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Dortmund: Half-point Lead for Adams, Faces Kramnik Tomorrow

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  • on 03-08-13 14:55.

The 41st Sparkassen Chess Meeting is going to have an exciting final round, with a dream pairing. Michael Adams is half a point ahead of Vladimir Kramnik, and these two players face each other tomorrow in Dortmund, with the Englishman playing the white pieces. Adams beat Daniel Fridman on Friday and then played a solid draw with Georg Meier on Saturday. Kramnik surprisingly lost to Dmitry Andreikin, but then recovered by beating Fabiano Caruana in a very long game. (This report cover rounds 7 and 8.)

Adams played another wonderful white game on Friday. In a sideline of the Caro-Kann (7...Nf6 was considered dubious for a long time but now seems quite playable) he outplayed Daniel Fridman completely after the German took back on f6 wrongly. 16...exf6 17. Rh3 Be7 is OK for Black; in the game he quickly lost a pawn and his king was stuck in the center.

In the next round, Adams (whose performance rating had peaked to 3019 by then!) held Georg Meier to a draw with Black in what was a very solid game for the English grandmaster.

Vladimir Kramnik suffered a surprising loss to Dmitry Andreikin, who seemed to be completely out of form in Dortmund. However, after the rest day the young Russian grandmaster beat Igor Khenkin, followed by a quick draw with Meier. Kramnik was surely warned, because he lost to the same opponent at this year's Tal Memorial. Most surprising was how much Andreikin was in full control, from start to finish.

And so Adams was suddenly a full point ahead of Kramnik, with two rounds to go. This gap was decreased to half a point today, as Kramnik managed to grind down Fabiano Caruana in a very long game. OK, it was "only" 76 moves, but the players actually sat at the board for seven hours! For Caruana it was quite a disappointing affair, because he defended very well and missed a draw one move before the end, with 75...b2. In the game the white knight is in time for a deadly fork on c3...

Wang Hao played quite OK, until he lost both of his games in rounds 7 and 8. On Friday he started a furious attack, sacrificing a knight and then an exchange, only to find out that there was no mate.

The next day, Wang Hao was completely outplayed by Igor Khenkin:

Let's finish with another puzzle, from Peter Leko's win against Arkadij Naiditsch. Can you find what was wrong with Naiditsch's last move 30...Rxf3?

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 ½-½ Leko   Leko 1-0 Naiditsch
Andreikin 1-0 Kramnik   Khenkin 0-1 Wang Hao
Caruana ½-½ Meier   Meier ½-½ Adams
Adams 1-0 Khenkin   Kramnik 1-0 Caruana
Wang Hao 0-1 Naiditsch   Fridman ½-½ Andreikin
Round 9 13:00 CET 04.08.13        
Andreikin - Leko        
Caruana - Fridman        
Adams - Kramnik        
Wang Hao - Meier        
Naiditsch - Khenkin        

Dortmund 2013 | Round 8 standings

# Player Rating 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 Points SB
1 Adams,M 2740 ½ ½ 1 1 1 ½ 1 1 6.5/8
2 Kramnik,V 2784 1 1 0 ½ ½ 1 1 1 6.0/8
3 Meier,G 2610 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 4.0/8 15.25
4 Leko,P 2737 ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 4.0/8 15.00
5 Andreikin,D 2727 0 1 ½ 1 0 ½ 0 ½ 3.5/8 14.50
6 Khenkin,I 2605 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 3.5/8 13.00
7 Naiditsch,A 2710 0 ½ 0 0 1 ½ ½ 1 3.5/8 12.50
8 Fridman,D 2629 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 3.0/8 12.50
9 Caruana,F 2796 0 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 0 3.0/8 11.00
10 Wang Hao 2752 0 0 ½ ½ 0 0 1 1 3.0/8 9.75


Photos courtesy of the official website; games via TWIC

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  • 14 maanden geleden

    Czechman

    According to that website, Adams won. No game, no commentary, no English.

  • 14 maanden geleden

    WalangAlam

    Either guys deserve to win!

  • 14 maanden geleden

    ErwinSachs

    n other news, IM Jens Kotainy was disqualified today from the open tournament, where seven rounds had been played. Christian Goldschmidt posted the following text in the Facebook group against cheating in chess:

    I am the Tournament director of the Sparkassen Open in Dortmund. We disqualified Jens Kotainy today from the tournament, because of Computer Cheating. We claimed his cell phone before the round today. Coincidentally we determined that his turned-off(!) cellphone made morselike vibrations. 

    Soon afterwards an official statement in German was put up on the homepage of the Sparkassen Chess Meeting which confirmed the above. It mentions that Kotainy was leading the tournament with 7 out of 7, and because he had been accused of cheating at previous events, the arbiters and organizers had him under special observation.

    In the Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung, Goldschmidt is quoted:

    We noticed irregularities. After each move, he put his hand in his left pocket.

     

    The fact that Kotainy's moves were close to 100% of Houdini's choices, added to the suspicion. Before the 8th round, the arbiters asked Kotainy to hand over his cell phone. Even though it appeared to be switched off, it suddenly buzzed in the hand of the arbiter, upon which he decided to disqualify the player.

    According to the WAZ, Kotainy denies that he cheated. He claims that his brother, a trained computer scientist, has written anti-theft software for mobile phones which would make it vibrate "every ten seconds without internet connection".

  • 14 maanden geleden

    Crazychessplaya

    Leko won a game? Wow!

  • 14 maanden geleden

    danplaychess

    go Mickey! What happened to Caruana?

  • 14 maanden geleden

    chessBBQ

    Adams needs to play e4 so we get some fireworks tomorrow.I'm sure Kramnik will not play a Berlin and Im hoping he'll get back with his Sveshnikov

  • 14 maanden geleden

    ChrisDossett

    Mickey deserves to win this tournament after his play in the first 8 rounds

  • 14 maanden geleden

    johnnyg264

    Adams is capable of some great chess! I hope he wins - always exciting to watch and an unfairly categorised underdog.

  • 14 maanden geleden

    MSC157

    Very nice tournament! I hope Kramnik manages to get that win. :)

    http://www.chess.com/forum/view/general/when-amateurs-know-too-much-kramnik---caruana

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