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39th Dortmund Chess Meeting 2011 (5)

Kramnik totally dominant with 4.5/5 in Dortmund

Kramnik starts with an amazing 4.5/5. Photo © Georgios Souleidis.

Kramnik starts with an amazing 4.5/5. Photo © Georgios Souleidis. | http://www.sparkassen-chess-meeting.de/2011/

Vladimir Kramnik has scored an amazing 4.5/5 in the first half of the 39th Dortmund Chess Meeting. He is strong favourite to take his 10th title. He defeated an out of sorts Anish Giri. Le Quang Liem took advantage of errors in the run up to the first time control against Ruslan Ponomariov to move second. Hikaru Nakamura had a terrible position for much of his game against Georg Meier, the young German missed many almost immediate wins and the American fought his way to a draw in 150 moves. Rest day Tuesday. Wed: 27th July 14:00. Pairs: Le-Meier, Ponomariov-Kramnik and Nakamura-Giri.

On stage during Dortmund Round 5

On stage during Dortmund Round 5. Photo © Georgios Souleidis Dortmund 2011

Vladimir Kramnik against Anish Giri

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

Vladimir Kramnik's domination of Dortmund, the finest form he has displayed for quite some time, continued with the defeat of Anish Giri. Giri, who hasn't played all that well in Dortmund, played a Gruenfeld and was gradually outplayed and was lost by move 30, if not earlier.

Le Quang Liem against Ruslan Ponomariov

Le Quang Liem against Ruslan Ponomariov. Photo © Georgios Souleidis Dortmund 2011

Le Quang Liem ground down Ruslan Ponomariov in a Queen's Gambit Declined Exchange Variation. Maybe Ponomariov should have played 35...Kxb7, certainly after that things went downhill fairly steadily but it did take until move 71 for Le to win.

Georg Meier against Hikaru Nakamura

Georg Meier against Hikaru Nakamura. Photo © Georgios Souleidis Dortmund 2011

Hikaru Nakamura clearly wants this event to end as soon as possible. He was completely lost against bottom ranked Georg Meier for part of the game and then had to save a very bad position. But at least he got out of it with a draw in the end.

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 . 1 . 1 . 3087
2. Le, Quang Liem g VIE 2715 ½ . * * 1 . ½ . ½ . ½ . 3 2806
3. Ponomariov, Ruslan g UKR 2764 0 . 0 . * * 1 . ½ . 1 . 2724
4. Giri, Anish g NED 2701 0 . ½ . 0 . * * 1 . ½ . 2 2665
5. Meier, Georg g GER 2656 0 . ½ . ½ . 0 . * * ½ . 2597
6. Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2770 0 . ½ . 0 . ½ . ½ . * * 2574

Round 5 (July 25, 2011)
Kramnik, Vladimir - Giri, Anish 1-0 44 D85 Gruenfeld Defence
Le, Quang Liem - Ponomariov, Ruslan 1-0 71 D35 QGD Exchange
Meier, Georg - Nakamura, Hikaru ½-½ 150 E98 King's Indian Classical

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