Dortmund Final: Adams emerges victorious

by Albert Silver
8/4/2013 – Adams came in determined to not let Kramnik have a fighting chance at taking the title away from him. He did so successfully by forcing Kramnik into a repetition very early on in the game, sealing the draw and the victory for Adams with an amazing 2923 performance. Second was Kramnik with an also superb 2866. Leko and Naiditsch tied for third. Final round report.

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The Dortmund GM tournament is a ten-player round robin with six international stars and four German grandmasters. Top seed is Italian GM Fabiano Caruana, rated 2796 and ranked number three in the world, while "local boy" former World Champion Vladimir Kramnik, who has won this event no less than ten times (Caruana won it last year).

Final report

Round 09 – Sunday, August 4 2013
Dmitri Andrejkin 2727
½-½
Peter Leko 2737
Fabiano Caruana 2796
1-0
Daniel Fridman 2629
Michael Adams 2740
½-½
Vladimir Kramnik 2784
Wang Hao 2752
1-0
Georg Meier 2610
Arkadij Naiditsch 2710
1-0
Igor Khenkin 2605

Andrejkin, Dmitri - Leko, Peter ½-½
Andrejkin repeated the line that Leko has defended multiple times. This game followed closely the Topalov-Aronian Nimzo from the Norway Masters tournament in May. That game was a draw, and here too Leko had no problems at all holding to half a point.

Naiditsch, Arkadij - Khenkin, Igor 1-0
Naiditsch played a precise and crushing game today against Khenkin. He emerged better from the opening and never let his opponent back in the game. The combination of queenside and kingside pressure was simply too much for his opponent to handle. Black's only plus was a protected passed pawn, but it was so tightly guarded with the strong blockade on d4 that it never played a role.

Wang Hao - Meier, Georg 1-0
Wang Hao played another unambitious opening that was to his liking. It isn't entirely clear where Meier lost his way but eventually, around move 40, White obtained a pleasant advantage with his pair of bishops giving Black too many problems in holding his structure. The Chinese player kept pressing his advantage forward, but he committed a grave mistake with 57.Be6? Black could have replied 57...Kf6! when White's win would have been far from easy, instead he played the lesser move 57...Bd6 and Wang Hao from then on converted gracefully.

Adams, Michael - Kramnik, Vladimir ½-½
Kramnik showed that he was in a fighting spirit today, not only opening with a Sicilian but following it up with a potentially hyper-accelerated dragon. Adams was in no mood for such foolishness and he used a clever move order to force Kramnik into a little known c3 Sicilian. As soon as move ten Adams was able to force Kramnik to repeat moves or lose the game, and with that Adams takes the tournament.

Caruana, Fabiano - Fridman, Daniel 1-0
This game is very hard to describe. Fridman chose a variation that gives White a piece for two pawns, but it is not so easy from a practical point of view to convert this material advantage. What happened in the game was both players playing relatively planless for the majority of the game. The game seemed to be going just fine for Black who secured another pawn along the way. However his king was somewhat shaky and needed consistent attention. White's attack with his powerful knights eventually broke through and forced Black to exchange into a lost endgame, in which White's rook was much more powerful than Black's three passed pawns.

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Standings

Dortmund 2013 – Schedule, pairings and results

Round 01 – Friday, July 26 2013, 15:00h
Igor Khenkin 2605
½-½
Peter Leko 2737
Georg Meier 2610
1-0
Arkadij Naiditsch 2710
Vladimir Kramnik 2784
1-0
Wang Hao 2752
Daniel Fridman 2629
½-½
Michael Adams 2740
Dmitri Andrejkin 2727
0-1
Fabiano Caruana 2796
Round 02 – Saturday, July 27 2013, 15:00h
Peter Leko 2737
½-½
Fabiano Caruana 2796
Michael Adams 2740
1-0
Dmitri Andrejkin 2727
Wang Hao 2752
1-0
Daniel Fridman 2629
Arkadij Naiditsch 2710
½-½
Vladimir Kramnik 2784
Igor Khenkin 2605
½-½
Georg Meier 2610
Round 03 – Sunday, July 28 2013, 15:00h
Georg Meier 2610
½-½
Peter Leko 2737
Vladimir Kramnik 2784
½-½
Igor Khenkin 2605
Daniel Fridman 2629
½-½
Arkadij Naiditsch 2710
Dmitri Andrejkin 2727
½-½
Wang Hao 2752
Fabiano Caruana 2796
0-1
Michael Adams 2740
Round 04 – Monday, July 29 2013, 15:00h
Peter Leko 2737
½-½
Michael Adams 2740
Wang Hao 2752
1-0
Fabiano Caruana 2796
Arkadij Naiditsch 2710
1-0
Dmitri Andrejkin 2727
Igor Khenkin 2605
½-½
Daniel Fridman 2629
Georg Meier 2610
0-1
Vladimir Kramnik 2784
Round 05 – Tuesday, July 30 2013, 15:00h
Vladimir Kramnik 2784
1-0
Peter Leko 2737
Daniel Fridman 2629
½-½
Georg Meier 2610
Dmitri Andrejkin 2727
1-0
Igor Khenkin 2605
Fabiano Caruana 2796
½-½
Arkadij Naiditsch 2710
Michael Adams 2740
1-0
Wang Hao 2752
Round 06 – Thursday, August 1 2013, 15:00h
Peter Leko 2737
½-½
Wang Hao 2752
Arkadij Naiditsch 2710
0-1
Michael Adams 2740
Igor Khenkin 2605
½-½
Fabiano Caruana 2796
Georg Meier 2610
½-½
Dmitri Andrejkin 2727
Vladimir Kramnik 2784
1-0
Daniel Fridman 2629
Round 07 – Friday, August 2 2013, 15:00h
Daniel Fridman 2629
½-½
Peter Leko 2737
Dmitri Andrejkin 2727
1-0
Vladimir Kramnik 2784
Fabiano Caruana 2796
½-½
Georg Meier 2610
Michael Adams 2740
1-0
Igor Khenkin 2605
Wang Hao 2752
0-1
Arkadij Naiditsch 2710
Round 08 – Saturday, August 3 2013, 15:00h
Peter Leko 2737
1-0
Arkadij Naiditsch 2710
Igor Khenkin 2605
1-0
Wang Hao 2752
Georg Meier 2610
½-½
Michael Adams 2740
Vladimir Kramnik 2784
1-0
Fabiano Caruana 2796
Daniel Fridman 2629
½-½
Dmitri Andrejkin 2727
Round 09 – Sunday, August 4 2013, 13:00h
Dmitri Andrejkin 2727
½-½
Peter Leko 2737
Fabiano Caruana 2796
1-0
Daniel Fridman 2629
Michael Adams 2740
½-½
Vladimir Kramnik 2784
Wang Hao 2752
1-0
Georg Meier 2610
Arkadij Naiditsch 2710
1-0
Igor Khenkin 2605

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Born in 1975 in Tuapse on the shores of the Black Sea, Vladimir Kramnik studied at the Botvinnik-Kasparov chess school. At 16 he was included in the Russian Olympiad team and scored a sensational 8.5/9, the best result at the Olympiad. After that followed a string of great tournament results, culminating in a world championship challenge. In 2000 Kramnik played the chess legend Garry Kasparov and beat him to take the title, which he successfully defended in 2004 against Peter Leko and 2006 against FIDE champion Veselin Topalov, whom he defeated to take the unified world championship title.

On this DVD Vladimir Kramnik retraces his career from talented schoolboy to World Champion in 2006. With humour and charm he describes his first successes, what it meant to be part of the Russian Gold Medal team at the Olympiad, and how he undertook the Herculean task of beating his former mentor and teacher Garry Kasparov. Kramnik dissects his wins against Leko and Topalov, giving us a vivid impression of the super-dramatic final games of the 2006 match. His commentary is full of useful advice and provides a fascinating insight into the thought processes that govern top level play.

The DVD contains more than six hours of video with narrative and game analysis. There are also five additional segments from an exclusive video interview on the intrigues that surrounded the 2006 world championship, and on the state of the chess world in general.

Vladmir Kramnik:
MY PATH TO THE TOP

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