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Dortmund Sparkassen Tournament

Michael Adams7/9(+5 -0 =4)[games]
Vladimir Kramnik6.5/9(+5 -1 =3)[games]
Arkadij Naiditsch4.5/9(+3 -3 =3)[games]
Peter Leko4.5/9(+1 -1 =7)[games]
Dmitry Andreikin4/9(+2 -3 =4)[games]
Fabiano Caruana4/9(+2 -3 =4)[games]
Wang Hao4/9(+3 -4 =2)[games]
Georg Meier4/9(+1 -2 =6)[games]
Igor Khenkin3.5/9(+1 -3 =5)[games]
Daniel Grigoryevich Fridman3/9(+0 -3 =6)[games] Chess Event Description
Dortmund Sparkassen (2013)

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 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 45  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Kramnik vs Wang Hao 1-0262013Dortmund SparkassenD16 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
2. D Andreikin vs Caruana 0-1432013Dortmund SparkassenD80 Grunfeld
3. D G Fridman vs Adams ½-½542013Dortmund SparkassenC47 Four Knights
4. Khenkin vs Leko  ½-½602013Dortmund SparkassenD85 Grunfeld
5. G Meier vs Naiditsch 1-0532013Dortmund SparkassenD81 Grunfeld, Russian Variation
6. Adams vs D Andreikin 1-0642013Dortmund SparkassenC67 Ruy Lopez
7. Khenkin vs G Meier  ½-½452013Dortmund SparkassenD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. Wang Hao vs D G Fridman 1-0482013Dortmund SparkassenC42 Petrov Defense
9. Naiditsch vs Kramnik ½-½392013Dortmund SparkassenC67 Ruy Lopez
10. Leko vs Caruana ½-½282013Dortmund SparkassenC78 Ruy Lopez
11. Kramnik vs Khenkin  ½-½472013Dortmund SparkassenD16 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
12. Caruana vs Adams 0-1412013Dortmund SparkassenC67 Ruy Lopez
13. G Meier vs Leko  ½-½412013Dortmund SparkassenD81 Grunfeld, Russian Variation
14. D Andreikin vs Wang Hao ½-½122013Dortmund SparkassenD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
15. D G Fridman vs Naiditsch  ½-½232013Dortmund SparkassenD85 Grunfeld
16. Leko vs Adams  ½-½272013Dortmund SparkassenD36 Queen's Gambit Declined, Exchange, Positional line, 6.Qc2
17. Naiditsch vs D Andreikin 1-0492013Dortmund SparkassenC70 Ruy Lopez
18. Wang Hao vs Caruana 1-0392013Dortmund SparkassenA07 King's Indian Attack
19. Khenkin vs D G Fridman  ½-½442013Dortmund SparkassenE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
20. G Meier vs Kramnik 0-1382013Dortmund SparkassenE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
21. D G Fridman vs G Meier  ½-½522013Dortmund SparkassenA35 English, Symmetrical
22. Caruana vs Naiditsch  ½-½532013Dortmund SparkassenC45 Scotch Game
23. D Andreikin vs Khenkin 1-0272013Dortmund SparkassenB12 Caro-Kann Defense
24. Adams vs Wang Hao 1-0312013Dortmund SparkassenA15 English
25. Kramnik vs Leko 1-0472013Dortmund SparkassenA37 English, Symmetrical
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Aug-04-13  BUNA: < csmath: I think this is precisely why he failed in London Candidates Tournament. In the "must-win" situation he had nothing prepared against e4.>

Ivanchuk vs Kramnik, 2013 1.d4 d6 :)

Aug-04-13  csmath: Fridman blew it but at least he fought courageously this time.
Aug-04-13  DcGentle: Fridman blundered in time trouble, that's why he lost in the end.
Aug-04-13  csmath: << csmath: I think this is precisely why he failed in London Candidates Tournament. In the "must-win" situation he had nothing prepared against e4.> Ivanchuk vs Kramnik, 2013 1.d4 d6 :)>

That is e4 opening even though it started with d4.

Aug-04-13  Overgod: My heartfelt congratulations go to Michael Adams for a tremendous +5 performance at Dortmund!

Well done! I am very excited to see him back at his best and giving some of the top players in the world a run for their money again!

Also congratulations to Kramnik, who's recovered to reach close to his peak again!

Thanks to all the players who provided some really interesting, hard fought and thoroughly entertaining games!

Aug-04-13  DcGentle: The game will soon be over.
Aug-04-13  DcGentle: Fridman resigned.
Aug-04-13  Overgod: I also think a special honorable mention should go to Igor Khenkin, for his crushing round 8 win against Wang Hao. I honestly felt that he played like a Carlsen in that game. Totally outplayed his opponent from the late opening, through the middle game onwards and there was no room left even for an endgame.

It's rare to see a super gm crushed so thoroughly like this. It might well be the game of the tournament -- if only for such a convincing win by a comparatively low ranked player against a top GM like Hao.

He should get a special brilliancy prize! He has my vote.

Aug-04-13  csmath: Fabiano avoided the company of Fridman in tail of the tournament.

This game is a win by patience but it is a good win nonetheless.

Aug-04-13  Doniez: I just arrived afte my trip and it was a nice surprise to see that Caruana won his match. I sincerely hope that he can regroup and face the August world cup in his best form.
Aug-04-13  csmath: Ivanchuk vs Kramnik, 2013

That is precisely aimed at Kramnik's weakness in e4.

Ivanchuk knew that and instead of playing 2. c4 or 2. Nf3 he simply forced Kramnik into e4 opening.

Why Kramnik allowed that with his first move is anybody's guess. I do not know the history of these two very well.

In the last 20+ years Kramnik used Pirc 6 times in a serious game with classical time controls losing to Naiditsch and Ivanchuk while winning twice with Smeets and Galkin.

I do not think Pirc can be possibly considered a regular black repertoire for aggressive play on the top level. It is only good for occassional surprise and blitz games.

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  Dionysius1: Does anyone have a tournament performance rating for Adam's success?
Aug-04-13  Refused: <Dionysius1: Does anyone have a tournament performance rating for Adam's success?>

2923 according to chessbase. Elo-points gained: 21

Ah why do I say that.

knock yourself out. Scroll down.

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  Dionysius1: Thanks.
Aug-04-13  notyetagm: <DcGentle: Naiditsch - Khenkin, position after move 34:>

Great job pointing out the <MATE IN 5> from this Naiditsch game, <DCGENTLE>.

In the future please post any puzzle you create like this in my forum, if you have the time.


Aug-04-13  notyetagm: Naiditsch vs Khenkin, 2013

33 ... ?

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Naiditsch playing White has allowed the White a6-rook <DEFENDER> of the valuable White b6-passer to be <DRIVEN OFF> by the sequence 32 ... ♗d7-c8 33 ♖a6-a7. Can Black take this crucial pawn? Or has White set a diabolical trap?

33 ... ♕c6xb6??

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Black has fallen into a *wicked* trap set by Naiditsch as White now has a forced <MATE IN 6> (!!) beginning with 34 ♖a7xf7!!.

34 ♖a7xf7!! <mate in 6>

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Aug-04-13  optimal play: I commented yesterday that <Mickey must begin the game in a positive frame of mind, fully intending to win, and only guiding the game to a safe draw if opportunity permits.> Well, that opportunity certainly presented itself very early on!

Congratulations Mickey Adams on a well-deserved first place!

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  Sokrates: Huge congrats to Adams. He played a superb tournament, no defeats in such a strong company and becoming a clear first. Very well done!

Also many congrats to Kramnik for great games with surprising twists.

Aug-05-13  Emmykarpov: I have to give Mickey the Honour... Congrats man you beat my expectation....keep it up
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  Appaz: My congratulations to Michael Adams for magnificent tournament!

7/9 is a great score on this level.

Mickey seems to me like one of the nicest GMs around, which makes it even easier to join in on the celebrations.

Aug-05-13  chesssalamander: Congrats to GM Adams for winning Dortmund 2013! WC Kramnik also played some great chess!
Aug-05-13  DcGentle: In my opinion the following games were the best of the tournament:

Naiditsch vs Khenkin, 2013
Beautiful mate combination

Khenkin vs Wang Hao, 2013
Persuasive power play

D Andreikin vs Khenkin, 2013
Only one blunder was enough for checkmate

Often there is a brilliancy prize award with a bigger tournament, but I haven't heard anything official.

What do you think, should we have a voting on <>? Are there other candidate games for the best of Dortmund 2013?

Aug-05-13  Everett: Both of Adams wins on either side of the Berlin Ruy were very impressive.
Aug-05-13  Catfriend: I know people will use the numerous imprecisions, and of course the final blunder, against it, but Kramnik vs Caruana, 2013 is among the best games in 2013 IMO.

It is easy to quote Houdini evaluations, but in terms of ideas, complexity, intensity, originality - it beats them all hands down.

I watched it live, playing it a bit against myself, sometimes looking ahead at depth 25-30, and most of the time both players performed at an unbelievable, mind-blowing level.

Of course, both time pressure and exhaustion took their toll, but given the breathtaking depth of some of the lines (many of them in sideline variations), I can only admire the game.

Aug-05-13  jurado96: why didnt he go for a win
second anyway if he lost
i guess its the spirit he has lost
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