National player Georg Meier confirmed as fourth German participant
The field of participants for the "Deutschland Grand Prix" continues to take shape: The next long-standing German national player has been confirmed in Georg Meier and will be sitting at the board in Dortmund in July! He has already proven himself in the grandmaster tournaments of the Dortmund Chess Days in his six participations between 2011 and 2018 and is now looking forward to the new format.
He was part of the victorious German team at the 2011 European Championship, playing on the second board and winning the decisive game in the last round against Sergej Movsesjan. He has also been a regular player in the Schachbundesliga for years, since 2017 for SF Deizisau. We are looking forward to his games in the strong Germany Grand Prix and spoke to him briefly in the run-up to it:
Vladimir Kramnik talks about Dortmund and "No Castling Chess" in our interview
In July the time has come: the first NC World Masters will take place as a match between Vladimir Kramnik and Viswanathan Anand. The entire chess world will be watching this event of the Sparkassen Chess Trophy.
In an interview with press spokesman Patrick Zelbel, Kramnik now looks ahead to the match. He also explains the appeal of the chess format without the ability to castle and encourages all players to try it out.
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GM Daniel Fridman back on the chessboard in Dortmund
He has been one of the strongest chess players in Germany for many years. He has lived in neighbouring Bochum since 1999 and is without question the strongest chess player in the Ruhr region and will thus be the local hero at the Sparkassen Chess Trophy 2021. Fridman will be the third confirmed German participant in the "Deutschland Grand Prix" to compete with the featured top international players. He expects an "exhausting tournament, but one that I'm really looking forward to, because it's going to be very strong and interesting."
Daniel Fridman at the Sparkassen Chess Meeting 2019 | Picture: Georgios Souleidis