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Dortmund R01: Three wins, Caruana 2800 live

7/26/2013 – The annual Dortmund Sparkassen chess tournament started with some surprising events. Wang Hao dropped a full rook against Kramnik while Meier slowly ground down his higher rated compatriot Naiditsch. Caruana defeated Andreikin and is now exactly 2800.0 in the live list. The two other games, Khenkin-Leko and Fridman-Adams were drawn, but not for lack of trying. Games and analysis.
 

The 41st Sparkassen Chess-Meeting is taking place in the Dortmund State Theatre (Schauspielhaus). It is a ten-player round robin with six international stars and four top German grandmasters. Top seed is Italian GM Fabiano Caruana, rated 2796 and ranked number three in the world, while "local boy" former World Champion Vladimir Kramnik, who has won this event no less than ten time (Caruana won it last year).

In case you plan to attend: here is a map of the exact location in Dortmund.
Tickets are six Euros for a round (students four Euros), 35 Euros for the entire event.

Round one report

Round 01 – Friday, July 26 2013, 15:00h
Igor Khenkin 2605
½-½
Peter Leko 2737
Georg Meier 2610
1-0
Arkadij Naiditsch 2710
Vladimir Kramnik 2784
1-0
Wang Hao 2752
Daniel Fridman 2629
½-½
Michael Adams 2740
Dmitri Andrejkin 2727
0-1
Fabiano Caruana 2796

The former director of the German Chess Federation Horst Metzing executing the first move in Kramnik vs. Wang Hao

Kramnik, Vladimir - Wang Hao 1-0
Kramnik powered through Wang Hao's opening and obtained a quick extra pawn. However the Chinese was banking on being able to hold the endgame with the activity of his rook and queen. Unfortunately for him, however, he horribly blundered a rook on move 25 and had to resign. An easy start for big Vlad in game that lasted little more than an hour.

It happens... even to 2750+ players!

 

[Event "41st GM"]
[Site "Dortmund GER"]
[Date "2013.07.26"]
[Round "1.3"]
[White "Kramnik, Vladimir"]
[Black "Wang, Hao"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D16"]
[WhiteElo "2784"]
[BlackElo "2752"]
[PlyCount "51"]
[EventDate "2013.07.26"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 dxc4 5. a4 e6 6. e3 c5 7. Bxc4 cxd4 8. exd4
Nc6 9. O-O Be7 10. Qe2 O-O 11. Rd1 Nb4 12. Bg5 Bd7 13. d5 exd5 14. Nxd5 Nbxd5
15. Bxd5 Nxd5 16. Rxd5 Bxg5 17. Nxg5 h6 18. Qd2 hxg5 19. Rxd7 Qf6 20. Rd1 {A
new move, but nothing earth-shattering.} (20. Rxb7 Rfd8 21. Qe3 Re8 22. Qb3
Rad8 {with plenty of activity for the pawn in Zhou Jianchao-Korobov, World Cup
2011}) 20... Rfe8 (20... b6 {is ugly and passive, as Black doesn't want
White's activity to escalate. However I am curious exactly how Kramnik would
have proceeded from this position.}) 21. Rxb7 Rad8 22. Rd7 Rxd7 23. Qxd7 Rb8
24. Qxa7 Rxb2 25. h3 {White is up a pawn but it will be very difficult to
convert it. Black already has pressure on f2, the rook can't get to a1 just
yet and the pawn can't advance too far. However...} Ra2 $4 {A blunder that
loses instantly.} 26. Qb8+ $1 (26. Qb8+ Kh7 27. Qb1+ {Black can't defend his
king and his rook so he was forced to resign. Wang Hao is a world class player,
but he is still only human!}) 1-0

 

Andrejkin, Dmitry - Caruana, Fabiano 0-1
Caruana's go-to defense against 1.d4, the Gruenfeld, did not let him down. Not only did he obtain a comfortable position from the opening, he arguably got an advantage in the form of a powerful light squared bishop when his opponent's dark squared bishop was simply biting granite against his own pawn chain. A timely transfer of Black's king to the center consolidated his position and eventually a swift but powerful attack on the kingside cost Andrejkin an exchange and the game.

Meier, Giorg - Naiditsch, Arkadij 1-0
This duel between Germans saw another Gruenfeld. In this case Meier took an interesting approach: he sacrificed some development to obtain a superior pawn structure. Soon afterwards he converted that into another advantage, the pair of bishops, and was slowly able to gain ground against Naiditsch. White obtained a crushing position, but with a strange inaccuracy on move 32 he let slip his advantage somewhat. However his position was still strong and with some precise technique Meier brought in the full point.

Khenkin, Igor - Leko, Peter ½-½
In yet another Gruenfeld Khenkin decided to try the recently popular 5.Bd2 variation. Leko was extremely well prepared though and it's hard to say he had an advantage from the opening, but he certainly was no worse. His knight and active rook kept pressuring White's position well into the endgame

Fridman, Daniel - Adams, Michael ½-½
Fridman's opening was less than testing and Adams got a comfortable position from the beginning. He even enjoyed some pressure in the endgame against White's c and a pawns, but was unable to convert that into anything tangible. Fridman suffered for many moves but was able to hold the draw with a precise transition into a drawn pawn endgame, despite being down a pawn.

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Dortmund 2013 – Schedule, pairings and results

Round 01 – Friday, July 26 2013, 15:00h
Igor Khenkin 2605
½-½
Peter Leko 2737
Georg Meier 2610
1-0
Arkadij Naiditsch 2710
Vladimir Kramnik 2784
1-0
Wang Hao 2752
Daniel Fridman 2629
½-½
Michael Adams 2740
Dmitri Andrejkin 2727
0-1
Fabiano Caruana 2796
Round 02 – Saturday, July 27 2013, 15:00h
Peter Leko 2737
-
Fabiano Caruana 2796
Michael Adams 2740
-
Dmitri Andrejkin 2727
Wang Hao 2752
-
Daniel Fridman 2629
Arkadij Naiditsch 2710
-
Vladimir Kramnik 2784
Igor Khenkin 2605
-
Georg Meier 2610
Round 03 – Sunday, July 28 2013, 15:00h
Georg Meier 2610
-
Peter Leko 2737
Vladimir Kramnik 2784
-
Igor Khenkin 2605
Daniel Fridman 2629
-
Arkadij Naiditsch 2710
Dmitri Andrejkin 2727
-
Wang Hao 2752
Fabiano Caruana 2796
-
Michael Adams 2740
Round 04 – Monday, July 29 2013, 15:00h
Peter Leko 2737
-
Michael Adams 2740
Wang Hao 2752
-
Fabiano Caruana 2796
Arkadij Naiditsch 2710
-
Dmitri Andrejkin 2727
Igor Khenkin 2605
-
Daniel Fridman 2629
Georg Meier 2610
-
Vladimir Kramnik 2784
Round 05 – Tuesday, July 30 2013, 15:00h
Vladimir Kramnik 2784
-
Peter Leko 2737
Daniel Fridman 2629
-
Georg Meier 2610
Dmitri Andrejkin 2727
-
Igor Khenkin 2605
Fabiano Caruana 2796
-
Arkadij Naiditsch 2710
Michael Adams 2740
-
Wang Hao 2752
Round 06 – Thursday, August 1 2013, 15:00h
Peter Leko 2737
-
Wang Hao 2752
Arkadij Naiditsch 2710
-
Michael Adams 2740
Igor Khenkin 2605
-
Fabiano Caruana 2796
Georg Meier 2610
-
Dmitri Andrejkin 2727
Vladimir Kramnik 2784
-
Daniel Fridman 2629
Round 07 – Friday, August 2 2013, 15:00h
Daniel Fridman 2629
-
Peter Leko 2737
Dmitri Andrejkin 2727
-
Vladimir Kramnik 2784
Fabiano Caruana 2796
-
Georg Meier 2610
Michael Adams 2740
-
Igor Khenkin 2605
Wang Hao 2752
-
Arkadij Naiditsch 2710
Round 08 – Saturday, August 3 2013, 15:00h
Peter Leko 2737
-
Arkadij Naiditsch 2710
Igor Khenkin 2605
-
Wang Hao 2752
Georg Meier 2610
-
Michael Adams 2740
Vladimir Kramnik 2784
-
Fabiano Caruana 2796
Daniel Fridman 2629
-
Dmitri Andrejkin 2727
Round 09 – Sunday, August 4 2013, 13:00h
Dmitri Andrejkin 2727
-
Peter Leko 2737
Fabiano Caruana 2796
-
Daniel Fridman 2629
Michael Adams 2740
-
Vladimir Kramnik 2784
Wang Hao 2752
-
Georg Meier 2610
Arkadij Naiditsch 2710
-
Igor Khenkin 2605

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