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Tight Contest As Dortmund Nears Close

  • SonofPearl
  • on 7/21/12, 12:38 AM.

The fight for victory in the Dortmund tournament is extremely close with just two round remaining.

At the top of the standings there is still a three-way tie for first place, with Vladimir Kramnik, Sergey Karjakin and Arkadij Naiditsch (pictured) all having 4½ points.

Naiditsch joined the leaders thanks to a win over Jan Gustafsson in round six, while former co-leader Ruslan Ponomariov blundered against backmarker Matesuz Bartel and now trails half a point behind the leaders.  All games in round seven were drawn, including a gruelling 134 move clash between former world championship rivals Vladimir Kramnik and Peter Leko.

The standings after seven rounds:

# Name Nat Elo Pts
1 Naiditsch, Arkadij  GER 2700 4.5
2 Kramnik, Vladimir RUS 2799 4.5
3 Karjakin, Sergey  RUS  2779 4.5
4 Ponomariov, Ruslan  UKR  2726 4.0
5 Caruana, Fabiano  ITA  2775 4.0
6 Leko, Peter  HUN  2730 4.0
7 Meier, Georg  GER  2644 3.5
8 Fridman, Daniel  GER  2655 2.5
9 Bartel, Mateusz  POL  2674 2.0
10 Gustafsson, Jan  GER  2629 1.5

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Ruslan Ponomariov suffered a setback in round six

Ruslan Ponomariov round 6 Dortmund 2012.jpg

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Arkadij Naiditsch joined the leaders with a win against Jan Gustafsson

Jan Gustafsson v Arkadij Naiditsch round 6 Dortmund 2012.jpg

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Vladimir Kramnik and Peter Leko at the start of their marathon game

Vladimir Kramnik Peter Leko Dortmund 2012 round 7.jpg

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The pairings for round eight (Saturday 21 July, 15:00 UTC):

Gustafsson v Ponomariov
Fridman v Naiditsch
Leko v Bartel
Caruana v Kramnik
Meier v Karjakin

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The pairings for round nine (Sunday 22 July, 13:00 UTC):

Karjakin v Gustafsson
Ponomariov v Fridman
Naiditsch v Leko
Bartel v Caruana
Kramnik v Meier

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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

    fabelhaft

    "Astonishing that Kramnik missed the simple 37. Rbxb6, winning two pawns"

    Yes, and considering that it's Kramnik we're speaking of it's also rather astonishing that he missed 80. Nxf4 Rxf4 81. Rh8+ Ka7 82. d5 and the pawn can only be stopped by sacrificing the rook (this line could also have been played on the 82nd move).

  • 2 years ago

    Estragon

    Kramnik lost to Caruana in the penultimate round, so there is a five-way tie for first with 5.0 (+2) with Kramnik half a point behind.

  • 2 years ago

    Jane1996

    Astonishing that Kramnik missed the simple 37. Rbxb6, winning two pawns.

  • 2 years ago

    novzki41

    Interesting round.. All wins were from black.. 

  • 2 years ago

    Nao83

    sorry, I thought we were talking of Raxb6

  • 2 years ago

    edsonigor

    Why kramnik don't played 54. Nxb6? with 55. Nd7+ or Nd5+

  • 2 years ago

    NEWLINE

    "No, after 37. Rbxb6 Rxb6 38. Ra8+ leads to mate."

    yea...and I can't believe kramnik missed that.....

  • 2 years ago

    fabelhaft

    I followed Kramnik's game online, and many were surprised at all the wins Kramnik missed. The one on the 37th move was one of the quickest since it just picks up two pawns, and he had at least a dozen minutes on the clock for the remaining three moves. Monokroussos at The Chess Mind writes that Kramnik made a

    "shocking number of tactical flubs, when he would fail to capitalize on his hard-earned winning chances. Lots of spectators and online commentators expressed shock and horror at Kramnik's failure"

  • 2 years ago

    fabelhaft

    "@NEWLINE, because after 37.Rxb6 Rxb6 38.Rxb6 Bxe5 39.dxe5 Kf7 the game is a dead draw."

    No, after 37. Rbxb6 Rxb6 38. Ra8+ leads to mate.

  • 2 years ago

    imsodumicantdie

    Kramnik at +2, this is unusual for him again lower rated players. :P

  • 2 years ago

    Nao83

    @NEWLINE, because after 37.Rxb6 Rxb6 38.Rxb6 Bxe5 39.dxe5 Kf7 the game is a dead draw.

  • 2 years ago

    NEWLINE

    in kramnik-leko game

    why not 37.Rxb6 followed by 38.Rxe6 instead of 37.Nd3 ?? 

  • 2 years ago

    offroff

    Karjakin finishes against Meier and Gustafsson. He'll win.

  • 2 years ago

    MSC157

    Nalimov Engame Tables says it's a draw after 100...Bxd6.

    Great games! Woohoo! :)

  • 2 years ago

    Lawdoginator

    It would be a hoot if Pono or Naidi won this thing over the big boys. 

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