Dortmund R1 – Four wins in five games

7/8/2005 – The Sparkassen Chess Meeting in Dortmund started with a bang Friday afternoon. Four games ended in white wins: Leko outplayed Van Wely, Adams defeated Topalov, Naiditsch beat Sutovsky and P.H. Nielsen took a point from Bacrot. Kramnik drew to his sometimes second Svidler. We bring you a full illustrated report.

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SPARKASSEN
CHESS MEETING
2005
8 to 17 July 2005

Results of round one

The first round ended very promisingly, with four decided games out of five. The shortest was the crunch by German talent Arkadij Naiditsch against Israeli GM Emil Sutovsky (28 moves), which set the tone for Nielsen-Bacrot (1-0 in 36). Peter Leko outplayed Loek van Wely, after the Dutch GM had exchanged a knight for three pawns, but lost one of them soon after and then was without chances against the precision of the Hungarian champion. Adams won a 55-mover against Topalov, while Kramnik and Svidler played an uneventful 25-move draw.

Round 1: Friday, July 8, 15:00h
Peter Leko
1-0
Loek van Wely
Michael Adams
1-0
Veselin Topalov
Arkadij Naiditsch
1-0
Emil Sutovsky
Vladimir Kramnik
½-½
Peter Svidler
Peter H. Nielsen
1-0
Etienne Bacrot
Games – Report

Naiditsch,A (2626) - Sutovsky,E (2665) [B33]
It Dortmund GER (1), 08.07.2005
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e5 6.Ndb5 d6 7.Bg5 a6 8.Na3 b5 9.Nd5 Be7 10.Nxe7 Nxe7 11.Bd3 Bb7 12.Bxf6 gxf6 13.Qh5 d5 14.0-0-0 d4 15.Nb1 Qa5 16.a3 b4 17.Qh6 Ng6 18.g3 Rb8 19.f4 b3 20.c4 dxc3 21.Nxc3 Rc8 22.f5

In this position 22...Rxc3+ 23.bxc3 Qxa3+ may have provided the best chances of survival for Black, but Sutovsky went for 22...Ne7? 23.Qxf6 Rxc3+ (now it is too late) 24.Kb1! Rg8 (Black can only save one of the rooks) 25.bxc3 Qxa3 26.Qb6 (with the deadly threat of bb5+ and Qd8#) 26...Qa2+ 27.Kc1 Kf8 28.f6 1-0.

Nielsen,PH (2653) - Bacrot,E (2731) [D15]
It Dortmund GER (1), 08.07.2005
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 a6 5.a4 e6 6.Bg5 a5 7.e3 Be7 8.Be2 Na6 9.0-0 0-0 10.Qb3 Nb4 11.Rac1 b6 12.cxd5 Nfxd5 13.Bf4 Nxf4 14.exf4 Bd6 15.g3 Bb7 16.Bc4 c5 17.d5 Bxf4 18.Rcd1 b5 19.axb5 Bd6 20.Rd2 a4 21.Qd1 e5 22.Re1 a3 23.bxa3 Rxa3 24.Qc1 Qa8 25.Ng5 Rd8 26.Nce4 Ra5 27.Qb1 h6 28.Nxd6 hxg5

29.Nxf7! Kxf7 30.Qf5+ Kg8 31.d6+ Bd5 32.Bxd5+ Nxd5 33.Qe6+ Kh7 34.Rxd5 Rxb5 35.Rdxe5 Rf8 36.Rxg5 1-0.

Picture Gallery


The venue: the State Theatre (Schauspielhaus) in Dortmund


The ceremonial first move, executed by the Board President of
the title sponsor, Uwe Samulewicz, in the game Kramnik-Svidler


The players on the stage, the games under way on five boards


Arkadij Naiditsch vs Emil Sutovsky. The game ended 1-0


Raring to go: Peter Leko of Hungary


Peter's opponent, Loek van Wely (Netherlands)


Top Danish GM Peter Heine Nielsen


Top seed: Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria


Top French player Etienne Bacrot


Chief arbiter Andrzej Filipowicz


Classical Chess World Champion Vladimir Kramnik


Kramnik faces his sometime second, Peter Svidler, in round one

Pictures by Jeroen van den Belt

Full Schedule

Round 1: Friday, July 8, 15:00h
Peter Leko
1-0
Loek van Wely
Michael Adams
1-0
Veselin Topalov
Arkadij Naiditsch
1-0
Emil Sutovsky
Vladimir Kramnik
½-½
Peter Svidler
Peter H. Nielsen
1-0
Etienne Bacrot
Games – Report
Round 2: Saturday, July 9, 15:00h
Loek van Wely
Etienne Bacrot
Veselin Topalov
-
Arkadij Naiditsch
Emil Sutovsky
-
Vladimir Kramnik
Peter Svidler
-
Peter H. Nielsen
Peter Leko
-
Michael Adams
Games – Report
Round 3: Sunday, July 10, 15:00h
Michael Adams
-
Loek van Wely
Vladimir Kramnik
-
Veselin Topalov
Peter H. Nielsen
-
Emil Sutovsky
Etienne Bacrot
-
Peter Svidler
Arkadij Naiditsch
-
Peter Leko
Games – Report
Round 4: Monday, July 11, 15:00h
Loek van Wely
Peter Svidler
Veselin Topalov
-
Peter H. Nielsen
Emil Sutovsky
-
Etienne Bacrot
Peter Leko
-
Vladimir Kramnik
Michael Adams
-
Arkadij Naiditsch
Games – Report
Round 5: Tuesday, July 12, 15:00h
Arkadij Naiditsch
-
Loek van Wely
Etienne Bacrot
-
Veselin Topalov
Peter Svidler
-
Emil Sutovsky
Peter H. Nielsen
-
Peter Leko
Vladimir Kramnik
-
Michael Adams
Games – Report
Rest day: Wednesday, July 13
Round 6: Thursday, July 14, 15:00h
Loek van Wely
-
Emil Sutovsky
Veselin Topalov
-
Peter Svidler
Peter Leko
-
Etienne Bacrot
Michael Adams
-
Peter H. Nielsen
Arkadij Naiditsch
-
Vladimir Kramnik
Games – Report
Round 7: Friday, July 15, 15:00h
Vladimir Kramnik
Loek van Wely
Emil Sutovsky
-
Veselin Topalov
Peter Svidler
-
Peter Leko
Etienne Bacrot
-
Michael Adams
Peter H. Nielsen
-
Arkadij Naiditsch
Games – Report
Round 8: Saturday, July 16, 15:00h
Loek van Wely
-
Veselin Topalov
Peter Leko
-
Emil Sutovsky
Michael Adams
-
Peter Svidler
Arkadij Naiditsch
-
Etienne Bacrot
Vladimir Kramnik
-
Peter H. Nielsen
Games – Report
Round 9: Sunday, July 17, 13:00h
Peter H. Nielsen
Loek van Wely
Veselin Topalov
-
Peter Leko
Emil Sutovsky
-
Michael Adams
Peter Svidler
-
Arkadij Naiditsch
Etienne Bacrot
-
Vladimir Kramnik
Games – Report

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