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39th Dortmund Chess Meeting 2011 (9)

Kramnik coasts to 10th Dortmund victory

Hikaru Nakamura scored his first win of the event. Photo © Georgios Souleidis.

Hikaru Nakamura scored his first win of the event. Photo © Georgios Souleidis. | http://www.sparkassen-chess-meeting.de/2011/

Vladimir Kramnik secured his 10th Dortmund tournament win with a 28 move draw against Anish Giri. To win such a strong event even once is a great achievement but 10 times is astonishing. Hikaru Nakamura scored his first win when his opponent Georg Meier missed a simple trick after which he just had to resign. Ponomariov-Le Quang Liem was an uneventful draw. Final Round 10 Sun 31st July 12pm UK time: Le-Giri, Kramnik-Nakamura and Meier-Ponomariov.

Anish Giri draw Vladimir Kramnik

Anish Giri draw Vladimir Kramnik

Anish Giri draw Vladimir Kramnik. Photo © Georgios Souleidis Dortmund 2011

Vladimir Kramnik had an easy draw with black against Anish Giri in the 9th round of the 39th Dortmund Chess Meeting to secure first place in the tournament with a round to go. Dortmund is almost Kramnik's home event, he has a great relationship with the organisers (even choosing to play here rather than for Russia in the World Team Championship) and he has now won the event an amazing ten times. Giri played a Closed Catalan and the players repeated moves at the end of the game finishing on move 28. It might easily have all been preparation from Kramnik.

Ruslan Ponomariov draw Le Quang Liem

Ruslan Ponomariov draw Le Quang Liem

Ruslan Ponomariov draw Le Quang Liem Photo © Georgios Souleidis Dortmund 2011

Ruslan Ponomariov and Le Quang Liem drew a Sicilian in 49 moves which eventually traded to a bishops of opposite colours ending.

Hikaru Nakamura 1-0 Georg Meier

Hikaru Nakamura 1-0 Georg Meier

Hikaru Nakamura 1-0 Georg Meier. Photo © Georgios Souleidis Dortmund 2011

Hikaru Nakamura was gifted a win in the 9th round by home player Georg Meier. Nakamura didn't have very much out of the 1.g3 opening but it was the kind of tricky position he likes and Meier missed the small trick of b6 that Nakamura set up and lost on move 34.

Georg Meier

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Hikaru Nakamura

Position after 32.a4

32....Ra2?!

32... Qe7 is better 33. b5 Rb2

33. b5 Rxa4??

Black is probably losing now anyhow but there are better moves here.

33... Rb2 34. Qb7 Kg7

33... axb5 34. axb5 Rb2 35. Ra1

34. b6 1-0

And white will queen a pawn or win a rook.

Round 9 Stage

Round 9 Stage. Photo © Georgios Souleidis Dortmund 2011

39th GM Dortmund (GER), 21-31 vii 2011 cat. XX (2731)
1 2 3 4 5 6
1. Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2781 * * ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 . 1 1 7 2935
2. Le, Quang Liem g VIE 2715 ½ ½ * * 1 ½ ½ . ½ ½ ½ ½ 5 2781
3. Ponomariov, Ruslan g UKR 2764 0 ½ 0 ½ * * 1 0 1 1 ½ . 2732
4. Giri, Anish g NED 2701 0 ½ ½ . 0 1 * * ½ ½ 1 ½ 2739
5. Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2770 0 . ½ ½ 0 0 ½ ½ * * ½ 1 2637
6. Meier, Georg g GER 2656 0 0 ½ ½ ½ . 0 ½ ½ 0 * * 2578
Round 9 (July 30, 2011)
Ponomariov, Ruslan - Le, Quang Liem ½-½ 49 B84 Sicilian Scheveningen
Giri, Anish - Kramnik, Vladimir ½-½ 28 E10 Blumenfeld Counter Gambit
Nakamura, Hikaru - Meier, Georg 1-0 34 A00 Irregular Openings

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