Dortmund R1: Svidler and Leko win

7/30/2006 – Peter Leko, playing his first serious tournament game in over four months, scored a convincing victory over the winner of last year's Dotrmund Sparkassen Chess Meeting, Arkadij Naiditsch. Newcomer Baadur Jobava pressed too hard against the world's number five player Peter Svidler, who won with the black pieces. Report and pictures.

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SPARKASSEN
CHESS MEETING
2006
July 28 to August 6, 2006

The Dortmunder Sparkassen Chess Meeting is taking place in the State Theatre (Schauspielhaus) in Dortmund, Germany, from July 29th to August 6, 2006. It is a single round robin tournament with eight players, averaging 2720 Elo and making for a category 19 event.


The venue is the state theatre in Dortmund, Germany

Participants

Rank
Name Fed. Rating Birth
 3
Levon Aronian ARM 2761 06.10.1982
 4
Vladimir Kramnik RUS 2743 25.06.1975
5
Peter Svidler RUS 2742 17.06.1976
 6
Peter Leko HUN 2738 08.09.1979
8
Michael Adams ENG 2732 17.11.1971
10
Boris Gelfand ISR 2729 24.06.1968
46
Arkadij Naiditsch GER 2665 25.10.1985
56
Baadur Jobava GEO 2651 26.11.1983

Round one report

Round 1: Saturday, July 29, 15:00h
Michael Adams
½-½
Levon Aronian
Baadur Jobava
0-1
Peter Svidler
Peter Leko
1-0
Arkadij Naiditsch
Boris Gelfand
½-½
Vladimir Kramnik

The first game to finish on the first day in Dortmund was Gelfand vs Kramnik, which lasted all of 19 moves and ended with all the pieces and all pawns save for one on each side still on the board.


Gelfand vs Kramnik was drawn in 19 moves


Peter Leko (left) neatly outplayed last year's surprise winner of Dortmund, Arkadij Naiditsch, mainly by using his central pawns.

Leko,P (2738) - Naiditsch,A (2664) [E11]
Sparkassen Dortmund GER (1), 29.07.2006
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3 Bb4+ 4.Bd2 c5 5.Bxb4 cxb4 6.Bg2 0-0 7.Nf3 d6 8.0-0 Nc6 9.d5 exd5 10.cxd5 Ne7 11.Nh4 Qb6 12.e4 Bg4 13.Qb3 a5 14.h3 a4 15.Qd3 Bd7 16.Re1 Rfc8 17.Nf3 Ng6 18.Nbd2 a3 19.Rab1 Ba4 20.Qd4 Qxd4 21.Nxd4 Bc2 22.Rbc1 Bd3 23.Rxc8+ Rxc8 24.bxa3 bxa3 25.f4 h5 26.Re3 Ba6 27.Kf2 h4 28.Bf3 Rc1 29.e5 dxe5 30.fxe5 Nd7 31.e6 fxe6 32.dxe6

Black is already in terrible trouble, but the crunch comes after 32...Nde5 33.e7 (the pawn cannot be taken since the g-knight is forced to protect its brother on e5) 33...Rc8 34.Bh5 1-0.

Michael Adams had winning aspirations against the world's number three, Levon Aronian. But the Armenia liquidated to a rook ending with four against Adams' five pawns, but one that Aronian held without too much difficulty.

The game of the day was between Baadur Jobava, a hot new player who won the Aeroflot Open to get a place in the Dortmund Super-GM, and Peter Svidler, who is now firmly entrenched near the top of the rating list.


Pressing too hard: Baadur Jobava of Georgia

Jobava showed little respect and played a very nice attacking game that impressed former world champion Garry Kasparov who was kibitzing on Playchess.com. However when things did not work out as he had expected the young Georgian kept on pressing instead of forcing a draw. As is often the case in such situations his position slowly deteriorated until the draw was suddenly no longer an option and "Pyotr" Svidler was able to take home the full point with the black pieces.

Photos by Jeroen van den Belt


Full Schedule and Results

Round 1: Saturday, July 29, 15:00h
Michael Adams
½-½
Levon Aronian
Baadur Jobava
0-1
Peter Svidler
Peter Leko
1-0
Arkadij Naiditsch
Boris Gelfand
½-½
Vladimir Kramnik
Round 2: Sunday, July 30, 15:00h
Levon Aronian
 
Vladimir Kramnik
Arkadij Naiditsch
 
Boris Gelfand
Peter Svidler
 
Peter Leko
Michael Adams
 
Baadur Jobava
Games – Report
Round 3: Tuesday, August 1, 15:00h
Baadur Jobava
 
Levon Aronian
Peter Leko
 
Michael Adams
Boris Gelfand
 
Peter Svidler
Vladimir Kramnik
 
Arkadij Naiditsch
Games – Report
Round 4: Wednesday, August 2, 15:00h
Levon Aronian
 
Arkadij Naiditsch
Peter Svidler
 
Vladimir Kramnik
Michael Adams
 
Boris Gelfand
Baadur Jobava
 
Peter Leko
Games – Report
Round 5: Friday, August 4, 15:00h
Peter Leko
 
Levon Aronian
Boris Gelfand
 
Baadur Jobava
Vladimir Kramnik
 
Michael Adams
Arkadij Naiditsch
 
Peter Svidler
Games – Report
Round 6: Saturday, August 5, 15:00h
Levon Aronian
 
Peter Svidler
Michael Adams
 
Arkadij Naiditsch
Baadur Jobava
 
Vladimir Kramnik
Peter Leko
 
Boris Gelfand
Games – Report
Round 7: Sunday, August 6, 13:00h
Boris Gelfand
 
Levon Aronian
Vladimir Kramnik
 
Peter Leko
Arkadij Naiditsch
 
Baadur Jobava
Peter Svidler
 
Michael Adams
Games – Report

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