Dortmund R4: Nepomniachtchi beats van Wely, joins the leaders

7/2/2008 – Ian Nepomniachtchi, the youngest player in Dortmund (he turns 18 in two weeks), scored his first win, beating Dutch GM Loek van Wely in 48 moves. Ian joins Jan Gustafsson and Peter Leko at "plus one", which is enough to lead after four of the seven rounds. The other games were drawn. The other games were drawn; the draw quota is 69% – with all wins scored by White. Round four report.

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The Sparkassen Chess Meeting will take place from June 28rd to July 6th, 2008, in the Dortmund Civic Theater, with eight players competing in a single round robin. The average rating is 2695, making the event a Category 18 tournament.

Round 4: Wednesday, July 2, 15:00h
Vladimir Kramnik 
½-½
 Peter Leko
Ian Nepomniachtchi 
1-0
 Loek van Wely
Jan Gustafsson 
½-½
 Vassily Ivanchuk
Arkadij Naiditsch 
½-½
 Shak. Mamedyarov

Ian Nepomniachtchi is from Russia, a young player who showed extraordinary early talent. He won the European Youth Chess Championship three times, in 2000 in the U10 class, and in 2001 and 2002 in the U12 class. In 2002 he also won the World Youth Chess Championship in the U12 class. By winning the Aeroflot Open in Moscow in February 2008, he qualified for the 2008 Dortmund Sparkassen Chess Meeting. Ian is four and a half months older than you-know-who.


Joining the leaders: Ian Nepomniachtchi, 17 years old

Incidentally FIDE gives his name as Ian Nepomniachtchi, while the Russian original is Ян Непомнящий. Bernard Cafferty, former editor of the British Chess Magazine, who is a well-known writer and Russian translator, wrote to us:

I wonder if I could prevail on you to consider writing "Jan Nepomnyaschy"? After all, the name will be quoted often in the future, and it would be useful for chess journalists not to risk RSI by having to write all those consonants every time! Ian is a two-syllable name, whereas it is only one syllable in the original. And according to my Professor Paffen German reference book, schtsch is the equivalent in German, though the Duden transcription is stsch. There is also the complication of Russians pronouncing the letter in different ways (roughly SHCH as in Fresh Cheese for Peterburgers, and long soft double SHSH for Muscovites). Irrelevant to the spelling issue, though.

Surely the Anglophile German editor of the ChessBase news page can see the benefit of this suggestion? Ignore whatever the Russian authorities may use when issuing him a passport for abroad, or what the FIDE rating list has.

Break with FIDE on this, Bernard? We shall have to think hard about it. The basic problem is that Nepomniachtchi and Nepomnyaschy are big career problems in the West (ask our dear friend Kasimdzhanov). Organisers tend to decide in favour of Leko, Shirov and Adams. If only the lad were called Jan Nepo – the sky would be the limit for him then.

Nepomniachtchi,I (2634) - Van Wely,L (2677) [B90]
Sparkassen Dortmund GER (4), 02.07.2008
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e5 7.Nb3 Be6 8.Qd2 Nbd7 9.0-0-0 Be7 10.f4 Ng4 11.g3 Nxe3 12.Qxe3 b5 13.Kb1 Qb6 14.Qe2 b4 15.Na4 Qc6 16.f5 Bxf5 17.exf5 Qxa4 18.Bg2 0-0 19.Bxa8 Rxa8 20.g4 Qc6 21.Na5 Qc7 22.Nc4 a5 23.Nxd6 Bxd6 24.Qd3 Nf6 25.Qxd6 Qxd6 26.Rxd6 Nxg4 27.Rg1 Nxh2 28.f6 g6 29.Rg2 Nf3 30.Re2 h5 31.Re3 e4 32.Rxe4 g5 33.Rd3 g4 34.Rd5 Ra6 35.Rf4 Re6 36.a4 Re1+ 37.Ka2 Rh1 38.Rxa5 Kh7 39.Rd5 Kg6 40.a5 Re1 41.a6 Re8 42.a7 Ra8 43.Ra5 Nh2 44.Rxb4 g3 45.Rb8 Rxa7 46.Rg8+ Kxf6 47.Rxa7 Ng4 48.Ra3 1-0.

Kramnik,V (2788) - Leko,P (2741) [E15]
Sparkassen Dortmund GER (4), 02.07.2008
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.g3 Ba6 5.Qc2 c5 6.d5 exd5 7.cxd5 Bb7 8.Bg2 Nxd5 9.Qb3 Nf6 10.Ne5 d5 11.Nc3 Be7 12.Qa4+ Nbd7 13.Nc6 Bxc6 14.Qxc6 Rc8 15.Qa4 d4 16.Nb5 0-0 17.0-0 Ne5 18.Qxa7 Nc6 19.Qb7 Na5 20.Qa7 Nc6 21.Qb7 Na5 22.Qa7 Nc6 23.Qb7 ½-½.

Gustafsson,J (2603) - Ivanchuk,V (2740) [D37]
Sparkassen Dortmund GER (4), 02.07.2008
1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.c4 d5 4.Nc3 dxc4 5.e4 Bb4 6.Bg5 b5 7.a4 c6 8.e5 h6 9.exf6 hxg5 10.fxg7 Rg8 11.g3 g4 12.Nh4 Bb7 13.Bg2 Rxg7 14.axb5 Qb6 15.bxc6 Nxc6 16.0-0 Ne7 17.Qe2 Rc8 18.Qe5 Kf8 19.Na4 Qc7 20.Qxc7 Rxc7 21.Bxb7 Rxb7 22.Rfc1 Rc7 23.Nc5 c3 24.bxc3 Bxc5 25.dxc5 Rg5 26.Ra4 Nc6 27.Kg2 Rb7 28.Rc2 Rb5 29.f3 gxf3+ 30.Nxf3 Rgxc5 31.Nd4 ½-½.

Naiditsch,A (2624) - Mamedyarov,S (2752) [B46]
Sparkassen Dortmund GER (4), 02.07.2008
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Nxc6 bxc6 7.Bd3 d5 8.0-0 Nf6 9.Re1 Be7 10.e5 Nd7 11.Qg4 g6 12.Na4 Qa5 13.Bh6 c5 14.b3 c4 15.Bf1 Bb7 16.Qg3 Bc6 17.Nb2 Rb8 18.Reb1 Bf8 19.Bxf8 Kxf8 20.bxc4 Kg7 21.a3 Rhc8 22.Qe3 Rc7 23.cxd5 Bxd5 24.c4 Ba8 25.Nd3 Rxb1 26.Rxb1 Rxc4 27.Nb4 Rc8 28.Re1 Bb7 29.h4 h5 30.f4 Nb6 31.Rc1 Nd5 32.Nxd5 Rxc1 33.Qxc1 Qxd5 34.Qe3 a5 35.Kf2 Qa2+ 36.Kg1 Qb2 37.Be2 Bd5 38.Bf3 Bb3 39.Qc5 Qd2 40.g3 a4 41.Bg2 Qd1+ ½-½.

Current standings

Three players are in the joint lead, with 2.5/4 points. All three have drawn three games and won one, which means they have a "plus one" score. Three players are ate exactly 50%, with Mamedyarov having drawn all his games, while Naiditsch and Kramnik have won and lost a game each. It is not imprudent to predict that in the end the tournament will be again won by a player with plus two, as it has in the past (although last year Kramnik won it, for the eighth time, with plus three).

Draw statistics

After four rounds and a total of 16 games we have eleven games drawn, which is a high 69% quota. Five games reached a decisive outcome, and all were won by White.


Schedule and results

Round 1: Saturday, June 28, 15:00h
Jan Gustafsson 
½-½
 Vladimir Kramnik
Arkadij Naiditsch 
½-½
 Ian Nepomniachtchi
Shak. Mamedyarov 
½-½
 Peter Leko
Vassily Ivanchuk 
½-½
 Loek van Wely
Round 2: Sunday, June 29, 15:00h
Vladimir Kramnik 
1-0
 Loek van Wely
Peter Leko 
1-0
 Vassily Ivanchuk
Ian Nepomniachtchi 
½-½
 Shak. Mamedyarov
Jan Gustafsson 
1-0
 Arkadij Naiditsch
Round 3: Tuesday, July 1, 15:00h
Arkadij Naiditsch 
1-0
 Vladimir Kramnik
Shak. Mamedyarov 
½-½
 Jan Gustafsson
Vassily Ivanchuk 
½-½
 Ian Nepomniachtchi
Loek van Wely 
½-½
 Peter Leko
Round 4: Wednesday, July 2, 15:00h
Vladimir Kramnik 
½-½
 Peter Leko
Ian Nepomniachtchi 
1-0
 Loek van Wely
Jan Gustafsson 
½-½
 Vassily Ivanchuk
Arkadij Naiditsch 
½-½
 Shak. Mamedyarov
Round 5: Friday, July 4, 15:00h
Shak. Mamedyarov 
-
 Vladimir Kramnik
Vassily Ivanchuk 
-
 Arkadij Naiditsch
Loek van Wely 
-
 Jan Gustafsson
Peter Leko 
-
 Ian Nepomniachtchi
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Round 6: Saturday, July 5, 15:00h
Vladimir Kramnik 
-
 Ian Nepomniachtchi
Jan Gustafsson 
-
 Peter Leko
Arkadij Naiditsch 
-
 Loek van Wely
Shak. Mamedyarov 
-
 Vassily Ivanchuk
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Round 7: Sunday, July 6, 13:00h
Vassily Ivanchuk 
-
 Vladimir Kramnik
Loek van Wely 
-
 Shak. Mamedyarov
Peter Leko 
-
 Arkadij Naiditsch
Ian Nepomniachtchi 
-
 Jan Gustafsson
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