Chess festival of Dortmund presents first-class participants
Six world-class Grandmasters at the Sparkassen Chess-Meeting 2009

From 2nd to 12th July 2009 the whole chess world draws its attention to Dortmund. Six of the strongest world Grandmasters fight in the Sparkassen Chess-Meeting – it is the 37th edition – to go all out to win this prestigious tournament. The fans of the most traditional chess tournament in Germany may expect some of the best Grandmasters of the world performing in the Dortmund theatre.Four top ten players of the current world ranking list are the favourites:

First of all one should name Vladimir Kramnik, who has eight times won this tournament. After he was defeated by Viswanathan Anand in the World Chess Championship 2008 in Bonn, Dortmund is his first big tournament and could mark a starting point for a new attempt to fight for the crown.

Peter Leko starts as a titleholder in Dortmund. The Hungarian is among ten best players in the world since many years and is undoubtedly one of the favourites of this event.

Magnus Carlsen enters the race with the highest rating 2770. The Norwegian has developed himself from a prodigy to one of the best players of the world and is currently the 3rd in the world ranking list. After his first performance in Dortmund where he ranked 6th, he surely wants to improve this time.

Dmitry Jakovenko celebrates his debut in Dortmund. This 25 years old chess player earned the invitation due to his fantastic performance in the recent years, which catapulted him to the 7th rank in the world. Jakovenko is the biggest hope in the Russian chess.  

By winning Aeroflot Open Etienne Bacrot qualified for this year´s edition. This is his second appearance in Dortmund after 2005. The former junior World Champion is known for his great talent and still is one of the candidates for the highest chess crown.

The German colours are represented by Arkadij Naiditsch. Number 1 of the German ranking list made a history in 2005: he was the first German and at the same time the youngest player ever to win this tournament. Currently he crossed the magic line of 2700 Elo and therefore belongs to the elite of the chess world.

With these six players Dortmund tournament reaches an average of currently 2744 Elo-points. The category of the tournment is 20. The Sparkassen Chess-Meeting 2009 therefore belongs to the strongest tournaments which take place this year worldwide.

The playing format:

Each player has to play two games against each other, one with white and one with black pieces. The winner of this tournament will be determined after ten rounds.

Sparkassen-Open of Dortmund

Parallel to the main event the Sparkassen-Open tournament with A- and B-Group will take place in the town hall. This year many Grandmasters and International masters are expected to participate in order to underline the festival character. The invitation to the Open Tournaments can be found here.

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Tickets / Advance Bookings
Day Ticket: 6 Euros (concessions: 4 Euros)
Season Ticket: 35 Euros
Advance Bookings: Kulturinfoshop im Karstadthaus, Kampstr. , D-44137 Dortmund.
Tel.: 0049/231/5027710. Fax: 0049/231/5027740. www.dortmund.de/kis

Staying at the Grand Masters‘ Hotel
Visitors to the tournament and participants in the Open Tournaments can book rooms at Ringhotel Drees, where the Grand Masters stay, at special conditions.
Prices: Ringhotel Drees; Single (B/B) 75 Euros, Double (B/B) 90 Euros

Bookings: Ringhotel Drees, Hohe Straße 107,D-44139 Dortmund.
Tel. 0049/231/1299 666; Fax: 0049/231/1299 555; Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist gegen Spambots geschützt! JavaScript muss aktiviert werden, damit sie angezeigt werden kann.
Please quote: “Chess-Meeting 2009”.

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