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TOURNAMENT STANDINGS
Dortmund Sparkassen Tournament

Peter Leko4.5/7(+2 -0 =5)[games]
Vassily Ivanchuk4/7(+2 -1 =4)[games]
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov4/7(+1 -0 =6)[games]
Ian Nepomniachtchi4/7(+1 -0 =6)[games]
Jan Gustafsson4/7(+2 -1 =4)[games]
Arkadij Naiditsch3.5/7(+2 -2 =3)[games]
Vladimir Kramnik3/7(+1 -2 =4)[games]
Loek van Wely1/7(+0 -5 =2)[games]
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Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
Dortmund Sparkassen (2008)

The 36th Dortmund Sparkassen Chess-Meeting took place in the Dortmunder Schauspielhaus in Dortmund, Germany 28 June - 6 July 2008. Rest days: June 30 and July 3. Players received 120 minutes for 40 moves, then 60 more minutes for the next 20 moves, then 30 more minutes for the rest of the game. Games started at 3 pm, Round 7 at 1 pm local time. Peter Leko won the event for the 3rd time with 4.5/7.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 1 Leko 2741 * 1 1 4 2 Ivanchuk 2740 0 * 1 1 4 3 Mamedyarov 2752 * 1 4 4 Nepomniachtchi 2634 * 1 4 5 Gustafsson 2603 0 * 1 1 4 6 Naiditsch 2624 0 0 * 1 1 3 7 Kramnik 2788 0 0 * 1 3 8 Van Wely 2677 0 0 0 0 0 * 1

Category: XVIII (2695). Chief arbiter: Andrzej Filipowicz

The Helmut-Kohls-Turnier (Cat. V round robin) was won by Thomas Trella with 6/9. The Open A swiss tournament was won on tiebreak by Mikhail Zaitsev with 7/9.

Wikipedia: Wikipedia article: Dortmund Sparkassen Chess Meeting#2008
Dortmunder Schachfreunde: http://schachfreunde-brackel.de/sch...
Chess.com: https://www.chess.com/news/view/lek...
ChessBase: https://en.chessbase.com/post/dortm...
TeleSchach: http://teleschach.com/aktuelles/dtm...
TWIC 1: https://theweekinchess.com/html/twi...
TWIC 2: https://theweekinchess.com/html/twi...
FIDE: https://ratings.fide.com/tournament...

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 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 28  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Ivanchuk vs Van Wely ½-½392008Dortmund SparkassenB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
2. Mamedyarov vs Leko ½-½242008Dortmund SparkassenE25 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
3. J Gustafsson vs Kramnik ½-½292008Dortmund SparkassenD85 Grunfeld
4. Naiditsch vs I Nepomniachtchi ½-½302008Dortmund SparkassenB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
5. J Gustafsson vs Naiditsch 1-0232008Dortmund SparkassenD39 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation
6. Kramnik vs Van Wely 1-0292008Dortmund SparkassenD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
7. Leko vs Ivanchuk 1-0572008Dortmund SparkassenB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
8. I Nepomniachtchi vs Mamedyarov ½-½402008Dortmund SparkassenC78 Ruy Lopez
9. Van Wely vs Leko ½-½312008Dortmund SparkassenE15 Queen's Indian
10. Ivanchuk vs I Nepomniachtchi ½-½192008Dortmund SparkassenB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
11. Naiditsch vs Kramnik 1-0422008Dortmund SparkassenC42 Petrov Defense
12. Mamedyarov vs J Gustafsson ½-½272008Dortmund SparkassenD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
13. J Gustafsson vs Ivanchuk ½-½312008Dortmund SparkassenD39 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation
14. Kramnik vs Leko ½-½222008Dortmund SparkassenE15 Queen's Indian
15. I Nepomniachtchi vs Van Wely 1-0482008Dortmund SparkassenB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
16. Naiditsch vs Mamedyarov ½-½412008Dortmund SparkassenB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
17. Van Wely vs J Gustafsson 0-1182008Dortmund SparkassenD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
18. Ivanchuk vs Naiditsch 1-0532008Dortmund SparkassenD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
19. Mamedyarov vs Kramnik ½-½402008Dortmund SparkassenE15 Queen's Indian
20. Leko vs I Nepomniachtchi ½-½302008Dortmund SparkassenB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
21. J Gustafsson vs Leko 0-1452008Dortmund SparkassenE15 Queen's Indian
22. Mamedyarov vs Ivanchuk ½-½292008Dortmund SparkassenE25 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
23. Naiditsch vs Van Wely 1-0262008Dortmund SparkassenB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
24. Kramnik vs I Nepomniachtchi ½-½392008Dortmund SparkassenD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
25. Ivanchuk vs Kramnik 1-0492008Dortmund SparkassenC42 Petrov Defense
 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 28  PGN Download
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Jul-07-08  Bobsterman3000: Kramnik seemed disinterested more than "out of form." Maybe he shouldn't have played (especially with no prize money at stake) and he could have used this time for more WC preparation and rest...

Jul-07-08  Kaspablanca: abejorral have a big crush on Kramnik, i am sure about it, but he must know kramnik is married.:)
Jul-07-08  yalie: sad to see that there were no Kramnik interviews from Dortmund ..
Jul-07-08  yalie: from kramnik.com

<The Dortmund Chess Crown Sparkassen Chess Meeting took place from 28th June to 6th July. A Category 18 event where the participants were: Kramnik, Ivanchuk, Leko, Mamedyarov, Gelfand, Nepomniachtchi, Gustafsson, Naiditsch

Hungarian GM Peter Leko was the clear winner, for the third time in his career. Clear favourite GM Vladimir Kramnik, who had won this event 8 times, performed below all expectations to finish with only 3/7.

Kramnik is just focusing in his long awaited match against Anand in October, but anyway, this result was not anticipated. >

Jul-07-08  messachess: <I thought I was going to start having withdrawal symptoms> Yeh, I feel better now too.
Jul-08-08  Whitehat1963: Much as I don't like Kramnik either, I suspect he was playing poorly with the sole intent of giving Anand bad ideas, trying to suck him in to playing to Kramnik's strengths. Perhaps I'm a conspiracy theorist, but I can't see any other reason for Kramnik's poor performance in such a mediocre field.
Jul-08-08  notyetagm: <Whitehat1963: Much as I don't like Kramnik either, I suspect he was playing poorly with the sole intent of giving Anand bad ideas, trying to suck him in to playing to Kramnik's strengths.>

Do you really think Anand is that stupid?

<Perhaps I'm a conspiracy theorist, but I can't see any other reason for Kramnik's poor performance in such a mediocre field.>

Kramnik being out of form because he plays so rarely never crossed your mind?

Jul-08-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  brankat: There is no conspiracy there. Kramnik just was not in his usual form. There is a number of various reasons (and their combinations) why even the strongest masters, on occasion, play way below par.

Fortunately for Vladimir, there is still plenty of time left before the match.

Jul-08-08  notyetagm: <brankat: There is no conspiracy there. Kramnik just was not in his usual form. There is a number of various reasons (and their combinations) why even the strongest masters, on occasion, play way below par.>

Exactly. Kramnik still has the Tal Memorial in August to "tune up" for the Bonn match.

Jul-08-08  Kaspablanca: well, Kramnik has a dilema, either he plays another thing besides the Petrov or improve that defense if he wants to win the match.
Jul-08-08  littlefermat: <well, Kramnik has a dilema, either he plays another thing besides the Petrov or improve that defense if he wants to win the match.>

It'll be interesting to see what he uses against 1e4. Some of the other kibitzers have suggested that he'll play the Caro-Kahn. Makes sense, as it suits his approach to the game.

I'm definitely curious to see what will happen in Bonn. I hope it's a good match and both players are in good form.

Jul-08-08  Atking: <mckmck: Do not under estimate Kramnik.> How so much true. Every body has his up and down. And even Kramnik's haters can't be blind on that point. Up Kramnik could play at 2900 with White and 2750 with Black even against a very strong opposition. But as soon as Kramnik went down you see all Kramnik's haters (very abnormally) to point the result. Really I prefer to applaud when a player (doesn't matter who he is) plays great chess, Topalov as well as Kramnik, Morozevich or Ivanchuck as well as Anand. Still the question remains why Kramnik can't kept this level like Karpov and Kasparov did. And that's the real problem. Kramnik can play great chess and his match vs Kasparov wasn't an accident. Far from it. Nobody at time could do it. If his health is the main answer of his time by time disappointed performance as it's seems to be in the last Corus (As noted Carlsen himself) really I can't understand someone could enjoy it.
Jul-08-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  me to play: <Every body has his up and down. And even Kramnik's haters can't be blind on that point.> Sadly, from long experience of reading the petty and juvenile rants from some posters here, I would say that is not likely.
Jul-08-08  Vollmer: It seems that some of you think that Kramnik isn't cunning enough to play badly here on purpose . Is this the same Kramnik that had to use the toilet room umteen times vs. Topalov . WOW thats a really bad case of <insert your favorite illness> . This caused some distress to his opponent , and while legal according to the rules , became a matter of interest to the organizers .
Jul-08-08  Vollmer: Maybe Kramnik will surprise Anand with the wonderful 1.e4-d5 ! Wouldn't that be ironic . As a Center-Counter player I can only hope ...lol
Jul-08-08  Marvol: <Red October: << why not now? > according to Kirsn, sponsorship issues>

Shouldn't that be <because of> Kirsan, sponsorship issues ;)?

Jul-08-08  Jole: Perceyblankeney: You are right about how shorter matches have a greater element of chance in them. Their preperation will be important too. However, we know that both sides will be preparing heavily for this match so their won't be a huge difference regarding their opening preperation. Further, opening preparation alone is doubtful to be enough to decide the match. For example, Topalov was better prepared than Kramnik and often got an advantage out of the opening, but it wasn't Topalov that won the match.

Personally, I think that it is more important that Kramnik's endgame is better against Anand than it was in this tournament. It is usually his strength, and will be greatly important in defending inferior games to a draw (there will be at least one time where Anand gets the advantage on Kramnik) and grinding out any positional edge he manages to gain.

Xenon Oxide: They probably don't want to do that because they want a world championship more often. Either that or its easier to sponsor the system that they have now (or FIDE is stupid).

Jul-09-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  lostemperor: Definitely Kramnik is focusing on his match with Anand like he said in NIC he did so in 2000 before his match with Kasparov. The difference is he won in the 2000 edition.

<Vollmer: Maybe Kramnik will surprise Anand with the wonderful 1.e4-d5 ! Wouldn't that be ironic . As a Center-Counter player I can only hope ...lol> last Saturday my amateur friend in a blitz tournament, also a center-counter player was complaining that he should not play the this opening against weak players anymore. He claimed weak players do normal moves and are ok! Only against strong players he will keep playing center-counter. So there might be a chance Kramnik will play this against Anand though I don't think so since I remember Anand using it as a surprise weapon once also :-)

Jul-09-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  erebdraug: Yeah, Anand used 1...d5 against Kasparov's 1.e4 back in '95. Anand lost (I don't know if he was at a disadvantage after the opening though).
Jul-09-08  slomarko: <erebdraug: Yeah, Anand used 1...d5 against Kasparov's 1.e4 back in '95. Anand lost (I don't know if he was at a disadvantage after the opening though).>

he wasn't. he got a very good position after the opening but then Kasparov bluffed with a sac exchange which Anand stupidly failed to accept.

Jul-09-08  Certhas: <plang: There are two tournaments prior to Sochi:

1) Biel (Carlsen) >

Wow, Carlsen will have to go +3 in 10 just not to lose any rating points.

Jul-09-08  Vollmer: lostemperor , perhaps your friend should read (again perhaps) Chess Middlegame Combinations by Peter Romanovsky ?
Jul-09-08  Vollmer: slomarko , "he got a very good position after the opening but then Kasparov bluffed with a sac exchange which Anand stupidly failed to accept."

Thats a very well said assessment .

Jul-10-08  Rolfo: <Wow, Carlsen will have to go +3 in 10 just not to lose any rating points.>

Just like putting hay in the sack, it's getting harder the more compacted the sack is

Jul-11-08  mrjones: Vollmer: <Is this the same Kramnik that had to use the toilet room um[p]teen times vs. Topalov . WOW thats a really bad case of <insert your favorite illness> .> Ankylosing spondylitis, for instance, the serious condition from which Kramnik is known to suffer? Amongst its other symptoms is back pain. Sufferers from much less significant back conditions know how painful prolonged sitting can be. If I had AS I'd want to move around, a lot; preferably in private. I'd have thought that more than explains it.
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