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Adams & Kramnik Win Again in Dortmund

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  • on 2013.08.02. 3:42.

Michael Adams and Vladimir Kramnik are still tied for first place and they're now two full points ahead of the rest of the field at the 41st Sparkassen Chess Meeting in Dortmund, Germany. Both grandmasters won their game on Thursday to reach the excellent score of 5 points ouf of 6 games. Georg Meier and Wang Hao are on 50%, and the other six players have minus scores. There are three more rounds to go and Adams and Kramnik will play each other on the last day!

Especially Vladimir Kramnik is drawing attention in Dortmund. After his bad first half in 2013, the former World Champion is suddenly playing like a young lion, sacrificing material all the time and constantly going for the initiative.

Kramnik's play hasn't been compared that often with that of Mikhail Tal, but his game in round 6 could easily have been played by the Magician from Riga. From a quiet double fianchetto, Kramnik started pushing his pawns on the kingside and then sacrificed a pawn & exchange (!) to tear apart the enemy king's protecting pawns. Daniel Fridman could probably have defended it better; after 28...Qf8 Kramnik found a very nice way to finish the game.

Here's the full game:

 

Michael Adams won quite differently. It was his opponent who started an attack on his king, although this was the logical plan in this typical IQP (isolated queen's pawn) position. Starting from the 21st move, Arkadij Naiditsch brought all kinds of forks into the position. Adam's super solid moves ...Nf6, ..Be8 and especially ...Nc6! basically refuted White's setup and got the h7-bishop trapped.

Peter Leko played well in the opening, a French, against Wang Hao. The Hungarian was in complete control, but then he missed the quiet move 21.Qh4! when the computer gives a winning advantage. White simply continues developing with Bc4 and Rhd1 and Black's position will collapse. In the game Wang Hao had a narrow escape.

Fabiano Caruana also escaped with a draw, after a bit of a strange game with Igor Khenkin. The German grandmaster sacrificed an exchange and got a strong initiative, then Caruana refrained from forcing a draw (34...Rxb3 and Qd1-h5+ is a perpetual) and then Khenkin spoilt a winning advantage after the time control.

Dortmund 2013 | Pairings & results

Round 1 15:00 CET 26.07.13   Round 2 15:00 CET 27.07.13
Khenkin ½-½ Leko   Leko ½-½ Caruana
Meier 1-0 Naiditsch   Adams 1-0 Andreikin
Kramnik 1-0 Wang Hao   Wang Hao 1-0 Fridman
Fridman ½-½ Adams   Naiditsch ½-½ Kramnik
Andreikin 0-1 Caruana   Khenkin ½-½ Meier
Round 3 15:00 CET 28.07.13   Round 4 15:00 CET 29.07.13
Meier ½-½ Leko   Leko ½-½ Adams
Kramnik ½-½ Khenkin   Wang Hao 1-0 Caruana
Fridman ½-½ Naiditsch   Naiditsch 1-0 Andreikin
Andreikin ½-½ Wang Hao   Khenkin ½-½ Fridman
Caruana 0-1 Adams   Meier 0-1 Kramnik
Round 5 15:00 CET 30.07.13   Round 6 15:00 CET 01.08.13
Kramnik 1-0 Leko   Leko ½-½ Wang Hao
Fridman ½-½ Meier   Naiditsch 0-1 Adams
Andreikin 1-0 Khenkin   Khenkin ½-½ Caruana
Caruana ½-½ Naiditsch   Meier ½-½ Andreikin
Adams 1-0 Wang Hao   Kramnik 1-0 Fridman
Round 7 15:00 CET 02.08.13   Round 8 15:00 CET 03.08.13
Fridman - Leko   Leko - Naiditsch
Andreikin - Kramnik   Khenkin - Wang Hao
Caruana - Meier   Meier - Adams
Adams - Khenkin   Kramnik - Caruana
Wang Hao - Naiditsch   Fridman - Andreikin
Round 9 13:00 CET 04.08.13        
Andreikin - Leko        
Caruana - Fridman        
Adams - Kramnik        
Wang Hao - Meier        
Naiditsch - Khenkin        

Dortmund 2013 | Round 6 standings

# Player Rating 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 Points SB
1 Kramnik,Vladimir 2784 1 1 1 ½ ½ 1 5.0/6 13.00
2 Adams,Michael 2740 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 5.0/6 12.25
3 Meier,Georg 2610 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 3.0/6 7.00
4 Wang,Hao 2752 0 0 ½ 1 1 ½ 3.0/6 6.75
5 Leko,Peter 2737 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 2.5/6 8.00
6 Khenkin,Igor 2605 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 2.5/6 7.50
7 Naiditsch,Arkadij 2710 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ 1 2.5/6 6.75
8 Caruana,Fabiano 2796 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 2.5/6 5.75
9 Fridman,Daniel 2629 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 2.0/6 6.50
10 Andreikin,Dmitry 2727 0 ½ ½ 1 0 0 2.0/6 5.50

Photos courtesy of the official website; games via TWIC

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  • 15 hónap ezelőtt

    webmaster

    @_valentin_  Should have written 'disappointing first half' as he played very well in London indeed!

  • 15 hónap ezelőtt

    _valentin_

    What "bad first half" is this article referring to (for Kramnik)?!  

    He co-won the Candidates Event -- arguably one of the strongest events in chess history -- showing strikingly strong and effective play especially in the second half, and also presenting innovative ideas in almost every game!  

    Sure, he flopped in the Tal Memorial, but one tournament doesn't make a "bad first half", it's just one bad tournament...  Stick to the facts, please!

  • 15 hónap ezelőtt

    drumdaddy

    Adams and Kramnick are scheduled to meet in the final round. Excellent!

  • 15 hónap ezelőtt

    NajdorfDefense

    He's -1 after 6 games, so what? Is there shame in losing to Mickey or Hao??

  • 15 hónap ezelőtt

    chessdentist

    i think Caruana is tired from too much games recently

  • 15 hónap ezelőtt

    Lawdoginator

    What happened to Caruana? 

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