Mainz Chess Classic: the end of an era

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Mainz Chess Classic: the end of an era"We would have loved to send you a positive email, announcing the dates for another great Chess Classic tournament in 2011, but unfortunately a decade full of passion and dedication for international rapid chess has come to an end in Mainz," writes press chief Eric van Reem. He sent us a statement by the chairman of the Chess Tigers e.V., Hans-Walter Schmitt, who announces the end of a chess era.
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.

Mainz Chess Classic: the end of an era

The prize giving in 2001 with Kramnik and Anand



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.

Mainz Chess Classic: the end of an era

The poster of the 2009 edition



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”.

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.")

Mainz Chess Classic: the end of an era

Group photo with the whole team that made the tournament a big success



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!

Chess Tigers e.V.

Chairman Hans-Walter Schmitt


Results Chess Classic Mainz



Chess Classic Championship
Year Winner Players/ Mode Result Cat. Elo Ø
1996 Alexei Shirov 4 round robin/final 6½ / 8 18 2681
1997 Viswanathan Anand 4 round robin/final 7½ / 10 19 2705
1998 Viswanathan Anand 4 round robin/final 5½ / 10 s 22 2781
1999 Garry Kasparov 4 round robin 7½ / 12 21 2764
2000 Viswanathan Anand 6 round robin 7½ / 10 21 2767
2001 Viswanathan Anand 2 ten rounds/match 5 / 10 s 22 2796
2002 Viswanathan Anand 2 eight rounds/match 4½ / 8 20 2748
2003 Viswanathan Anand 2 eight rounds/match 5 / 8 20 2746
2004 Viswanathan Anand 2 eight rounds/match 5 / 8 21 2750
2005 Viswanathan Anand 2 eight rounds/match 5 / 8 21 2754
2006 Viswanathan Anand 2 eight rounds/match 5 / 8 21 2751
2007 Viswanathan Anand 4 round robin/final 6½ / 10 20 2730
2008 Viswanathan Anand 4 round robin/final 7 / 10 21 2768
2009 Levon Aronian 4 round robin/final 7½ / 10 19 2721
2010 Gata Kamsky 701 11 rounds open 10 / 11 19 2727



Rapid Chess Open
Year Winner Result Players Elo Ø / Top 10
1994 Alexander Chernin 8½ / 11 183 2569
1995 Bogdan Lalic 9½ / 11 158 2580
1996 Eric Lobron 10 / 11 263 2618
1997 Waleri Beim 9 / 11 277 2608
1998 Fritz on Primergy 9½ / 11 319 2642
1999 Loek van Wely 9½ / 11 432 2663
2000 Sergei Rublevski 12½ / 15 292 2657
2001 Michael Adams 9½ / 11 484 2667
2002 Viktor Bologan 9 / 11 498 2654
2003 Alexander Grischuk 9½ / 11 500 2675
2004 Alexander Grischuk 9½ / 11 542 2686
2005 Teimour Radjabov 9½ / 11 546 2705
2006 Rustam Kasimdzhanov 9½ / 11 632 2699
2007 David Navara 9½ / 11 762 2714
2008 Ian Nepomniachtchi 9½ / 11 693 2686
2009 Shakhriyar Mamedyarov 10 / 11 694 2717
2010 Gata Kamsky 10 / 11 701 2727



Simuls (40 players)
Date Player Elo Clr. Result % Time
08.07.94 Viswanathan Anand 2725 W +34/=5/-1 91,25% (4:22h)
09.07.94 Viswanathan Anand 2725 W +36/=4/-0 95,00% (3:02h)
30.06.95 Vladimir Kramnik 2730 W +32/=8/-0 90,00% (4:58h)
17.11.95 Viswanathan Anand 2725 S +33/=7/-0 91,25% (3:19h)
29.06.96 Vladimir Kramnik 2775 S +24/=14/-2 77,50% (5:05h)
28.06.97 Veselin Topalov 2725 W +31/=7/-2 86,25% (4:27h)
20.06.98 Peter Leko 2670 W +33/=6/-1 90,00% (3:35h)
04.07.99 Judit Polgar 2677 W +32/=6/-2 87,50% (2:58h)
19.06.00 Garry Kasparov 2851 W +35/=5/-0 93,75% (4:20h)
20.06.00 Vassily Iwanchuk 2709 W/S +31/=5/-4 83,75% (4:46h)
21.06.01 Viswanathan Anand 2794 W +36/=2/-2 92,50% (3:19h)
22.06.01 Vladimir Kramnik 2797 W +33/=7/-0 91,25% (4:58h)
14.08.02 Ruslan Ponomariov 2743 W +30/=8/-2 85,00% (4:09h)
04.08.04 Alexei Shirov 2725 W/S +25/=11/-4 76,25% (5:05h)
10.08.05 Alexander Grischuk 2720 W +29/=8/-3 82,50% (2:45h)
15.08.06 Viswanathan Anand 2779 W +31/=8/-1 87,50% (4:02h)
13.08.07 Vassily Iwanchuk 2762 W +35/=4/-1 92,50% (4:52h)
28.07.08 Viswanathan Anand 2798 W +38/=2/-0 97,50% (4:31h)
27.07.09 Levon Aronian 2768 W +34/=6/-0 92,50% (3:52h)
06.08.10 Viswanathan Anand 2800 W/S +34/=4/-2 90,00% (4:23h)



Simul (25 players)
Date Player Elo Clr. Result % Time
14.08.02 Alexandra Kosteniuk 2459 W +15 /=3/-6 70:00% (5:29h)



Matches man vs. machine
Year Player-machine Result
1998 Viswanathan Anand - Fritz on Primergy 1½ : ½
1999 Viswanathan Anand - Fritz on Primergy 2½ : 1½
2000 Vladimir Kramnik - Fritz on Primergy 1½ : ½
2000 Fritz on Primergy - Viswanathan Anand 1½: ½
2000 Peter Leko - Fritz on Primergy 1½ : ½
2000 Fritz on Primergy - Alexander Morosevich 1½ : ½
2000 Alexei Shirov - Fritz on Primergy 1 : 1



Chess960 Rapid Chess World Championship
Year Winner Players/Mode Result Cat. IPS Ø
2001 Peter Leko 2 eight rounds/match 4½ / 8 20 2741
2003 Peter Svidler 2 eight rounds/match 4½ / 8 20 2745
2004 Peter Svidler 2 eight rounds/match 4½ / 8 19 2723
2005 Peter Svidler 2 eight rounds/match 5 / 8 19 2716
2006 Levon Aronian 2 eight rounds/match 5 / 8 21 2754
2007 Levon Aronian 4 round robin/final 6½ / 10 20 2747
2009 Hikaru Nakamura 4 round robin/final 7½ / 10 21 2763



Chess960 Rapid Chess World Championship Women
Year Winner Players/Mode Result Cat. IPS Ø
2006 Alexandra Kosteniuk 2 eight rounds/match 5½ / 8 8 2453
2008 Alexandra Kosteniuk 4 round robin/final 8 / 10 10 2504



Chess960 Senior Rapid Chess World Championship
Year Winner Players/Mode Result Cat. IPS Ø
2006 Vlastimil Hort 2 eight rounds/match 4 / 8s 12 2539



Chess960 Junior Rapid Chess World Championship
Year Winner Players/Mode Result Cat. IPS Ø
2006 Pentala Harikrishna 2 eight rounds/match 4½ / 8 15 2624



Open Chess960
Year Winner Result Players IPS Ø / Top 10
2002 Peter Svidler 9 / 11 131 2653
2003 Levon Aronian 9½ / 11 179 2675
2004 Zoltan Almasi 9½ / 11 207 2688
2005 Levon Aronian 9½ / 11 207 2696
2006 Etienne Bacrot 9½ / 11 248 2696
2007 Victor Bologan 9½ / 11 280 2717
2008 Hikaru Nakamura 9 / 11 236 2687
2009 Alexander Grischuk 9½ / 11 263 2727



Chess960 Simuls (20 Players)
Date Player IPS Clr. Result % Time
13.08.03 Peter Leko 2746 W +15 /=5/-0 87,50% (3:18h)
13.08.03 Peter Svidler 2744 W +15 /=5/-0 87,50% (2:46h)
04.08.04 Peter Svidler 2755 W +15 /=4/-1 85,00% (2:46h)
16.08.06 Levon Aronian 2752 W +16 /=3/-1 87,50% (2:29h)
06.08.10 Alexandra Kosteniuk 2504 W +16 /=4/-0 90,00% (3:13h)



Chess960 Matches Man vs. Machine
Year Player-Computer Result
2000 Fritz on Primergy - Artur Jussupow 2 : 0
2004 Levon Aronian - The Baron 1 : 1
2005 Shredder - Zoltan Almasi 2 : 0
2005 Peter Svidler - The Baron 1½ : ½
2006 Spike - Peter Svidler 1½ : ½
2006 Shredder - Teimour Radjabov 2 : 0



Chess960 Computer World Championship
Year Winner Player/Mode Result
2005 Spike / Boehm/Schaefer 19 Swiss System 5½ / 7
2006 Shredder / Mayer-Kahlen 20 Swiss System 7½ / 9
2007 Rybka / Rajlich 4 round robin/final 6½ / 9
2008 Rybka / Rajlich 4 round robin/final 11½ / 16
2009 Rybka / Rajlich 4 round robin/final 14½ / 16

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