:: Dortmund Sparkassen Chess-Meeting 2004

Organizers' Press Release, 13 April 2004

The participants of the Dortmund Sparkassen Chess-Meeting 2004 are definite. The event, taking place at the Dortmund Theatre from 22 July to 1 August, will present again and interesting mix of top players and talents – but also a new and exciting system of play.

Among the players are Classical World Chess Champion Vladimir Kramnik (Russia), Viswanathan Anand (India), Peter Leko (Hungary) and Peter Svidler (Russia) – four excellent Top Grandmasters who are actually placed among the best six players of the world. They try to get the title from Viorel Bologan (Moldavia), the sensational winner of the Sparkassen Chess-Meeting in 2003. Sergei Rublevski (Russia) qualified with his win at the Aeroflot Open in Moscow for the Dortmund Tournament. Also at the start are two young and gifted players: Arkadij Naiditsch (Germany), the Dortmund super talent and Germany’s big hope, and the only 14 year old Sergey Karjakin (Ukraine): at the age of 12 he became youngest Grandmaster in Chess history.

To win the Super Tournament, the players have to run through preliminaries, semifinals and final matches. „We expect interesting games and a fight for the title from the beginning. That’s the way we want to go into the future“, says tournament director Stefan Koth. „And also we keep our tradition for classical chess.“ The system of play is known from the Candidates‘ Tournament at Dortmund in 2002. In a double round robin system each player will play 6 games. The two winners of each group will advance to the semifinals. The winners will play the final match, the losers will play the match for the 3rd place. Number 3 and Number 4 in each preliminary group will play for the places 5 to 8.

Qualifying Round (Rating dated 1 April 2004)

Group 1
Viswanathan Anand (India); date of birth: 11 Dec. 1969; Rating: 2774
Peter Svidler (Russia); 17 June 76; 2733
Sergei Rublevski (Russia); 15 Oct. 74; 2671
Arkadij Naiditsch (Germany); 25 Oct. 85; 2571

Group 2
Vladimir Kramnik (Russia); 25 June 75; 2764
Peter Leko (Hungary); 08 Sep. 79; 2741
Viorel Bologan (Moldavia); 14 Dec. 71; 2665
Sergey Karjakin (Ukraine); 12 Jan. 90; 2580

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