Sparkassen Chess-Meeting

(1) Naiditsch,Arkadij (2665) - Kramnik,Vladimir (2788) [C42]
Sparkassen Dortmund GER (3), 01.07.2008

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.d4 d5 6.Bd3 Nc6 7.0-0 Be7 8.Re1 Bg4 9.c4 Nf6 10.Nc3 Bxf3 11.Qxf3 Nxd4 12.Qd1 Ne6 13.cxd5 Nxd5 14.Bb5+ c6 15.Nxd5 cxb5 16.Bf4 [16.a4 b4 17.Bf4 analysed by GK 1999] 16...Nxf4 17.Rxe7+ Kf8 18.Re5 Qd6 19.Qd2 Ng6?! Kramnik played this move after 45 minutes of thought. He realised that he was in trouble. [The critical move is of course 19...Qxe5 20.Qb4+ Ke8 (20...Kg8 21.Ne7+ Kf8 22.Nc6+ Kg8 23.Nxe5+- ) 21.Re1 (21.Qxb5+ Kd8 22.Rd1 Ne2+ 23.Kh1 Nd4 24.Qxb7 Rc8 and White remains a rook down, but the position is unclear - but not worse for him.) 21...Ne2+ 22.Kf1 Rc8! (22...Qxd5? 23.Rxe2+ Kd7 24.Rd2 (24.Qe7+? Kc6 25.Rc2+ Kb6 26.Qe3+ Ka5 27.Qa3+ Kb6 is a draw.) ) 23.f4 Qxd5 24.Rxe2+ Kd7 25.Rd2 Rc5 26.Rxd5+ Rxd5 and the position is most likely a draw.] 20.Ree1 Now White is clearly better. 20...f6 21.Rad1 Kf7 22.Qe3 Rhe8 23.Ne7 Qxe7 24.Qb3+ Kf8 25.Rxe7 Rxe7 26.Qxb5 Rae8 27.g3 Ne5 28.Kg2 Nc6 29.b4 a6 30.Qb6 h6 31.a4 Ne5 32.Qc5 Kg8 33.b5 axb5 34.axb5 Nf7 35.h4 Kh8 36.Rd2 Kg8 37.Kh3 Kh8 38.f4 Kg8 39.h5 Kh8 40.Qf5 Nd8 41.Rd7 Ne6 42.Qd5 1-0

(2) Ivanchuk,V (2740) - Nepomniachtchi,I (2634) [B90]
Sparkassen Dortmund GER (3), 01.07.2008

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bc4 e6 7.0-0 Be7 8.Bb3 Qc7 9.f4 Nc6 10.Kh1 Na5 11.f5 Nxb3 12.axb3 Bd7 13.Rf3 Rc8 14.Rg3 e5 15.Nde2 Bc6 16.Bg5 Nxe4 17.Nxe4 Bxe4 18.Nc3 Bc6 19.Bxe7 1/2-1/2

(3) Mamedyarov,S (2752) - Gustafsson,J (2603) [D43]
Sparkassen Dortmund GER (3), 01.07.2008

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 e6 5.Bg5 h6 6.Bh4 dxc4 7.e4 g5 8.Bg3 b5 9.Be2 Bb7 10.0-0 Nbd7 11.Ne5 Bg7 12.Nxd7 Nxd7 13.Bd6 a6 14.Re1 c5 15.dxc5 Rc8 16.a4 b4 17.c6 Bxc6 18.Bxb4 Qb6 19.Ba3 Bd4 20.Bxc4 Ne5 21.Bxa6 Bxf2+ 22.Kh1 Rd8 23.Qe2 Bxe1 24.Rxe1 f6 25.Qh5+ Kd7 26.Qe2 Ke8 27.Qh5+ 1/2-1/2

(4) Van Wely,L (2677) - Leko,P (2741) [E15]
Sparkassen Dortmund GER (3), 01.07.2008

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.g3 Ba6 5.b3 Bb4+ 6.Bd2 Be7 7.Nc3 0-0 8.Rc1 d5 9.cxd5 exd5 10.Bg2 Bb7 11.0-0 Nbd7 12.Bf4 c6 13.Qc2 Re8 14.Qb2 Nf8 15.b4 Ne6 16.Be3 Bd6 17.a4 Qe7 18.Rb1 a6 19.Bd2 Rab8 20.e3 c5 21.bxc5 bxc5 22.Qa2 g6 23.dxc5 Bxc5 24.Ne2 Ne4 25.Rfd1 Ba8 26.Rxb8 Rxb8 27.Be1 Bb4 28.Rb1 Bd6 29.Rd1 Bb4 30.Rb1 Bd6 31.Rd1 1/2-1/2

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