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Dortmund Sparkassen Chess-Meetings 2012 (4-5)

3 way tie in Dortmund going into the rest day

Leko missed out on a win against Caruana in one of the games of the event so far. Photo © Georgios Souleidis.

Leko missed out on a win against Caruana in one of the games of the event so far. Photo © Georgios Souleidis. | http://www.sparkassen-chess-meeting.de/2012/

Ruslan Ponomariov, Sergey Karjakin and Vladimir Kramnik share the lead on 3.5/5 going into Wednesday's rest day. Round 3 saw all games drawn but Leko perhaps tired towards the end of a really complicated French Defence against an ambitious Fabiano Caruana. A great struggle. Leaders Vladimir Kramnik and Ruslan Ponomariov drew a Queen's Gambit Accepted where Kramnik could not break down his solid opponent. Daniel Fridman grabbed a hot pawn on the black side of a Caro Kann but Sergey Karjakin always looked likely to take advantage of his misplaced pieces. Fabiano Caruana overpowered the struggling Jan Gustafsson tactically in a complex game. Arkadij Naiditsch got a winning position against tail-ender Mateusz Bartel but didn't finish precisely and had then to play for many hours before grinding out the win. Round 6 is on Thursday 19th July 2012.

Peter Leko draw Fabiano Caruana

Peter Leko and Fabiano Caruana played a fantastically complicated French Defence. Eventually Leko got on top (28...Kxc8 was playable, 28...Nf3+ should lose although Leko also didn't see the right idea) but here missed the best and eventually lost his advantage. Still a really great game.

Fabiano Caruana

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Peter Leko

Position after 30...Kxc8

31. Rg1

Not quite the best.31.Ba6+ Kd8 32. Qf1 Qxf1 33. Bxf1 wins.

31... Nxg1 32. Kxd2 Nf3+ 33. Kc3 Nxh2 34. Be2 Qa1+ 35. Kd2 Qh1 36. Qg3?

{Finally losing the remaining advantage he had.

36...Nf1+ 37. Bxf1 Qxf1 38. Qe3 Qg2+ 39. Qe2 Qxe2+ 40. Kxe2 Bxc2 41. a5 bxa5 42. Kd2 Bg6 1/2-1/2

40th GM Dortmund (GER), 13-22 vii 2012 cat. XIX (2711)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0
1. Ponomariov, Ruslan g UKR 2726 * ½ ½ . ½ 1 1 . . . 2894
2. Karjakin, Sergey g RUS 2779 ½ * ½ ½ . . . 1 . 1 2859
3. Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2799 ½ ½ * ½ . . . . 1 1 2850
4. Naiditsch, Arkadij g GER 2700 . ½ ½ * . ½ ½ . . 1 3 2806
5. Leko, Peter g HUN 2730 ½ . . . * ½ ½ ½ 1 . 3 2757
6. Caruana, Fabiano g ITA 2775 0 . . ½ ½ * . 1 1 . 3 2760
7. Meier, Georg g GER 2644 0 . . ½ ½ . * ½ . 1 2697
8. Fridman, Daniel g GER 2655 . 0 . . ½ 0 ½ * ½ . 2562
9. Gustafsson, Jan g GER 2629 . . 0 . 0 0 . ½ * ½ 1 2486
10. Bartel, Mateusz g POL 2674 . 0 0 0 . . 0 . ½ * ½ 2344
Round 4 (July 16, 2012)
Ponomariov, Ruslan - Karjakin, Sergey ½-½ 46 C67 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Naiditsch, Arkadij - Kramnik, Vladimir ½-½ 24 C43 Petroff's Defence
Leko, Peter - Caruana, Fabiano ½-½ 42 C19 French Winawer
Fridman, Daniel - Meier, Georg ½-½ 32 E21 Nimzo Indian 4.Nf3
Gustafsson, Jan - Bartel, Mateusz ½-½ 35 D45 Anti-Meran Variations
Round 5 (July 17, 2012)
Karjakin, Sergey - Fridman, Daniel 1-0 46 B12 Caro Kann Advanced
Kramnik, Vladimir - Ponomariov, Ruslan ½-½ 37 D27 QGA
Caruana, Fabiano - Gustafsson, Jan 1-0 35 C84 Ruy Lopez Centre Attack
Meier, Georg - Leko, Peter ½-½ 24 E06 Catalan
Bartel, Mateusz - Naiditsch, Arkadij 0-1 110 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin

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