Dominguez Wins Dortmund Ahead Of Surging Nepomniachtchi
The 2019 Dortmund champion, Leinier Dominguez Perez. | Photo: Georgios Souleidis/Sparkassen Chess Meeting.

Dominguez Wins Dortmund Ahead Of Surging Nepomniachtchi

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The new world number-10 Leinier Dominguez Perez managed to maintain his narrow lead to win  first place in the 47th Dortmund Sparkassen Chess Meeting with 4.5/7. Just a half-point behind Dominguez were four players, all at 4/7: Ian NepomniachtchiTeimour Radjabov, Radoslaw Wojtaszek, and Richard Rapport

Ulrich Krause, the president of Germany's chess federation, makes the first move in the final-round game between Wojtaszek and Dominguez. | Photo: Georgios Souleidis/Sparkassen Chess Meeting.

This continues an excellent year for Dominguez, who earlier tied for first place in the strong Natanya Masters, tied for second in the U.S. Championship, and scored 6/7 in the Russian league. With a live rating of 2763, Dominguez is just a few points shy of his all-time peak, 2768, which he reached in May 2014.

The critical game of the last round was between Wojtaszek and Dominguez, where a win would allow Wojtaszek to overtake the lead and win the tournament. However, he was not able to pose too many problems against Dominguez's Semi-Tarrasch Defense and eventually had to settle for a draw:

Both Radjabov and Rapport had a chance to catch Dominguez with a last-round win but could not defeat their respective opponents, Kaido Kulaots and Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu.

Although the tournament contained quite a bit of fighting chess, the only decisive points scored in rounds five to seven were by Nepomniachtchi, who managed to override a slow start with wins over Nisipeanu and Daniel Fridman.

The 2018 champion had a volatile event, with three wins, two losses and two draws. | Photo: Georgios Souleidis/Sparkassen Chess Meeting.

Nepomniachtchi's game in round six certainly turned a few heads, as he dismantled Nisipeanu's Petroff in 19 moves:

His final round win against Fridman was less flashy, but no less valuable: he took a small advantage in the endgame and slowly converted it into a full point:

The final round encounter between Nepomniachtchi and Fridman. | Photo: Georgios Souleidis/Sparkassen Chess Meeting.

47th Dortmund Sparkassen Chess Meeting | Final Standings

# Fed Name Rtg Perf 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Pts SB
1 Dominguez Perez,Leinier 2760 2798 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 4.5/7
2 Rapport,Richard 2735 2750 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 4.0/7 14
3 Radjabov,Teimour 2759 2747 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 4.0/7 13.25
4 Wojtaszek,Radoslaw 2737 2749 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 4.0/7 13.25
5 Nepomniachtchi,Ian 2775 2745 0 0 ½ ½ 1 1 1 4.0/7 11.5
6 Kulaots,Kaido 2560 2623 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 0 ½ 2.5/7 9.5
7 Fridman,Daniel 2638 2612 ½ ½ ½ 0 0 1 0 2.5/7 8.75
8 Nisipeanu,Liviu-Dieter 2672 2608 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ 1 2.5/7 7.75

The Dortmund Sparkassen Chess Meeting is a traditional super-tournament held annually in Dortmund, Germany. This year it was an eight-player round robin that took place July 13-21, 2019 in the Orchestra Center in Dortmund.

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