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Dortmund 2010 (8)

Ponomariov extends his lead to a point after 8 in Dortmund

Ruslan Ponomariov edges closer to victory. Photo © Georgios Souleidis.

Ruslan Ponomariov edges closer to victory. Photo © Georgios Souleidis. | http://www.sparkassen-chess-meeting.de/2010/

Ruslan Ponomariov holds a one point lead over Le Quang Liem and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov with just two rounds to go. Ponomariov beat local player Arkadij Naiditsch when the latter was outplayed in a queenless middlegame. Le and Mamedyarov played an interesting Catalan where both tried for an advantage and a draw was the right outcome. Vladimir Kramnik and Peter Leko drew a midly diverting Catalan.

Sparkassen GM Dortmund (GER), 15-25 vii 2010 cat. XX (2731)
1 2 3 4 5 6
1. Ponomariov, Ruslan g UKR 2734 * * 0 . 1 . 1 ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 2873
2. Le Quang Liem g VIE 2681 1 . * * 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 . 2785
3. Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar g AZE 2761 0 . 1 ½ * * ½ . 1 0 ½ 1 2758
4. Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2790 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ . * * 1 . ½ ½ 4 2717
5. Naiditsch, Arkadij g GER 2684 ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 1 0 . * * ½ . 3 2647
6. Leko, Peter g HUN 2734 0 ½ 0 . ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ . * * 2600

Round 8 (July 23, 2010)
Ponomariov, Ruslan - Naiditsch, Arkadij 1-0 46 E59 Nimzo Indian
Le Quang Liem - Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar ½-½ 52 E06 Catalan
Leko, Peter - Kramnik, Vladimir ½-½ 31 E04 Catalan

Le Quang Liem and Shakhriyar drew and interesting struggle. Photo © Georgios Souleidis : http://www.sparkassen-chess-meeting.de/2010/fotos.html

It turns out that in the following position Le is probably not even threatening to win the exchange.

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov

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Le Quang Liem

Position after 30.e4

30. e4 f3+

It turns out that black needn't even panic about Nb6. 30... Nf6 31. Nb6 Nxe4 32. Rge1 (32. Nxc8+ Rxc8 33. Rge1 Rf8) 32... Ng5 33. Nxc8+ Rxc8 34. Rc4 (34. Rc5 Kf6) 34... Ra8 all look balanced.

31. Kxf3 Rf8+ 32. Ke2 Nf4+ 33. Ke3 h3 34. Rg3 Ng2+ 35. Ke2 Nf4+ 36. Ke3 Ng2+ 37. Ke2 Kf6 38. Ne5 Kg5 39. Nf3+ Kf4 40. Rxh3 Kxg4 41. Rh2 Nf4+ 42. Ke3 Nd5+ 43. exd5 Rxf3+ 44. Ke2 exd5 45. Rg1+ Rg3 46. Rxg3+ Kxg3 47. Rh7 Kf4 48. Kd3 Rxa5 49. Rf7+ Kg5 50. Rxb7 Kf5 51. Rb6 Ra2 52. Rxb4 Ke6 1/2-1/2

Arkadij Naiditsch has found life tough going in this tournament. Photo © Georgios Souleidis : http://www.sparkassen-chess-meeting.de/2010/fotos.html

Arkadij Naiditsch

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R_R___K_

Ruslan Ponomariov

Position after 34.Rfc1

I'm not entirely sure where Naiditch went wrong but 34...Be6 may have made his life a lot easier.

34...Bd7 35. Rab1 Ra7 36. a4 Nd6 37. Bd4 Ra8 38. Rd1 Ne4 39. Rb7 Rd8 40. Be5 Kg6 41. Rdxd7 Rxd7 42. Rxd7 Rc6 43. g4 Rc1+ 44. Kg2 Rc2+ 45. Kf1 Nd2+ 46. Ke1 1-0

Leko has struggled throughout. Today his game against Vladimir Kramnik looked like a draw from the outset. Photo © Georgios Souleidis : http://www.sparkassen-chess-meeting.de/2010/fotos.html

Vladimir Kramnik

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RN____K_

Peter Leko

Position after 19,Bd2

With 19...Bd6 being met by 20.e3 and 19...Bc5 by 20.b4 black can't dream of locking white in.

19. Bd2 a5 20. a3 Bxd2 21. Nxd2 Ke7 22. Nb3 Rb8 23. Nxa5 Rxb2 24. Nc6+ Kf6 25. a4 Rxe2 26. Nxd4 Rd2 27. Nb5 Rd5 28. Rb1 Rd2 29. Ra1 Rd5 30. Rb1 Rd2 31. Ra1 Rd5 1/2-1/2

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