Dortmund Rd3 – A bad day for Germans

7/15/2012 – With four decisive games in five, the German front took the brunt of the attack, with only Arkadij Naiditsch able to hold Sergey Karjakin to a draw. There were few spectacular blunders, and it was mostly a case of the elite outplaying their lower-rated colleagues. The luckless Mateusz Bartel was unable to resist Vladimir Kramnik, who takes the lead with Ruslan Ponomariov. Illustrated report.

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From Thursday July 13 to Sunday July 22, 2012 the 41st edition annual Sparkassen Chess-Meeting is taking place in Dortmund, Germany. It is a ten-player round robin played. Draw offers are not allowed – a game can only be declared a draw, by the arbiter, if there is no possible win for one side, or if a position is repeated three times. The winner of the tournament will be determined after nine rounds.

Games start at 15:00h = 3 p.m. local time (CEST, = 17:00 Moscow, 14:00 p.m. London, 9:00 a.m. New York). All games will be broadcast by the official web site's "Live Games" page and on the Playchess.com server. As in the previous year the moves of the Sparkassen Chess-Meeting will be transmitted on the Internet with a delay of 15 minutes – which means that the moves stay in the playing hall for that period, before they are broadcast to the rest of the world. This is an important anti-cheating measure that has been proposed to FIDE since October 2005 and has the support of most of the top players. We commend the Dortmund organisers for taking the initiative.

Round three

Round 3: Sunday, July 15, 15:00h
Peter Leko 
1-0
 Jan Gustafsson
Georg Meier 
0-1
 Ruslan Ponomariov
Sergey Karjakin 
½-½
 Arkadij Naiditsch 
Vladimir Kramnik 
1-0
 Mateusz Bartel
Fabiano Caruana 
1-0
 Daniel Fridman

It was a bloody round, especially for the German representatives as three out of the four lost their games today. The only one to come out unscathed was Arkadij Naiditsch who held Sergey Karjakin to a draw with black. Whether or not Jan Gustafsson was unrecovered from his game the day before, he never seemed comfortable in his game against Peter Leko, and lost.


Naiditsch was the only home player to survive

Georg Meier somehow managed to find his queen stranded on his kingside under the fire of Ruslan Ponomariov's pieces, and as a result, not only did he find her kicked all the way from g4 to a7, but the Ukrainian used all these tempi to bust open the German's kingside as well.


Meier found his queen chased to the other side of the board by Ponomariov

Fabiano Caruana once again showed his strong nerves as he bounced back from his loss against Ponomariov with fine technique against Daniel Fridman as he outplayed him in the endgame and brought home the bacon. One wonders whether he can keep it up as he has played 92 classical games this year so far. And people thought Ivanchuk played a lot...


It has been a rough test of fire for Bartel as he plays his first elite round-robin

Mateusz Bartel has had as rough a start as can get, losing his first three games, but to be fair, he also played the two top rated players, Karjakin and Kramnik, which has not made it any easier.


A promising start for Kramnik

After three rounds, Vladimir Kramnik and Ruslan Ponomariov have taken the early lead with 2.5/3.

Standings after three rounds


Schedule and results

Round 1: Friday, July 13, 15:00h
Daniel Fridman 
½-½
 Jan Gustafsson
Peter Leko 
½-½
 Ruslan Ponomariov
Fabiano Caruana 
½-½
 Arkadij Naiditsch 
Georg Meier 
1-0
 Mateusz Bartel
Sergey Karjakin 
½-½
 Vladimir Kramnik
Round 2: Saturday, July 14, 15:00h
Jan Gustafsson 
0-1
 Vladimir Kramnik
Ruslan Ponomariov 
1-0
 Fabiano Caruana
Arkadij Naiditsch 
½-½
 Georg Meier
Mateusz Bartel 
0-1
 Sergey Karjakin
Daniel Fridman 
½-½
 Peter Leko
Round 3: Sunday, July 15, 15:00h
Peter Leko 
1-0
 Jan Gustafsson
Georg Meier 
0-1
 Ruslan Ponomariov
Sergey Karjakin 
½-½
 Arkadij Naiditsch 
Vladimir Kramnik 
1-0
 Mateusz Bartel
Fabiano Caruana 
1-0
 Daniel Fridman
Round 4: Monday, July 16, 15:00h
Jan Gustafsson 
   Mateusz Bartel
Ruslan Ponomariov 
   Sergey Karjakin
Arkadij Naiditsch 
   Vladimir Kramnik
Daniel Fridman 
   Georg Meier
Peter Leko 
   Fabiano Caruana
Round 5: Tuesday, July 17, 15:00h
Fabiano Caruana 
   Jan Gustafsson
Vladimir Kramnik 
   Ruslan Ponomariov
Mateusz Bartel 
   Arkadij Naiditsch 
Sergey Karjakin 
   Daniel Fridman
Georg Meier 
   Peter Leko
Round 6: Thursday, July 19, 15:00h
Jan Gustafsson 
   Arkadij Naiditsch
Ruslan Ponomariov 
   Mateusz Bartel
Peter Leko 
   Vladimir Kramnik
Georg Meier 
   Sergey Karjakin
Fabiano Caruana 
   Georg Meier
Round 7: Friday, July 20, 15:00h
Georg Meier 
   Jan Gustafsson
Arkadij Naiditsch 
   Ruslan Ponomariov
Mateusz Bartel 
   Daniel Fridman 
Vladimir Kramnik 
   Peter Leko
Sergey Karjakin 
   Fabiano Caruana
Round 8: Saturday, July 21, 15:00h
Jan Gustafsson 
   Ruslan Ponomariov
Daniel Fridman 
   Arkadij Naiditsch
Peter Leko 
   Mateusz Bartel
Fabiano Caruana 
   Vladimir Kramnik
Georg Meier 
   Sergey Karjakin
Round 9: Sunday, July 22, 13:00h
Sergey Karjakin 
   Jan Gustafsson
Ruslan Ponomariov 
   Daniel Fridman
Arkadij Naiditsch 
   Peter Leko 
Mateusz Bartel 
   Fabiano Caruana
Vladimir Kramnik 
   Georg Meier

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