NC World Masters in Dortmund started with victory of Michael Adams

After Vladimir Kramnik had to pull out at short notice due to health reasons, the official opening move of the NC World Masters of the 49th International Dortmund Chess Days took place at the board of Michael Adams and Daniel Fridman. 

Eröffnungszug Sparkassen Chess Trophy 2022 min

The Mayor of the City of Dortmund Barbara Brunsing and the managing director of Sparkasse Dortmund Peter Orth made the symbolic first move for the world-class English player.

Adams played what is known in classical chess as the Spanish opening. After a few moves, a typical middlegame position emerged and perhaps there would not have been much action if both sides had been allowed to briefly castle. But Fridman was the first to move his king to f8, and Adams landed on f1 shortly afterwards. 

White gave up an exchange a short time later, but in return had brought his king to safety, while the black rook on h8 could not intervene in the game. With 24...Kg8? Fridman ended up on the losing side, as Adams explained in the subsequent interview with press spokesman Patrick Zelbel:

Michael Adams on his win

This allowed Adams to collect his first point, while Viswanathan Anand's opening match was moved to Thursday due to the last-minute switch to Dmitrij Kollars. This means chess fans can now look forward to No Castling Chess and superstar Anand every day at 3pm without a day off.

Eljanow min

The Deutschland Grand Prix seems to become Pavel Eljanov's (photo) favourite competition. Winner last year, opening win yesterday against Rasmus Svane and today a second round win against Erwin L'Ami! L'Ami accepted the vacated place in the grandmaster tournament, for which event director Carsten Hensel expressly thanked him:

"We regret the situation very much. However, we thank all those involved for their flexibility in order to be able to continue the exciting event with all its competitions."

The game tilted in the Ukrainian's favour in the middlegame after L'Ami had to give up his bishop pair and the black bishops became too strong.

Luke McShane also made a perfect start to the tournament after a Black win today against David Navara. Navara didn't really get into the game and McShane flawlessly exploited his extra pawn and was very happy with his tournament start. In Round 3 Eljanow will have a free game and support commentators Artur Jussupow and Fiona Steil-Antoni on the microphone in live commentary.

In the two closed tournaments, IM Zoya Schleining and FM Christoph Dahl maintained their respective leads with draws on Monday. 

Max Warmerdam

In the Sparkassen Open A, top games are slowly emerging on the first boards. Only 8 players are left with the perfect 3 out of 3 going into the fourth round on Tuesday. Among them GM Max Warmerdam (photo) from the Netherlands.

On Tuesday, superstar Viswanthan Anand will enter the NC World Masters and directly expect the top pairing with Black against the winner of the day Michael Adams! 

Spectators in Dortmund in the air-conditioned Goldsaal are welcome, live online broadcast via Dortmund Chess Channel

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