Dortmund Rd4: Caruana continues his rout

7/16/2014 – Despite having three prestigious previous winners, Fabiano Caruana continues his rout of the field with a win in round four. This takes him to 3.5/4 and a 3000+ performance, but more importantly permits him to leapfrog Grischuk to take third on the live ratings list. The king of Dortmund, Vladimir Kramnik, has been unable to recover his form after his opening loss. Round four report.

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The traditional Dortmund Sparkassen Tournament is now under way in Dortmund, Germany. The event is being held at the Orchestra Center and it features three of the top German players alongside five foreign grandmasters.

Round four

Round 04 – July 16, 2014 15:00h
Caruana, Fabiano 1-0 Meier, Georg
Naiditsch, Arkadij ½-½ Kramnik, Vladimir
Adams, Michael ½-½ Ponomariov, Ruslan
Baramidze, David ½-½ Leko, Peter

The shadow of the Italian's win only appeared after 30 moves against Georg Meier's solid French Defense. He had obtained nothing, and after some shuffling seemed headed to a draw when the German lost his footing and suddenly was staring a mate in the face.

David Baramidze seemed to have a number of weaknesses to exploit, such as gaping dark squares and a backward c-pawn, but was unable to make the stalwart Leko even break a sweat, and they drew. Vladimir Kramnik played his pet Berlin against Arkadij Naiditsch and a typical queenless middlegame ensued with a lot of maneuvering, but ultimately neither player was able to show anything for it. Seeing Ruslan Ponomariov getting ready for a Berlin of his own, Michael Adams chose a sideline that kept the queens on the board. His efforts paid off as the Ukrainian was quite lost after a blunder on move 32, but the Englishman was unable to find the coup-de-grâce, and blundered back his winning advantage for a disappointing draw.

Round four games

[Event "Sparkassen-Chess-Meeting 2014"] [Site "Dortmund"] [Date "2014.07.16"] [Round "4"] [White "Caruana, Fabiano"] [Black "Meier, Georg"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C11"] [WhiteElo "2789"] [BlackElo "2632"] [PlyCount "75"] [EventDate "2014.??.??"] [EventCountry "GER"] 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e5 Nfd7 5. f4 c5 6. Nf3 Nc6 7. Be3 cxd4 8. Nxd4 Bc5 9. Qd2 O-O 10. O-O-O a6 11. Qf2 Bxd4 12. Bxd4 b5 13. Be3 Qa5 14. Kb1 b4 15. Ne2 Qc7 16. Nd4 Nxd4 17. Bxd4 a5 18. Bb5 Ba6 19. Bxd7 Qxd7 20. g4 a4 21. b3 Qc6 22. f5 Bb5 23. Rd2 axb3 24. cxb3 Ra3 25. Re1 Rfa8 26. Re3 Rc8 27. Qe1 Rc7 28. Qd1 Ra8 29. Re1 Rac8 30. Qf3 Qa6 31. Red1 Qa3 32. Bb2 Qa6 33. Qe3 Kh8 34. f6 gxf6 35. exf6 Rg8 36. g5 h6 37. Rg1 Rcc8 38. g6 1-0 [Event "Sparkassen-Chess-Meeting 2014"] [Site "Dortmund"] [Date "2014.07.16"] [Round "4"] [White "Adams, Michael"] [Black "Ponomariov, Ruslan"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "C65"] [WhiteElo "2743"] [BlackElo "2723"] [PlyCount "108"] [EventDate "2014.??.??"] [EventCountry "GER"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. d3 Bc5 5. O-O d6 6. Be3 Bb6 7. Bxc6+ bxc6 8. h3 O-O 9. Re1 h6 10. Nbd2 Be6 11. Nf1 Rb8 12. b3 c5 13. Ng3 Nd7 14. c3 d5 15. d4 cxd4 16. cxd4 Ba5 17. Bd2 Bxd2 18. Qxd2 dxe4 19. Rxe4 exd4 20. Rxd4 c5 21. Rd3 Qc7 22. Nh5 Bf5 23. Qc3 f6 24. Re3 Bg6 25. Ng3 Nb6 26. Rae1 Nd5 27. Qc4 Bf7 28. Re4 Rb4 29. Qc1 Bg6 30. Rc4 Rc8 31. Nh4 Bd3 32. Ngf5 g6 33. Nxh6+ Kg7 34. Ng4 g5 35. Qd2 Nf4 36. Rxb4 cxb4 37. Qxb4 Ne2+ 38. Rxe2 Bxe2 39. Nf5+ Kh8 40. Ng3 a5 41. Qe4 Bxg4 42. Qxg4 Rd8 43. Qh5+ Qh7 44. Qf3 Qe7 45. Nf5 Qe1+ 46. Kh2 Kg8 47. Ne3 Qc3 48. g3 Rd2 49. Kg1 Rxa2 50. Qd5+ Kf8 51. Qd8+ Kf7 52. Qd7+ Kf8 53. Qd8+ Kf7 54. Qd7+ Kf8 1/2-1/2 [Event "Sparkassen-Chess-Meeting 2014"] [Site "Dortmund"] [Date "2014.07.16"] [Round "4"] [White "Naiditsch, Arkadij"] [Black "Kramnik, Vladimir"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "C67"] [WhiteElo "2705"] [BlackElo "2777"] [PlyCount "94"] [EventDate "2014.??.??"] [EventCountry "GER"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. O-O Nxe4 5. d4 Nd6 6. Bxc6 dxc6 7. dxe5 Nf5 8. Qxd8+ Kxd8 9. h3 Ke8 10. Nc3 h5 11. Bf4 Be7 12. Rad1 Bd7 13. g3 Rd8 14. Bg5 Nh6 15. Kg2 Bf5 16. Rxd8+ Bxd8 17. Bxd8 Kxd8 18. Rd1+ Ke7 19. Rd2 a5 20. Nd4 Bc8 21. f3 Rd8 22. g4 c5 23. Nb3 Rxd2+ 24. Nxd2 Ke6 25. Nc4 hxg4 26. hxg4 Bd7 27. a4 b6 28. Kg3 g5 29. b3 Bc6 30. f4 gxf4+ 31. Kxf4 Ng8 32. Ne4 Bxe4 33. Kxe4 Ne7 34. Nd2 Nd5 35. Nf3 Nc3+ 36. Kd3 Nd1 37. Ke2 Nc3+ 38. Kd3 Nd1 39. Ke2 Nc3+ 40. Kd2 Nd5 41. c3 Nf4 42. Ke3 Nh3 43. c4 c6 44. Ke2 Nf4+ 45. Ke3 Nh3 46. Ke2 Nf4+ 47. Ke3 Nh3 1/2-1/2 [Event "Sparkassen-Chess-Meeting 2014"] [Site "Dortmund"] [Date "2014.07.16"] [Round "4"] [White "Baramidze, David"] [Black "Leko, Peter"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "E05"] [WhiteElo "2616"] [BlackElo "2737"] [PlyCount "103"] [EventDate "2014.??.??"] [EventCountry "GER"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. g3 d5 4. Bg2 Be7 5. Nf3 O-O 6. O-O dxc4 7. Qa4 a6 8. Qxc4 b5 9. Qc2 Bb7 10. Bd2 Bd6 11. a3 Nbd7 12. b4 Ra7 13. Nc3 Qa8 14. Nh4 Bxg2 15. Nxg2 c6 16. Ne4 Nxe4 17. Qxe4 Nb6 18. Rfc1 Rc8 19. Ra2 a5 20. bxa5 Nc4 21. Bb4 Bc7 22. Ne3 Nxe3 23. Qxe3 Bxa5 24. Bc5 Ra6 25. Rac2 h6 26. Qe4 Qb7 27. e3 Qd7 28. Bb4 Bd8 29. Rc3 Bf6 30. h4 Bd8 31. R1c2 Bf6 32. Rc1 Bd8 33. R1c2 Bf6 34. Kg2 Bd8 35. Qe5 Bf6 36. Qc5 Rd8 37. Qh5 Rc8 38. Qc5 Rd8 39. Qh5 Rc8 40. Kh2 Rd8 41. Qf3 Rc8 42. Qh1 Qc7 43. Qe4 Qd7 44. Qh1 Qc7 45. Qe4 Qd7 46. h5 Bd8 47. Qh1 Bf6 48. Qc1 Rb6 49. Rc5 Be7 50. R5c3 Bf6 51. Rc5 Be7 52. R5c3 1/2-1/2

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cptmajormajor cptmajormajor 7/18/2014 04:23
Fabiano continuing to improve. Magnus knows who his future challenger is gonna be and he is italian.
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