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:
Ruslan Ponomariov suffered a setback in round six
Arkadij Naiditsch joined the leaders with a win against Jan Gustafsson
Vladimir Kramnik and Peter Leko at the start of their marathon game
The pairings for round eight (Saturday 21 July, 15:00 UTC):
The pairings for round nine (Sunday 22 July, 13:00 UTC):
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.