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Dortmund 2010 (10)

Ponomariov wins, Le Quang Liem impresses, in Dortmund

Ruslan Ponomariov. Winner of Dortmund 2010. Photo © Georgios Souleidis.

Ruslan Ponomariov. Winner of Dortmund 2010. Photo © Georgios Souleidis. | http://www.sparkassen-chess-meeting.de/2010/

Ruslan Ponomariov won the Dortmund Sparkassen Chess Meeting with a fine score of 6.5/10. Bottom rated Le Quang Liem took clear second place a point further behind. Vladimir Kramnik and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov ended up on 50% with 5/10. Arkadij Naiditsch and Peter Leko finished a point further behind.

Sparkassen GM Dortmund (GER), 15-25 vii 2010 cat. XX (2731)
1 2 3 4 5 6
1. Ponomariov, Ruslan g UKR 2734 * * 0 ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 2840
2. Le Quang Liem g VIE 2681 1 ½ * * ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 2776
3. Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2790 0 ½ ½ ½ * * ½ 1 1 0 ½ ½ 5 2718
4. Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar g AZE 2761 0 ½ 1 ½ ½ 0 * * 1 0 ½ 1 5 2724
5. Naiditsch, Arkadij g GER 2684 ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 1 0 1 * * ½ 0 4 2668
6. Leko, Peter g HUN 2734 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 * * 4 2658

Round 10 (July 25, 2010)
Ponomariov, Ruslan - Le Quang Liem ½-½ 42 B13 Caro Kann Exchange
Kramnik, Vladimir - Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 1-0 31 D38 QGD Ragozin
Leko, Peter - Naiditsch, Arkadij 1-0 60 D37 QGD 5.Bf4

Ruslan Ponomariov drew with Le Quang Liem to record a victory alone. Photo © Georgios Souleidis : http://www.sparkassen-chess-meeting.de/2010/fotos.html

Ruslan Ponomariov's victory in Dortmund was his best result for some time. He was very impressive in winning the 2002 FIDE World Championship tournament in Moscow at the age of 19. However almost immediately he started to go backwards but has remained steady top 20 for some time now. Here things went his way a little bit, but he played well and only lost one game.

Le Quang Liem looked extremely impressive in his super-tournament debut. Photo © Georgios Souleidis : http://www.sparkassen-chess-meeting.de/2010/fotos.html

Le Quang Liem's win in the Aeroflot Open got him the invitation here and he looked very comfortable even though he was nominally bottom rated. 2nd place here should get him invitations to tournaments like Wijk aan Zee fairly shortly.

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov will go away thinking his result could and should have been better. Photo © Georgios Souleidis : http://www.sparkassen-chess-meeting.de/2010/fotos.html

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov played some really good stuff and then lost three really bad games where he seemed totally out of sorts.

Kramnik normally wins in Dortmund but never looked likely to repeat the trick this year. Photo © Georgios Souleidis : http://www.sparkassen-chess-meeting.de/2010/fotos.html

Vladimir Kramnik seemed to be experimenting with his style in a number of games. He seems serious about regaining the World Chess Championships and he will have to win more games to do that.

Arkadij Naiditsch fought really hard and will have only lost a few rating points. Photo © Georgios Souleidis : http://www.sparkassen-chess-meeting.de/2010/fotos.html

Peter Leko has some serious thinking to do he looked out of sorts for most of the tournament and even though only 31 looks in decline. He missed some chances and also lost three games. Photo © Georgios Souleidis : http://www.sparkassen-chess-meeting.de/2010/fotos.html

Ponomariov vs Le Quang Liem Round 10. Photo © Georgios Souleidis : http://www.sparkassen-chess-meeting.de/2010/fotos.html

Le Quang Liem

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Ruslan Ponomariov

Position after 23.Qc2

Le Quang Liem scored 2/3 with the Caro-Kann in Dortmund. He needed to win with it to catch Ruslan Ponomariov. The above position is a very satisfactory position but he never really looked like getting the full point. Thus Ponomariov took clear first place alone.

Kramnik vs Mamedyarov Round 10. Photo © Georgios Souleidis : http://www.sparkassen-chess-meeting.de/2010/fotos.html

Vladimir Kramnik again played very sharply today, this time against Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. This time he had white and this time he secured the full point although at one point he didn't seem to have so very much. Mamedyarov again created a very strange impression. All three of his losses saw him play very weakly at one stage or another. Here he was a pawn down in an ending with all Kingside pawns. He managed to lose in just 6 moves.

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov

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Vladimir Kramnik

Position after 25...Rxc8

26. Ne4 Re8 27. f4 Bd4 28. exd4 Rxe4+ 29. Kd3 f5 30. g3 Re7 31. Rb5 1-0

Kramnik vs Mamedyarov Round 10. Photo © Georgios Souleidis : http://www.sparkassen-chess-meeting.de/2010/fotos.html

Peter Leko finally got a win on the score-board after beating Arkadij Naiditsch in the final round. The following position is probably where it starts to go wrong for black.

Arkadij Naiditsch

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Peter Leko

Position after 27.Rh5

27... Rg7? 28. f5 Nf4 29. Rh4 Ne2+ 30. Kf2 Nxc3 31. fxe6 fxe6 32. Rxh7 Rxb7 33. Rxb7 e5 34. Rb6 Nxa2 35. Rxa6 Rc2+ 36. Kg1 Nc3 37. Rf6+ Kg7 38. Rf2 Ne2+ 39. Kg2 Kg6 40. Na5 Kh5 41. Nb7 e4 42. Kf1 Nd4 43. Rxc2 Nxc2 44. h3 Nd4 45. Kf2 Ne6 46. Nd6 Ng5 47. Kg2 e3 48. g4+ Kg6 49. Nc4 e2 50. Ne5+ Kh6 51. Nd3 Nf7 52. Kf2 Kg5 53. Kg3 Ne5 54. Ne1 Kg6 55. Kf4 Kf6 56. Ke4 Ng6 57. Ke3 Kg5 58. Nf3+ Kf6 59. Kf2 Nf4 60. h4 1-0

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