39th Dortmund Chess Meeting 2011 (8)
Kramnik maintains his two point lead after drawing with Le Quang Liem
Mark Crowther - Friday 29th July 2011
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. 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. 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. 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. Photo © Georgios Souleidis Dortmund 2011
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)|
|2.||Le, Quang Liem||g||VIE||2715||½||½||*||*||1||.||½||.||½||½||½||½||4½||2777|
|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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