Chess24 Sopiko Scotch

Dortmund 2010 (9)

Ponomariov still a point clear. Kramnik loses to Naiditsch

Arkadij Naiditsch survived an over-optimistic attacking idea from Kramnik to win in Round 9. Photo © Georgios Souleidis.

Arkadij Naiditsch survived an over-optimistic attacking idea from Kramnik to win in Round 9. Photo © Georgios Souleidis. | http://www.sparkassen-chess-meeting.de/2010/fotos.html

Ruslan Ponomariov preserved his one point lead into the final round after drawing reasonably comfortably as black against Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. The shock of the day was Vladimir Kramnik's rather too bold play with black against Arkadij Naiditsch. Kramnik sacrificed a piece for an attack that didn't turn out to be all that good. Naiditsch got his King safe and Kramnik had to resign. Le Quang Liem rather unnecessarily lost a pawn to Peter Leko and then had a long day ahead of him holding the draw.

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 ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 1 ½ 6 2860
2. Le Quang Liem g VIE 2681 1 . * * 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 5 2784
3. Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar g AZE 2761 0 ½ 1 ½ * * 1 0 ½ . ½ 1 5 2760
4. Naiditsch, Arkadij g GER 2684 ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 1 * * 0 1 ½ . 4 2697
5. Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2790 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ . 1 0 * * ½ ½ 4 2671
6. Leko, Peter g HUN 2734 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ . ½ ½ * * 3 2610

Round 9 (July 24, 2010)
Le Quang Liem - Leko, Peter ½-½ 119 D45 Anti-Meran Variations
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar - Ponomariov, Ruslan ½-½ 43 D37 QGD 5.Bf4
Naiditsch, Arkadij - Kramnik, Vladimir 1-0 34 B07 Pirc Defence

Ruslan Ponomariov takes a full point lead into his final game against Le Quang Liem in Round 10. Today he held Shakhriyar Mamedyarov with black. Photo © Georgios Souleidis : http://www.sparkassen-chess-meeting.de/2010/fotos.html

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov chose the bold 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 Be7 5. g4!? in order to try and catch Ruslan Ponomariov cold. In fact Ponomariov had absolutely no problems equalising and getting the draw that was surely the extent of his ambitions.

Ruslan Ponomariov

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Shakhriyar Mamedyarov

Position after 16....e5

Here black frees his pieces and exchanges down to the draw.

16....e5 17. cxd5 Nxd5 18. Nxd5 cxd5 19. dxe5 Qxe5 20. Qc5 Be6 21. f4 Qf6 22. Nxe6 Qxe6 23. Bc2 b6 24. Qxd5 Qxe3 25. Bxf5 Qc5 26. Qxc5 bxc5 27. Rd5 Bxf4 28. Rg4 Be3 29. h5 Bd4 30. Kc2 a5 31. a4 Rf6 32. Rg2 Raf8 33. Bd3 g6 34. hxg6 Rf2+ 35. Rxf2 Rxf2+ 36. Kd1 hxg6 37. Bxg6 Kg7 38. Bc2 Kf6 39. b3 Rf1+ 40. Ke2 Rf2+ 41. Kd1 Rf1+ 42. Ke2 Rf2+ 43. Kd1 1/2-1/2

A win against Vladimir Kramnik in Round 9 is just reward for Arkadij Naiditsch's resiliance at Dortmund. Photo © Georgios Souleidis : http://www.sparkassen-chess-meeting.de/2010/fotos.html

Vladimir Kramnik has tried to play with more ambition recently. He has realised times have changed and he needs to add a bit more dynamism to his game. This especially against opponents he outgrades. Today he played boldly using the Pirc Defence. Initially this went well but he didn't seem to have much of a feeling for the correct play in an unusal position to him.

Vladimir Kramnik

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Arkadij Naiditsch

Position after 22.gxf3

Black looks to have a threatening position for his piece. But it just doesn't seem to be so.

22. gxf3 Re8 23. Ra3 Rb4 24. Qf1 Qxd4+ 25. Kc2 c4 26. Qd1 Qf2+ 27. Bd2 Re2 28. Ra2 Qxf3 29. Re1 Qb3+ 30. Kb1 Rxe1 31. Qxe1 c3 32. Bxc3 Re4 33. Qf1 Qxd5 34. Ra3 1-0

Peter Leko won an extra pawn against Le Quang Liem but exploiting it proved difficult. he held Shakhriyar Mamedyarov with black. Photo © Georgios Souleidis : http://www.sparkassen-chess-meeting.de/2010/fotos.html

Le Quang Liem has been tring hard to complicate things but here is probably the time to stop.

Peter Leko

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Le Quang Liem

Position after 28...Bg6

29. Rc7

29. Bb3

29. Rc6 bxa4 30. Rxa6 Qc8 31. Rc6 Qb7 32. Rb6 Qc8 33. Rc6 Qb7

29... bxa4 30. Bc4 Qb8 31. Qc6 Rd8 32. Qb7 a5 33. Bb5 Qxb7 34. Rxb7 Rd1+ 35. Kh2 Ra1 36. Ra7 a3 37. bxa3 Rxa3 38. g4 h5 39. gxh5 Bxh5 40. g4 Bg6 41. Kg2 Re3 42. Rxa5 Rxe5 43. Ra8+ Kh7 44. Bf1

Le Quang Liem then had to work very hard to get his draw.

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