Dortmund R5: all games drawn

6/29/2007 – Today's fifth round in Dortmund saw all four games drawn, and none of them terribly exciting. The drawing average is now exactly 75% (15 out of 20 games) with five white and no black wins. Vladimir Kramnik retains the lead on 3.5/5, followed by Vishy Anand and Evgeny Alekseev at 3.0/5. Report and games.

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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 5: Friday, June 29, 15:00h
Shak. Mamedyarov 
½-½
 Vishy Anand
Magnus Carlsen 
½-½
 Boris Gelfand
Peter Leko 
½-½
 Vladimir Kramnik
Arkadij Naiditsch 
½-½
 Evgeny Alekseev

Current standings

Round five report

A pretty dull day in Dortmund saw all four games drawn in relatively quiet style. World champion Vladimir Kramnik retains the lead, haf a point clear, with two rounds  to go.

Leko-Kramnik saw a trendy line of the Petroff/Russian Defence, which practice has shows to give White a tiny percentage of not very much. Leko never succeeded in posing Black any serious problems.


Memories of Brissago: Peter Leko vs Vladimir Kramnik on move four of their Petroff

Leko,P (2738) - Kramnik,V (2772) [C42]
Sparkassen GM Dortmund GER (5), 29.06.2007
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.d4 d5 6.Bd3 Nc6 7.0-0 Be7 8.c4 Nb4 9.Be2 0-0 10.Nc3 Bf5 11.a3 Nxc3 12.bxc3 Nc6 13.Re1 Re8 14.cxd5 Qxd5 15.Bf4 Rac8 16.Bd3 Qd7 17.Rb1 b6 18.d5 Bxd3 19.Qxd3 Bf6 20.c4 Ne7 21.Rbd1 Rcd8 22.h3 Ng6 23.Bg3 h6 24.Qb3 Re7 25.a4 Rde8 26.Rxe7 Nxe7 27.Re1 c6 28.Be5 cxd5 29.Bxf6 dxc4 30.Qxc4 gxf6 31.Nh4 Kf8 32.Qf4 Ng8 33.Qb4+ Re7 34.Rc1 Kg7 35.g4 Re8 36.Nf5+ Kh7 37.Qc4 Re5 38.Qb4 Ne7 ½-½.

Mamedyarov tried an early pawn sacrifice against Anand's unusual Queen's Indian line. Anand returned the material for a position where he was a little worse, on account of his split queenside pawns, but steady defence held.

Mamedyarov,S (2757) - Anand,V (2786) [E15]
Sparkassen GM Dortmund GER (5), 29.06.2007
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.g3 Ba6 5.b3 b5 6.cxb5 Bxb5 7.Bg2 d5 8.0-0 Bd6 9.Nc3 Ba6 10.Re1 0-0 11.Qc2 Nbd7 12.e4 dxe4 13.Nxe4 Bb7 14.Nfg5 Rb8

15.d5 exd5 16.Nxf6+ Nxf6 17.Bb2 Ne4 18.Nxe4 dxe4 19.Bxe4 Bxe4 20.Rxe4 Qd7 21.Rae1 Rfe8 22.Qc3 Bf8 23.Qe3 Rxe4 24.Qxe4 c5 25.Bc3 h6 26.h4 a6 27.Re2 Qb5 28.Re3 Rd8 29.Qg4 Qc6 30.Qe2 Qb5 31.Kh2 Qc6 32.Re4 Qb5 33.Bd2 Qc6 34.Rc4 Rd5 35.Be3 Qb5 36.Qc2 h5 37.Qe4 Qd7 38.Ra4 Qc6 39.Ra5 Rd6 40.Qxc6 Rxc6 41.Kg2 f6 42.Kf3 Kf7 43.Ra4 Be7 44.Rc4 Ke6 45.g4 hxg4+ 46.Rxg4 f5 47.Rxg7 Bxh4 48.Kf4 Kf6 49.Rg8 c4 50.Bd4+ Kf7 51.Rg7+ Kf8 52.Rh7 Be7 53.Rh3 Bb4 54.Bc3 Bc5 55.b4 Bxf2 56.Kxf5 Ke8 57.Ke5 Kd7 58.Kd5 Rd6+ 59.Kxc4 Kc6 60.Rf3 Bb6 61.a4 Rd7 62.Be5 Kb7 63.Rg3 Bc7 64.Rg7 Rxg7 65.Bxg7 Bd6 66.b5 axb5+ 67.axb5 Bc7 68.b6 Kxb6 69.Kd4 ½-½.

Carlsen-Gelfand saw White secure the bishop pair in the end, with a consequent slight edge. One of the more original queen exchanges you will ever see occurred as a result of the tactics between moves 20-25. White's bishops cancelled out his pawn minus, and the draw eventually resulted.

Carlsen,M (2693) - Gelfand,B (2733) [D11]
Sparkassen GM Dortmund GER (5), 29.06.2007
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 Bg4 5.h3 Bxf3 6.Qxf3 e6 7.Nc3 Nbd7 8.Bd3 Bb4 9.0-0 0-0 10.Bd2 dxc4 11.Bxc4 e5 12.a3 Bd6 13.Rad1 Qe7 14.Qf5 Rad8 15.dxe5 Bxe5 16.Qc2 Bc7 17.Be2 Nc5 18.Bc1 Qe5 19.g3 Qe6 20.Kg2

20...Nb3 21.Nb5 Bb8 22.Bc4 Na1 23.Bxe6 Nxc2 24.Bf5 Nxe3+ 25.Bxe3 cxb5 26.Bc5 Rfe8 27.Rxd8 Rxd8 ½-½.

Naiditsch-Alekseev was the more interesting game of the day. The German grandmaster chose the fairly rare Samisch Ninzoindian, and sacrificed queen for rook plus minor piece.


Arkadij Naiditsch vs Evgeny Alekseev, who is pondering his third move

Naiditsch,A (2654) - Alekseev,Evgeny (2679) [E29]
Sparkassen GM Dortmund GER (5), 29.06.2007
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 c5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 Nc6 7.Bd3 0-0 8.Ne2 b6 9.e4 Ne8 10.0-0 Ba6 11.f4 f6 12.e5 f5 13.Qa4 Na5 14.dxc5 bxc5 15.Be3 Qc7 16.Rfd1 d6 17.Rab1 Rf7 18.Nc1 Bb7

19.Rb5 a6 20.Rxa5 Bc6 21.exd6 Nxd6 22.Rxa6 Bxa4 23.Rxa8+ Be8 24.Be2 Rf8 25.Nd3 Ne4 26.Bf3 Nxc3 27.Rc1 Na4 28.Ne5 g5 29.Rb1 Nb6 30.Ra6 gxf4 31.Bxf4 Nxc4 32.Ng6 Qg7 33.Nxf8 Qd4+ 34.Kh1 Qxf4 35.Nxe6 Qe5 36.Ng5 Bg6 37.Ra7 Nd6 38.h4 h6 39.Nh3 c4 40.Rf1 Bf7 41.a4 c3 42.a5 c2 43.a6 Qc5 44.Ra8+ Kg7 45.Rc1 Bd5 46.Rd8 Qe3 47.Rxc2 Qe1+ 48.Kh2 Qe5+ 49.Kh1 Qe1+ 50.Kh2 ½-½.

The drawing avererage in this tournament is exactly 75%, with only five wins in 20 games, all of them with white.


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 
½-½
 Vishy Anand
Magnus Carlsen 
½-½
 Boris Gelfand
Peter Leko 
½-½
 Vladimir Kramnik
Arkadij Naiditsch 
½-½
 Evgeny Alekseev
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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