Dortmund R06: Kramnik, Adams unstoppable

8/2/2013 – The two tournament leaders continue with an inexorable pace. Adams cooly defended against Naiditsch and collected an easy point, putting him at 3004 performance. Kramnik showed incredibly class in his victory against Fridman. In the other games, Wang Hao and Caruana miraculously saved their games while Meier and Andreikin took the day off with a quick draw. Report and analysis.

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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).

Round six report

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

Leko, Peter - Wang Hao ½-½
Wang Hao can thank his lucky star today for having survived what was an atrocious opening. White missed the killer move 21.Qh4!, a subtle and computer like maneuver that would have netted him an exchange. But even without this White's chances were still clearly preferable. Leko failed to be aggressive and eventually his advantage somehow dissipated as the double rook endgame was far from an easy position to win, despite having an extra pawn.

Naitisch, Arkadij - Adams, Michael 0-1
In what was a remarkably strange game, Naiditsch seemed to only have checkmate in his mind. He quickly launched piece after piece to the kingside trying to setup potential sacrifices against Black's kingside pawn structure. However these lunges were not backed by any positional considerations and White's center collapsed. Black won a pawn and then trapped White's bishop on h7 collecting an easy full point.

Khenkin, Igor - Caruana, Fabiano ½-½
In another strange game, Caruana deviated from his normal openings possibly with the intention of seeking a win from the start. Khenkin played normal chess and obtained a decent position but without any special advantage. The game really started with Khenkin's fantastic 25.Bxf7! a strong sacrifice that shattered Black's pawn structure for an exchange and demanded careful play from the Italian. The rest of the game was where many incomprehensible moves occurred. Despite consistently being worse, Caruana kept refusing to give perpetuals and seal the draw, which for some reason Khenkin kept allowing. In the endgame Khenkin missed many winning moves and finally blunder after blunder he spoiled his advantage and Caruana obtained a draw.

Meier, Georg - Andreikin, Dmitry ½-½
A quick draw without any big incidents.

Kramnik, Vladimir - Fridman, Daniel 1-0
Kramnik played a very impressive game today. He sacrificed an exchange and a pawn to obtain what looked like some questionable compensation. But the more one delves into the position the more obvious it becomes that Black was quickly running out of useful moves and that he was powerless to stop White's slow but powerful attack. Black tried running to the queenside with his king, but it was to no avail. A great combination starting with 29.Nd5! finished Black off.

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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
-
Peter Leko 2737
Dmitri Andrejkin 2727
-
Vladimir Kramnik 2784
Fabiano Caruana 2796
-
Georg Meier 2610
Michael Adams 2740
-
Igor Khenkin 2605
Wang Hao 2752
-
Arkadij Naiditsch 2710
Round 08 – Saturday, August 3 2013, 15:00h
Peter Leko 2737
-
Arkadij Naiditsch 2710
Igor Khenkin 2605
-
Wang Hao 2752
Georg Meier 2610
-
Michael Adams 2740
Vladimir Kramnik 2784
-
Fabiano Caruana 2796
Daniel Fridman 2629
-
Dmitri Andrejkin 2727
Round 09 – Sunday, August 4 2013, 13:00h
Dmitri Andrejkin 2727
-
Peter Leko 2737
Fabiano Caruana 2796
-
Daniel Fridman 2629
Michael Adams 2740
-
Vladimir Kramnik 2784
Wang Hao 2752
-
Georg Meier 2610
Arkadij Naiditsch 2710
-
Igor Khenkin 2605

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