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Dortmund Sparkassen Tournament

Fabiano Caruana6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Sergey Karjakin6/9(+3 -0 =6)[games]
Arkadij Naiditsch5.5/9(+2 -0 =7)[games]
Peter Leko5.5/9(+2 -0 =7)[games]
Ruslan Ponomariov5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Vladimir Kramnik5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[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)

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 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 26  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. D G Fridman vs J Gustafsson ½-½352012Dortmund SparkassenD02 Queen's Pawn Game
2. Leko vs Ponomariov ½-½382012Dortmund SparkassenD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
3. Caruana vs Naiditsch ½-½602012Dortmund SparkassenC45 Scotch Game
4. Karjakin vs Kramnik ½-½322012Dortmund SparkassenC45 Scotch Game
5. Naiditsch vs G Meier ½-½532012Dortmund SparkassenA30 English, Symmetrical
6. D G Fridman vs Leko ½-½272012Dortmund SparkassenE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
7. Karjakin vs Naiditsch ½-½592012Dortmund SparkassenC67 Ruy Lopez
8. Leko vs Caruana ½-½422012Dortmund SparkassenC18 French, Winawer
9. D G Fridman vs G Meier ½-½322012Dortmund SparkassenE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
10. Ponomariov vs Karjakin ½-½462012Dortmund SparkassenC67 Ruy Lopez
11. J Gustafsson vs M Bartel ½-½352012Dortmund SparkassenD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
12. Naiditsch vs Kramnik ½-½242012Dortmund SparkassenC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
13. G Meier vs Leko ½-½242012Dortmund SparkassenE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
14. Kramnik vs Ponomariov ½-½372012Dortmund SparkassenD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
15. Leko vs Karjakin ½-½332012Dortmund SparkassenE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
16. D G Fridman vs Kramnik ½-½392012Dortmund SparkassenD93 Grunfeld, with Bf4 & e3
17. Caruana vs G Meier ½-½582012Dortmund SparkassenC11 French
18. Kramnik vs Leko ½-½1342012Dortmund SparkassenE01 Catalan, Closed
19. G Meier vs J Gustafsson ½-½532012Dortmund SparkassenB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
20. M Bartel vs D G Fridman ½-½532012Dortmund SparkassenA13 English
21. Naiditsch vs Ponomariov  ½-½422012Dortmund SparkassenC78 Ruy Lopez
22. Karjakin vs Caruana ½-½412012Dortmund SparkassenB42 Sicilian, Kan
23. D G Fridman vs Naiditsch ½-½452012Dortmund SparkassenE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
24. G Meier vs Karjakin ½-½562012Dortmund SparkassenD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
25. Naiditsch vs Leko ½-½382012Dortmund SparkassenB12 Caro-Kann Defense
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  OBIT: Yeah, Kramnik blew it by not beating Leko. He certainly had wins all over the place.

Ponomariov blew it by losing to Bartel. You're tied for first with the easiest slate of games remaining of all the contenders, and then you lose with the White pieces to the guy in last place.

Leko blew it by being the stodgy old fart he has become. Take a chance once in awhile, chum.

Naiditsch blew it by not playing upon the nationalistic pride of Fridman. "We're teammates! We won an important team tournament together! Do it for Germany!"

I guess a lot of players missed opportunities to win this tournament.

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  perfidious: <Peligroso Patzer: ....Dortmund....included a significant number of local tourists whose playing strength is a notch below the world elite.>

In my opinion, the characterisation as 'local tourists' is over the top-the players at the bottom of the scoretable are far from weak and would beat the spots off 'mere' 2500 players if one were, for example, to organise Dortmund on the lines of those ~2650 players and six-seven 2500s to flesh out the field. Of course the players you mention aren't quite in the leading group of world rankings, but how would anyone raise their game if not given a chance to play stronger opposition?

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  Eyal: <Super-tournament> is clearly a fuzzy category – the term doesn't have any "official" definition, it's evaluatively loaded, and it depends very much on personal tastes and preferences. For example, how much weight exactly does one place on the rating average of the participants, and what should be the minimum of such average to justify the use of the term? How many players of the top 5/10/20 etc. are required, or what percentage of such players out of the total (and what exactly, in this context, is the status of certain "big names" that are currently lower in the ratings than they were at their peak or, alternatively, of certain rising talents whose rating is still not so high)? Or, from the other direction, how many "weak" players are allowed and how should they be defined? For some people the tradition of the tournament in question might also play a part. Thus, any attempt at an "exact" definition of what a super-tournament is might sound right to some people, but probably also arbitrary or unconvincing to many others.

All this doesn't mean that the use of the term is completely arbitrary, of course – I think pretty much everybody will agree that the Tal Memorial was a super-tournament and that the Dutch championship (which has just ended) wasn't; but Dortmund is more of a borderline-case.

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  perfidious: <Eyal> The whole concept is indeed amorphous at best and not even worth fighting over in my mind. Trying to figure out what the players do in their games is hard enough!
Jul-22-12  Open Defence: well said <perfidious>!
Jul-22-12  Octavia: <you can't sell the game that way> of course, the sale is most important - who cares about the quality of games?
Jul-22-12  SetNoEscapeOn: At least Sonas' concept of "tournament class" has a clear definition:

< I developed a formula which I am now calling the tournament "class". You look at the top ten on the rating list, at the time the tournament started, and see who is participating in the tournament. Having the #1 player earns the tournament 4 points, and having the #2 tournament earns it another 4 points. For #3 and #4, it's only 3 points per player. For #5 and #6, it's 2 points, and for #7, #8, #9, and #10, it's 1 point each. So if you just had the #1, #3, and #9 players in your tournament, the tournament would be a class 8 (that's 4+3+1). If a tournament had all ten from the top list (and possibly more) then it would get the theoretical maximum class of 22>

Using the current live rating list, this was a class 6 tournament. In contrast, Tal Memorial was class 16.

Jul-22-12  fisayo123: <Using the current live rating list, this was a class 6 tournament. In contrast, Tal Memorial was class 16.> Give it up already. The recognized way of calculating tournament strength is Cat's. Have some respect for the participants that played here. <Eyal> has already settled this needless argument with his succinct input. Again congrats to Karjakin and Caruana as the new guard gradually replaces the old guard in tournaments <2012>
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  perfidious: The Sonas concept has one readily apparent flaw: if we have a six-player double round-robin with nrs 1, 3 and 9 and the rest outside the top ten, but all 2700+, that scores eight points. On the other hand, if we were to have a single round-robin with twelve players, which included the three players above, along with another member of the top ten, then threw in say, eight ~2500 players, this event scores higher on the Sonas scale (if I understand correctly), yet is clearly weaker than the former tournament.
Jul-22-12  WiseWizard: Where are the blitz games?
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  Eyal: TPRs of the players, compared with their actual (July list) ratings in brackets and number of rating points gained/lost:

Caruana 2824 (2775) +6
Karjakin 2823 (2779) +6
Naiditsch 2790 (2700) +12
Ponomariov 2787 (2726) +8
Leko 2787 (2730) +7
Kramnik 2780 (2799) -2
Meier 2679 (2644) +4
Fridman 2639 (2655) -2
Bartel 2498 (2674) -20
Gustafsson 2441 (2629) -19

Jul-22-12  SetNoEscapeOn: <perfidious>

Yes, it certainly is not perfect. And Sonas' purpose was to But the nature of your scenario is unlikely enough that it seems more like an example of an exception rather than a description of a flaw.

<Of course the players you mention aren't quite in the leading group of world rankings, but how would anyone raise their game if not given a chance to play stronger opposition?>

It's true. And there's been a curious trend in world chess over the past 20 years: as more and more people around the entire world play chess and the number of strong grandmasters increases, the more restrictive it's getting at the top. Fewer tournaments, smaller fields.

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  brankat: Congrats to Caruana and Karjakin for winning the Dortmund!
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  perfidious: <SetNoEscapeOn> We agree that it's less likely than ever that the tourney field I set out would come to pass; it was merely to point up the absurdity of Sonas' neatly packaging this and selling us a bill of goods.
Jul-22-12  twinlark: <Eyal>

The TPRs show that the rest of the field basically fed off Bartel and Gustaffson. I'm really not sure about this new format. It's well and good to give the locals a chance, but do the local fans really want to see some of their top players butchered like this?

Naiditsch in yes, the Not at Dortmund. Not now.

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  Jim Bartle: Well, were the locals (Naiditsch excepted) just hammered by the "Big Five" or did they lose long fighting games? Of course Bartel did defeat Ponomariov, but otherwise?

If they were hard-fought, the makeup of the tournament seems OK. If the locals just got crushed, they should rethink it.

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  Eyal: Bartel isn't a "local", btw, he's a Polish player who qualified fair and square through winning Aeroflot - as Nepo, Bacrot, or Le qualified before him in recent years. Regarding the German players - I certainly wouldn't have minded seeing some +2700 players instead of Naiditch's compatriots, but it's really only Gustafsson who had a terrible performance. Meier's was quite respectable and Fridman did pretty much what he was expected to according to his rating.
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  SatelliteDan: Is there a site that lists the top GM tournaments by catagory strengh? Say 2011 (trying to do a survey and database).
Jul-22-12  twinlark: <Eyal>

True enough. I guess I'm used to Dortmund being a higher category tournament.

Jul-22-12  waustad: If you want a slugfest, look at early rounds of Swisses. Actually they are often more like a massacre because large rating differences are common. High level RRs have often had a large number of draws, unless you want to go back to the 19th century. Women's events often have a higher percentage of decisive games too.
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  Peligroso Patzer: <perfidious: <Peligroso Patzer: ....Dortmund....included a significant number of local tourists whose playing strength is a notch below the world elite.>

In my opinion, the characterisation as 'local tourists' is over the top *** >

The connotations of the word “tourist” are inherently ambiguous. Perhaps you construed it differently from what I intended.

Please note that I described those players as being of a “playing strength *** a notch [i.e., not very much] below the world elite”, so I did not intend to insult them, only note that they are not in the world top 10, 20, or 25. The number of players in that category (not world top 25) was clearly <significant> (half the field, since it would include Naiditsch [up to world #35 from #44 on the live list after this event], even though he once (2005) took clear first in this tourney when the remainder of the field were mostly in the world elite).

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  Peligroso Patzer: <Eyal: Bartel isn't a "local", btw, he's a Polish player who qualified fair and square through winning Aeroflot - as Nepo, Bacrot, or Le qualified before him in recent years.***>

Good point. I may have got a bit carried away by the appeal of the oxymoronic resonance of "local tourist". Probably I should have resisted the temptation to use it, but, in general, I can resisit anything but temptation. Mea culpa.

Jul-23-12  amuralid: What was the prize fund at Dortmund?
Jul-23-12  kia0708: so Karjakin won the tournament
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  chancho: <kia0708> He tied for first.

Caruana won the trophy on tiebreaks.

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