Germans Suffer In Dortmund Round 3
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The exciting chess continued in round three at Dortmund, with 4 decisive games out of the 5 played.
Vladimir Kramnik heaped more misery on back-marker Mateusz Bartel, inflicting his third defeat in as many games.
It was a bad day all-round for Germany as Elo superiority told with Ruslan Ponomariov, Peter Leko and Fabiano Caruana all defeating the local opposition. Only Arkadij Naiditsch was able to save a half point against Sergey Karjakin.
The standings after round 3:
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.