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Fabiano Caruana Wins Dortmund!

  • SonofPearl
  • on 7/22/12, 1:58 PM.

Fabiano Caruana won his last two games to take victory in the 2012 Dortmund tournament, just ahead of Sergey Karjakin by superior tie-breaks.

Caruana ended the winning chances of Vladimir Kramnik in the penultimate round and finished with another win against Mateusz Bartel to take first place.  Instead of an 11th title for Kramnik, we have the first for Caruana!

Going into the final round there were no fewer than five players sharing the same score at the top of the standings, but when the dust had cleared at the end of the tournament only Caruana and Karjakin shared the top score of 6/9 points and Caruana's 4 wins to Karjakin's 3 was enough to secure the title.

The final standings:

Caruana, Fabiano  ITA * ½ 0 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 6
Karjakin, Sergey  RUS ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 6
Ponomariov, Ruslan  UKR 1 ½ * ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 0 1
Kramnik, Vladimir  RUS 0 ½ ½ * ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1
Naiditsch, Arkadij  GER ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ 1 1
Leko, Peter  HUN ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ 1 1
Meier, Georg  GER ½ ½ 0 0 ½ ½ * ½ 1 ½ 4
Fridman, Daniel  GER 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½
Bartel, Mateusz  POL 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 ½ * ½ 2
Gustafsson, Jan  GER 0 0 0 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ *

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Fabiano Caruana: champion of Dortmund 2012

Fabiano Caruana Dortmund round 8.jpg

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The results in round eight:

Caruana, Fabiano  1-0   Kramnik, Vladimir
Leko, Peter  1-0   Bartel, Mateusz
Meier, Georg  ½-½   Karjakin, Sergey
Fridman, Daniel  ½-½   Naiditsch, Arkadij
Gustafsson, Jan  0-1   Ponomariov, Ruslan

The results in round nine:

Karjakin, Sergey  1-0   Gustafsson, Jan
Ponomariov, Ruslan  ½-½   Fridman, Daniel
Naiditsch, Arkadij  ½-½   Leko, Peter
Kramnik, Vladimir  1-0   Meier, Georg
Bartel, Mateusz  0-1   Caruana, Fabiano

Photos: Georgios Souleidis

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  • 2 years ago

    bingo_gambit

    Tongue OutTongue OutTongue OutMoney Mouth

  • 2 years ago

    joey0094

    and down goes kramnik's wall...

  • 2 years ago

    MikyZ

    Meier is a real gentleman!

    He of course saw the mate coming a few moves ahead but he allowed Kramnik to execute it. Beautiful!

  • 2 years ago

    woodenbalcony

    It's so nice to hear of such a successful compatriot :)

  • 2 years ago

    lupusagnus

    Bravo Fabiano! Amazing performance! wtg! I wish that your victories will improve the interest in chess in Italy! Smile

  • 2 years ago

    gcmwanyika

    Well done, Dortmund was my City but too bad I didnt get a chance to play chess there.!

  • 2 years ago

    Joebanks

    Fabiano is totally awsome; To think I was even able to beat him when he was 9 is amazing to me now! -:).

  • 2 years ago

    imsodumicantdie

    Caruana's bishop pair really was something wasn't it?

  • 2 years ago

    fabelhaft

    Caruana can become the first player ever to win three games in a row against Kramnik if he wins their next game. Anand, Topalov, Kamsky and Morozevich are the other four to have managed two in a row.

  • 2 years ago

    Eternity_08

    I am surprised to see checkmate on such chess level.

    Kramnik, Vladimir (2799) vs. Meier, Georg (2644)
    40th GM | Dortmund GER | Round 9| 22 Jul 2012 | ECO: A16 | 1-0
  • 2 years ago

    _HuRRiiCaNe_

    Nice checkmate by Kramnik

  • 2 years ago

    keithjoshua777

    Congratulation to GM Caruana! You surprize the chessworld by winning this strongfield  Dortmund chess tournament. Despite your lose to Karjakin, you even inflicted Kramnik's only lose in the penultimate round, there by winning your first Dortmund championship. You are unpredictable!

  • 2 years ago

    marklimpin

    this italian american kid is for real. carlsen is in danger

  • 2 years ago

    onlysalltimebest

    In future wcc will in between Carl & Fabi...

  • 2 years ago

    stormcrown

    Grats to Caruana.

    Ponomariov must be kicking himself for losing to Mateusz; it cost him a clear first.

    Curiously, notice that from the cross table, the top half of the field lost a total of 3 games.  The bottom half lost 16.  (In fact it's even more striated than that...)  I'm concerned our game is played out.

  • 2 years ago

    dcremisi

    Caruana will be a future world champion

  • 2 years ago

    Lawdoginator

    Caruana is on the rise. Go Fab Car! 

  • 2 years ago

    angrybird8

    it was not the berlin wall was it.

  • 2 years ago

    MSC157

    Caruana beated Kramnik against his Berlin wall. Wahnsinn! ;)

  • 2 years ago

    fabelhaft

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