We wish good luck in the FIDE World Cup
GM Matthias Blübaum had been looking forward to the Dortmund Chess Days. But now the Chess World Cup is actually taking place at the same time and Blübaum has been given his place. As agreed with Blübaum in advance, the Dortmund organisation will therefore of course let him play in the Cup, which is part of the qualification cycle for the World Chess Championship, and the Sparkassen Chess Trophy will have to take place without Blübaum this year. Blübaum is part of a German trio: Arik Braun and Rasmus Svane are also qualified. We wish them good luck!
Blübaum will be replaced by a top player in the German Grand Prix. The tournament management will present the last two participants of the round robin tournament in a few days.
Luke McShane as ninth participant in the Deutschland Grand Prix
He has often been called the strongest amateur chess player in the world, but this is certainly no insult, as he has been one of the best chess players in the world for years. His talent became apparent early on. He became U10 World Champion in 1992 at the age of 8 and received his Grandmaster title at the age of 16. He is, of course, a regular player for the England national team and was an important pillar of the team in the silver medal of the 2019 World Team Championship, where he won the medal for the best board result on the second board. One of his many successful tournaments was the London Chess Classic 2010, with a performance of 2838 and a win against none other than Magnus Carlsen. "Now I am looking forward to the Dortmund tournament and I am optimistic about my chances" says McShane.
Photo: Kirill Merkuriev at the FIDE World Cup 2019
15th World Chess Champion looks ahead to the NC World Masters
The time has come: Viswanathan Anand will play the first match in chess without castling in the duel of the world champions against Vladimir Kramnik in the Westfalenhallen Dortmund. After Vladimir Kramnik had already talked about the special features of the "No Castling" chess variation in an exclusive interview, Anand was now the guest and looked ahead to the big match. He also talks about his current projects in the pandemic and explains the personal significance that both Dortmund and Germany in general have for him. Have fun!