Prominent guests and unique atmosphere at Atelier Oecking
After the decisions in all events had been made on Sunday, the players drove from the congress centre of the Dortmund Westfalenhallen to the nearby Atelier Oecking in Dortmund Huckarde. There, the award ceremony of the 48th International Dortmund Chess Days was on the agenda and the appropriate setting was created by paintings by Sabine Oecking. Mayor Norbert Schilff and Jörg Busatta, member of the board of the Sparkasse Dortmund, attended the award ceremony and welcomed those present. Event manager Carsten Hensel gave a brief positive summary, spoke about the coming years and thanked the main sponsors for their support over the years.
The evening was hosted by Michael Hendriks, well-known radio presenter at Radio 91.2. The award ceremonies were introduced by tournament director Andreas Jagodzinsky.
Pavel Eljanov wins the Grandmaster tournament Deutschland Grand Prix
After Viswanathan Anand had a chance to win the match in the third game, he secured the title in the World Masters match at the Sparkassen Chess Trophy with a win in the fourth round. Again Anand came out of the opening phase comfortably, but Vladimir Kramnik played creatively and sparked a kingside attack. Anand found the only defensive moves in the critical phase and Kramnik thus had to settle for a perpetual check. Both players agreed that the Indian absolutely deserved the victory in the match of the 48th International Dortmund Chess Days. The spectators were able to follow all the games live online and were thrilled to see the two living legends play the innovative chess format.
Dmitrij Kollars with the best chances of winning the Deutschland Grand Prix
On move 40 Viswanathan Anand had the chance to win the match in the No Castling World Masters of the Sparkassen Chess Trophy: Instead of 40.Sf4? both players see some possibilities to win the game directly, as they explain in the analysis video:
The third game of the duel started with similar patterns as in encounter number 1: Anand opened with 1.c4, Kramnik moved his h-pawn early with 6...h5!? But this time the black starting position was better than in the first game of the match and the middlegame was well playable. But the game slipped away from the 14th World Chess Champion, so that the Indian got the aforementioned chances to win. Kramnik survived these moments and after 5 hours of play a complex rook ending emerged, in which Kramnik defended excellent for a well fought draw. This makes it 2 - 1 for Anand before the decisive last game on Sunday, 1 pm.