Ponomariov Wins Dortmund 2010

Ponomariov Wins Dortmund 2010

SonofPearl
SonofPearl
Jul 25, 2010, 12:13 PM |
6 | Chess Event Coverage

Ruslan Ponomariov drew rising star Le Quang Liem in the final round to secure his first Dortmund title.

Ponomariov made the pragmatic choice of the exchange variation against Le Quang Liem's Caro-Kann defence, and scored the draw he required.

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However, both other final round games were to end decisively.  Vladimir Kramnik managed to conjure up a win against Mamedyarov to claw his way back to an even score.

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Peter Leko scored his first victory of the event against Naditsch to avoid finishing in clear last place, but the former world title challenger will want to forget this tournament.

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The final crosstable:

 Ponomariov, Ruslan UKR 2734 * * 0 ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 1 ½
 Le Quang Liem VIE 2681 1 ½ * * ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½
 Kramnik, Vladimir RUS 2790 0 ½ ½ ½ * * ½ 1 1 0 ½ ½ 5
 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar AZE 2761 0 ½ 1 ½ ½ 0 * * 1 0 ½ 1 5
 Naiditsch, Arkadij GER 2684 ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 1 0 1 * * ½ 0 4
 Leko, Peter HUN 2734 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 * * 4

 

So, a great tournament for Ponomariov, but also an excellent display by the Vietnamese talent Quang Liem in his first supertournament, finishing ahead of a former world champion.  Definitely one to watch for the future!


All photos by Georgios Souleidis.

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