Nepomniachtchi Maintains Dortmund Lead In Dramatic Round
Round 6 in Dortmund. | Photo: Georgios Souleidis/Official site.

Nepomniachtchi Maintains Dortmund Lead In Dramatic Round

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By surviving a lost position, Ian Nepomniachtchi kept his lead going into the last round of the Sparkassen Chess Meeting in Dortmund. 

Vladimir Kramnik suffered his second straight loss. He overpressed, and got outplayed by Anish Giri in an endgame. Georg Meier scored his first win, vs Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu. 

It was a narrow escape for tournament leader Nepomniachtchi, who had been outplayed by Duda, was two pawns down and basically waiting for his opponent to deliver the decisive blow. But it didn't come.

A tough one for Duda, who had played like Karpov in his best 1.e4 days up to that point.

Duda Nepomniachtchi Dortmund 2018

An important save by Nepomniachtchi. | Photo: Georgios Souleidis.

Duda was not the only one leaving the round with a bitter feeling. Vladimir Kramnik suffered an unnecessary loss as well, after avoiding the draw a few times. Anish Giri had played a good game, and around move 30 it was time to call it a day.

Instead, Kramnik continued playing aggressively, but it all backfired. Giri ended up with two connected passed pawns on the queenside, and after defending accurately against White's threats, this pawn duo decided the game.


Kramnik Giri Dortmund 2018

Kramnik might have been over-optimistic again. | Photo: Georgios Souleidis.

Georg Meier had started with five solid draws, and his tournament got even better as he won in round six. At the same time, this edition of Dortmund has become a disaster for Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu, who lost his fourth game. 

Thanks to excellent preparation Meier got a clearly better position out of the opening. "I didn't want to have to settle for draw so easily, like against Kovalev, so I decided to look at the main line a bit more in the last few days."

That worked out well, and with an early tactic he won material. The technical phase was no problem either.

Meier Nisipeanu Dortmund 2018

A disastrous tournament for Nisipeanu. | Photo: Georgios Souleidis.

Radek Wojtaszek and Vladislav Kovalev played a Catalan that turned into a kind of Tarrasch Queen's Gambit after Black played the new move 8...c5. White got the better pawn structure and managed to keep an advantage, but Wojtaszek said that he missed the move 30.Bf3! after which things petered out into a draw.

Wojtaszek Kovalev Dortmund 2018

Wojtaszek vs Kovalev. | Photo: Georgios Souleidis.

Dortmund 2018 | Round 6 Standings

# Fed Name Rtg Perf 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Pt SB
1 Nepomniachtchi,Ian 2757 2848 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 4.0/6
2 Kovalev,Vladislav 2655 2776 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 3.5/6 10.75
3 Duda,Jan-Krzysztof 2737 2764 ½ ½ ½ 1 0 1 3.5/6 9
4 Meier,Georg 2628 2786 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 3.5/6 8.75
5 Giri,Anish 2782 2765 ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 1 3.5/6 8.5
6 Wojtaszek,Radoslaw 2733 2667 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 2.5/6 8.5
7 Kramnik,Vladimir 2792 2660 0 1 ½ 0 ½ ½ 2.5/6 7
8 Nisipeanu,Liviu-Dieter 2672 2446 0 ½ 0 0 0 ½ 1.0/6

Pairings last round, Sunday, July 22 at 1 p.m. (4 a.m. Pacific, 7 a.m. Eastern): Nepomniachtchi-Meier, Giri-Duda, Kovalev-Kramnik, Nisipeanu-Wojtaszek. You can follow the games in Live Chess.

Games via TWIC.

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