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Dortmund 2010 (6)

Ponomariov leads, Mamedyarov self destructs in Dortmund Round 6

Arkadij Naiditsch was in receipt of a full point in a game he may well have lost. Photo © Georgios Souleidis.

Arkadij Naiditsch was in receipt of a full point in a game he may well have lost. Photo © Georgios Souleidis. | http://www.sparkassen-chess-meeting.de/2010/

A fairly dull round followed the rest day of the Dortmund Chess Tournament. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov seems to be one of a long line of mercurial players who when their mood is spoiled can play some really bad stuff. Today after a mildly interesting struggle against Arkadij Naiditsch he seemed to be getting the upper hand before overlooking a piece was protected and losing the exchange. Vladimir Kramnik sacrificed his Queen for Rook and Bishop for a fortress against Le Quang Liem after early troubles caused by the novelty 17.Rac1. Peter Leko's activity was just enough for the pawn he gave Ponomariov, they called it off in a well known drawn rook and pawn technical ending. Ponomariov (4/6) leads by half a point from Le.

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 . 1 ½ 4 2855
2. Le Quang Liem g VIE 2681 1 . * * ½ ½ 0 . ½ . 1 . 2805
3. Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2790 0 . ½ ½ * * ½ . 1 . ½ . 3 2712
4. Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar g AZE 2761 0 . 1 . ½ . * * 1 0 ½ . 3 2717
5. Naiditsch, Arkadij g GER 2684 ½ . ½ . 0 . 0 1 * * ½ . 2686
6. Leko, Peter g HUN 2734 0 ½ 0 . ½ . ½ . ½ . * * 2 2605
Round 6 (July 21, 2010)
Le Quang Liem - Kramnik, Vladimir ½-½ 39 E06 Catalan
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar - Naiditsch, Arkadij 0-1 36 D37 QGD 5.Bf4
Leko, Peter - Ponomariov, Ruslan ½-½ 41 E06 Catalan

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov doesn't look that great at the start of his game against Arkadij Naiditsch. Photo © Georgios Souleidis : http://www.sparkassen-chess-meeting.de/2010/fotos.html

Following Shakhriyar Mamedyarov early resignation two days ago one it was always going to be interesting to see how Mamedyarov reacted in his game against Arkadij Naiditsch. Things were going fine for Shakhriyar until this position.

Arkadij Naiditsch

___r____
__Rnbp_k
____p__p
p__pP_pP
P__P____
______Q_
___BqPPN
______K_

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov

Position after 32...Qe2

33. Bxa5?!

33. Qf3 Qxf3 34. Nxf3 Bb4 35. Bxb4 axb4 36. a5 Kg8 37. a6 b3 38. Nd2 b2 39. a7 Nb6 40. Rb7 Ra8 41. Rxb6 Rxa7 42. Rxb2 or some such line would have probably have led to a safe win.

33... Qd1+ 34. Nf1 Qxa4 35. Qc3 Ra8 36. Rxd7?? 0-1

Mamdedyarov has dropped the exchange for no reason, presumably he missed the Queen protected the knight and thought he was just about to win.

It will be interesting to find out if Vladimir Kramnik had everything worked out against Le Quang Liem. Photo © Georgios Souleidis : http://www.sparkassen-chess-meeting.de/2010/fotos.html

Le Quang Liem used the Catalan against one of its greatest exponents Vladimir Kramnik. The game was drawn in 39 moves. 17.Rac1 was a novelty that caused some problems for Kramnik.

Le Quang Liem - Kramnik (6)

1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. c4 e6 4. g3 Be7 5. Bg2 O-O 6. O-O dxc4 7. Qc2 a6 8. Qxc4 b5 9. Qc2 Bb7 10. Bd2 Be4 11. Qc1 Bb7 12. Bf4 Nd5 13. Nc3 Nxf4 14. Qxf4 Qd6 15. Ne5 Bxg2 16. Kxg2 Nd7 17. Rac1N Nxe5 18. dxe5 Qb6 19. Ne4 Rad8 20. Rfd1 c5 21. Nd6 c4 22. b3 cxb3 23. axb3 a5

Vladimir Kramnik

___r_rk_
____bppp
_q_Np___
pp__P___
_____Q__
_P____P_
____PPKP
__RR____

Le Quang Liem

Position after 23...a5

Here 24.Qe4 gave white some serious winning chances. Now Kramnik liquidates.

24. Rd3 a4 25. bxa4 bxa4 26. Qxa4 Bxd6 27. Rb3 Qxb3 28. Qxb3 Bxe5

Interesting to me is that the following position, towards which Kramnik headed, apparently it is just a trivial draw, which I guess is useful to know.

Vladimir Kramnik

___r_rk_
_____ppp
____p___
____b___
________
_Q____P_
____PPKP
__R_____

Le Quang Liem

Position after 28...Be5

28... Bxe5 29. h4 g6 30. h5 Bg7 31. Rc5 Rd7 32. Rb5 Rfd8 33. Qf3 Rd5 34. Rxd5 Rxd5 35. hxg6 hxg6 36. Qe4 Bf6 37. Qf3 Bg7 38. Qe4 Bf6 39. Qf3 1/2-1/2

Peter Leko and Ruslan Ponomariov halved out in Round 6. Photo © Georgios Souleidis : http://www.sparkassen-chess-meeting.de/2010/fotos.html

Peter Leko sacrificed a pawn against Ruslan Ponomariov in an Open Catalan in return for a shattered pawn structure. The position didn't go very far from equality throughout.

Ruslan Ponomariov

_____rk_
__p__ppp
__p_____
p___b___
P_Q_____
____P_P_
__R__PKP
_qN_____

Peter Leko

Position after 24.Nc1

24...Rb8 25. Qxc6 Qb6 26. Qd5 Bd6 27. Ne2 Qb3 28. Qc6 g6 29. Nd4 Qa3 30. Rc3 Qa2 31. Rc2 Qa1 32. Rc1 Qa2 33. Rc2 Qa1 34. Rc1 Qa2 35. Qc4 Rb2 36. Rc2 Qxc4 37. Rxc4 Ra2 38. Nb5 h5 39. Nxc7 Bxc7 40. Rxc7 Rxa4 41. Ra7 Kg7 1/2-1/2

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