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Close Contest In Dortmund After Round 5

  • SonofPearl
  • on 7/18/12, 11:13 AM.

After five rounds of the 2012 Dortmund tournament there is a 3-way tie between Ruslan Ponomariov (pictured), Sergey Karjakin and 10-time winner Vladimir Kramnik on 3½ points.

Round four was uneventful and all games ended in draws, but round five provided much more interest, with wins being recorded by Sergey Karjakin, Fabiano Caruana and Arkadij Naiditsch.

Today (18th July) is a rest day - round six is on 19th July.

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The standings after five rounds:

Name Nat Elo Pts
Ponomariov, Ruslan  UKR  2726
Karjakin, Sergey  RUS  2779
Kramnik, Vladimir  RUS  2799
Naiditsch, Arkadij  GER  2700 3
Leko, Peter  HUN  2730 3
Caruana, Fabiano  ITA  2775 3
Meier, Georg  GER  2644
Fridman, Daniel  GER  2655
Gustafsson, Jan  GER  2629 1
Bartel, Mateusz  POL  2674 ½

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Sergey Karjakin beat Daniel Fridman

Sergey Karjakin round 5 Dortmund 2012.jpg

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Fabiano Caruana won against Jan Gustafsson

Fabiano Caruana Dortmund round 5.jpg

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The joint leaders before round 5, Vladimir Kramnik and Ruslan Ponomariov drew their game

Vladimir Kramnik Ruslan Ponomariov Dortmund round 5.jpg

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Arkadij Naiditsch defeated last placed Mateusz Bartel after a long struggle

Mateusz Bartel Arkadij Naiditsch Dortmund round 5.jpg

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Peter Leko had a comfortable draw against Georg Meier

Peter Leko round 5 Dortmund 2012.jpg


The 40th edition of the Dortmund Sparkassen runs from 13-22 July in Germany.  The format is different to recent years - instead of a 6-player double round-robin it is a 10-player single round-robin, headed by Kramnik in search of an 11th title!

The rounds start each day at 15:00 local time (13:00 UTC), except the last round which starts 2 hours earlier.  There is one rest day on the 18th July.

The time control is 40 moves in 100 minutes, then 20 moves in 50 minutes, and then 15 minutes to finish with a 30 second increment from the start of the game.

Follow the games live here.

Photos: Georgios Souleidis.

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  • 2 years ago

    novzki41

    The game with Sergey and Fridman was exciting. Black was attacking and Sergey made brilliant counterplays. 

  • 2 years ago

    fabelhaft

    Poor Bartel, four losses and one draw, and he still has Ponomariov, Leko and Caruana left.

  • 2 years ago

    FM gauranga

    After White plays 62.Kf3, Black could have played ...Rc7. I believe 62.Ke3 would have put up stiffer resistance, but with best play Black should win this endgame. This was a tough battle from both sides.

  • 2 years ago

    Jane1996

    FM gauranga: There is no pin on the f-file, as the white king is on the e-file.

  • 2 years ago

    FM gauranga

    In the Bartel-Naiditsch game, Black could have won a lot faster with 62...Rc7, which will pick up one of the two lose White bishops due to a pin on the f-file.

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