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Michael Adams Wins 41st Sparkassen Chess Meeting

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  • on 8/4/13, 12:05 PM.

On Sunday Michael Adams needed just about two hours to draw his last game and achieve one of his career's best results. In the final round of the Sparkassen Chess Meeting, the 41-year-old English grandmaster split the point with Vladimir Kramnik after just 14 moves to finish clear first with 7 points out of 9 games. This way his opponent came second with 6.5 points. In the last round Fabiano Caruana, Arkadij Naiditsch and Wang Hao won their games against Daniel Fridman, Igor Khenkin and Georg Meier respectively. 

The first grandmaster tournament in Dortmund was held in 1973 and won by Finnish grandmaster Heikki Westerinen. At the time, a one year old Mickey Adams was crawling in diapers, and had no idea about chess yet. Now, four decades later, Adams (41) won the 41st edition convincingly. Like Boris Gelfand, who won the Tal Memorial in Moscow last month, Adams has been among the top players for two decades without having won too many top events. Today's victory is among his best achievements.

The last round saw the dream pairing Adams-Kramnik, but the game itself was rather disappointing, except for the white player of course. It was over in about two hours and only 14 moves, as there was no good way for Kramnik to avoid a move repetition.

Kramnik shared some nice words about his last-round opponent: "Adams' win was fully deserved. He's a very strong player. It's not for nothing that for the past two decades he's been among the best players in the world."

Adams: "I didn't expect such a result. In chess one cannot say in advance how things will go. I prepared every game thoroughly and just wanted to do my best. Besides, my opponents were nice to me. Of course I'm happy that everything worked out so well."

Arkadij Naiditsch and Peter Leko came shared third, with a fifty per cent score. The German grandmaster finished his tournament with a very convincing win over his compatriot Igor Khenkin, who happens to have a lot of experience in this specific variation of the Caro-Kann. Naiditsch, however, has the reputation of a good theoretician, and he showed it with his strong novelty 10.b4.


Wang Hao celebrated his 24th birthday with a nice win over Georg Meier. The start was very quiet but check out the phase from move 45 onwards, when the white bishops became monsters.

Wang Hao receiving a birthday present at the start of the round

Fabiano Caruana played a bad tournament where he lost 16 rating points, but at least he could finish with a win. In the last round he beat Daniel Fridman in a long and tough French game.

Michael Adams, the winner of Dortmund 2013

Dortmund 2013 | Pairings & results

Round 1 15:00 CET 26.07.13   Round 2 15:00 CET 27.07.13
Khenkin ½-½ Leko   Leko ½-½ Caruana
Meier 1-0 Naiditsch   Adams 1-0 Andreikin
Kramnik 1-0 Wang Hao   Wang Hao 1-0 Fridman
Fridman ½-½ Adams   Naiditsch ½-½ Kramnik
Andreikin 0-1 Caruana   Khenkin ½-½ Meier
Round 3 15:00 CET 28.07.13   Round 4 15:00 CET 29.07.13
Meier ½-½ Leko   Leko ½-½ Adams
Kramnik ½-½ Khenkin   Wang Hao 1-0 Caruana
Fridman ½-½ Naiditsch   Naiditsch 1-0 Andreikin
Andreikin ½-½ Wang Hao   Khenkin ½-½ Fridman
Caruana 0-1 Adams   Meier 0-1 Kramnik
Round 5 15:00 CET 30.07.13   Round 6 15:00 CET 01.08.13
Kramnik 1-0 Leko   Leko ½-½ Wang Hao
Fridman ½-½ Meier   Naiditsch 0-1 Adams
Andreikin 1-0 Khenkin   Khenkin ½-½ Caruana
Caruana ½-½ Naiditsch   Meier ½-½ Andreikin
Adams 1-0 Wang Hao   Kramnik 1-0 Fridman
Round 7 15:00 CET 02.08.13   Round 8 15:00 CET 03.08.13
Fridman ½-½ Leko   Leko 1-0 Naiditsch
Andreikin 1-0 Kramnik   Khenkin 0-1 Wang Hao
Caruana ½-½ Meier   Meier ½-½ Adams
Adams 1-0 Khenkin   Kramnik 1-0 Caruana
Wang Hao 0-1 Naiditsch   Fridman ½-½ Andreikin
Round 9 13:00 CET 04.08.13        
Andreikin ½-½ Leko        
Caruana 1-0 Fridman        
Adams ½-½ Kramnik        
Wang Hao 1-0 Meier        
Naiditsch 1-0 Khenkin        

Dortmund 2013 | Final standings

# Player Rating 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 Points SB
1 Adams,M 2740 ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 1 1 1 ½ 7.0/9
2 Kramnik,V 2784 ½ 1 ½ 0 1 1 1 ½ 1 6.5/9
3 Leko,P 2737 ½ 0 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 4.5/9 19.25
4 Naiditsch,A 2710 0 ½ 0 1 0 ½ 1 1 ½ 4.5/9 18.25
5 Andreikin,D 2727 0 1 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ 4.0/9 17.75
6 Meier,G 2610 ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 4.0/9 17.50
7 Caruana,F 2796 0 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ 0 ½ 1 4.0/9 15.25
8 Wang Hao 2752 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 1 1 0 1 4.0/9 15.25
9 Khenkin,I 2605 0 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ 3.5/9
10 Fridman,D 2629 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 0 ½ 3.0/9


Photos courtesy of the official website; games via TWIC

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  • 15 months ago

    mischa84

    Congratulations England.

  • 16 months ago

    maturner

    YAY Mickey!

  • 16 months ago

    pdela

    First position was in play, so it is quite well done by Mickey to achieve a draw in 14 moves

  • 16 months ago

    efrenreyes420

    What an amazing final game by Adams and Kramnik -_- Nobody can catch them so they're guaranteed at least 2nd and yet we see an obliging 14 move draw.  

  • 16 months ago

    pdela

    Mickey!

  • 16 months ago

    Wappinschaw

    Well done Mickey!,Awesome!!

  • 16 months ago

    Czechman

    Wang Hao looks thrilled with his birthday present... whatever THAT'S supposed to be! Undecided 

  • 16 months ago

    ErwinSachs

    Mickey Adams has been on fire for the last year or so....Good luck to him & well done.

  • 16 months ago

    ZeroMotion

    This is one of the reasons you can not play the sicilian as black if white only wants to draw. Too many forcing variations where white can exchange everything or repeat moves.

  • 16 months ago

    -_KNiGHt_-

    Very good job.  I watched him play a lot.   Congrats Michael Adams !  

  • 16 months ago

    Melchizedek10

    Congrats to Mickey on a great win and achieve a new high rating...and strongest all time for England...a humble gentleman he is...still going strong!!

  • 16 months ago

    KamranKazemi

    21. Rxd5 Bc6 22. Rd6 Naiditsch DID NOT SAW THIS VARIANT

  • 16 months ago

    Lawdoginator

    Oh Mickey, you're so fine, you're so fine you blow my mind. Hey Mickey! 

  • 16 months ago

    SummerStorm

    Far out! I've admired his style a long time and as Kramnik said, he's not been in the top players for nothing. Very nice to see the competition is such that many players are this capable. I'm looking forward to studying the games.

  • 16 months ago

    netzach

    Congrats Michael Adams! Smile

  • 16 months ago

    RosieChristensen

    My hero! Congratulations Mickey. 

  • 16 months ago

    IndianHarry

    I love to see Adams and Kramnik back to form. My hearty congrats to Adams.

  • 16 months ago

    SonofPearl

    Congratulations Mickey! Cool

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