Dortmund R05: Kramnik and Adams lead by 1.5

7/31/2013 – In a series of strange openings it seemed that White would do very badly today. Kramnik was pinned against the wall by Leko, while Caruana's and Adam's positions were certainly not better. However Caruana held while the leaders won their games. Andreikin punished an early blunder by Khenkin and the other two Germans drew their game in a long rook endgame. Analysis and report.

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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 five report

Round 05 – Tuesday, July 30 2013, 15:00h
Vladimir Kramnik 2784
1-0
Peter Leko 2737
Daniel Fridman 2629
½-½
Georg Meier 2610
Dmitri Andrejkin 2727
1-0
Igor Khenkin 2605
Fabiano Caruana 2796
½-½
Arkadij Naiditsch 2710
Michael Adams 2740
1-0
Wang Hao 2752

Kramnik, Vladimir - Leko, Peter 1-0
White's completely unambitious setup not only left him with no advantage, it gave Leko the possibility to start pressuring his opponent's position. By move 20 White was completely in the defensive with very little to show for it. Black's pawns were a little exposed but without it being anything special. Sensing how much worse he could potentially be Kramnik sacrificed a piece for two pawns and dubious compensation. The psychological trick must have worked as Leko declined the piece!

Black still held the edge but a bizarre decision to trade queens left him in a hopeless endgame. Kramnik did not return the favor and converted precisely.

Caruana, Fabiano - Naitidsch, Arkadij ½-½
Another questionable opening by White. Caruana's scotch was definitely not up to par as Naiditsch easily equalized and maybe even took a slight initiative with his pair of bishops and space advantage. However his structure was ruined which allowed Caruana just about enough counterplay to hold the draw.

Adams, Michael - Wang Hao 1-0
Yet in another game White's opening was questionable. By move 20 again it was Black that had all the pluses in the position. White's space advantage was meaningless as it actually exposed many of his pawns to pressure from the Black bishops. A quick regrouping of Black's pieces could have potentially posed serious problems to White. However a nearly incomprehensible exchange sacrifice allowed Adams to at least equalize. Wang Hao was in a situation where he had to accurately calculate the consequences of the forced move 25...Bc2. He failed to do so, retreated his bishop to d7 instead and Adams was in control up the exchange. Wang Hao made things easier on his opponent by blundering a bishop soon afterwards.

Andreikin, Dmitri - Khenkin, Igor 1-0
Andreikin scores his first full point of the touranment by taking advantage of a simple blunder by Khenkin. Black's position remained solid despite his lack of space, a typical situation in the Caro-Kann nowadays. However Black played the atrocious 18...Nxe5?? and was killed soon afterwards by the simple discovery combination starting with 20.Ng6! The game could have stopped at that move as the rest was unnecessary.

Fridman, Daniel - Meier,Georg ½-½
Fridman attempted to overcome Meier's defense in a very technical engame. However the German duel ended in a draw as Fridman was simply unable to penetrate Black's fortress. Meier held in adequate fashion.

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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
1-0
Peter Leko 2737
Daniel Fridman 2629
½-½
Georg Meier 2610
Dmitri Andrejkin 2727
1-0
Igor Khenkin 2605
Fabiano Caruana 2796
½-½
Arkadij Naiditsch 2710
Michael Adams 2740
1-0
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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