No Doubt In Dortmund: Duda Is The Real Thing
Jan Krzysztof Duda. | Photo: Georgios Souleidis/official site.

No Doubt In Dortmund: Duda Is The Real Thing

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Jan-Krzysztof Duda won his third-round game today at the Sparkassen Chess Meeting. He kept his lead by beating his compatriot and last year's tournament winner, Radoslaw Wojtaszek.

The round saw two more decisive games. Again using very little time on the clock, Ian Nepomniachtchi outplayed Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu, whereas Anish Giri over-pressed and lost from a better position against Vladislav Kovalev.

Kovalev tried a well-known gambit from the Nimzowitsch Sicilian. Perhaps caught off-guard as an irregular 1.e4-player, Giri didn't go for the most critical line (this author couldn't resist including a game of his from 15 years back in Bojkov's analysis ) but kept an edge anyway.

Or maybe the Dutchman was still in "relax mode."

Playing against an isolated queen's pawn, Giri was the one who was playing for two results. It was hard to believe that a third result was possible, until Kovalev unleashed a devilish pawn sac that turned the tables completely.


Giri Kovalev Dortmund 2018

Giri suffered only his second loss as White in a classical game this year. The other one was against Magnus Carlsen in Shamkir. | Photo: Georgios Souleidis.

Duda's steady rise to the top is continuing. His surname, incidentally the same as that of the Polish president, means "doubt" in Spanish but his play is leaving less and less doubt.

He ended on top in a tactical Trompowsky skirmish against Wojtaszek, who said he had completely missed 23.Qa4. Duda defeated Wojtaszek two months after doing so at the recent Polish championship. 

Duda - Wojtaszek Dortmund 2018

Duda seems to be the real deal! | Photo: Georgios Souleidis.

Nepomniachtchi repeated his feat of Sunday, again having truckloads of time on his clock at the end of the game. He still had two hours and 11 minutes, to be exact, when Nisipeanu resigned. Afterward the Russian GM explained that he had analysed the position at home, and also was thinking a lot in his opponent's time.

Nisipeanu was completely stuck in the final position but it's not a real zugzwang because doing nothing would also lose, as White can start collecting on c6.

Nepomniachtchi - Nisipeanu Dortmund 2018

A tremendously powerful and instructive game by Nepomniachtchi, who used both sides of the board to reach a winning position. | Photo: Georgios Souleidis.

Kramnik is not out of contention yet, but his 11th title won't come easy after another draw with the white pieces. Meier got under some pressure, but eventually survived the test of his French defense as he played super accurately in the middlegame.

Meier Kramnik Paehtz

IM Elisabeth Paehtz making the first move. | Photo: Georgios Souleidis.

Dortmund 2018 | Round 3 Standings

# Fed Name Rtg Perf 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Pts SB
1 Duda,Jan-Krzysztof 2737 2966 ½ 1 1 2.5/3
2 Kovalev,Vladislav 2655 2879 ½ ½ 1 2.0/3 3.25
3 Nepomniachtchi,Ian 2757 2823 ½ ½ 1 2.0/3 2
4 Meier,Georg 2628 2769 ½ ½ ½ 1.5/3 1.75
5 Kramnik,Vladimir 2792 2678 ½ ½ ½ 1.5/3 1.5
6 Giri,Anish 2782 2560 0 ½ ½ 1.0/3 1.75
7 Wojtaszek,Radoslaw 2733 2599 0 ½ ½ 1.0/3 1.5
8 Nisipeanu,Liviu-Dieter 2672 2483 0 0 ½ 0.5/3

Round-four pairings, Wednesday, July 18 at 3 p.m. (6 a.m. Pacific, 9 a.m. Eastern): Meier-Kovalev, Nisipeanu-Giri, Wojtaszek-Nepomniachtchi, Kramnik-Duda. You can follow the games in Live Chess.

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