Dortmund 02: Nisipeanu early leader

by Alejandro Ramirez
6/29/2015 – Some scintillating chess by the black pieces today in Dortmund. The match between two of America's finest, Caruana vs. So, was not a very precise game but it was full of emotion. So took it in a long endgame. Kramnik demolished Hou Yifan brilliantly, while Meier held Nepo to a nice fought draw. However the story of the day is that Nisipeanu already has a one point lead!

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The 2015 Sparkassen Chess Meeting is taking place in Dortmund from the 27th of June to the 5th of July, 2015.

Round Two

Round 02 – June 28 2015, 15:00h
Caruana, Fabiano 2805
0-1
So, Wesley 2778
Naiditsch, Arkadij 2722
0-1
Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter 2654
Hou, Yifan 2676
0-1
Kramnik, Vladimir 2783
Nepomniachtchi, Ian 2720
½-½
Meier, Georg 2654

Caruana, Fabiano 0-1 So, Wesley
It's a hard game to explain, as despite the massive ratings from both players, the game was certainly not of the highest quality. Caruana surprised his opponent in the h3 Najdorf with an early a3 break on the queenside. Caruana had a good position from the opening, but he had to play actively to try to pressure his opponent. He was even winning at some point with a quick c5 break that he missed.

Not exactly the level of play expected from two top-10 players

Instead of that Caruana fell into a passive and weak position. The only reason he came back into the game were So's mistakes, eventually reaching an endgame that seemed very hard to win. Caruana helped out a little, and eventually So did take the full point in a rook + 2p vs knight and bishop endgame.

Naiditsch, Arkadij 0-1 Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter
A massively complicated game. Naiditsch near time trouble started to underestimate his opponent's initiative, and Nisipeanu finished off things in style:

[Event "43rd GM 2015"] [Site "Dortmund GER"] [Date "2015.06.28"] [Round "2.1"] [White "Naiditsch, Arkadij"] [Black "Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "B12"] [WhiteElo "2722"] [BlackElo "2654"] [Annotator "Ramirez Alvarez,Alejandro"] [SetUp "1"] [FEN "3rr3/7k/1p3q1p/1N2pp1b/P2p3N/7R/2P2BPP/4Q2K w - - 0 39"] [PlyCount "22"] [EventDate "2015.06.27"] 39. Nf3 Bxf3 $1 40. Rxf3 e4 $1 41. Rh3 d3 42. cxd3 exd3 43. Qd1 d2 44. Nc3 Re6 45. Qb1 Qxc3 $1 46. Qxf5+ Kh8 47. Rxc3 Re1+ 48. Bg1 Rxg1+ 49. Kxg1 d1=Q+ {The rook falls no matter what} (49... d1=Q+ 50. Kf2 (50. Qf1 Qd4+) 50... Qd2+) 0-1

"Nisi" crashes through to take an early lead

Hou Yifan 0-1 Kramnik, Vladimir
A fabulous combination by Kramnik, simply punishing Hou Yifan's dubious opening choice.

[Event "43rd GM 2015"] [Site "Dortmund GER"] [Date "2015.06.28"] [Round "2.2"] [White "Hou, Yifan"] [Black "Kramnik, Vladimir"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "C65"] [WhiteElo "2676"] [BlackElo "2783"] [Annotator "Ramirez Alvarez,Alejandro"] [PlyCount "56"] [EventDate "2015.06.27"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. Qe2 Bc5 5. c3 O-O 6. d3 h6 7. Nbd2 d6 8. O-O Ne7 9. d4 a6 10. dxc5 axb5 11. cxd6 Qxd6 12. Qxb5 Ng6 13. Re1 b6 {Yifan's opening was a little suspicious. She is up a pawn right now, but her develoment is lacking. Black has at least enough compensation for the pawn, but probably it is even sufficient for a small advantage.} 14. Nc4 Qe6 15. Ne3 Nxe4 $1 {A very strong move!} 16. Qd5 (16. Nd5 Nd6 17. Qd3 e4 $17) 16... Nc5 $1 {This is the beautiful point, otherwise White is even better.} (16... Qxd5 17. Nxd5 $14) 17. b4 (17. Qxa8 Bb7 18. Qa3 Bxf3 $1 {The lines are complicated still, but Black's attack is too strong. Taking the bishop loses to:} (18... Ra8 19. Qb4 Ra4 20. Qb5 Ba6 21. Qxa4 Nxa4 {is also quite strong.}) 19. gxf3 Nh4 20. Kh1 Nd3 {and White cannot hope to keep her position together.}) 17... Bb7 18. Qxe6 Nxe6 19. Nf5 Rfd8 20. a4 Rd3 21. Be3 Rxc3 {Black is up a pawn with the better position. The rest is easy.} 22. a5 Rb3 23. axb6 cxb6 24. Rxa8+ Bxa8 25. Bxb6 Bxf3 26. gxf3 Ng5 27. Kh1 Nxf3 28. Re4 Nf4 0-1

Big Vlad showed no mercy today. Opening the game is legendary GM Vlastimil Hort.

Nepomniachtchi, Ian ½-½ Meier, Georg
Meier's French held on very strong today. Despite White's very aggressive intentions, it was Black's attack on the queenside that seemed more threatening. Meier forced a repetition in a position where playing on would not have been entirely crazy.

Two draws to start for both players

Standings

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Schedule

Round 01 – June 27 2015, 15:00h
Nepomniachtchi, Ian 2720
½-½
Caruana, Fabiano 2805
Meier, Georg 2654
½-½
Hou, Yifan 2676
Kramnik, Vladimir 2783
0-1
Naiditsch, Arkadij 2722
Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter 2654
1-0
So, Wesley 2778
Round 02 – June 28 2015, 15:00h
Caruana, Fabiano 2805
0-1
So, Wesley 2778
Naiditsch, Arkadij 2722
0-1
Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter 2654
Hou, Yifan 2676
0-1
Kramnik, Vladimir 2783
Nepomniachtchi, Ian 2720
½-½
Meier, Georg 2654
Round 03 – June 30 2015, 15:00h
Meier, Georg 2654 - Caruana, Fabiano 2805
Kramnik, Vladimir 2783 - Nepomniachtchi, Ian 2720
Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter 2654 - Hou, Yifan 2676
So, Wesley 2778 - Naiditsch, Arkadij 2722
Round 04 – July 01 2015, 15:00h
Caruana, Fabiano 2805 - Naiditsch, Arkadij 2722
Hou, Yifan 2676 - So, Wesley 2778
Nepomniachtchi, Ian 2720 - Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter 2654
Meier, Georg 2654 - Kramnik, Vladimir 2783
Round 05 – July 02 2015, 15:00h
Kramnik, Vladimir 2783 - Caruana, Fabiano 2805
Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter 2654 - Meier, Georg 2654
So, Wesley 2778 - Nepomniachtchi, Ian 2720
Naiditsch, Arkadij 2722 - Hou, Yifan 2676
Round 06 – July 03 2015, 15:00h
Caruana, Fabiano 2805 - Hou, Yifan 2676
Nepomniachtchi, Ian 2720 - Naiditsch, Arkadij 2722
Meier, Georg 2654 - So, Wesley 2778
Kramnik, Vladimir 2783 - Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter 2654
Round 07 – July 04 2015, 15:00h
Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter 2654 - Caruana, Fabiano 2805
So, Wesley 2778 - Kramnik, Vladimir 2783
Naiditsch, Arkadij 2722 - Meier, Georg 2654
Hou, Yifan 2676 - Nepomniachtchi, Ian 2720

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Grandmaster Alejandro Ramirez has been playing tournament chess since 1998. His accomplishments include qualifying for the 2004 and 2013 World Cups as well as playing for Costa Rica in the 2002, 2004 and 2008 Olympiads. He currently has a rating of 2583 and is author of a number of popular and critically acclaimed ChessBase-DVDs.
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BeachBum2 BeachBum2 6/30/2015 10:51
hm… I find nothing disrespectful in any game comments. I'm more used to following other sports though (soccer etc). Chess is supposed to be a sport, so some tough comments (even if they existed) are IMHO totally normal. In soccer match comments you can often read things like "why player X is even on this team, when he is slower than blablabla". Are pro chess players suddenly should be treated as some little girls treated super polite or something? This is their job, to play and be a target of various comments, speculations etc. There is less fun w/o scandals, "stories", dramas, jokes. If somebody wants "pure chess" - well, you can get your ass kicked in a boring game against computer…
Aighearach Aighearach 6/30/2015 07:06
I would prefer commentary from somebody who is a fan of 100% of the players in the tournament. That way they'll be prepared to make all the fans happy, instead of insulting some percent of them every time. Surely it is better for the publication, and the industry.
Igor Freiberger Igor Freiberger 6/30/2015 02:04
As I said in previous report, Ramirez use to describe other's errors as "inexplicable". It seems he thinks most of mistakes done by chess elite are childish. And many of his comments are quite superficial.
algorithmy algorithmy 6/29/2015 05:56
@ THE D M G
"So if you don't understand a position well, just say so rather than switching on the engines and echoing their assessments. You can really tell when a GM is actually really putting him/her-self in the analysis, because the comments are concrete, specific alternatives are offered, you come away having gained new insights. However when they echo the engines, you get comments like "should have a slight advantage", "better control of the centre" and other generalistic cr*p like that. "

very well put, Bravo!
reddawg07 reddawg07 6/29/2015 05:41
With regards to Caruana-So game. What a lame commentary. Isn't that part of chess winning a won game.
It's really funny. Why don't this analyst just prefaced every game he comment on with, 'Black or white made a mistake that's why black or white won the game'. That way he had a much easier job or better yet let's have some fame-hungry GMs analyse the games.
alekhina alekhina 6/29/2015 04:20
The author simply doesn't like the game of Caruana - So (0-1).
The D M G The D M G 6/29/2015 04:15
This has taken the wrong direction! I couldn't care less about Ramirez' tone - what gets to me is when commentators get lazy and instead of offering some real practical insight of human analysis to a game, they simply put the engines' valuations to words!!! I can do that for myself! So if you don't understand a position well, just say so rather than switching on the engines and echoing their assessments. You can really tell when a GM is actually really putting him/her-self in the analysis, because the comments are concrete, specific alternatives are offered, you come away having gained new insights. However when they echo the engines, you get comments like "should have a slight advantage", "better control of the centre" and other generalistic cr*p like that.
Exabachay Exabachay 6/29/2015 02:59
To critique someone you don't need to be as good as him in what he does.
PoisonedPwn PoisonedPwn 6/29/2015 01:38
I don't understand the hate on Alejandro Ramirez right now, I thought the article was fine. You all are just being sensitive if his "tone" offended you. The guy is a GM and rated much higher than anyone here in the comments section so I'd take his word over any of you guys.
ArqueiroNegro ArqueiroNegro 6/29/2015 01:16
I couldn't agree more, algorithmy and Paul Janse. Ramirez is a good writer, but definitely has to work a little on improving his reports' tone. Not even Kasparov would write in the way he does at times.
KevinC KevinC 6/29/2015 01:07
"Yifan's opening was a little suspicious. She is up a pawn right now, but her develoment is lacking. Black has at least enough compensation for the pawn, but probably it is even sufficient for a small advantage."

I don't know about advantage since I did not check with an engine, but white's position is certainly harder to play. She has to play perfectly so as not to be blown off the board...but she didn't. I would say that the first line of Ramirez is RIGHT on.
KevinC KevinC 6/29/2015 01:04
I like Ramirez' comments. You guys are a bit too thin-skinned. I usually agree with him, and I like it that he tells it like it is.
Paul Janse Paul Janse 6/29/2015 12:07
I have been wanting to comment on this for some time. Although Mr. Ramirez does a good job of quickly commenting the games and indicating the critical moments, I find the tone of his comments often a little disrespectful.
AncientRo AncientRo 6/29/2015 11:25
Nisipeanu will play Hou Yifan next round so he has chances for 3.0/3.0 if he is in such good form. By the way, does he also have German nationality now ? I know he plays for the German federation but does he also have citizenship ? (He is Romanian born.)

One suggestion that I have for tournament reports would be to include the previous head to head score between the players. Often, when I follow tournaments and check the games, I am curious as to what the previous score between the players is. I think that would be an interesting bit of information to read and you guys probably have the database to get this data.

Thanks for the report!
The D M G The D M G 6/29/2015 10:12
Oh! And with regards to the Caruana So game, to me it is one of the most exciting Najdorfs I've seen, innovative, dynamic, modern!
The D M G The D M G 6/29/2015 10:09
spot on algorithmy! I want to say something similar about the Yifan game. The first comment "Yifan's opening was a little suspicious" why? because the engine tells you so and you are not accustomed to 4.Qe2? "She is up a pawn right now, but her develoment is lacking" Are you looking at the position or simply trying to interpret the engine? "Black has at least enough compensation for the pawn, but probably it is even sufficient for a small advantage." By this point clear this is an assessment that simply tries to put to words the engines' value. To a human player there is nothing to indicate black has a small advantage!
algorithmy algorithmy 6/29/2015 09:53
Dear Ramirez, Caruana and So are more than 200 ELO points higher than you, so don't use words bigger than you, setting behind engine doesn't make you Fischer, we all do have engines, so plz give us your professional analysis about the moves not your personal opinion about the level of the players which really ruins your whole report.
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