Dortmund R4: Kramnik, Anand win, Kramnik leads

6/27/2007 – Vladimir Kramnik defeated Magnus Carlsen in convincing style to chalk up a second victory in four games. Vishy Anand outplayed Arkadij Naiditsch to join Alekseev at 2.5/4 points. With Alekseev drawing against Leko, and Gelfand doing the same against Mamedyarov, the World Champion now leads alone on 3.0/4.

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SPARKASSEN
CHESS MEETING
Dortmund 2007
June 23 to July 1, 2007

The Sparkassen Chess Meeting will take place from June 23rd to July 1st, 2007, in the Dortmund Civic Theater, with eight players competing in a single round robin. The average rating is 2727, making the event a Category 20 tournament.

Round 4: Wednesday, June 27, 15:00h
Vishy Anand 
1-0
 Arkadij Naiditsch
Evgeny Alekseev 
½-½
 Peter Leko
Vladimir Kramnik 
1-0
 Magnus Carlsen
Boris Gelfand 
½-½
 Shak. Mamedyarov

Current standings

Round four report

The World Champion crushed Magnus Carlsen, whose opening preparation went seriously wrong. His 16th move appears to be a novelty, but after Kramnik's strong reply Black was unable to prevent White's cavalry establishing itself on the c6 square, after which White had a stifling grip on the position. Kramnik soon picked off the b5-pawn and the rest was silence...

Kramnik,V (2772) - Carlsen,M (2693) [E06]
Sparkassen GM Dortmund GER (4), 27.06.2007
1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3 d5 4.d4 Be7 5.Bg2 0–0 6.0–0 dxc4 7.Qc2 a6 8.Qxc4 b5 9.Qc2 Bb7 10.Bd2 Nc6 11.e3 Nb4 12.Bxb4 Bxb4 13.a3 Be7 14.Nbd2 Rc8 15.b4 a5 16.Ne5

16...Nd5 17.Nb3 axb4 18.Na5 Ba8 19.Nac6 Bxc6 20.Nxc6 Qd7 21.Bxd5 exd5 22.axb4 Rfe8

 23.Ra5 Bf8 24.Ne5 Qe6 25.Rxb5 Rb8 26.Rxb8 Rxb8 27.Qxc7 Bd6 28.Qa5 Bxb4 29.Rb1 Qd6 30.Qa4 1–0.

Alekseev-Leko saw early simplification into an ending where the superiority of White's R+B  over Black's R+N was offset by Black's passed pawn. A draw soon resulted.

Alekseev,Evgeny (2679) - Leko,P (2738) [D11]
Sparkassen GM Dortmund GER (4), 27.06.2007
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Qb3 dxc4 5.Qxc4 Bf5 6.Nc3 e6 7.g3 Nbd7 8.Bg2 Be7 9.0–0 0–0 10.Re1 Ne4 11.Qb3 Qb6 12.Nh4 Qxb3 13.axb3 Bb4 14.Nxf5 exf5 15.Bxe4 fxe4 16.Bd2 Rfe8 17.Nxe4 Rxe4 18.Bxb4 Rxd4 19.Bc3 Rd6 20.Red1 Rxd1+ 21.Rxd1 Nc5 22.b4 Na4 23.Bd4 Rd8 24.e3 Nxb2 25.Ra1 Nd3 26.Rxa7 Nxb4 27.Rxb7 Nd5

 28.Kg2 h6 29.f4 Rc8 30.e4 Nf6 31.e5 c5 32.Bb2 Nd5 33.Kf3 f5 34.exf6 ½–½.

Gelfand-Mamedyarov was an interesting and well-fought battle. White's superior pawn structure looked to give him the better of things, but Mamedyarov kept his pieces active and the draw was agreed in an opposite-coloured bishop ending.

Gelfand,B (2733) - Mamedyarov,S (2757) [A04]
Sparkassen GM Dortmund GER (4), 27.06.2007
1.Nf3 g6 2.e4 d6 3.c4 Bg7 4.d4 Bg4 5.Be2 Nc6 6.Be3 e5 7.d5 Bxf3 8.Bxf3 Nd4 9.0–0 c5 10.dxc6 bxc6 11.Bxd4 exd4 12.Nd2 Ne7 13.c5 dxc5 14.Rc1 d3 15.Nb3 Bxb2 16.Rc4 0–0 17.Nxc5 Bd4 18.Nxd3 Qd6 19.Qc2 Rfd8 20.Rd1 Rab8 21.g3

21...h5 22.Kg2 h4 23.Bg4 Kg7 24.f4 hxg3 25.hxg3 Rb5 26.a4 Rbb8 27.Nc5 Rb2 28.Qxb2 Bxb2 29.Rxd6 Rxd6 30.Be2 Rd2 31.Kf3 Ba3 32.Nd3 a5 ½–½.

Anand's play in the early middlegame looked rather risky, and Naiditsch could perhaps have seized the initiative with 23...Bxe4 24 Qxe4 Qc5. Instead, Anand reached an ending with an extra pawn but Black was active, and could probably have drawn with 39...Rc2.

Anand,V (2786) - Naiditsch,A (2654) [C78]
Sparkassen GM Dortmund GER (4), 27.06.2007
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0–0 Bc5 6.c3 b5 7.Bb3 d6 8.d4 Bb6 9.a4 Bg4 10.h3 Bh5 11.axb5 axb5 12.Rxa8 Qxa8 13.d5 Na5 14.Bc2 c6 15.dxc6 Qxc6 16.Re1 h6 17.Qe2 0–0 18.Na3 Nc4 19.Nxc4 bxc4 20.g4 Bg6 21.Nh4 d5 22.exd5 Nxd5 23.Be4

23...Qc5 24.Bxd5 Qxd5 25.Qxe5 Qxe5 26.Rxe5 Bd3 27.Nf5 Ra8 28.Kg2 Ra5 29.Re8+ Kh7 30.Nd6 f6 31.Be3 Ra6 32.Nb5 Bxe3 33.Rxe3 Rb6 34.Nd4 Rxb2 35.Re7 h5 36.Ne6 hxg4 37.Rxg7+ Kh6 38.hxg4 Re2 39.Re7

39... Be4+ 40.Kg3 Rc2 41.Nf8 Bd3 42.f4 Rc1 43.Rf7 Rg1+ 44.Kh3 Rh1+ 45.Kg2 Be4+ 46.Kf2 Rh3 47.Ne6 Rf3+ 48.Ke2 Kg6 49.Rg7+ Kh6 50.f5 Rxc3 51.Rg6+ Kh7 52.Rxf6 Bf3+ 53.Kf2 Bxg4 54.Ng5+ Kg8 55.Rg6+ Kf8 56.Nh7+ Kf7 57.Rxg4 1–0.


Full Schedule and Results

Round 1: Saturday, June 23, 15:00h
Vladimir Kramnik 
½-½
 Vishy Anand
Boris Gelfand 
½-½
 Evgeny Alekseev
Shak. Mamedyarov 
1-0
 Arkadij Naiditsch
Magnus Carlsen 
½-½
 Peter Leko
Round 2: Sunday, June 24, 15:00h
Vishy Anand 
½-½
 Peter Leko
Arkadij Naiditsch 
½-½
 Magnus Carlsen
Evgeny Alekseev 
1-0
 Shak. Mamedyarov
Vladimir Kramnik 
1-0
 Boris Gelfand
Round 3: Tuesday, June 26, 15:00h
Boris Gelfand 
½-½
 Vishy Anand
Shak. Mamedyarov 
½-½
 Vladimir Kramnik
Magnus Carlsen 
½-½
 Evgeny Alekseev
Peter Leko 
½-½
 Arkadij Naiditsch
Round 4: Wednesday, June 27, 15:00h
Vishy Anand 
1-0
 Arkadij Naiditsch
Evgeny Alekseev 
½-½
 Peter Leko
Vladimir Kramnik 
1-0
 Magnus Carlsen
Boris Gelfand 
½-½
 Shak. Mamedyarov
Round 5: Friday, June 29, 15:00h
Shak. Mamedyarov 
 
 Vishy Anand
Magnus Carlsen 
 
 Boris Gelfand
Peter Leko 
 
 Vladimir Kramnik
Arkadij Naiditsch 
 
 Evgeny Alekseev
Games – Report
Round 6: Saturday, June 30, 15:00h
Vishy Anand 
 
 Evgeny Alekseev
Vladimir Kramnik 
 
 Arkadij Naiditsch
Boris Gelfand 
 
 Peter Leko
Shak. Mamedyarov 
 
 Magnus Carlsen
Games – Report
Round 7: Sunday, July 1, 13:00h
Magnus Carlsen 
 
 Vishy Anand
Peter Leko 
 
 Shak. Mamedyarov
Arkadij Naiditsch 
 
 Boris Gelfand
Evgeny Alekseev 
 
 Vladimir Kramnik
Games – Report


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