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Sparkassen Chess-Meeting Dortmund 2012 (2)

Kramnik, Ponomariov and Karjakin all winners on Dortmund day 2

Jan Gustafsson was beaten by Vladimir Kramnik in a spectacular game. Photo © Georgios Souleidis

Jan Gustafsson was beaten by Vladimir Kramnik in a spectacular game. Photo © Georgios Souleidis | http://www.sparkassen-chess-meeting.de/2012/

The 2nd round of the Sparkassen Chess-Meeting on Saturday saw a number of surprises. Vladimir Kramnik shocked everyone including no doubt his opponent Jan Gustafsson by playing the King's Indian Defence as black. Known as a killer of the opening as white he produced a spectacular effort with one blow after another following his excellent 17...Nc6. There has been no more active player in the elite recently than Fabiano Caruana but the first two rounds of Dortmund suggest he may be close to being out of gas. Today he misjudged something just out of the opening because his position was very close to being lost after 21...c4. Ponomariov finished things nicely. Mateusz Bartel didn't get out of the opening intact for the second day running and Sergey Karjakin looked comfortable in refuting his tactical ideas. Naiditsch looked worse after turing down (21. Bxf6 gxf6 22. Qg4 probably equal) but Meier was happy enough with the draw. Leko equalised easily as black against Fridman but no more than that.

Jan Gustafsson 0-1 Vladimir Kramnik

Vladimir Kramnik

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Jan Gustafsson

Position after 17...Nc6!

18. Nc2 Rxe3 19. Nxe3! Nb4 20. Rc4 Nxa2 21. Ra4 Rxa4 22. bxa4 Bd4 23. Kf2 Nb4 24. Rc1 a2! 25. Rxc8+ Kg7 26. Rc1 Nxd5 27. Rd1 Nxe3 0-1

40th GM Dortmund (GER), 12-22 vii 2012 cat. XIX (2711)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0
1. Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2799 * . ½ . . . . 1 . . 2897
2. Ponomariov, Ruslan g UKR 2726 . * . . ½ . . . 1 . 2945
3. Karjakin, Sergey g RUS 2779 ½ . * . . . . . . 1 2929
4. Meier, Georg g GER 2644 . . . * . ½ . . . 1 2880
5. Leko, Peter g HUN 2730 . ½ . . * . ½ . . . 1 2690
6. Naiditsch, Arkadij g GER 2700 . . . ½ . * . . ½ . 1 2709
7. Fridman, Daniel g GER 2655 . . . . ½ . * ½ . . 1 2679
8. Gustafsson, Jan g GER 2629 0 . . . . . ½ * . . ½ 2534
9. Caruana, Fabiano g ITA 2775 . 0 . . . ½ . . * . ½ 2520
10. Bartel, Mateusz g POL 2674 . . 0 0 . . . . . * 0
Round 2 (July 14, 2012)
Ponomariov, Ruslan - Caruana, Fabiano 1-0 36 B30 Sicilian Rossolimo
Naiditsch, Arkadij - Meier, Georg ½-½ 53 A30 English Symmetrical
Fridman, Daniel - Leko, Peter ½-½ 27 E06 Catalan
Gustafsson, Jan - Kramnik, Vladimir 0-1 27 E92 King's Indian Classical
Bartel, Mateusz - Karjakin, Sergey 0-1 34 A15 English counter King's Fianchetto

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