Event management is already looking forward to 2022
The Sparkassen Chess Trophy 2021 - 48th International Dortmund Chess Days - came to a worthy conclusion on 18 July with the award ceremony in Dortmund's Atelier Oecking.
In addition to the many highlights in the congress centre of the Westfalenhallen, this evening formed a symbiosis between chess, culture and art: a combination that is so important to us alongside the aspects of sport, technology and education.
For me personally, it was an outstanding feeling to finally organise a top event again after a long dry spell: to feel the adrenaline, to look into people's faces and to see not only masks but emotions!
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.