Dortmund R3: all games drawn

6/26/2007 – The two favourites, Anand and Kramnik, played unmemorable 21-move draws, both with the black pieces. Leko got nothing out of Naiditsch's rare Nimzowitsch Variation – the game was drawn in 38 moves. Carlsen tried a long squeeze against Alekseev in an anti-Queen's Indian line, but the Russian's defences held. A fairly calm day in Dortmund.

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SPARKASSEN
CHESS MEETING
Dortmund 2007
June 23 to July 1, 2007

The Sparkassen Chess Meeting will take place from June 23rd to July 1st, 2007, in the Dortmund Civic Theater, with eight players competing in a single round robin. The average rating is 2727, making the event a Category 20 tournament.

Round 3: Tuesday, June 26, 15:00h
Boris Gelfand 
½-½
 Vishy Anand
Shak. Mamedyarov 
½-½
 Vladimir Kramnik
Magnus Carlsen 
½-½
 Evgeny Alekseev
Peter Leko 
½-½
 Arkadij Naiditsch
Games – Report

Current standings

Round three report – all four games drawn


The start of round three in Dortmund

The two favourites both played games that are unlikely ever to appear in an anthology of the greatest chess battles. Gelfand-Anand saw the world no. 1 equalize easily from the opening, and the draw was agreed at move 21.

Gelfand,B (2733) - Anand,V (2786) [D45]
Sparkassen GM Dortmund GER (3), 26.06.2007
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 e6 5.e3 Nbd7 6.Qc2 Bd6 7.b3 0-0 8.Be2 b6 9.0-0 Bb7 10.Bb2 Qe7 11.Rad1 Rad8 12.Rfe1 Rfe8 13.Bd3 e5 14.cxd5 cxd5 15.dxe5 Nxe5 16.Nd4 Nxd3 17.Qxd3 Ne4 18.Nf5 Qg5 19.Nxe4 dxe4 20.Qb5 Ba6 21.Qxa6 ½-½.


Unable to get an advantage with white: Boris Gelfand

Likewise, Mamedyarov's 4.e3 Queen's Indian posed world champion Vladimir Kramnik few problems, and a short tactical interchange saw the draw come at the same move 21.

Mamedyarov,S (2757) - Kramnik,V (2772) [E14]
Sparkassen GM Dortmund GER (3), 26.06.2007
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.e3 Bb7 5.Bd3 d5 6.cxd5 exd5 7.Nc3 Bd6 8.0-0 0-0 9.Qc2 c5 10.Rd1 Nc6 11.dxc5 bxc5 12.a3 Ne5 13.Nxe5 Bxe5 14.e4 d4 15.Ne2 c4 16.Qxc4 Nxe4 17.Bxe4 Bxe4 18.Bf4 Rc8 19.Qb4 a5 20.Qe1 Bxf4 21.Rxd4 Bxh2+ ½-½

Naiditsch answered the question of what to play as Black against Leko's 1.e4 by choosing the rarely-seen Nimzowitsch Variation of the Sicilian (1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nf6). Leko avoided the most critical lines and settled for 4.d4, which is not supposed to offer White much. Black duly equalized and by move 25, had a typical Sicilian ending, in which it was White who had to be the more careful.

Leko,P (2738) - Naiditsch,A (2654) [B29]
Sparkassen GM Dortmund GER (3), 26.06.2007
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.e5 Nd5 4.d4 cxd4 5.Qxd4 e6 6.Bc4 Nc6 7.Qe4 d6 8.0-0 Nb6 9.Bb5 Bd7 10.exd6 Bxd6 11.Nc3 a6 12.Be2 f5 13.Qd3 Qc7 14.Be3 Ne5 15.Nxe5 Bxe5 16.f4 Bf6 17.Bd4 Bxd4+ 18.Qxd4 0-0-0

19.Rad1 Bc6 20.Qe3 Rxd1 21.Rxd1 Re8 22.Bf1 e5 23.fxe5 Rxe5 24.Qd4 g6 25.Qd6 Qxd6 26.Rxd6 Kc7 27.Rd4 Nd7 28.Kf2 Nf6 29.Be2 b5 30.Bf3 g5 31.a4 h6 32.axb5 axb5 33.h3 f4 34.h4 Rf5 35.hxg5 hxg5 36.Rb4 Re5 37.Bxc6 Kxc6 38.g3 fxg3+ ½-½.


Peter Leko, still waiting to draw first blood

In the longest games of the day, Carlsen adopted a quiet anti-Queen's Indian line, that is famous for offering White the chances of a long squeeze, with a few winning chances and almost no risk of losing. Alekseev allowed a pawn to go fairly early on, to force a pure rook ending, in which his active rook always looked as though it should hold the balance. Carlsen tried long and hard, but the Russian's defences held.

Carlsen,M (2693) - Alekseev,Evgeny (2679) [E18]
Sparkassen GM Dortmund GER (3), 26.06.2007
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.g3 Bb7 5.Bg2 Be7 6.0-0 0-0 7.Nc3 Ne4 8.Nxe4 Bxe4 9.Nh4 Bxg2 10.Nxg2 d5 11.Qa4 Qe8 12.Qxe8 Rxe8 13.cxd5 exd5 14.Be3 c5 15.Nf4 Rd8 16.dxc5 bxc5 17.Rac1

17...d4 18.Bd2 a5 19.Nd3 Nd7 20.e3 Nf6 21.Rfd1 Ne4 22.exd4 Nxd2 23.Rxd2 Bg5 24.f4 Rxd4 25.fxg5 c4 26.Rdc2 Rxd3 27.Rxc4 g6 28.R4c3 Rd2 29.R1c2 Rad8 30.Rxd2 Rxd2 31.Rb3 a4 32.Rb4 a3 33.bxa3 Rxa2 34.a4 Kg7 35.h4 h6 36.Kf1 hxg5 37.hxg5 Kf8 38.Re4 Rc2 39.Ke1 Rc5 40.Rg4 Ke7 41.Kd2 Ke6 42.Kd3 Rc1 43.Rc4 Rg1 44.g4 Rg3+ 45.Kc2 Kd5

46.Rf4 Kc5 47.Kd2 Ra3 48.Ke2 Kd5 49.Kf2 Ra2+ 50.Kg3 Ra3+ 51.Kf2 Ra2+ 52.Ke3 Ra3+ 53.Kd2 Kc5 54.Kc2 Rg3 55.Kb2 Rg2+ 56.Kc3 Rg3+ 57.Kc2 Ra3 58.Kb2 Rg3 59.a5 Kb5 ½-½.

 


Full Schedule and Results

Round 1: Saturday, June 23, 15:00h
Vladimir Kramnik 
½-½
 Vishy Anand
Boris Gelfand 
½-½
 Evgeny Alekseev
Shak. Mamedyarov 
1-0
 Arkadij Naiditsch
Magnus Carlsen 
½-½
 Peter Leko
Round 2: Sunday, June 24, 15:00h
Vishy Anand 
½-½
 Peter Leko
Arkadij Naiditsch 
½-½
 Magnus Carlsen
Evgeny Alekseev 
1-0
 Shak. Mamedyarov
Vladimir Kramnik 
1-0
 Boris Gelfand
Round 3: Tuesday, June 26, 15:00h
Boris Gelfand 
 
 Vishy Anand
Shak. Mamedyarov 
 
 Vladimir Kramnik
Magnus Carlsen 
 
 Evgeny Alekseev
Peter Leko 
 
 Arkadij Naiditsch
Games – Report
Round 4: Wednesday, June 27, 15:00h
Vishy Anand 
 
 Arkadij Naiditsch
Evgeny Alekseev 
 
 Peter Leko
Vladimir Kramnik 
 
 Magnus Carlsen
Boris Gelfand 
 
 Shak. Mamedyarov
Games – Report
Round 5: Friday, June 29, 15:00h
Shak. Mamedyarov 
 
 Vishy Anand
Magnus Carlsen 
 
 Boris Gelfand
Peter Leko 
 
 Vladimir Kramnik
Arkadij Naiditsch 
 
 Evgeny Alekseev
Games – Report
Round 6: Saturday, June 30, 15:00h
Vishy Anand 
 
 Evgeny Alekseev
Vladimir Kramnik 
 
 Arkadij Naiditsch
Boris Gelfand 
 
 Peter Leko
Shak. Mamedyarov 
 
 Magnus Carlsen
Games – Report
Round 7: Sunday, July 1, 13:00h
Magnus Carlsen 
 
 Vishy Anand
Peter Leko 
 
 Shak. Mamedyarov
Arkadij Naiditsch 
 
 Boris Gelfand
Evgeny Alekseev 
 
 Vladimir Kramnik
Games – Report


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