Radek rocks Dortmund final round

by Klaus Besenthal
7/23/2017 – With a convincing victory against Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu, the Polish Grandmaster Radoslaw Wojtaszek secured victory at the Grandmaster Tournament of the 45th Sparkassen Chess-Meeting in Dortmund this afternoon. It turned out to be necessary, because with a draw, Wojtaszek would have been joined by Vladimir Fedoseev, who won today against Wang Yue, and could have edged him on the second tiebreak (most wins). In a remarkable contrast to rounds 1-6, today was a bloodbath — all four games where decisive!

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A clutch win

One can assume that a top player like Radoslaw Wojtaszek brushed up on the somewhat complicated tiebreak scenarios in the event of a draw, while preparing for his game against Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu. Even during the round, he must have realized early on that Vladimir Fedoseev vs. Wang Yue was quite likely headed for a decicive result. It turns out that if either of them won, the tiebreaks of "most black" and then "most wins" was not in the Polish GM's favour.

Results of Round 7

Brd. Title Name Fed. Elo Res. Title Name Fed. Elo
1 GM Vladimir Fedoseev
 
2726 1 - 0 GM Yue Wang
 
2699
2 GM Dmitry Andreikin
 
2712 0 - 1 GM Maxime Vachier Lagrave
 
2791
3 GM Vladimir Kramnik
 
2812 1 - 0 GM Matthias Bluebaum
 
2642
4 GM Radoslaw Wojtaszek
 
2736 1 - 0 GM Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu
 
2683
 

In the end, Radek took his fate into his own hands:

 

Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu (left) and Radoslaw Wojtaszek. The gentleman who made the ceremonial first move was Dortmund-based FM Jerzy Konikowski, a former trainer of the Polish national team | Photo: Georgios Souleidis 

Vladimir Kramnik made a powerful impression in his victory against Matthias Bluebaum. One almost gets the feeling was that the Russian had been a little annoyed at his tournament so far, and was determined not to leave Dortmund in last place. He threw caution to the wind, sacrificed an exchange, then a piece, and in the end was rewarded when Bluebaum buckled under pressure:

 

Here only 31...Nd5! stays in the game, but it's hard to calculate 32.Bxd8 Qd6! 33.gxf7 Kxf7! 34.Qxh5 Kg7, and for instance 35.Bh4 Qe6 and it's actually White who may end up searching for a perpetual check.

Instead with 31...h4? Black bets the farm on a perpetual himself, but with a little fancy footwork (35.Bf1!) White gets out of check and is simply poised to deliver mate.

 

Kramnik ends on a high note and stays in the 2800 club. | Photo: Georgios Souleidis

No repeat for the Frenchman-with-two-names | Photo: Georgios Souleidis

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave also had an outside shot at reclaiming the Dortmund title if the cards fell just right, but of course he too needed to win. Once Fedoseev's game was over, however, there was no chance for MVL, since he played four times with White, but even so, the Frenchman finally defeated his stubborn opponent Dmitry Andreikin.

Vladimir Fedoseev took his best shot with a strong win | Photo: Georgios Souleidis

All games from round 1 to 7

 

Final standings

Rk.   Name   Rtg. Nt. Pts. n
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
TB Perf.
1
GM
2736
4.5
7
 
14.75
2826
2
GM
2726
4.0
7
 
13.75
2775
3
GM
2791
4.0
7
 
13.50
2766
4
WCH
2812
3.5
7
 
11.75
2713
5
GM
2642
3.0
7
 
11.25
2687
6
GM
2712
3.0
7
 
10.50
2677
7
GM
2683
3.0
7
 
10.25
2681
8
GM
2699
3.0
7
 
9.75
2679
TBs: Sonneborn-Berger

 

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Klaus Besenthal is computer scientist, has followed and still follows the chess scene avidly since 1972 and since then has also regularly played in tournaments.
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Pizdobol Pizdobol 7/27/2017 02:32
Офигеть!
huzar huzar 7/24/2017 10:46
Gratulations Radek
Bojan KG Bojan KG 7/24/2017 08:41
I feel sorry for big Vlad, with good result here he could have been number 1 on rating list. Obviously he always has a bad day or two at the office and here it was in round 1. He needs rating points otherwise Candidates for him will be out of reach.
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