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Viswanathan Anand wins Sparkassen Trophy

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Sparkassen Trophy

Viswanathan Anand defeated Vladimir Kramnik to win the Sparkassen Trophy at Dortmund on 18th July 2021.


  • The Chennai maestro won the match 2.5-1.5.
  • The two former World champions fought over four games in a brand new format of chess.
  • The event was played as part of the “No-Castling” Chess devised by the Russian GM.
  • Castling is not allowed in this format in an effort to make the game more interesting.
  • Castling is a special move to protect the king and activate the rook.
  • It is the only time in chess a player can move two pieces in one move.
  • Anand had returned to over-the-board action at the Croatia Grand Chess Tour tournament in Zagreb last week and took overall second place (Rapid and Blitz sections combined).

About Dortmund Sparkassen Chess Meeting:

  • The Dortmund Sparkassen Chess Meeting is an elite chess tournament held every summer in Dortmund, Germany.
  • Dortmund is an invite-only event, with the exception that one slot at Dortmund is awarded to the winner of the annual Aeroflot Open in Moscow.
  • The title sponsor is Sparkasse Dortmund.
  • The tournament is usually played in a round-robin or double round-robin format.
  • However, it took the form of a series of heads-up matches in 2002 and 2004.

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