NC World Masters: Adams strikes first

Adams defeats Fridman

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

Dortmund City Mayor Barbara Brunsing and Sparkasse Dortmund Managing Director Peter Orth have taken the symbolic first step for the world-class English player.

Adams played what is known in classical chess as the Spanish opening. After a few hits, a typical midgame stance emerged, and perhaps there wouldn’t have been much action had both sides been allowed to castle. But Fridman was the first to move his king to f8, and Adams landed it on f1 soon after.

White forfeited an exchange soon after, but in return had secured his king, while Black’s rook on h8 could not interfere in the game. With 24…Kg8? Fridman found himself on the losing side, as Adams explained in the ensuing interview with press spokesman Patrick Zelbel.

That allowed Adams to pick up his first point, while Viswanathan Anand’s opener was moved to Thursday due to Dmitrij Kollars’ last-minute switch. This means chess fans can now expect No Casting Chess and Superstar Anand every day at 3pm with no days off for the rest of the event.

Commentary by Michael Adams

Eljanov and McShane on 2 of 2

The German Grand Prix seems to be becoming Pavel Eljanov’s (photo) favorite competition. He won last year, started with a win over Rasmus Svane and scored a second-round win over Erwin L’Ami! The Friend accepted the vacated place in the Grandmaster Tournament, for which event director Carsten Hensel expressly thanked him:

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

The game swung in the Ukrainian’s favor in the midgame after The Friend had to give up his bishop pair and the black bishops got too strong.

Luke McShane also had a perfect start to the tournament after a Black win today against David Navara. Navara didn’t really enter the game and McShane exploited his extra pawn perfectly and was very happy with his start to the tournament. In round 3, Eljanov will have a free game and will join commentators Artur Jusupov and Fiona Steil-Antoni to discuss the games.

Pavel Eljanov

Ranking after the 2nd round

All the games

More action in the future

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

In the Sparkassen Open A, the best plays slowly emerge on the first tables. There are only 8 players left with the perfect 3 of 3 going into the fourth round on Tuesday. Among them is GM Max Warmerdam (pictured) from the Netherlands.

Max Warmerdam

On Tuesday, superstar Viswanthan Anand will compete in the NC World Masters. He will play with Black against the winner of the day, Michael Adams!

Spectators in Dortmund in the air-conditioned Goldsaal are welcome. Follow the matches live online via the festival’s YouTube channel.


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