Dortmund Round 6: Dead equal

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7/22/2017 – With all games drawn, Polish GM Radek Wojtaszek clings to a slim lead as a massive chasing pack tries to overtake him. He faced Bluebaum with Black today in a key matchup that was as close to equality as they come. It all comes down to one final round 7 on Sunday.

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45th Dortmund Sparkassen Chess-Meeting

The 45th Dortmund Sparkassen Chess-Meeting is played in honor of Vladimir Kramnik. The 14th World Champion takes part for the 25th time and has already won the tournament ten times, but will not repeat that feat in 2017, as he trails in last place.

Round 6 results:

Bluebaum ½-½ Wojtaszek
Nisipeanu ½-½ Andreikin
Vachier-Lagrave ½-½ Fedoseev
Wang Yue ½-½ Kramnik

Games from Round 6

Winning with the fantasy variation

The Fantasy Variation (1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.f3) is a tricky try by White to steer the game into muddy waters right from the off and take Black away from the solid positions he is accustomed to in the main line variations of the Caro-Kann. Traditionally the opening never gained too much credibility amongst top players, since White's attempt to preserve his pawn centre at the cost of weakening his kingside was hardly seen as a major threat to the super-reliable Caro. However, thanks to a wave of news ideas and innovations first introduced at the 2010 European Individual Championships and many more thereafter, the variation has made a major comeback and can now be found in the repertoires of some of the world's best. In this 60 minute video, IM Lawrence Trent will discuss the 5 main variations Black has at his disposal but how with each one White has a number of ways to keep the position full of play and dynamic possibilities, leading to games which loyal Caro players will have difficulty dealing with.


Standings after round 6

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Petethebossch Petethebossch 7/23/2017 11:44
He would still only be on 50% and even if Wojtaschek lost to Nisipeanu and the other games where a draw then Nisipeanu would of won the tournament
FramiS FramiS 7/22/2017 05:40
Kramnik is not mathematically eliminated.If he wins today and tomorrow, Blübaum wins today against Wojtaschek and all other games end in a draw, Kramnik will win the tournament with plus 1.