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Dortmund Sparkassen Chess-Meetings 2012 (1)

Meier leads after first round of Dortmund 2012

Georg Meier playing in Dortmund Round 9 last year. Photo © Georgios Souleidis.

Georg Meier playing in Dortmund Round 9 last year. Photo © Georgios Souleidis. |

Georg Meier beat Mateusz Bartel on the white side of an Open Catalan in 39 moves in the only decisive game of the first round of the Dortmund Chess tournament. Bartel was under pressure as early as move 14 and although he worked hard to hold his position together time trouble and posiition meant that he had to resign in 39 moves. Game of the day was Fabiano Caruana's draw against Arkadij Naiditsch which saw the German play the new or at least very unusual 9...d5 in a Scotch. Caruana was soon doing well forcing Naiditsch to go for broke in what eventually turned out to be a very powerful attack. 30.Rf3 was a losing error but Naiditsch couldn't find the killer blow 36...Re1+ or 38...Re1 and by first time control he had taken a rook and pawn ending a pawn up that he couldn't win. Peter Leko played a positional line of the Queen's Gambit Accepted against Ruslan Ponomariov which promises an initiative to white and no losing chances but which is also a bit drawish. In the key position Ponomariov had to find the only move 24...Bc5 but after that held the draw comfortably. Sergey Karjakin was held by what looked like more Vladimir Kramnik mega-preparation in the Scotch. Kramnik sacrificed an extra pawn he had follow by another to go a pawn down but to totally free his position. He then temporarily sacrificed the exchange to produce a sterile Rook and Pawn ending drawn by repetition. Daniel Fridman went slightly wrong in the opening against Jan Gustafsson but the game soon was drawn.

Fabiano Caruana against Arkadij Naiditsch

Caruana,Fabiano (2775) - Naiditsch,Arkadij (2700) [C45]
40th GM Dortmund GER (1), 13.07.2012

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Bc5 5.Nb3 Bb6 6.Nc3 Nf6 7.Qe2 0-0 8.Be3 Re8 9.f3 d5

Arkadij Naiditsch


Fabiano Caruana

Position after 9...d5

Seems to be a new idea.

[9...d6 10.0-0-0 Be6 11.Kb1 Ne5 12.Qd2 Nc4 13.Bxc4 Bxc4 14.g4 Nd7 15.g5 Qb8 16.h4 Bxe3 17.Qxe3 b5 18.h5 b4 19.Ne2 Qb6 20.Ned4 a5 21.g6 a4 22.Nc1 Ra5 23.gxh7+ Kxh7 24.Qf4 Qc5 25.b3 axb3 26.cxb3 Rb8 27.bxc4 b3 28.Ndxb3 Qa3 29.h6 Ne5 30.hxg7+ 1-0 Rudolf,A (2355)-Kashlinskaya,A (2360)/Paks HUN 2011/The Week in Chess 868]

10.0-0-0 Be6 11.Qf2

This already probably came as a surprise to Naiditsch.

11...Ne5 12.h3 Ng6 13.Bxb6 axb6 14.f4 Bd7 15.f5 Ne5 16.exd5 b5 17.a3 Nc4 18.Bxc4 bxc4 19.Nd2 b5 20.g4 b4

Already black has to break through or he will lose almost straight away.

21.axb4 Ra1+ 22.Ndb1 Ne4

Arkadij Naiditsch


Fabiano Caruana

Position after 22...Ne4

Black seems to have very dangerous threats and Caruana thought for a long time here.


[23.Qf4 Nxc3 24.bxc3]

23...Rxe4 24.f6

[24.d6 Here or on the next few moves d6 seems to be the right idea. 24...cxd6 25.Rxd6 Qe8 26.Rhd1]

24...Qa8 25.Qf3 Qe8 26.Qc3 Qa8 27.Qf3 Qe8 28.Rhf1 g5 29.Qg3 Re3 30.Rf3?

Arkadij Naiditsch


Fabiano Caruana

Position after 30.Rf3?

Now black has a winning position.


30...Re2 31.Rf2 Ba4! 32.Qf3 Rxb1+ 33.Kxb1 Bxc2+ 34.Kc1 Bxd1 35.Kxd1 Re3 36.Qf5

Arkadij Naiditsch


Fabiano Caruana

Position after 36.Qf5


[36...Qa4+?! 37.Rc2; 36...Re1+! is the only winning move. 37.Kc2 Qa4+ 38.Kc3 Qb3+ 39.Kd4 Rd1+ 40.Kc5 Qe3+ 41.Kc6 Qb6+ 42.Kd7 Qd6+ 43.Kc8 Rxd5]



37...Re5 38.Qf3 Qxb5?!

[38...Re1+ 39.Kc2 Re3 40.Qh1 Qxb5]

39.Re2 Qxd5+ 40.Qxd5 Rxd5+

Black takes an ending where only he can win but at least the way Naiditsch played it (Seirawan seemed to be finding chances in ICC commentary) the game heads to a draw.

41.Kc2 Rd6 42.Re8+ Kh7 43.Re7 Rxf6 44.Rxc7 Rf4 45.Kc3 Kg6 46.Rxc4 Rf3+ 47.Kc2 Rxh3 48.b4 h5 49.gxh5+ Rxh5 50.b5 Rh8 51.b6 Rb8 52.Rb4 Kf6 53.Kd3 Ke6 54.b7 Kd6 55.Ke4 Kc6 56.Kf5 Rxb7 57.Rxb7 Kxb7 58.Kxg5 Kc6 59.Kf6 Kd5 60.Kxf7 1/2-1/2

40th GM Dortmund (GER), 12-22 vii 2012 cat. XIX (2711)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0
1. Meier, Georg g GER 2644 * . . . . . . . . 1 1
2. Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2799 . * ½ . . . . . . . ½ 2779
3. Karjakin, Sergey g RUS 2779 . ½ * . . . . . . . ½ 2799
4. Fridman, Daniel g GER 2655 . . . * ½ . . . . . ½ 2629
5. Gustafsson, Jan g GER 2629 . . . ½ * . . . . . ½ 2655
6. Ponomariov, Ruslan g UKR 2726 . . . . . * ½ . . . ½ 2730
7. Leko, Peter g HUN 2730 . . . . . ½ * . . . ½ 2726
8. Caruana, Fabiano g ITA 2775 . . . . . . . * ½ . ½ 2700
9. Naiditsch, Arkadij g GER 2700 . . . . . . . ½ * . ½ 2775
10. Bartel, Mateusz g POL 2674 0 . . . . . . . . * 0
Round 1 (July 13, 2012)
Meier, Georg - Bartel, Mateusz 1-0 39 E04 Catalan
Karjakin, Sergey - Kramnik, Vladimir ½-½ 32 C45 Scotch Game
Fridman, Daniel - Gustafsson, Jan ½-½ 35 D02 Queen's Pawn Game
Leko, Peter - Ponomariov, Ruslan ½-½ 38 D27 QGA
Caruana, Fabiano - Naiditsch, Arkadij ½-½ 60 C45 Scotch Game

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