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39th Dortmund Chess Meeting 2011 (6)

Kramnik's lead remains at 1.5 points after all drawn in round 6

Ponomariov against Kramnik. Photo © Georgios Souleidis.

Ponomariov against Kramnik. Photo © Georgios Souleidis. | http://www.sparkassen-chess-meeting.de/2011/

Vladimir Kramnik had the better of a draw with black against Ruslan Ponomariov and he moved one round closer to his 10th title out of the 39 editions of the Dortmund Chess Meeting event when his closest rival Le Quang Liem couldn't get any advantage against Georg Meier. Struggling Hikaru Nakamura and Anish Giri drew their contest. Round 7 2pm Thursday: Nakamura-Le, Giri-Ponomariov and Kramnik-Meier.

Ruslan Ponomariov draw Vladimir Kramnik

Ponomariov drew against Kramnik in Round 6

Ponomariov drew against Kramnik in Round 6. Photo © Georgios Souleidis Dortmund 2011

Vladimir Kramnik's good form was again shown against Ruslan Ponomariov as black as he got a tiny edge against from the opening but it did not amount to so very much and the game was drawn.

Hikaru Nakamura draw Anish Giri

Nakamura drew against Giri in Round 6.

Nakamura drew against Giri in Round 6. Photo © Georgios Souleidis Dortmund 2011

Neither Hikaru Nakamura nor Anish Giri are at their best in this event. They drew an interesting struggle where Nakamura found a small combination to win an h-pawn but it was never enough. 29....Rd6 leaving an unprotected rook allowed 30.Be3 Qf5 31.Bxh6! when hxg6 32.Qg3+ would have picked up the rook but after 31...Rdc6 white's pieces were discoordinated.

Le Quang Liem draw Georg Meier

Le Quang Liem drew against Georg Meier in Round 6

Le Quang Liem drew against Georg Meier in Round 6. Photo © Georgios Souleidis Dortmund 2011

Georg Meier's openings have been pretty good in this event and he didn't have any problems out of the opening against Le Quang Liem and the game was drawn in 38 moves without much drama.

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 ½ 1 . 1 . 1 . 5 3001
2. Le, Quang Liem g VIE 2715 ½ . * * 1 . ½ . ½ ½ ½ . 2778
3. Ponomariov, Ruslan g UKR 2764 0 ½ 0 . * * 1 . ½ . 1 . 3 2734
4. Giri, Anish g NED 2701 0 . ½ . 0 . * * 1 . ½ ½ 2685
5. Meier, Georg g GER 2656 0 . ½ ½ ½ . 0 . * * ½ . 2 2616
6. Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2770 0 . ½ . 0 . ½ ½ ½ . * * 2 2594

Round 6 (July 27, 2011)
Le, Quang Liem - Meier, Georg ½-½ 38 D37 QGD 5.Bf4
Ponomariov, Ruslan - Kramnik, Vladimir ½-½ 50 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Nakamura, Hikaru - Giri, Anish ½-½ 72 E53 Nimzo Indian

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