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Tight Contest As Dortmund Nears Close

Tight Contest As Dortmund Nears Close

SonofPearl
Jul 21, 2012, 12:38 AM 3,804 Reads 17 Comments Chess event coverage

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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