The event takes place in the Dortmund Theatre from 31 July to 10 August 2003.
A double round robin system with 6 GM involved (category 19/20) will be
played. Among the six players are Classical World Chess Champion Vladimir
Kramnik (Russia), his challenger for the World Title Peter Leko (Hungary) and
Wijk aan Zee winner Viswanathan Anand (India).
These players already accepted their invitation. Also, the Dortmund Organising
Committe agreed to invite the winner of the AEROFLOT OPEN at Moscow which is
supposed to take place from 10th to 20th February 2003. For the first time,
Germany's big hope - Grandmaster Arkadi Naiditsch (17) from Dortmund - will
have the opportunity to challenge the elite. Another top GM will complete the
The time control will be the classical one and identical with the World Chess
Championship Match Kramnik vs. Leko: 40 moves for 2 hours each player, 20
moves for 1 hour each player, 15 min+30 sec. per move each player for the
rest. The festival character of Dortmund will not be changed. The
organizers are preparing for 2 Opens of different levels, art exhibitions,
presentations of chess articles and many more activities.
6. More information for chess players, e.g. concerning the Dortmund Open and
other issues could be given from the Tournament Director, Mr. Stefan Koth, via