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Dortmund 2012 Tournament Underway

  • SonofPearl
  • on 7/15/12, 1:03 AM.

Vladimir Kramnik shocked his opponent - and all his rivals - by playing the King's Indian in his second round game of the 2012 Dortmund tournament.

Kramnik is an expert at destroying the King's Indian from the white side, so it was a huge surprise that he played it himself with black to win brilliantly against Jan Gustafsson.

Other decisive results in round two saw Ruslan Ponomariov beating Fabiano Caruana and newly crowned world rapid champion Sergey Karjakin defeating Mateusz Bartel.  Bartel was the only loser a relatively quiet first round, against Georg Meier.

The standings after 2 rounds:

# Name Nat Elo Pts
1 Kramnik, Vladimir  RUS  2799
2 Ponomariov, Ruslan  UKR  2726
3 Karjakin, Sergey  RUS  2779
4 Meier, Georg  GER  2644
5 Leko, Peter  HUN  2730 1
6 Naiditsch, Arkadij  GER  2700 1
7 Fridman, Daniel  GER  2655 1
8 Gustafsson, Jan  GER  2629 ½
9 Caruana, Fabiano  ITA  2775 ½
10 Bartel, Mateusz  POL  2674 0

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jan gustafsson-vladimir kramnik round 1.jpg

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Ruslan Ponomariov - Fabiano Caruana round 1.jpg

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Mateusz Bartel Sergey Karjakin round 1.jpg

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georg meier-mateusz bartel round 1.jpg


The 40th edition of the Dortmund Sparkassen chess meeting takes place from 13-22 July in Germany.  The format for the 2012 competition is different to recent years.  Instead of a 6-player double round-robin it will be 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

    CharlieJohnson

    No, the correct move is 31...Qb7, defending both knights and attacking the white queen. 

  • 2 years ago

    FanOfCarlsen

    @CharlieJohnson :

    Do you really think that Black's 31'st move was blunder? I can think of continuation in which black would be checkmated if he takes queen..



  • 2 years ago

    CharlieJohnson

    The Ponomariov-Caruana game is really interesting. I was surprised to see Caruana seem to have such a difficult time equalizing against the Bb5 Sicilian line, which I have always thought of as a bit sub-optimal. Ponomariov really kept up the pressure. I wonder if by the time of Caruana's blunder (31...Nxd2), he was simply worn out from defending a delicate position.

  • 2 years ago

    mobidi

    Gustafsson played like my GRANDMOTHEREmbarassed 13.!!! Rc1 (TEMPO).Cry

  • 2 years ago

    fabelhaft

    I read at Chessgames that Kramnik is better than any other player at beating opposition below 2700, counting from 2011 he has 11 wins and 2 draws in 13 games against such players.

  • 2 years ago

    fabelhaft

    @-kenpo-: Yes, as Kramnik pointed out afterwards he had prepared almost the whole game in advance, still it shows what a huge difference it is between 2600s and 2800s that the latter can win with black so easily once in a while.

  • 2 years ago

    Sahasrara

    This tourney is between Kramnik, Karjakin and Ponomariov.

  • 2 years ago

    angrybird8

    Goood game by Kramnik. 

  • 2 years ago

    zorez

    I think Kramnik played an excellent game. However, Gustafsson blundered on move 21 with Ra4, giiving Kramnik decisive advantage and a winning game. Rybka gives Kramnik an advantage of -1.11 pawns after the move.

    The move 20 Rc4 is questionable as well, with black gaining a moderate advantage (approximately -.5 pawns) after 20... Nxa2 21. Re4 Bd7 22. Kf2 Nc3 23. Re7 Rd8 24. Bc4 b5. 

    Instead 20 Kf2 was a better move, and the game is basically a draw after 20. Kf2 Nxa2 21. Rc7 Be5 22. Re7 Bd6 23. Re8+ Kg7 24. f4 Nc3 25. Bg4 f5 26.Bxf5 gxf5 27. Nxf5+ Bxf5 28. Rxa8 Bc5+ 29. Kf3 h5 30. Kg3 a2 31. Ra1 Ne2+ 32.Kf3 Nd4+ 33. Kg3 

    On the whole good show Kramnik, I'm backing you to win this :)

  • 2 years ago

    pawngenius

    Kramnik had a great KID game, as Black.

  • 2 years ago

    ARIF_IND

    kramnik game was amazing show of co-ordination between pieces..

  • 2 years ago

    Daeru

    What a game by Kramnik!!

  • 2 years ago

    Eternity_08

    Kramnik even gave handicap to Gustafsson, Jan. He never moved his light-square bishop in this game until it was taken on c8 on the 25th move. He won such super grandmaster without bishop. Laughing

  • 2 years ago

    fabelhaft

    It's almost scary to see 2600+ players be totally crushed in around 20 moves with white the way Bartel and Gustafsson were. Bartel had a resignable position after 18 moves against Karjakin, and it didn't take much more for Gustafsson to be dead lost against a Kramnik that didn't even have to think before making his moves, while Gustafsson was down to a couple of minutes already by move 21.

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