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39th Dortmund Chess Meeting 2011 (10)

Nakamura gets small compensation with final round win against Dortmund winner Kramnik

Winner Vladimir Kramnik during his final round game against Hikaru Nakamura which he eventually went on to lose. Photo © Fred Lucas.

Winner Vladimir Kramnik during his final round game against Hikaru Nakamura which he eventually went on to lose. Photo © Fred Lucas. |

Vladimir Kramnik slightly took the shine off his fantastic performance at the 39th Dortmund tournament by losing to Hikaru Nakamura in the final round. Kramnik had already secured first place and his 10th Dortmund title so the result was not of much relevance. Kramnik made a rather speculative but not unsound sacrifice of a piece against Nakamura but this is not in his style and he quickly went astray. Although Nakamura was far from clinical in finishing the game off he brought the point home securely enough in the end. Le Quang Liem - Anish Giri and Georg Meier - Ruslan Ponomariov were fairly uninteresting draws. Le Quang Liem was in clear second place on 5.5/10. Young Dutchman Robin van Kampen won the Helmut-Kohls-Turnier. Mikhail Zaitsev by far and away the highest rated player won the Open on 7.5/9 half a point clear of Glenn De Schampheleire.

Vladimir Kramnik lost to Hikaru Nakamura

Vladimir Kramnik against Hikaru Nakamura in Round 10

Vladimir Kramnik against Hikaru Nakamura in Round 10. Photo © Georgios Souleidis Dortmund 2011

Vladimir Kramnik has played really well in this tournament. Back to his very accurate best. But in general he is not a great sacrificial player, at least not since his youth, and his piece sacrifice against the struggling Hikaru Nakamura was certainly not an obvious win for him. Perhaps he thought that losing wouldn't cost him too much but a win might be something useful to have in the bank against a rival for later. As it was Kramnik quickly went wrong but Nakamura's bad form meant that he certainly didn't finish things off quickly but in the end he scored his second win of the event. Nakamura certainly has some thinking to do.

Kramnik,Vladimir - Nakamura,Hikaru [E97]
39th Dortmund GM Dortmund GER (10), 31.07.2011

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 0-0 6.Be2 e5 7.0-0 Nc6 8.d5 Ne7 9.b4 Nh5 10.c5 Nf4 11.a4

[11.Bc4 Bg4 12.h3 Bh5 13.Re1 a5 14.Rb1 Nc8 15.a3 axb4 16.axb4 Kh8 17.Bf1 f5 18.exf5 gxf5 19.Bxf4 exf4 20.Nb5 dxc5 21.bxc5 c6 22.Nbd4 Qxd5 23.Rxb7 Ra7 24.Rxa7 Nxa7 25.Ne6 Bxf3 26.gxf3 Rg8 27.Qxd5 cxd5 28.Rd1 Nc6 29.Kh1 d4 30.Bb5 Rc8 31.Nxf4 Na7 32.Bd7 Rxc5 33.Re1 Re5 34.Ra1 d3 35.Rxa7 d2 36.Ba4 Bh6 37.Nh5 1-0 Granda Zuniga,J (2605) -Nunn,J (2615)/Amsterdam NED 1995]

11...f5 12.Bc4 fxe4 13.Nxe4 h6 14.Re1 Bg4 15.Ra3 g5 16.h3 Bh5 17.Bxf4 Rxf4 18.g3 Rf8 19.a5 Kh8 20.Kg2 Rb8 21.Qd2 b6 22.axb6 axb6

Hikaru Nakamura


Vladimir Kramnik

Position after 22...axb6

23.Nfxg5 hxg5 24.Qxg5 Bg6 25.cxd6 cxd6 26.Ra7 Rc8 27.Rxe7 Rxc4 28.f3 Rc2+ 29.Kg1 Rc8 30.Ra1 Rf7 31.Qxg6 Qxe7

Hikaru Nakamura


Vladimir Kramnik

Position after 31...Qxe7


White goes astray.

[32.Nxd6 Rcf8 33.Nxf7+ Qxf7 34.Qxf7 Rxf7 35.Ra8+ Kh7 36.Kg2]

32...Kg8 33.Qh7+ Kf8 34.Ne6+ Ke8 35.Qh5 Bf6 36.g4?



[36...e4 37.Re1 exf3]

37.Rd1 Qa6 38.Qg6 Ke7

White Time: 2min:25s Black Time: 0h:26min

39.g5 Bh8 40.Re1 Qa3 41.Nd4 Qxb4

[41...Rc1 just wins straight away.]

42.Nf5+ Kf8 43.Rd1

[43.Qxd6+ Qxd6 44.Nxd6 Rd8 45.Nxf7 Kxf7 46.Rb1 doesn't really offer any saving chances.]

43...Rc2 44.Nd4 exd4 45.Qxc2 Qc3 46.Qe4 Qe3+ 47.Qxe3 dxe3 48.Kg2 Bc3 49.Kf1 Rxf3+ 50.Ke2 Rxh3 0-1

Le Quang Liem draw Anish Giri

Anish Giri

Anish Giri. Photo © Georgios Souleidis Dortmund 2011

Le Quang Liem and Anish Giri drew a fairly quiet Queen's Indian by repetition in 38 moves.

Georg Meier draw Ruslan Ponomariov

Georg Meier lost a few rating points and didn't win a game but in general performed reasonably well, and should have beaten the out of form Nakamua in the first half. In the final round pieces were traded off into a drawn ending which finished with repetition on move 44.

Stage in Round 10

Stage in Round 10. Photo © Georgios Souleidis Dortmund 2011

Le Quang Liem

Le Quang Liem. Photo © Georgios Souleidis Dortmund 2011

Vladimir Kramnik

Winner Vladimir Kramnik. 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 ½ 1 0 1 1 7 2870
2. Le, Quang Liem g VIE 2715 ½ ½ * * 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 2770
3. Ponomariov, Ruslan g UKR 2764 0 ½ 0 ½ * * 1 0 1 1 ½ ½ 5 2724
4. Giri, Anish g NED 2701 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 1 * * ½ ½ 1 ½ 5 2737
5. Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2770 0 1 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ ½ * * ½ 1 2687
6. Meier, Georg g GER 2656 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 * * 3 2597
Round 10 (July 31, 2011)
Kramnik, Vladimir - Nakamura, Hikaru 0-1 50 E97 King's Indian Classical
Le, Quang Liem - Giri, Anish ½-½ 38 E00 Catalan
Meier, Georg - Ponomariov, Ruslan ½-½ 44 A13 Reti Opening

Robin van Kampen wins the Helmut-Kohls-Turnier

Robin van Kampen

Robin van Kampen. Photo © Georgios Souleidis Dortmund 2011

Robin van Kampen won the Dortmund B-Group the Helmut-Kohls-Turnier with 6.5/9 half a point clear of Mihail Saltaev and Matthias Bluebaum.

Helmut-Kohls-Turnier Dortmund GER Thu 21st Jul 2011 - Sun 31st Jul 2011
Leading Final Round 9 Standings:
1.van Kampen, RobinIMNED25194056.527.254
2.Saltaev, MihailGMUZB24733066.025.503
3.Bluebaum, MatthiasFMGER23294146.023.504
4.Kraemer, MartinIMGER25063245.020.503
5.Savchenko, ViacheslavIMUKR24374325.019.004
6.Schmittdiel, EckhardGMGER24840273.517.000
7.Michalczak, ThomasFMGER23251353.514.501
8.Lauber, ArndIMGER24781353.514.251
9.Kotainy, JensFMGER24331353.514.001
10.Nalbandian, TigranGMARM24561532.510.001
10 players

Mikhail Zaitsev won the Sparkasson Open A

Sparkassen Open A Dortmund GER Thu 21st Jul 2011 - Sun 31st Jul 2011
Leading Final Round 9 Standings:
1Zaitsev, Mikhail249996037.549.5
2De Schampheleire, Glenn226396127.046.5
3Bomans, Arno219894056.550.0
4Sundorf, Jannik212195136.548.5
5Jesse, Ingemars227095136.546.5
6Ciornei, Dragos218294056.546.5
7Albers, Damian209196216.540.5
8Steinmetzer, Thomas208394056.538.5
9Mundorf, Johannes202494146.051.0
10Quast, Marcel217395226.050.5
11Richters, Marc196995226.046.0
12Savchenko, Aleksij225794146.044.5
13Rott, Georg222396306.043.0
14Tran, Duc Cuong197494146.043.0
15Kartsev, Soel218295226.042.5
16Boehm, Juergen222094146.042.0
17Kusnetsov, Mark218494146.039.0
18Kartsev, Alexandr219694235.545.5
19Conrad, Joachim207995315.541.0
20Neuer, Thomas209694235.541.0
20Sievert, Jan-Thorwald94235.541.0
22Hobusch, Jan193495315.539.5
23Butschek, Marc189195315.539.0
24Chapman, Alan204395315.538.5
25Wittenberg, Andreas216695315.538.0
26Koke, Christoph213193155.538.0
26Eigemann, Frederik197693155.538.0
28Strathoff, Jens209894235.534.0
29Schorra, Helmut211095315.533.5
30Luncescu, Christian216394325.043.5
31Pueschel, Werner216394325.042.0
32Kirsanova, Ekaterina215794325.040.5
33Roth, Thorsten94325.040.0
34Virnyi, Julius208194325.039.0
35Aulich, Marcell208684225.038.5
36Begna, Bozidar210294325.038.0
37Happe, Reinhold93245.038.0
38Andersen, Knut209395405.037.0
39Mulder, Bart-Piet226093245.037.0
40Hillebrand, Carsten214593245.028.5
41Steinle, Carsten214694414.543.0
42Evers, Leo210194414.542.5
43Linker, Walter211293334.542.0
44Schiefelbusch, Dirk212893334.541.5
45Beutelhoff, Josef212893334.540.5
46Baumhackel, Mario215791174.540.0
47Peter, Sebastian197493334.537.5
48Bramkamp, Rainer211592254.537.5
49Weber, Martin203393334.537.0
50Happe, Ulrich92254.537.0
51Schmidt, Kai-Uwe205094414.536.5
52Kropp, Andreas J.212693334.536.5
53Sehn, Norbert208392254.535.0
54Freise, Eckhard203293424.039.0
55Simon, Thomas196392344.039.0
56Eckert, Marius189493424.038.0
56Reisberg, Andre93424.038.0
58Zimmermann, Dirk207592344.038.0
59Schuetzhold, Frank190891264.038.0
60Maniocha, Marek205294504.037.5
61Henkemeier, Michael191792344.036.5
62Henkemeier, Markus189593424.036.0
63Zwielich, Frank205692344.035.5
64Mazarov, Juergen217291264.035.5
65Fichtner, Ewald203893424.035.0
66Losch, Heinz-Juergen92344.035.0
67Fischoeder, Heiko198993424.032.5
68Elefteriadis, Paul-Gabriel190592344.030.0
69Moeller, Jeremy186392344.029.5
70Meyer, Michael208393424.028.0
71Henrotte, Nils195191353.537.5
72Barth, Hans-Joachim91353.536.5
73Andrae, Philipp93513.536.0
74Hagedorn, Alfons195892433.536.0
75Schmitz, Tim193491353.535.0
76Mackowiak, Sascha196492433.534.0
77Merkel, Markus219791353.533.5
78Ditmas, Hugh191291353.532.0
79Bosshard, Rolf184293513.531.0
80Baerwolf, Steven181891353.531.0
81Raskin, Vitali93513.529.5
82Brehm, Stefan176093513.528.5
83Strohmann, Marcel91353.527.0
84Fluechter, Gregor183252123.039.5
85Shishkov, Mark195493603.036.0
86Puetter, Pascal196591443.036.0
87Blumenthal, Ralf92523.035.0
88Morgenroth, Hubertus182992523.033.5
89Schaller, Fabian194490363.028.5
90Schwiddessen, Jan91532.537.5
91Simanowski, Mio183391532.535.5
92Niediek, Cedric182091532.532.0
93Heimer, Hans-Joachim92612.531.0
94Oberste, Norbert186591532.530.0
95Ehrlacher, Markus192891532.529.0
96Reinhardt, Raphael-Timon92612.528.5
97Hobusch, Alexander213331111.533.0
98Topp, Michael210251311.530.5
99Deinert, Wolfgang184390721.029.0
100Kelm, Marcel197210100.027.5
100 players

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