Dortmund Round 1

Dortmund Round 1

SonofPearl
SonofPearl
Jul 2, 2009, 1:52 PM |
10 | Chess Event Coverage

The first round of the Dortmund super-tournament saw Magnus Carlsen (pictured) defeat Dmitry Jakovenko to take an early lead.

Jakovenko tried to blunt Carlsen's attacking flair with the Berlin defence, but Carlsen showed his maturity with a display of flawless endgame technique to gradually bring home the full point.

Peter Leko hasn't beaten Vladimir Kramnik in a long time-control game since he lost to the Russian in their world championship clash in 2004, and he didn't break the hoodoo today.

Leko tried the Catalan but Kramnik held the draw comfortably in just 24 moves.

Leko and Kramnik at the ceremonial start to their game (pic from the offical site).


Naiditsch versus Bacrot also ended in a draw.  Games start at 3pm local time (0900 EDT) and the official site is broadcasting the games on a 15 minute delay. Today's games:

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