Dortmund: Bartel wins, Eljanov sacrifices a queen

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7/17/2021 – Polish grandmaster Mateusz Bartel had a difficult time in the first rounds of the Deutschland Grand Prix, but he could land a nice attacking win with Black against Andreas Heimann. The remaining four games ended drawn, but had a lot to offer, with leader Pavel Eljanov sacrificing a queen against Ruslan Ponomariov. | Pictured: Bartel facing Eljanov in round 4

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While the match between Vladimir Kramnik and Viswanathan Anand had a rest day, the round robin tournaments of the 48th International Dortmund Chess Days continued on Friday.

In the Deutschland Grand Prix, Polish grandmaster Mateusz Bartel had a difficult time in the first rounds, but he could land a nice attacking win with Black against Andreas Heimann. Heimann’s king was pinned in the centre out of a Catalan Opening and Bartel won quickly.

 

He shows the game himself in this video:

The remaining four games ended drawn, but had a lot to offer in terms of content. First and foremost, the leader Pavel Eljanov played a fantastic queen sacrifice for two pieces and strong passed pawns in the middlegame. With little time on the clock, Ruslan Ponomariov escaped into a draw by repetition.

 

Rustam Kasimdzhanov, also a former Fide World Champion, had a promising position against Daniel Fridman, who had been playing well so far, but in the end also had to settle for a draw.

The 16-year-old Vincent Keymer won impressively in the fifth round in a rook ending against Gata Kamsky. On Friday, the youngster was in trouble against his compatriot Georg Meier, but he escaped with a half point as well.

Vincent Keymer

Vincent Keymer


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