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Dortmund Sparkassen Tournament

Fabiano Caruana6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Sergey Karjakin6/9(+3 -0 =6)[games]
Ruslan Ponomariov5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Vladimir Kramnik5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Arkadij Naiditsch5.5/9(+2 -0 =7)[games]
Peter Leko5.5/9(+2 -0 =7)[games]
Georg Meier4/9(+1 -2 =6)[games]
Daniel Grigoryevich Fridman3.5/9(+0 -2 =7)[games]
Mateusz Bartel2/9(+1 -6 =2)[games]
Jan Gustafsson1.5/9(+0 -6 =3)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Dortmund Sparkassen (2012)

The 40th Dortmund Sparkassen Chess-Meeting took place in the Dortmunder Schauspielhaus in Dortmund, Germany 13-22 July 2012. Rest day: July 18. Chief organizer: Ralf Chadt-Rausch. Players received 100 minutes for 40 moves, then 50 more minutes for the next 20 moves, then 15 more minutes for the rest of the game, with a 30-second increment from move one. Games started at 3 pm, Round 9 at 1 pm local time. Fabiano Caruana won on tiebreak (more wins) ahead of Sergey Karjakin, both with 6/9.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 Caruana 2775 * ½ 0 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 6 2 Karjakin 2779 ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 6 3 Ponomariov 2726 1 ½ * ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 0 1 5½ 4 Kramnik 2799 0 ½ ½ * ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 5 5 Naiditsch 2700 ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ 1 1 5 6 Leko 2730 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ 1 1 5 7 Meier 2644 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ ½ * ½ 1 ½ 4 8 Fridman 2655 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ 3½ 9 Bartel 2674 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 ½ * ½ 2 10 Gustafsson 2629 0 0 0 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ * 1½

Category: XIX (2711). Chief arbiter: Andrzej Filipowicz

The Helmut-Kohls-Turnier (Cat. IX round robin) was won by Andrey Orlov with 7/9. The Open A swiss tournament was won by Mikhail Zaitsev ahead of Julian Scheider, both with 7.5/9.

Wikipedia: Wikipedia article: Dortmund Sparkassen Chess Meeting#2012
Dortmunder Schachschule: http://www.dortmunder-schachschule....
Dylan McClain in New York Times, 28 July 2012:

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 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 45  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. D G Fridman vs J Gustafsson ½-½352012Dortmund SparkassenD02 Queen's Pawn Game
2. G Meier vs M Bartel 1-0392012Dortmund SparkassenE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
3. Leko vs Ponomariov ½-½382012Dortmund SparkassenD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
4. Caruana vs Naiditsch ½-½602012Dortmund SparkassenC45 Scotch Game
5. Karjakin vs Kramnik ½-½322012Dortmund SparkassenC45 Scotch Game
6. Ponomariov vs Caruana 1-0362012Dortmund SparkassenB30 Sicilian
7. D G Fridman vs Leko ½-½272012Dortmund SparkassenE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
8. J Gustafsson vs Kramnik 0-1272012Dortmund SparkassenE92 King's Indian
9. M Bartel vs Karjakin 0-1342012Dortmund SparkassenE12 Queen's Indian
10. Naiditsch vs G Meier ½-½532012Dortmund SparkassenA30 English, Symmetrical
11. Karjakin vs Naiditsch ½-½592012Dortmund SparkassenC67 Ruy Lopez
12. Leko vs J Gustafsson 1-0452012Dortmund SparkassenC78 Ruy Lopez
13. Kramnik vs M Bartel 1-0502012Dortmund SparkassenA25 English
14. Caruana vs D G Fridman 1-0522012Dortmund SparkassenB12 Caro-Kann Defense
15. G Meier vs Ponomariov 0-1522012Dortmund SparkassenD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
16. Leko vs Caruana ½-½422012Dortmund SparkassenC18 French, Winawer
17. J Gustafsson vs M Bartel ½-½352012Dortmund SparkassenD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
18. Ponomariov vs Karjakin ½-½462012Dortmund SparkassenC67 Ruy Lopez
19. D G Fridman vs G Meier ½-½322012Dortmund SparkassenE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
20. Naiditsch vs Kramnik ½-½242012Dortmund SparkassenC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
21. Caruana vs J Gustafsson 1-0352012Dortmund SparkassenC78 Ruy Lopez
22. M Bartel vs Naiditsch 0-11102012Dortmund SparkassenC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
23. Karjakin vs D G Fridman 1-0462012Dortmund SparkassenB12 Caro-Kann Defense
24. G Meier vs Leko ½-½242012Dortmund SparkassenE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
25. Kramnik vs Ponomariov ½-½372012Dortmund SparkassenD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
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Jul-22-12  PinnedPiece: <JB: not a single one of the bottom five has defeated one of the top five yet..>

There was a surprise upset with Bartel beating Ponomariov in rd 6...

Jul-22-12  zluria: Welp, it looks like Caruana has won his game. Bartel sure looked out of his depth here. Anyway, that means he has at least equal first. Does anyone know what the tiebreaks are?
Jul-22-12  zluria: <Jim Bartle> Wrong, Bartel beat Ponomariov. It was his only win.
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  PhilFeeley: So Caruana has won. He'll at least tie for first. Kramnik won't win this year.
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  Peligroso Patzer: <PhilFeeley: So Caruana has won. He'll at least tie for first. ***>

On page 5 of this thread can be found this comment (posted after Caruana’s second-round loss to Ponimariov): <Peligroso Patzer: Caruana seems to be off-form in this event. He was a bit lucky to escape with half-a-point yesterday; not so lucky today.>

To the extent there was at least implicit in that comment a prediction how Caruana would fare when the final standings were reckoned, it calls to mind the famous admonition of Sam Goldwyn: “Be very cautious when making predictions, especially about the future.”

Taking that advice to heart, I hereby wish to go on-record with a fearless prediction of Magnus Carlsen to be the winner of the 2012 Tal Memorial. I will even be so bold as to predict Carlsen’s final tournament score to be 5.5/9, half-a-point ahead of Caruana and Radjabov.

Clearly, I possess the gift of clairvoyance, especially as regards the past.

Jul-22-12  zluria: So... Karjakin has a good position versus Gustafsson, simply because White's attack is crashing down while Black's hasn't even gotten going yet. If Car-Jack wins, does he beat Caruana on tiebreaks? How does this work?
Jul-22-12  fisayo123: Seems like after Karjakin's inevitable victory, Caruana would win on number of victories as the tie-break unless Ponomariov wins his game.
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  Peligroso Patzer: <fisayo123>: What is your source for the applicable tie-break criteria? (I could not find the official regulations for this event on the offical website:
Jul-22-12  fisayo123: Here it is:
Jul-22-12  mrbasso: These tiebreak rules in Round-robin tournaments are all complete nonsense anyway. There is nothing better than to Blitz it out.
Jul-22-12  Isbjorn: Meier made a mistake in a worse position and is now losing. Nice for Kramnik to finish with a win.
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  Peligroso Patzer: Thank you, <fisayo123>.

From the table you linked, I infer that the first tie-break criterion is number of games with black, then number of wins, and third Sonneborn-Berger score. Both Ponomariov and Naiditsch had five (5) games each with Black, so if either of them could win today, he would apparently prevail over Caruana.

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  Peligroso Patzer: <mrbasso: These tiebreak rules in Round-robin tournaments are all complete nonsense anyway. <There is nothing better than to Blitz it out.>>

Anything is better than resorting to the abomination of blitz for any purpose.

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  Peligroso Patzer: <Peligroso Patzer: Thank you, <fisayo123>.

From the table you linked, I infer that the first tie-break criterion is number of games with black, then number of wins, and third Sonneborn-Berger score. *** >

I had initially overlooked the note beneath the standings table you linked, which note provides a basis stronger than inference for the stated conclusion on tie-break rules: "<Bei Gleichstand zählt 1. die Anzahl an Schwarzpartien, 2. die Anzahl an gewonnenen Partien und 3. die Sonneborn-Berger-Wertung.>"

Jul-22-12  mrbasso: The better blitz player is the better chessplayer!
Ask Grischuk...
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  PhilFeeley: It's rare these days for a high level tournament game to go all the way to mate. Thanks to Kramnik & Meier for an entertaining game!
Jul-22-12  Calar: So in likely case that only Karjakin and Caruana finish on 6 points each, Caruana would win 1st place due to 2nd tie-break criterion?
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  parmetd: I disagree Peligroso, blitz is better than Armmageddn. That is the worst tie break!
Jul-22-12  fisayo123: Same thing Peligroso.
Jul-22-12  mrbasso: well, another bad day for the German players. cg to Caruana and Karjakin.
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  Peligroso Patzer: I concede your well-taken point, <parmetd>.

BTW, I do not in the least dispute <mrbasso>'s characterization of round-robin tie-break rules as “complete nonsense”, but seldom can I muster the self-discipline to forgo any opportunity to vituperate blitz, which I do genuinely deplore.

Jul-22-12  jamesmaskell: Does look like it <Calar>, Caruana and Karjakin both had same number of black games but Caruana has scored one more win.
Jul-22-12  fisayo123: Congratulations to wonder-kid Fabiano Caruana on his first Super-Tournament victory! He has had an unbelievable year having played over 100 games and tied for second in Corus and Tal memorial. He is one of the very few teenagers to have won a super-tournament of this kind. Hardwork does pay off and there are few who work harder than Fabiano!
Jul-22-12  Naniwazu: Caruana won! Cash in ticket for 500 chessbucks!
Jul-22-12  csmath: <super-tournament>
Nothing to subtract from Caruana but calling a tournament with Bartel, Gustafsson, Fridman, and Mejer a supertournament is a little bit preposterous.

This is just a strong tournament with few elite players.

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