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39th Dortmund Chess Meeting 2011 (2)

Kramnik beats Meier for perfect start to Dortmund

Georg Meier was defeated by Vladimir Kramnik in Round 2. Photo © Georgios Souleidis.

Georg Meier was defeated by Vladimir Kramnik in Round 2. Photo © Georgios Souleidis. | http://www.sparkassen-chess-meeting.de/2011/home-mainmenu-1.html

The 39th Dortmund Chess Meeting second round took place on Friday 22nd July. Kramnik has started quickly in his attempt to win his 10th Dortmund title with a second win, this time against young Georg Meier. Aggressive and risky play with black paid off for Kramnik. Ponomariov took advantage of some passive play from Giri to get back to 50%. Nakamura drew quickly against Le Quang Liem. Rd3 Saturday 2pm UK time. Pairs: Kramnik-Le, Giri-Meier, Nakamura-Ponomariov.

Stage Round 2

Stage Round 2. Photo © Georgios Souleidis Dortmund 2011

Vladimir Kramnik really went for Georg Meier the young German player who is by far the lowest rated player in the tournament. Not known for his risky play Kramnik complicated things from the start and quite riskily (29.Rxd4 looks good for white) and was rewarded with a quick win after Meier lost his way and played the immediately losing 31.Ne1 (31.e4) in a difficult but balanced position.

Ponomariov struck back against Giri after losing against Kramnik in Round 1.

Ponomariov struck back against Giri after losing against Kramnik in Round 1. Photo © Georgios Souleidis Dortmund 2011

Ruslan Ponomariov recovered quickly from his round one loss by beating Anish Giri. It seemed at first the young Dutch player was doing well but he too eager for exchanges and white really took over the initiative once the queens came off and Giri had no answer at all.

Hikaru Nakamura quickly equalised on the black side of a Nimzo-Indian and agreed to a repetition on move 22 against Le Quang Liem.

Note that the organisers are delaying the broadcast of moves by 30 minutes each round to help against possible computer cheating.

39th GM Dortmund (GER), 21-31 vii 2011 cat. XX (2731)
1 2 3 4 5 6
1. Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2781 * * . . . . 1 . . . 1 . 2
2. Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2770 . . * * ½ . . . ½ . . . 1 2708
3. Le, Quang Liem g VIE 2715 . . ½ . * * . . . . ½ . 1 2713
4. Ponomariov, Ruslan g UKR 2764 0 . . . . . * * 1 . . . 1 2741
5. Giri, Anish g NED 2701 . . ½ . . . 0 . * * . . ½ 2574
6. Meier, Georg g GER 2656 0 . . . ½ . . . . . * * ½ 2555
Round 2 (July 22, 2011)
Le, Quang Liem - Nakamura, Hikaru ½-½ 22 E20 Nimzo Indian
Ponomariov, Ruslan - Giri, Anish 1-0 34 D45 Anti-Meran Variations
Meier, Georg - Kramnik, Vladimir 0-1 32 E15 Queens Indian

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