Dortmund R04: Kramnik catches Adams

7/30/2013 – Thee decisive results in today's Dortmund round. Kramnik defeated Meier with black in a Catalan to catch up with Adams, who held Leko to a draw effortlessly. Khenkin and Fridman drew, while Naiditsch sprung a novelty on Andrejkin who quickly lost his way. Lastly Caruana has now lost two in a row after being beaten by Wang Hao. Report and analysis.

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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 times (Caruana won it last year).

Round four report

Round 04 – Monday, July 29 2013, 15:00h
Peter Leko 2737
½-½
Michael Adams 2740
Wang Hao 2752
1-0
Fabiano Caruana 2796
Arkadij Naiditsch 2710
1-0
Dmitri Andrejkin 2727
Igor Khenkin 2605
½-½
Daniel Fridman 2629
Georg Meier 2610
0-1
Vladimir Kramnik 2784

Wang Hao - Caruana, Fabiano 1-0
Wang Hao decided to steer clear from theoretical complications and he did so by choosing a Reti set-up with a quick c4. Caruana seemed at a loss on what to do, as he quickly gave up the pair of bishops and although his position was solid, all the chances did lie with White. This became especially obvious with an excellently timed pseudo-sacrifice by Wang Hao on the middle of the board: 21.Nd5! came crashing through Black's position and there was little that Caruana could do. He wasn't down any material, but he was being dominated on the entire board. Eventually a swift restructuring of White's pieces to the kingside sealed the deal as Caruana was unable to defend.

Wang Hao shunned theory and demolished Caruana

Khenkin, Igor - Fridman, Daniel ½-½
This edition of Dortmund has a fair amount of 1.d4 players. This particular game was a Catalan in which Fridman was very ingenious and sacrificed a pawn to simplify the position and obtain strong pressure against White's position. Khenkin couldn't hold on to his extra pawn, and despite the fact that Black's knights were somewhat awkward, once they regrouped it was obvious that the position was just a draw.

Leko, Peter - Adams, Michael ½-½
Adams employed the Orthodox defense, a rare sight nowadays in top level chess. However today's game showed that it is possible that this opening is simply being underestimated. Adams had absolutely no problem holding Leko to a draw. The Hungarian's attack on the queenside was slow and in the time it took to build it up Black had sacrificed a piece in the kingside and forced a perpetual.

Kramnik is always comfortable in the Catalan, and takes the time to check out his compatriot's game

Meier, Georg - Kramnik, Vladimir 0-1
Vladimir Kramnik is not only a Catalan expert from the White side, in which he has countless victories and important positional grinds against the very elite, but he is also a solid Black player in these positions. Meier chose the strange 12.Qd1?! instead of the normal 12.Qb3 in a theoretically known position, after which Black simply took a pawn - although white retained compensation. Meier was swift in regaining his pawn but had to deal with Black's increasing activity. White's play was accurate and slowly but surely Black's pieces were pushed back. White followed up with a dubious move under pressure, lost a pawn and tried for a counterattack that didn't quite work. Black's own position was solid, and after losing yet another pawn Meier resigned. A strange game.

Kramnik is in good form and has caught up with Adams, leading at 3.0/4

Naiditsch, Arkadij - Andrejkin, Dmitri 1-0
Naiditsch brought a very interesting novelty in this already unusual variation of the Spanish with 10.Qc1!? Black reacted apparently well, but when he was faced with a very dangerous knight sacrifice he didn't respond in the best way. Strangely it seems that White's sacrifice must be accepted, after which it's possible Black achieves equality. The way that Andrejkin played left him in a worse position in which he quickly lost a pawn. All that was needed from Naiditsch was accurate technique from then on.

Naiditsch has come with many novelties to Dortmund in the past, today's surprised Andrejkin who didn't reply in the best way

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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
½-½
Fabiano Caruana 2796
Michael Adams 2740
1-0
Dmitri Andrejkin 2727
Wang Hao 2752
1-0
Daniel Fridman 2629
Arkadij Naiditsch 2710
½-½
Vladimir Kramnik 2784
Igor Khenkin 2605
½-½
Georg Meier 2610
Round 03 – Sunday, July 28 2013, 15:00h
Georg Meier 2610
½-½
Peter Leko 2737
Vladimir Kramnik 2784
½-½
Igor Khenkin 2605
Daniel Fridman 2629
½-½
Arkadij Naiditsch 2710
Dmitri Andrejkin 2727
½-½
Wang Hao 2752
Fabiano Caruana 2796
0-1
Michael Adams 2740
Round 04 – Monday, July 29 2013, 15:00h
Peter Leko 2737
½-½
Michael Adams 2740
Wang Hao 2752
1-0
Fabiano Caruana 2796
Arkadij Naiditsch 2710
1-0
Dmitri Andrejkin 2727
Igor Khenkin 2605
½-½
Daniel Fridman 2629
Georg Meier 2610
0-1
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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