Dominguez Leads Dortmund After 4 Rounds
Leinier Dominguez Perez. | Photo: Georgios Souleidis/Sparkassen Chess Meeting.

Dominguez Leads Dortmund After 4 Rounds

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The current U.S. number-three, Leinier Dominguez Perez, has a narrow lead with a 3/4 score after four rounds in the 47th Dortmund Sparkassen Chess Meeting. He is closely followed by three players with 2.5/4: Teimour RadjabovRadoslaw Wojtaszek and Richard Rapport.

The Dortmund Sparkassen Chess Meeting is a traditional super-tournament held annually in Dortmund, Germany. This year it is an eight-player round robin, filled with an interesting mix of some of the world's top grandmasters.

Teimour Radjabov vs. Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu. | Photo: Georgios Souleidis/Sparkassen Chess Meeting.

Dominguez seized the lead in round three when he defeated the previous year's champion, Ian Nepomniachtchi, in an exceptionally played Caro-Kann, annotated here by GM Dejan Bojkov:

Nepomniachtchi vs. Dominguez, round three.| Photo: Georgios Souleidis/Sparkassen Chess Meeting.

Combined with a first-round win over Nisipeanu and two draws against Rapport and Radjabov, the win puts Dominguez on plus-two with three rounds to go.

Dominguez vs. Rapport. | Photo: Georgios Souleidis/Sparkassen Chess Meeting.

Other highlights include Wojtaszek's convincing victory over GM Daniel Fridman: 

Fridman's win over GM Kaido Kulaots in round one is worth a look:

And finally, check out Rapport's elegant technical win over Nepomniachtchi:

Rapport vs. Radjabov. | Photo: Georgios Souleidis/Sparkassen Chess Meeting.

47th Dortmund Sparkassen Chess Meeting | Round 4 Standings

# Fed Name Rtg Perf 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Pts SB
1 Dominguez Perez, Leinier 2760 2928 ½ ½ 1 1 3.0
2 Radjabov, Teimour 2759 2821 ½ ½ ½ 1 2.5 5.5
3 Rapport, Richard 2735 2828 ½ ½ 1 ½ 2.5 5
4 Wojtaszek, Radoslaw 2737 2778 ½ ½ 1 ½ 2.5 4
5 Nepomniachtchi, Ian 2775 2611 0 0 ½ 1 1.5 2.25
6 Fridman, Daniel 2638 2589 ½ 0 0 1 1.5 2.25
7 Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter 2672 2592 0 0 1 ½ 1.5 2
8 Kulaots, Kaido 2560 2512 ½ 0 0 ½ 1.0

With three rounds to play, everything is still up for grabs in the coming days.

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IM Kostya Kavutskiy is a professional chess author, journalist, coach, commentator, and player. As a part of's content team since 2009, Kostya has recorded many video lectures, covered elite tournaments, written instructive articles & blogs, and has done many live commentary shows for Chess TV. Kostya has also written a number of articles for Chess Life magazine and Chess Life Online, and is currently an instructor for Chess University. In 2015, Modernized: The Open Sicilian was released, which Kostya co-authored with IM Zhanibek Amanov. Kostya's tournament accomplishments include winning the 2014 Southern California Closed Championship, as well as achieving his IM title in November 2016. In April 2017, he placed 6th in the star-studded 2017 Reykjavik Open. He currently resides in Mountain View, CA, and his plans are to pursue the GM title while working actively as a coach.



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