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Dortmund Sparkassen Chess Meeting 2013 (7)

Adams run continues and Kramnik halted in Dortmund Round 7

Michael Adams took a one point lead in the Dortmund tournament after he beat Igor Khenkin to go to 6/7 whilst his fellow heavy scorer Vladimir Kramnik lost to Dmitry Andreikin. Adams final two games are Meier-Adams in Round 8 and Adams-Kramnik in Round 9.

Adams had a theoretical dispute in a Classical Caro-Kann until 15.Ne4 improved on Kovalev-Dreev in the European Individuals in Legnica in May. Most probably 16...Qxf6 (16...exf6) was already a mistake and after 19...Qg6 Adams was close to winning and forced resignation on move 31.

Dmitry Andreikin put an end to Vladimir Kramnik's good run as he was having nothing of the libertys that Kramnik took in the opening. 6...g6 had only been seen once before in the Queen's Gambit and Andreikin got a very comfortable advantage by taking the centre. 25...c4 was a last attempt to get out of jail with a dangerous looking counter-attack, 25...Rd8 was objectively sounder although miserable. When Kramnik's activity ended he was just lost.

Wang Hao played a kind of Anti-Gruenfeld English with 7.h4 against Arkadij Naiditsch and then in a dynamic position miscalculated a piece sacrifice turned into a rook sacrifice and had to resign on move 33.

It's not even that much fun anymore to talk about Peter Leko's inability to win a game of chess. Against Daniel Fridman he had the better of the opening as black and after 33.Rg1 either 33...Bf5 or the even more obvious 34...Bd4 would have caused resignation to follow shortly, I'm told Leko was severely short of time but in spite of sometimes stellar opening preparation this is just another example of not making the best of his positions. The game was eventually drawn.

Georg Meier went joint third after drawing an interesting and instructive Classical French against Fabiano Caruana who is just one of four 2700+ players stuck on 3/7 following the carnage Adams and Kramnik have caused in this event by their winning streaks.

Round 7 Standings: Adams 6pts, Kramnik 5pts, Naiditsch, Meier 3.5pts, Andreikin, Leko, Caruana, Wang Hao 3pts, Fridman, Khenkin 2.5pts.

Round 8 Pairings: Leko-Naiditsch, Khenkin-Wang Hao, Meier-Adams, Kramnik-Caruana, Fridman-Andreikin.

41st GM Dortmund (GER), 26 vii-4 viii 2013 cat. XIX (2709)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0
1. Adams, Michael g ENG 2740 * . 1 . 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 6 3017
2. Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2784 . * ½ 1 0 1 . 1 1 ½ 5 2839
3. Naiditsch, Arkadij g GER 2710 0 ½ * 0 1 . ½ 1 ½ . 2719
4. Meier, Georg g GER 2610 . 0 1 * ½ ½ ½ . ½ ½ 2712
5. Andreikin, Dmitry g RUS 2727 0 1 0 ½ * . 0 ½ . 1 3 2663
6. Leko, Peter g HUN 2737 ½ 0 . ½ . * ½ ½ ½ ½ 3 2652
7. Caruana, Fabiano g ITA 2796 0 . ½ ½ 1 ½ * 0 . ½ 3 2647
8. Wang, Hao g CHN 2752 0 0 0 . ½ ½ 1 * 1 . 3 2681
9. Fridman, Daniel g GER 2629 ½ 0 ½ ½ . ½ . 0 * ½ 2603
10. Khenkin, Igor g GER 2605 0 ½ . ½ 0 ½ ½ . ½ * 2615
Round 7 (August 2, 2013)
Adams, Michael - Khenkin, Igor 1-0 31 B18 Caro Kann
Andreikin, Dmitry - Kramnik, Vladimir 1-0 33 D30 Queen's Gambit (without Nc3)
Caruana, Fabiano - Meier, Georg ½-½ 61 C11 French Defence
Wang, Hao - Naiditsch, Arkadij 0-1 33 A05 Various
Fridman, Daniel - Leko, Peter ½-½ 60 E32 Nimzo Indian 4.Qc2

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