Dortmund R5: Gustafsson beats van Wely, leads the event

7/4/2008 – With two rounds to go (and no more rest days) German GM Jan Gustafsson scored a second point, with black in an 18-move miniature against Loek van Wely. Jan is now at plus two, half a point ahead of Peter Leko and poised to win the tournament. Vassily Ivanchuk climbed to 50% with a win over Arkadij Naiditsch. The other games were drawn. Round five 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 5: Friday, July 4, 15:00h
Shak. Mamedyarov 
½-½
 Vladimir Kramnik
Vassily Ivanchuk 
1-0
 Arkadij Naiditsch
Loek van Wely 
0-1
 Jan Gustafsson
Peter Leko 
½-½
 Ian Nepomniachtchi

Mamedyarov,S (2752) - Kramnik,V (2788) [E15]
Sparkassen Dortmund GER (5), 04.07.2008
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.g3 Ba6 5.Qa4 Bb7 6.Bg2 c5 7.dxc5 bxc5 8.0-0 Be7 9.Nc3 0-0 10.Rd1 Qb6 11.Bf4 Rd8 12.Rd2 d6 13.Rad1 Ne8 14.e4 Bc6 15.Qc2 Nd7 16.e5 dxe5 17.Nxe5 Nxe5 18.Bxe5 Bxg2 19.Kxg2 Nf6 20.Ne4 Rxd2 21.Rxd2 Rd8 22.Bxf6 gxf6 23.g4 h5 24.h3 hxg4 25.hxg4 Rxd2 26.Qxd2 Qc6 27.f3 f5 28.gxf5 exf5 29.Nc3 Qg6+ 30.Kf1 Qh5 31.Qg2+ Kf8 32.Nd5 Qh6 33.f4 Bd6 34.Qg1 Qh5 35.Kf2 Qh8 36.Qc1 Qd4+ 37.Kf3 Qd3+ 38.Kf2 Qd4+ 39.Kf3 Qd3+ 40.Kf2 ½-½.

Leko,P (2741) - Nepomniachtchi,I (2634) [B52]
Sparkassen Dortmund GER (5), 04.07.2008
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5+ Bd7 4.Bxd7+ Qxd7 5.c4 Nc6 6.Nc3 g6 7.d4 cxd4 8.Nxd4 Nf6 9.h3 Bg7 10.Be3 0-0 11.0-0 Rfc8 12.b3 e6 13.Rc1 Qe7 14.Qd2 a6 15.Rfd1 Nxd4 16.Bxd4 Rc6 17.a4 Rac8 18.Re1 Qf8 19.Rcd1 Nd7 20.Bxg7 Qxg7 21.Ne2 Nc5 22.Nd4 R6c7 23.Qe3 Rd7 24.a5 Rdd8 25.Rd2 e5 26.Ne2 f5 27.exf5 gxf5 28.Red1 Ne4 29.Rd5 Kh8 30.f4 ½-½.

Ivanchuk,V (2740) - Naiditsch,A (2624) [D37]
Sparkassen Dortmund GER (5), 04.07.2008
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 dxc4 5.e3 a6 6.a4 c5 7.Bxc4 Nc6 8.0-0 Be7 9.dxc5 Qxd1 10.Rxd1 Bxc5 11.Bd2 b6 12.Bd3 Bb7 13.Ne4 Be7 14.Nxf6+ Bxf6 15.Rac1 0-0 16.Be4 Rfc8 17.b3 Na5 18.Bxb7 Nxb7 19.Bb4 Bb2 20.Rxc8+ Rxc8 21.Rd7 Na5 22.Bxa5 bxa5 23.g4 h6 24.Kg2 Bc3 25.g5 Rb8 26.Rd3 Rc8 27.h4 hxg5 28.hxg5 Kh7 29.Kg3 Kg6 30.Kf4 Rc6 31.e4 f6 32.Kg4 fxg5 33.Nxg5 e5 34.Nf3 Kf6 35.Kh5 Ke7 36.Nh4 Kf6 37.Rf3+ Ke6 38.Nf5

38...Kd7?! Abandons the g-pawn. 39.Rd3+ Kc7 40.Nxg7 Be1 41.f3 Rc3 42.Ne6+ Kc6 43.Rxc3+ Bxc3. White is a pawn up with the better pawn structure. From now on it is pure endgame technique. 44.Kg6 Kd6 45.Kf5 Kc6 46.f4 exf4 47.Kxf4 Bf6 48.e5 Be7 49.Ke4 Bh4 50.Kd4 Bg3 51.Ng5 Bf4 52.Nf3 Bg3 53.Kc4 1-0. [Click to replay]


Winner and leader in Dortmund: Jan Gustafsson

Van Wely,L (2677) - Gustafsson,J (2603) [D31]
Sparkassen Dortmund GER (5), 04.07.2008
1.c4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 c6 4.e4 dxe4 5.Nxe4 Bb4+ 6.Bd2 Qxd4 7.Bxb4 Qxe4+ 8.Be2 Na6 9.Ba5 b6 10.Qd6 Bd7 11.0-0-0 0-0-0 12.Bc3 f6. Van Wely played this line against Shirov in Monte Carlo in 2002 and continued 13.b3 Qxg2 14.Bf3 Qg5+ 15.Kb2 Qc5 16.Qg3 Ne7 17.Qxg7 Nf5 18.Qxf6 Rhf8 19.Qg5 Qxf2+ 20.Rd2 Qe3 21.Qxe3 Nxe3 22.Rd3 Nf5 23.b4 e5 24.Be4 Nd4 25.Nf3 Bf5 26.Nd2 c5 27.b5 Nb4 and White lost in 45 moves. 13.Bf3 Qxc4

There is one game in which this position occurred: Bick,J (2247)-Balazs,G (2277), Budapest 2006, CBM 114 Extra. ext/0-1. It continued 14.Qa3 Nc5 15.Ne2 Qa6 16.Qb4 Ne7 17.Kb1 Nd5 18.Bxd5 exd5 19.Nd4 Nd3 20.Qe7 Nxf2 21.Qxg7 Nxh1 22.Rxh1 Qd3+ 23.Ka1 c5 24.Ne6 Bxe6 25.Qxa7 d4 26.Qxb6 dxc3 27.Qc6+ Kb8 28.Qb6+ Ka8 and ended in a black win in 67 moves. In Dortmund Loek van Wely goes astray: 14.Be2? Qxa2 15.Nf3 Nc5 16.Ne5 Ne4! Not falling into the trap: 16...fxe5? 17.Bxe5 threatening mate on c7 or b8 and forcing Black to give up his queen for the defence. 17.Bc4 Qa1+ 18.Kc2 Qa4+ 0-1. [Click to replay]

Current standings

With his second victory Jan Gustafsson, who celebrated his 29th birthday last week, takes the lead by half a point and with a 2863 performance. He is poised to become the second German player in the last 25 years to win Dortmund (Arkadij Naiditsch did it in 2005). Here for the record are the previous winners:

1928 Sämisch, Fritz
1951 O'Kelly de Galway, A.
1961 Taimanov, Mark
1973 Hecht, Hans-Joachim
1974 Ciocâltea, Victor
1975 Westerinen, Heikki
1976 Romanishin, Oleg
1977 Smejkal, Jan
1978 Andersson, Ulf
1979 Giorgadze, Tamaz
1980 Keene, Raymond
1981 Kuzmin, Gennady
1982 Hort, Vlastimil
1983 Suba, Mihai
1984 Gruenfeld, Yehuda
1985 Razuvayev, Yuri
1986 Ribli, Zoltán
1987 Balashov, Yuri
1988 Lputian, Smbat
1989 Geller, Efim
1990 Chernin, Alexander
1991 Stohl, Igor
1992 Kasparov, Garry
1993 Karpov, Anatoly
1994 Piket, Jeroen
1995 Kramnik, Vladimir
1996 Kramnik, Vladimir
1997 Kramnik, Vladimir
1998 Kramnik, Vladimir
1999 Leko, Peter
2000 Kramnik, Vladimir
2001 Kramnik, Vladimir
2002 Leko, Peter
2003 Bologan, Viktor
2004 Anand, Viswanathan
2005 Naiditsch, Arkadij
2006 Kramnik, Vladimir
2007 Kramnik, Vladimir
2008 ??

Blitz against amateurs on the free day

On the second free day in Dortmund there was a traditional blitz tournament in the Town Hall. Here are impressions sent to us by Dagobert Kohlmeyer.


Amateurs against the stars, with five minutes to two minutes odds. In most cases, as with Ivanchuk here playing black, the Super-GMs needed less than 120 seconds to defeat their opponents. But let the records show that Ivanchuk drew his game against seven-year-old Jonas Dohr from St. Augustin.


Jonas' brother Niklas faced Vladimir Kramnik and got mated, in front of his triplet siblings. Sister Christin does not play tournament chess but prefers to ride.


This was all conducted in a spirit of fun. Here Patrick Werner from Dortmund offered Jan Gustafsson a draw, which the latter turned down. Big mistake! Jan ran out of time and lost the game....


...while Arkaidij Naiditsch lost his queen against Marcell Aulich from Brackel


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 
½-½
 Vladimir Kramnik
Vassily Ivanchuk 
1-0
 Arkadij Naiditsch
Loek van Wely 
0-1
 Jan Gustafsson
Peter Leko 
½-½
 Ian Nepomniachtchi
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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