Matthias Blübaum takes part in the "Deutschland Grand Prix"
In the Germany Grand Prix of the Sparkassen Chess Trophy the German elite will duel with international grandmasters in Dortmund in July. Fittingly, Matthias Blübaum is the first participant. With a current FIDE Elo of 2670, Blübaum is the German number 1 and has known the Dortmund Chess Days since his childhood. We spoke with the 23-year-old.
Two World Champions face-off at Sparkassen Chess Trophy 2021
48th International Dortmund Chess Days to launch digitization initiative and Deutschland Grand Prix
The chess world is expecting a major highlight in the heart of Germany’s Ruhr region this summer: With Vladimir Kramnik (Russia) and Viswanathan Anand (India), the 14th and 15th chess world champions will duel in an innovative chess variant at the No-castling (NC) World Masters. In addition, Germany's top players will compete with international grandmasters at the Deutschland Grand Prix. Both top events, as well as the NRW Youth Cup, will take place from July 13 to 18, 2021, at the Westfalenhallen Congress Center, while the digital Sparkassen Playchess Open will be held online from July 10 to 18, 2021.
Chess World Championship 2008 in Bonn | Picture: Christian Lünig, Arbeitsblende
Mayor Thomas Westphal: "The Chess Days are experiencing a digital boost. This way, this extraordinary tournament, which involves world champions, grandmasters and top players as well as junior athletes and amateurs alike, will be experienced even more intensively worldwide. Direct participation from anywhere is possible via the digital Open. This fits very well into the era of a digital metropolis. I was very happy to take on the patronage of this internationally renowned tournament, which has been a guarantor of world-class chess for decades. I wish the organizers, who have succeeded in creating a good tournament mix here, every success with this novel format."
"We are very pleased to return to the Westfalenhallen after a long interval with the first-ever staging of the NC World Masters. Germany's most prestigious chess tournament provides a worthy setting for a duel of world champions," says event director Carsten Hensel, looking ahead to the chess highlight of the year.
As in previous years, Sparkasse Dortmund remains on board as title sponsor and co-organizer. Chairman of the board Dirk Schaufelberger: "I note with enthusiasm with how much commitment and innovative conceptions the organizers are at work. Chess, the City and Sparkasse Dortmund - they simply go together!"
The event team is equally pleased about the longstanding support of the city of Dortmund, which has been involved since the first organization of the Chess Days in 1973.