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39th Dortmund Chess Meeting 2011 (8)

Kramnik maintains his two point lead after drawing with Le Quang Liem

Vladimir Kramnik needs at most a draw in the last two rounds to win his 10th Dortmund Title. Photo © Georgios Souleidis.

Vladimir Kramnik needs at most a draw in the last two rounds to win his 10th Dortmund Title. Photo © Georgios Souleidis. | http://www.sparkassen-chess-meeting.de/2011/

Vladimir Kramnik had to show a little care in drawing with black against second placed Le Quang Liem but he is playing so well it hardly seemed likely he would lose and the game was drawn in 56 moves. This leaves him two points clear with just two rounds to go and a certainty to claim his tenth title in this, the 39th Dortmund Chess Meeting. Hikaru Nakamura went down to his second loss to Ruslan Ponomariov in the event. Nakamura was ground down in an Exchange King's Indian. Anish Giri couldn't make anything of a tiny advantage against Georg Meier. Rd 9 30th July 2pm UK time: Ponomariov-Le, Nakamura-Meier, Giri-Kramnik.

Le Quang Liem against Vladimir Kramnik

Le Quang Liem against Vladimir Kramnik

Le Quang Liem against Vladimir Kramnik. Photo © Georgios Souleidis Dortmund 2011

Le Quang Liem put Vladimir Kramnik under a small amount of pressure with a tiny edge on the white side of a Queen's Indian due to his passed c-pawn. Although his position was unpleasant Kramnik is in such fine form it never seemed likely that he would actually lose the game and it finished in a repetition on move 56.

Georg Meier against Anish Giri

Georg Meier against Anish Giri

Georg Meier against Anish Giri. Photo © Georgios Souleidis Dortmund 2011

Anish Giri managed to hang on to the pawn Georg Meier sacrificed in an Open Catalan but it was terribly difficult to even start to exploit this and eventually the game drifted to a draw.

Ruslan Ponomariov against Hikaru Nakamura in Round 8

Ruslan Ponomariov against Hikaru Nakamura in Round 8. Photo © Georgios Souleidis Dortmund 2011

This tournament has not been much fun at all for Hikaru Nakamura nor in fact Ruslan Ponomariov either. Ponomariov played the Exchange Variation of the King's Indian taking a tiny initiative and the two bishops from the opening but not much else. Ponomariov ground away and made some progress, 45...Bg7 seems to have been the decisive error conceding at a lot more ground (45...Rg7 needed to be played) and Ponomariov converted.

Stage for Round 8

Stage for Round 8. Photo © Georgios Souleidis Dortmund 2011

Hikaru Nakamura

Hikaru Nakamura. 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 ½ 1 ½ 1 . 1 . 1 1 2968
2. Le, Quang Liem g VIE 2715 ½ ½ * * 1 . ½ . ½ ½ ½ ½ 2777
3. Ponomariov, Ruslan g UKR 2764 0 ½ 0 . * * 1 0 1 1 ½ . 4 2734
4. Giri, Anish g NED 2701 0 . ½ . 0 1 * * ½ ½ 1 ½ 4 2734
5. Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2770 0 . ½ ½ 0 0 ½ ½ * * ½ . 2583
6. Meier, Georg g GER 2656 0 0 ½ ½ ½ . 0 ½ ½ . * * 2600
Round 8 (July 29, 2011)
Le, Quang Liem - Kramnik, Vladimir ½-½ 56 E10 Blumenfeld Counter Gambit
Ponomariov, Ruslan - Nakamura, Hikaru 1-0 65 E97 King's Indian Classical
Meier, Georg - Giri, Anish ½-½ 69 E04 Catalan

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