Kramnik Dominating Dortmund

Kramnik Dominating Dortmund

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Vladimir Kramnik (pictured) looks to be well on course to a record 10th Dortmund title after crushing Hikaru Nakamura in the fourth round.

The Russian heaped more misery on the American, beating him with the black pieces in 47 moves.

Nakamura tweeted, "Apparently I have resolved that if I cannot win a game of chess, I must do everything within my power to lose instead. Good game plan!"

Georg Meier held Ruslan Ponomariov to a draw in a hard-fought game, and Anish Giri reached a totally blocked position against Le Quang Liem before they split the points.

The standings after four rounds:

1  Kramnik, Vladimir   RUS 2781
2  Ponomariov, Ruslan   UKR 2764
3  Le, Quang Liem   VIE 2715 2
4  Giri, Anish   NED 2701 2
5  Nakamura, Hikaru   USA 2770 1
6  Meier, Georg   GER 2656 1


Hikaru_Nakamura_Rd4.jpg Vladimir Kramnik_rd4.jpg



Ruslan_Ponomariov_rd4.jpg Georg Meier_Rd4.jpg



Anish Giri_Rd4.jpg Le Quang Liem_Rd4.jpg



The tournament runs from 21-31 July, with 26 July being a rest day.  Games start at 3pm local time, except the final round which starts 2 hours earlier.

More information on this double round-robin event can be found at the official website (in German). The live games link is here.


Photos: Georgios Souleidis (official website)

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