Pavel Eljanov with entertaining queen sacrifice against Ponomariov
While the match between Vladimir Kramnik and Viswanathan Anand had a rest day, the round robin tournaments of the 48th International Dortmund Chess Days were running on Friday. In the Deutschland Grand Prix, the Polish grandmaster Mateusz Bartel had a difficult time so far, but now he could land a nice attacking win with Black against Andreas Heimann. Heimann's king was pinned in the centre from the Catalan opening and Bartel won quickly.
The remaining four games all ended in a draw but had a lot to offer in terms of content. First and foremost, the leader Pavel Eljanov played a fantastic queen sacrifice for two pieces and strong passed pawns in the middlegame.
Eljanov leads the Deutschland Grand Prix ahead of strong German players
The two living legends have been playing the first NC World Masters since yesterday with classical thinking time in the innovative mode of chess without castling. After the defeat in the opening round, Kramnik led with White on Thursday and opened with 1.c4 just like Anand the day before. On move six Anand played with 6…e5 an idea he had encountered in his match preparation. Kramnik reacted with an early queen exchange and tried everything to extend his small optical advantage in the middlegame.
But Anand defended perfectly and was able to equalise the game. Shortly before the end he might even have had a chance to hope for more, but the game ended in a draw.
Analysis of the two World Champions:
Meanwhile, five rounds have already been played in the Deutschland Grand Prix (DGP) and the two Sportland NRW Cups. World-class player Pavel Eljanov from Ukraine continues to lead the field alone with 4 points after 5 games, after his commanding win over Mateusz Bartel in the morning round. In second place is Dmitrij Kollars, a German grandmaster in great form. Things are still going well for Daniel Fridman, who is in third place with 3 points from 5 games.
Demis Hassabis enthusiastically about king travels in NC World Masters
Our partners at DeepMind have also been following the exciting opening match between Viswanathan Anand and Vladimir Kramnik with great interest. Demis Hassabis, CEO of the world's leading artificial intelligence company DeepMind and decent chessplayer himself, got in touch directly on Twitter in the evening.
AlphaZero is analysing the games as announced, so that analyses with the two living chess legends and the leading computer programme for artificial intelligence will be published in the aftermath of the match.
The second game starts today, 15 July, at 4 pm. Kramnik will open the game with White.