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39th Dortmund Chess Meeting 2011 (7)

Kramnik continues Dortmund masterclass

Kramnik beat Meier in Round 9 to go two points clear. Photo © Georgios Souleidis.

Kramnik beat Meier in Round 9 to go two points clear. Photo © Georgios Souleidis. |

Vladimir Kramnik won yet again in the 7th round of the 39th Dortmund Chess Classic, against tail-ender Georg Meier. This extended Kramnik's lead to two points with three rounds to go as Le Quang Liem drew with Hikaru Nakamura. Le looked to have a serious advantage at one stage. Anish Giri scored his second win of the event beating Ruslan Ponomariov from a drawish looking opening. Rd8 Fri 29th July 2011 Pairs: Le-Kramnik, Meier-Giri and Ponomariov-Nakamura.

Vladimir Kramnik against Georg Meier

Vladimir Kramnik against Georg Meier. Photo © Georgios Souleidis Dortmund 2011

Vladimir Kramnik continued his rampage through the tournament by beating bottom rated player Georg Meier. Kramnik played a nice positional game in a Catalan style position where he gradually built up full control of the centre and black's pieces uncoordinated and unable to meet Kramnik's breakthrough in the centre.

Hikaru Nakamura - Le Quang Liem

Hikaru Nakamura against Le Quang Liem

Hikaru Nakamura against Le Quang Liem. Photo © Georgios Souleidis Dortmund 2011

Hikaru Nakamura is toughing out the second half of the Dortmund tournament but is still creating problems for himself. After losing the intitiative on the white side of a Semi-Slav against Le Quang Liem his position went downhill and was probably let off the hook by Le possibly with 30...Nd5 he fought back and the position was level at the first time control and the game was drawn shortly afterwards.

Anish Giri - Ruslan Ponomariov

Anish Giri against Ruslan Ponomariov

Anish Giri against Ruslan Ponomariov. Photo © Georgios Souleidis Dortmund 2011

With all the action going on at the moment it took German journalist Stefan Loeffler ( to point out that it had escaped most people's notice that Anish Giri had not been found a place in the upcoming World Cup in Khanty Mansiysk in spite of having a very good case as a Presidential invitee. Indeed he is higher rated than any of them. Loeffler understands he is very disappointed at the snub but he was restrained in his quote to Loeffler saying "No, I won´t play. I had a suspicion this was going to happen."

Giri is another player who is toughing things out in Germany after not being in the best of form. Giri got nothing against Ruslan Ponomariov's Queen's Gambit but in a quite simplified position started to outplay his opponent. They reached the double rook ending where Giri had an extra pawn but only a small edge. However he ground his way to conversion of this advantage.

Stage in Dortmund during Round 7

Stage in Dortmund during Round 7. Photo © Georgios Souleidis Dortmund 2011

Note that the organisers are delaying the broadcast of moves by 15 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 * * ½ . 1 . 1 ½ 1 . 1 1 6 3027
2. Le, Quang Liem g VIE 2715 ½ . * * ½ . 1 . ½ ½ ½ ½ 4 2778
3. Giri, Anish g NED 2701 0 . ½ . * * 0 1 ½ ½ 1 . 2745
4. Ponomariov, Ruslan g UKR 2764 0 ½ 0 . 1 0 * * 1 . ½ . 3 2679
5. Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2770 0 . ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 . * * ½ . 2617
6. Meier, Georg g GER 2656 0 0 ½ ½ 0 . ½ . ½ . * * 2 2588

Round 7 (July 28, 2011)
Kramnik, Vladimir - Meier, Georg 1-0 49 A15 English counter King's Fianchetto
Giri, Anish - Ponomariov, Ruslan 1-0 64 D37 QGD 5.Bf4
Nakamura, Hikaru - Le, Quang Liem ½-½ 56 D45 Anti-Meran Variations

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