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.
Great chess games in the No Castling Open of the Sparkassen Chess Trophy
On Saturday 17 July, the final of the No Castling Sparkassen Online Open was on the agenda as part of the 48th International Dortmund Chess Days. We reported on the exciting preliminary rounds with more than 300 players on lichess.org, in which the players could test out no castling chess for themselves.
Among others, two grandmasters and an international master were in the final. But after four rounds, Julian Nöldner was in the lead with 4 points, a player who was not necessarily on the cards there. In the fifth round he played against GM Krishnan Sasikiran (FIDE rating 2647). Sasikiran won this decisive game and was drawn against IM Matthias Dann in the sixth round. Dann coped better with the "no castling" mode and gained a clear advantage with a big time advantage. But he did not find the direct win and with time running out he allowed a perpetual check. Thus, Sasikiran was ahead of Nöldner before the last round according to fine scoring.
Two Grandmasters and an International Master nominally favourites of the final
After the excellent response last weekend, the final of the Sparkassen Online Open will take place this Saturday at 2 pm on lichess.org. The best 8 players of each preliminary tournament have qualified and most of them will take part today. The winner will receive an invitation to the A-Open of the 49th International Dortmund Chess Days 2022 including an overnight stay in the hotel of the grandmasters. Places 2 and 3 can play free of charge.
Above all, of course, there is the curiosity to play the innovative "No Castling" mode yourself, after Vladimir Kramnik and Viswanathan Anand have now demonstrated it. The favourites of the tournament are GM Krishnan Sasikiran, GM Alexander Bagrationi and IM Matthias Dann. But also Amir Ali Ghafourian (picture) certainly wants to fight for the tournament victory after his preliminary round win on Saturday. The tournament will be played under the supervision of referee Andreas Junk, all players have to join a Zoom Meeting for cheating prevention.
All games can be followed live here: https://lichess.org/swiss/TeQuZZAp.
Patrick Werner from Dortmund, aka "Craftycurs", has also announced a streamer who will follow the tournament live with a slight time delay: https://www.twitch.tv/craftycus