Nakamura Beats Kramnik In Dortmund Finale

Nakamura Beats Kramnik In Dortmund Finale

SonofPearl
SonofPearl
Jul 31, 2011, 11:43 AM |
36 | Chess Event Coverage

Having already won this year's Dortmund tournament with a round to spare, Vladimir Kramnik could have coasted past the finishing line with a quiet draw in the last round.

Fortunately for chess fans, he decided to throw caution to the wind against Hikaru Nakamura in an exciting finale.

But Nakamura was able to defend against Kramnik's sacrificial attack and spoil the Russian's big finish.

Both the other games in the final round ended in draws.

The final standings:

1  Kramnik, Vladimir  RUS 2781 * * ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 0 1 1 7
2
 Le, Quang Liem  VIE 2715 ½ ½ * * 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½
3  Ponomariov, Ruslan  UKR 2764 0 ½ 0 ½ * * 1 0 1 1 ½ ½ 5
4  Giri, Anish  NED 2701 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 1 * * ½ ½ 1 ½ 5
5  Nakamura, Hikaru  USA 2770 0 1 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ ½ * * ½ 1
6  Meier, Georg  GER 2656 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 * * 3

 

Kramnik uncharacteristically played a speculative piece sacrifice and paid the price

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10-times Dortmund Champion, Vladimir Kramnik

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More information on the Dortmund 2011 chess festival can be found at the official website (in German).

 

Photos: Georgios Souleidis (official website)

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