Dortmund Rd5: Leko scores among near misses

7/19/2014 – It was a tough round for the German players, as they all found themselves in dangerous to lost positions. Baramidze was lost against Ponomariov, but the Ukrainina could not end it and they drew, while Adams was also far ahead against Meier. Ironically, Naiditsch was in no danger through his game against Peter Leko, but ended up losing after he committed Hara-Kiri.

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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 five

Round 05 – July 18, 2014 15:00h
Leko, Peter 1-0 Naiditsch, Arkadij
Meier, Georg ½-½ Adams, Michael
Kramnik, Vladimir ½-½ Caruana, Fabiano
Ponomariov, Ruslan ½-½ Baramidze, David

Georg Meier and Michael Adams played a sideline of the Slav, and although the English grandmaster had chances to achieve a very strong advantage, and certainly had good chances in the endgame, was unable to capitalize and they drew. One of the most interesting games of the day was between Vladimir Kramnik and tournament leader Fabiano Caruana. It started as a Fianchetto Gruenfeld but degenerated into a strange game in which all the action took place on the queenside, which ended in a draw after 48 moves.

Against Peter Leko, Arkadij Naiditsch played a main line Queen's Gambit Declined Exchange variation, which sounds as exciting as the name, and the game was relatively calm until the German grandmaster decided to take the fight to the Hungarian and created fatal weaknesses that ultimately cost the point. Ruslan Ponomariov was completely winning in his game against David Baramidze, and by all means should have reeled in the full point. The Ukrainian was clearly having an off-day since even after squandering the advantage, he reached a huge position ten moves later, only to throw it away, and  they ended up splitting the point.

Round five games

[Event "42nd GM 2014"] [Site "Dortmund GER"] [Date "2014.07.18"] [Round "5.1"] [White "Kramnik, Vladimir"] [Black "Caruana, Fabiano"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "E60"] [WhiteElo "2777"] [BlackElo "2789"] [PlyCount "95"] [EventDate "2014.07.12"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. g3 c6 4. Bg2 d5 5. cxd5 cxd5 6. Nf3 Bg7 7. Ne5 O-O 8. Nc3 b6 9. Bg5 Bb7 10. Rc1 Ne4 11. Bf4 Nxc3 12. Rxc3 f6 13. Nc4 Rf7 14. O-O Nc6 15. Na3 e6 16. Qa4 Rc8 17. Rfc1 a6 18. Qd1 g5 19. Bd2 f5 20. Nc2 Rfc7 21. Bf1 Nb8 22. Rxc7 Rxc7 23. Nb4 h6 24. Rxc7 Qxc7 25. e3 a5 26. Nd3 Nd7 27. b4 axb4 28. Nxb4 Nf6 29. Qa4 Bf8 30. Nd3 Bc6 31. Qa6 Ne4 32. Bb4 Bxb4 33. Nxb4 Nd6 34. Qa3 Be8 35. Nd3 Bb5 36. Ne5 Bxf1 37. Kxf1 Nc4 38. Qa8+ Kg7 39. Nd3 Nd2+ 40. Kg2 Qc4 41. Qa7+ Kg8 42. Qa8+ Kg7 43. Qa3 b5 44. Qe7+ Kh8 45. Qf8+ Kh7 46. Qf7+ Kh8 47. Qf8+ Kh7 48. Qf7+ 1/2-1/2 [Event "42nd GM 2014"] [Site "Dortmund GER"] [Date "2014.07.18"] [Round "5.2"] [White "Leko, Peter"] [Black "Naiditsch, Arkadij"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "D36"] [WhiteElo "2737"] [BlackElo "2705"] [PlyCount "99"] [EventDate "2014.07.12"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 d5 4. cxd5 exd5 5. Bg5 c6 6. Qc2 Be7 7. e3 Nbd7 8. Bd3 Nh5 9. Bxe7 Qxe7 10. Nge2 Nhf6 11. O-O Nb6 12. Rae1 O-O 13. Nf4 Bd7 14. g3 Qd6 15. f3 Rfc8 16. g4 g6 17. a3 c5 18. Qd2 cxd4 19. exd4 Bc6 20. g5 Nfd7 21. Re2 Re8 22. Rfe1 Rxe2 23. Rxe2 Nf8 24. h4 Re8 25. Rxe8 Bxe8 26. Qe3 Bc6 27. Kg2 f6 28. gxf6 Qxf6 29. Kg3 Kf7 30. Nd1 Nbd7 31. Nf2 g5 32. hxg5 Qxg5+ 33. Kh2 Qe7 34. Ng4 Qxe3 35. Nxe3 Nf6 36. Kg3 N8d7 37. Kh4 Nb6 38. Kg5 Nc8 39. Ng4 Nxg4 40. fxg4 Nd6 41. Bxh7 Nb5 42. Ne2 Kg7 43. Bd3 Nd6 44. Kf4 Bd7 45. Nc3 Bc6 46. Nd1 Nf7 47. Ne3 Nd8 48. Bf5 Nf7 49. Be6 Nd6 50. Ke5 1-0 [Event "42nd GM 2014"] [Site "Dortmund GER"] [Date "2014.07.18"] [Round "5.3"] [White "Ponomariov, Ruslan"] [Black "Baramidze, David"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "C95"] [WhiteElo "2723"] [BlackElo "2616"] [PlyCount "130"] [EventDate "2014.07.12"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 d6 8. c3 O-O 9. h3 Nb8 10. d4 Nbd7 11. Nbd2 Bb7 12. Bc2 Re8 13. Nf1 Bf8 14. Ng3 g6 15. a4 c5 16. d5 c4 17. Bg5 Rb8 18. Qd2 Bc8 19. axb5 axb5 20. Ra7 Nc5 21. Rea1 Bg7 22. Be3 Re7 23. Bxc5 dxc5 24. Rxe7 Qxe7 25. Qg5 b4 26. Qxe5 Qb7 27. Qf4 Nd7 28. Ne2 h6 29. h4 Ra8 30. Qc1 b3 31. Bd1 Nb6 32. Rb1 f5 33. Nd2 fxe4 34. Nxe4 Qxd5 35. N2g3 Bb7 36. Bf3 Qe5 37. Qd2 Rf8 38. Ra1 Kh8 39. Ra5 Qe7 40. Rxc5 Ra8 41. Qc1 Qxh4 42. Rb5 Qd8 43. Nf1 Bxe4 44. Bxe4 Qe8 45. Bxa8 Qxb5 46. Be4 Kh7 47. Ne3 h5 48. Qb1 Qe8 49. Kf1 Bh6 50. Nd5 Nxd5 51. Bxd5 Qe5 52. Bxc4 Qf4 53. Bxb3 Qc1+ 54. Qxc1 Bxc1 55. c4 Bxb2 56. c5 h4 57. Ke2 Kg7 58. Kd3 g5 59. Ke4 Kf6 60. f4 gxf4 61. Kxf4 Be5+ 62. Kg4 Bg3 63. c6 Ke7 64. c7 Kd7 65. c8=B+ Kc7 1/2-1/2 [Event "42nd GM 2014"] [Site "Dortmund GER"] [Date "2014.07.18"] [Round "5.4"] [White "Meier, Georg"] [Black "Adams, Michael"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "D11"] [WhiteElo "2632"] [BlackElo "2743"] [PlyCount "120"] [EventDate "2014.07.12"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. e3 Bg4 5. Qb3 Qb6 6. Nc3 e6 7. Nh4 Be7 8. h3 Bh5 9. g4 Bg6 10. Nxg6 hxg6 11. Bg2 g5 12. Bd2 Nbd7 13. Qa4 Qc7 14. cxd5 Nxd5 15. O-O O-O 16. Rac1 Rad8 17. Qc2 Qb8 18. Rfd1 Rfe8 19. Ne2 Nf8 20. a3 Ng6 21. b4 Nh4 22. Qb3 e5 23. Bh1 a6 24. a4 exd4 25. Nxd4 Nf4 26. exf4 Rxd4 27. fxg5 Red8 28. Be3 Rxb4 29. Qc2 Qe5 30. Rxd8+ Bxd8 31. Rb1 a5 32. Bd2 Bc7 33. Kf1 Qh2 34. Ke2 Qe5+ 35. Kf1 Qh2 36. Ke2 Rxb1 37. Qxb1 Qxh3 38. Qe4 Ng6 39. Qe8+ Nf8 40. Bf3 Qh2 41. Be3 Qe5 42. Qxe5 Bxe5 43. Be4 Ne6 44. g6 Bf4 45. Bb6 Bc7 46. Be3 Kf8 47. Kd3 Ke7 48. Kc4 fxg6 49. Bxg6 Kf6 50. Bf5 g6 51. Bxe6 Kxe6 52. f4 Bb8 53. Bd2 Bc7 54. Be3 Bd6 55. Bd2 Kf7 56. Be3 Bb4 57. Bc1 Ke6 58. Be3 Kf7 59. Bc1 Ke6 60. Be3 Kf7 1/2-1/2

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