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.