Tight Contest As Dortmund Nears Close

Tight Contest As Dortmund Nears Close

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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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