Vladimir Kramnik talks about Dortmund and "No Castling Chess" in our interview
In July the time has come: the first NC World Masters will take place as a match between Vladimir Kramnik and Viswanathan Anand. The entire chess world will be watching this event of the Sparkassen Chess Trophy.
In an interview with press spokesman Patrick Zelbel, Kramnik now looks ahead to the match. He also explains the appeal of the chess format without the ability to castle and encourages all players to try it out.
We hope you enjoy these world-champion insights!
GM Daniel Fridman back on the chessboard in Dortmund
He has been one of the strongest chess players in Germany for many years. He has lived in neighbouring Bochum since 1999 and is without question the strongest chess player in the Ruhr region and will thus be the local hero at the Sparkassen Chess Trophy 2021. Fridman will be the third confirmed German participant in the "Deutschland Grand Prix" to compete with the featured top international players. He expects an "exhausting tournament, but one that I'm really looking forward to, because it's going to be very strong and interesting."
Daniel Fridman at the Sparkassen Chess Meeting 2019 | Picture: Georgios Souleidis
Ruslan Ponomariov goes into the "Deutschland Grand Prix" with good memories
In 2010, the Dortmund Super Tournament consisted of 6 grandmasters competing in double rounds. It had reached category 20 and Ruslan Ponomariov caught Peter Leko and Vladimir Kramnik of all people in the first two rounds. But he started with two victories, with the game against Kramnik in particular attracting a lot of attention worldwide and later being named the best game of volume 109 in the Chess Informant. Ponomariov thus played the tournament from the top and in the end won by a full point!
Of course, this was not his first great success, as he became World Youth Champion U18 at a very young age and as a 19-year-old he won the title of FIDE World Champion in 2002. Since then he has been a fixture in international chess and thus fits perfectly into the field of participants of the Deutschland Grand Prix. "I have very good memories of Dortmund," he says.
Ruslan Ponomariov in Dortmund 2010 | Picture: Christian Lünig, Arbeitsblende