Michael Adams Wins 41st Sparkassen Chess Meeting

Michael Adams Wins 41st Sparkassen Chess Meeting

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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


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