Anand2725S +33/=7/-091,25%(3:19h)
29.06.96Vladimir Kramnik2775 S+24/=14/-2 77,50%(5:05h)
28.06.97Veselin Topalov2725 W+31/=7/-286,25%(4:27h)
20.06.98Peter Leko2670 W+33/=6/-1 90,00%(3:35h)
04.07.99Judit Polgar2677W +32/=6/-287,50%(2:58h)
19.06.00Garry Kasparov2851W+35/=5/-093,75%(4:20h)
20.06.00Vassily Iwanchuk2709W/S+31/=5/-483,75%(4:46h)
21.06.01Viswanathan Anand2794W+36/=2/-292,50%(3:19h)
22.06.01Vladimir Kramnik2797 W+33/=7/-091,25%(4:58h)
14.08.02Ruslan Ponomariov2743 W +30/=8/-285,00%(4:09h)
04.08.04Alexei Shirov2725W/S+25/=11/-476,25%(5:05h)
10.08.05Alexander Grischuk2720W+29/=8/-382,50%(2:45h)
15.08.06Viswanathan Anand2779 W+31/=8/-187,50%(4:02h)
13.08.07Vassily Iwanchuk2762W+35/=4/-192,50%(4:52h)
28.07.08Viswanathan Anand2798 W+38/=2/-097,50%(4:31h)
27.07.09Levon Aronian2768 W+34/=6/-092,50%(3:52h)
06.08.10Viswanathan Anand2800 W/S+34/=4/-290,00%(4:23h)
Simuls (25 Players)
DatePlayerEloClr. Result %Time
14.08.02 Alexandra Kosteniuk 2459 W +15 /=3/-670:00%(5:29h)
Matches Man vs. Machine
YearPlayer-machine Result
1998Viswanathan Anand- Fritz on Primergy 1½ : ½
1999Viswanathan Anand- Fritz on Primergy 2½ : 1½
2000Vladimir Kramnik- Fritz on Primergy 1½ : ½
2000Fritz on Primergy - Viswanathan Anand 1½: ½
2000Peter Leko- Fritz on Primergy 1½ : ½
2000Fritz on Primergy- Alexander Morosevich 1½ : ½
2000Alexei Shirov- Fritz on Primergy 1 : 1

Chess960 World Games

Chess960 Rapid Chess World Championship
Year WinnerPlayers/ModeResultCat.IPS Ø
2001Peter Leko2 eight rounds/match4½ / 8202741
2003Peter Svidler2 eight rounds/match4½ / 8202745
2004Peter Svidler2 eight rounds/match4½ / 8192723
2005Peter Svidler2 eight rounds/match 5 / 8192716
2006Levon Aronian2 eight rounds/match 5 / 8212754
2007Levon Aronian4 round robin/final 6½ / 10202747
2009Hikaru Nakamura4 round robin/final 7½ / 10212763
Chess960 Rapid Chess World Championship Women
YearWinnerPlayers/ModeResultCat.IPS Ø
2006Alexandra Kosteniuk2 eight rounds/match5½ / 8 82453
2008Alexandra Kosteniuk4 round robin/final 8 / 10 102504
Chess960 Senior Rapid Chess World Championship
Year WinnerPlayers/Mode ResultCat. IPS Ø
2006Vlastimil Hort2 eight rounds/match 4 / 8s122539
Chess960 Junior Rapid Chess World Championship
Year WinnerPlayers/ModeResultCat.IPS Ø
2006Pentala Harikrishna2 eight rounds/match4½ / 8152624
Open Chess960
YearWinnerResultPlayersIPS Ø / Top 10
2002Peter Svidler 9 / 11131 2653
2003Levon Aronian9½ / 11179 2675
2004Zoltan Almasi9½ / 11207 2688
2005Levon Aronian9½ / 11207 2696
2006Etienne Bacrot9½ / 11248 2696
2007Victor Bologan9½ / 11280 2717
2008Hikaru Nakamura 9 / 11236 2687
2009Alexander Grischuk9½ / 11263 2727
Chess960 Simuls (20 Players)
DatePlayerIPSClr. Result%Time
13.08.03 Peter Leko2746 W +15 /=5/-087,50%(3:18h)
13.08.03 Peter Svidler2744 W +15 /=5/-087,50%(2:46h)
04.08.04 Peter Svidler2755 W +15 /=4/-185,00%(2:46h)
16.08.06 Levon Aronian2752 W +16 /=3/-187,50%(2:29h)
06.08.10 Alexandra Kosteniuk2504 W +16 /=4/-090,00%(3:13h)
Chess960 Matches Man vs. Machine
2000Fritz on Primergy- Artur Jussupow 2 : 0
2004Levon Aronian- The Baron 1 : 1
2005Shredder- Zoltan Almasi 2 : 0
2005Peter Svidler- The Baron 1½ : ½
2006Spike- Peter Svidler 1½ : ½
2006Shredder- Teimour Radjabov 2 : 0
Chess960 Computer World Championship
YearWinnerPlayer/Mode Result
2005Spike / Boehm/Schaefer19 Swiss System 5½ / 7
2006Shredder / Mayer-Kahlen20 Swiss System 7½ / 9
2007Rybka / Rajlich 4 round robin/final 6½ / 9
2008Rybka / Rajlich 4 round robin/final 11½ / 16
2009Rybka / Rajlich 4 round robin/final 14½ / 16

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