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Sparkassen Chess-Meeting Dortmund 2012 (3)

Class tells in Round 3 of Dortmund

Ruslan Ponomariov leads alongside Vladimir Kramnik. Photo © Georgios Souleidis

Ruslan Ponomariov leads alongside Vladimir Kramnik. Photo © Georgios Souleidis | http://www.sparkassen-chess-meeting.de/2012/

There is a very different feel to the Dortmund Chess tournament this year as it has switched from an elite 6 player tournament to a more mixed 10 player event. Today we saw the top players show why they are higher rated. Ruslan Ponomariov beat Georg Meier with black getting a big advantage on the kingside which he eventually finished off with a sacrificial attack in probably the most interesting game of the day. Vladimir Kramnik beat tail-ender Mateusz Bartel by winning a pawn and then converting it in an ending which might have been trickier for a lesser player. Peter Leko got a huge positional advantage just out of the opening against Jan Gustafsson and then inflicted a lot of suffering on his opponent before converting. Fabiano Caruana had to break down a pretty solid setup by Daniel Fridman (who must have been fine at some point) to win a very nice ending. Sergey Karjakin was eventually held by Arkadij Naiditsch in a solid Berlin Defence. Ponomariov and Kramnik lead on 2.5/3.

40th GM Dortmund (GER), 12-22 vii 2012 cat. XIX (2711)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0
1. Ponomariov, Ruslan g UKR 2726 * . ½ . . 1 1 . . . 2989
2. Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2799 . * . ½ . . . . 1 1 2967
3. Leko, Peter g HUN 2730 ½ . * . . . . ½ 1 . 2 2795
4. Karjakin, Sergey g RUS 2779 . ½ . * ½ . . . . 1 2 2849
5. Naiditsch, Arkadij g GER 2700 . . . ½ * ½ ½ . . . 2732
6. Caruana, Fabiano g ITA 2775 0 . . . ½ * . 1 . . 2693
7. Meier, Georg g GER 2644 0 . . . ½ . * . . 1 2700
8. Fridman, Daniel g GER 2655 . . ½ . . 0 . * ½ . 1 2586
9. Gustafsson, Jan g GER 2629 . 0 0 . . . . ½ * . ½ 2455
10. Bartel, Mateusz g POL 2674 . 0 . 0 . . 0 . . * 0
Round 3 (July 15, 2012)
Kramnik, Vladimir - Bartel, Mateusz 1-0 50 A25 English Sicilian Attack
Leko, Peter - Gustafsson, Jan 1-0 45 C84 Ruy Lopez Centre Attack
Karjakin, Sergey - Naiditsch, Arkadij ½-½ 59 C67 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Caruana, Fabiano - Fridman, Daniel 1-0 52 B12 Caro Kann Advanced
Meier, Georg - Ponomariov, Ruslan 0-1 52 D12 Slav Defence

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