Three more draws in round 7 Dortmund

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After three more draws in round 7 Carlsen still leads the Sparkassen Chess Meeting in Dortmund. Naiditsch had a winning position against Jakovenko (who played the Sicilian Dragon!) but allowed his opponent a narrow escape.

The Sparkassen Chess Meeting takes place July 2-12 in Dortmund, Germany. Carlsen, Jakovenko, Kramnik, Leko, Bacrot and Naiditsch play a double round-robin. The rate of play is 40 moves in 100 minutes, then 50 minutes for 20 moves and then 15 minutes to end the game with 30 seconds increment per move from the start.

Round 7

Carlsen-Leko wasn't much of a game after the Hungarian neutralised a topical Anti-Marshall line. The endgame already looked very drawish but it looks like Leko found the evidence that it actually is

Bacrot-Kramnik was pretty spectacular, especially when you haven't seen this sharp Petroff (not always a contradictio in terminis!) stuff before. Kramnik could have tried repeating once more with 28...Qb6 to see if Bacrot would fall for 29.Kg3? g5! but instead the Russian grandmaster went for a drawn ending.

The game of the day was Naiditsch-Jakovenko. It was nice to see the Russian going for the Dragon and indeed the game became quite sharp right after the opening. Naiditsch seemed well prepared and after surviving Black's early attack he was better. His advantage slowly but surely increased until he was clearly winning (due to Jakovenko erring on move 50). The local hero then missed two wins and had to settle for the draw anyway.

Carlsen still leads with half a point over Kramnik and Leko. The three players are all still undefeated in the tournament which now has a 77% drawing percentage. In round 7 on Friday the top encounter Kramnik-Carlsen is scheduled.

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