With Melanie and Nikolas Lubbe, one of the strongest and probably best-known chess couples in Germany is coming to Dortmund in July. Both will take part in the strong Open A of the 49th Dortmund International Chess Days.
"For us it is the first participation in Dortmund, so we are especially looking forward to this event. The Dortmund Chess Days are one of the most important events in German chess history and with the different tournaments there is something for every level of player - from amateur to world-class player!" says Melanie Lubbe.
She is a chess grandmaster and a constant fixture on the German national team. But she is also very involved in chess off the board, especially with her own chess project for chess beginners on Schachliebe - Schach für Frauen.
Nikolas is an International Master and has even crossed the important threshold of 2500 Elo. This also leads to the goal of the possible GM norm for Dortmund, which Melanie talks about:
"We have set ourselves high goals for the A-Open: Niko would like to get a bit closer to the Grandmaster title with another GM norm and I still need a few more Elo points towards the IM title. But our ultimate goal is always to have fun and play good, combative chess. I am curious to see if we will succeed in that."
Both are really known for creative and combative chess, so the spectators and opponents of the two can look forward to exciting games in the Congress Centre of the Westfalenhallen Dortmund. Nikolas is also very well known in Germany as a commentator and trainer. Together with Ilja Zaragatzki, they both run the chess school chessemy.
You can still register for the open tournaments of the Sparkassen Chess Trophy 2022! Here you can find the complete list of participants:
Let´s play on 16 July!