The Dortmund Sparkassen Chess Meeting 2001 - Top Chess on stage

The „Dortmund Sparkassen Chess Meeting 2001“ - the return of the 29th International Dortmund Chess Days - will be held from July 12th to July 22nd in the Dortmund Theatre (Big Opera House/1200 seats). Participants in the Super-Tournament - double round robin - (cat. 21/ELO 2754) are:

BGN World Champion Wladimir Kramnik (Russia), FIDE World Champion Viswanathan Anand (India), Michael Adams (England), Alexander Morozevich (Russia), Peter Leko (Hungary) and Weselin Topalow (Bulgaria).

Some other interested events are also in the main programme and will be presented on stage. In a competition „Men vs. Machine“, Dr. Robert Hübner (Germany) will challenge the chess programme Fritz 6 in a classical match over six games. Another match presents the former Women World Champion Maia Chiburdanidze (Georgia) vs. Arkadi Naiditisch (Germany) over ten games. Naiditsch, only 15 years old, actually made his 3rd norm and will be the youngest German Grandmaster in several months.

The patron of the event is German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder.

The festival character of the „Dortmunder Sparkassen Chess Meeting“ will be secured by Opens around the main event (registration by e-mail: German TV Station „WDR“ will cover the super tournament (180 minutes on July 15th, 18th and 22nd).

Further informations, running from May 15th, (complete schedule/drawing of lots) and contacts (hotel reservation, open registration, tickets) are to be find on our Dortmund Homepage by „“. The exclusive rights for broadcasting the „Dortmund Sparkassen Chess Meeting 2001“ are reserved by Chessgate. The tournament will be broadcasted live by this company, which is also the Equipment Provider of the event.


It would be nice to consider, that our Homepage is only by Chessgate. Please give a link to them. Some existing links to other portals, considering them as the official Homepage, are wrong. We hope for your understanding, that we cannot accept a live transmission of the games on other pages in the web. Our advocate finally proofed, that all rights regarding a transmission of the moves until the daily games are not finished, are reserved by the Dortmund Organizing Committee. We sold this right to Chessgate and we will protect this right. We think, you w’ll understand, that top events in chess have to insist on this right, because we have to follow the interests of our sponsors, partners and players. This is for sure the only way to present chess events on the highest level, considering the commercial rules and the rights of organizers. We know, that several of the big chess portals are interested in the live signal. To avoide new fights in the World of Chess we offer to start negogiations with Chessgate (Mr. Jürgen Daniel; mail: til June 1st. The costs will be in a very good relation to the contacts and impressions, that you count on your site.

Contact for journalists only:

Carsten Hensel, e-mail: Phone: +49-231-5022135 or +49-231-391456.