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Anand Beats Kramnik In No Castling Match
GM Artur Jussupow makes the first move in game two of the Anand-Kramnik match. Photo: Guido Kohlen/Sparkassen Chess Trophy.

Anand Beats Kramnik In No Castling Match

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| 24 | Chess Event Coverage

GM Viswanathan Anand defeated GM Vladimir Kramnik 2.5-1.5 in a four-game No Castling chess match in Dortmund, Germany. Anand's win in the first game was decisive in this event where the players were not allowed to castle.

The idea for this match originates from DeepMind's latest paper, co-written by Kramnik, in which the self-learning chess engine AlphaZero was used to explore the design of different variants of the game of chess with different sets of rules. One of the variants discussed—many of which you can try on Chess.com yourself!—was No Castling. DeepMind also supported the match between Anand and Kramnik and plans to sponsor the event next year as well.

The match saw all four games starting with 1.c4, with Black responding 1...c5 in the first three before Anand tried a Tarrasch setup in game four. There was a lot of exciting chess, but the first game turned out to be the decisive one.

Viswanathan Anand Dortmund No Castling
Viswanathan Anand. Photo: Guido Kohlen/Sparkassen Chess Trophy.

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The match was part of the annual chess festival in Dortmund, which has been held annually since 1973 and was only skipped last year due to the pandemic. There was also a closed tournament this year called the "Deutschland Grand Prix." The winner was GM Pavel Eljanov with 6/9.

Final Standings

# Fed Name Rtg Perf 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 Pts SB
1 Eljanov,Pavel 2671 2743 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 6.0/9
2 Kollars,Dmitrij 2607 2708 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 0 ½ 1 5.5/9 24.5
3 Fridman,Daniel 2608 2708 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 5.5/9 22.75
4 Kamsky,Gata 2658 2625 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 4.5/9 20.25
5 Ponomariov,Ruslan 2631 2628 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 4.5/9 20.25
6 Meier,Georg 2628 2628 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 4.5/9 20.25
7 Keymer,Vincent 2591 2632 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 4.5/9 18
8 Kasimdzhanov,Rustam 2662 2586 0 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 4.0/9
9 Heimann,Andreas 2599 2511 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 3.0/9 13.75
10 Bartel,Mateusz 2626 2508 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 3.0/9 11.75

Pavel Eljanov Dortmund 2021
Pavel Eljanov. Photo: Guido Kohlen/Sparkassen Chess Trophy.

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