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Chess Classic Mainz 2007 - Aronian is the new World Chess960 Champion, Bologan is first in FiOpen, Rybka beats Shredder to win the Chess960 Computer World Title

Mainz Chess960The Chess960 (Fisher Random Chess) open chess festival is over. It took place from 13th to 17th of August in Mainz (Germany).

Chess960, also called Fischer Random Chess, is a chess variant produced by former World Champion Bobby Fischer by modifying the rules of Shuffle Chess so that castling possibilities exist for all starting positions. Fischer's goal was to create a chess variant in which chess creativity and talent would be more important than memorization and analysis of opening moves.

In Fisher Random, you shuffle the back row of the pieces, not the pawns. Each side has an identical shuffle, so that everything is symmetrical, just like in the old chess. Every round begins with a new shuffle (look at the position of the last round).

Chess960 Rapid Chess Championship. Levon Aronian won the world title in the rapid Chess960 (Fisher random Chess). The Armenian GM defeated Viswanathan Anand, but he needed the blitz tie-break to do it. Vishy drawn four games in rapid.

The Chess960 open tournament.
The winner in that spectacular competition is the Moldovan grandmaster Victor Bologan, who defeated the then leader Vassily Ivanchuk and harvested 9.5 points out of 11 rounds. Gata Kamski, Vassily Ivanchuk, Andrei Volokitin (very attractive player) and David Navara finished with 9 pts. The Indian Parimarjan Negi won a prize in age-group under 14 with 7pts. Viktorija Cmilyte from Lithuania is on the top with 6.5 pts in the women’s group. Several days ago, she won the European Women Rapid Championship.

More than 250 chess lovers took part in the tournament!

Chess960 Computer Chess Championship. At the same time, a real fight in the Chess960 Computer Chess Championship was expected. The battle was between Rybka (computer champion in classical chess in 2007) and Shredder (the champion in rapid chess).

Rybka lost on the first day (in qualifications), but in the final it was brilliant, beating Shredder 2.5–0.5. That was not a surprise for the specialists, because that program won the 15th World Computer Chess Championship 2 months ago.

Spike won against Jonny fot the third place.

More news from Rybka: $100,000 challenge to FIDE:

Official site: http://www.chesstigers.de/ccm7.php
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