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Dortmund Tournament

Radoslaw Wojtaszek4.5/7(+2 -0 =5)[games]
Vladimir Fedoseev4/7(+2 -1 =4)[games]
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave4/7(+1 -0 =6)[games]
Vladimir Kramnik3.5/7(+1 -1 =5)[games]
Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu3/7(+0 -1 =6)[games]
Dmitry Andreikin3/7(+0 -1 =6)[games]
Wang Yue3/7(+1 -2 =4)[games]
Matthias Bluebaum3/7(+1 -2 =4)[games] Chess Event Description
Dortmund (2017)

Kramnik, Vachier-Lagrave, Wojtaszek, Andreikin, Yue, Fedoseev, Nisipeanu, and Blübaum.

Official Site: https://www.sparkassen-chess-meetin...

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 28  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Kramnik vs V Fedoseev 0-1292017DortmundB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
2. M Vachier-Lagrave vs R Wojtaszek ½-½602017DortmundC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
3. Wang Yue vs D Andreikin  ½-½582017DortmundD25 Queen's Gambit Accepted
4. Nisipeanu vs M Bluebaum ½-½682017DortmundA45 Queen's Pawn Game
5. D Andreikin vs Kramnik  ½-½482017DortmundC26 Vienna
6. M Bluebaum vs V Fedoseev 1-0312017DortmundD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
7. R Wojtaszek vs Wang Yue 1-0362017DortmundE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
8. Nisipeanu vs M Vachier-Lagrave ½-½272017DortmundA34 English, Symmetrical
9. V Fedoseev vs D Andreikin ½-½372017DortmundC18 French, Winawer
10. M Vachier-Lagrave vs M Bluebaum ½-½362017DortmundC11 French
11. Wang Yue vs Nisipeanu  ½-½362017DortmundD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
12. Kramnik vs R Wojtaszek  ½-½462017DortmundD05 Queen's Pawn Game
13. M Bluebaum vs D Andreikin ½-½1212017DortmundE00 Queen's Pawn Game
14. R Wojtaszek vs V Fedoseev ½-½1022017DortmundD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
15. M Vachier-Lagrave vs Wang Yue  ½-½462017DortmundC42 Petrov Defense
16. Nisipeanu vs Kramnik  ½-½362017DortmundE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
17. D Andreikin vs R Wojtaszek  ½-½572017DortmundA45 Queen's Pawn Game
18. V Fedoseev vs Nisipeanu ½-½592017DortmundB12 Caro-Kann Defense
19. Wang Yue vs M Bluebaum 1-0592017DortmundD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
20. Kramnik vs M Vachier-Lagrave ½-½582017DortmundA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
21. M Bluebaum vs R Wojtaszek ½-½522017DortmundE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
22. Nisipeanu vs D Andreikin  ½-½372017DortmundB06 Robatsch
23. M Vachier-Lagrave vs V Fedoseev ½-½562017DortmundB11 Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4
24. Wang Yue vs Kramnik  ½-½402017DortmundD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
25. V Fedoseev vs Wang Yue 1-0392017DortmundC50 Giuoco Piano
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  Marmot PFL: What a month for Poland with 1-2 finish in the last TDF time trial, win at Dortmund and a visit from the POTUS.
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  Marmot PFL: Must have been that the organizers offered a special prize for last round wins. Otherwise the odds of four decisive games would seem to be over 100-1 the way this event had unfolded.
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  AylerKupp: I think that the tournament organizers should find out what the players had for dinner last night or for lunch today and make it available to other tournaments. Four out of four decisive games! And ending with a not unreasonable 8 decisive games out of 28 (28.6%) for the tournament when there had been only 4 decisive games out of 24 through the first 6 rounds (a dismal 16.7%). Perhaps it was the Dortmunder Union.

And Kramnik escapes sole position of the cellar, although he did lose 9 rating points (to 2803) in his quest to qualify for the 2018 Candidates Tournament by rating.

Congratulations to Wojtaszek who won his last round game (as he needed to) in order to win a clear first place.

Jul-23-17  Nf8: If one actually bothers to look at the games played and not just their results, what happened in the final round shouldn't be such a huge surprise - there were a lot of hard-fought games, especially starting from round 4, including some 4-5 draws which could have easily ended in a decisive result, with one side dropping a winning advantage (Bluebaum - Andreikin, Wojtaszek - Fedoseev, Fedoseev - Nisipeanu, Bluebaum - Wojtaszek, perhaps also MVL - Fedoseev).
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  siamesedream: Congrats to my countryman <GM Radek Wojtaszek>!
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  SirRuthless: Great final round explosion and congrats to Rado Wojtaszek.
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  JAMESROOK: Just finished watching Dortmund. I went on the last Friday and Sat and Sunday. Big prob for Kramnik with loss to Fedeovsky. He kept trying to win but was lucky to draw sometimes. Not as good as some years but still a good
Jul-23-17  not not: Wojtaszek made my country great again! Merkel must be heart broken, and Bismarck, and Hitler of course, and Otton too, and king of Goths, whoever he was.

to be frank, I dont remember a polish GM winning any tournament for ages. Is he a new chess messaiah?

You tell me.

Jul-23-17  not not: Carlsen Wojtaszek, avenger of Anand vs Sauron, what a WC set up!
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  WorstPlayerEver: <not not>

Not exactly; tell your fellow men to stop stealing everything.

Jul-23-17  Bratek: Congratulations RADEK.You made my day!!!
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  tuttifrutty: Another snoozer feast like I proclaimed...A tourney without Wesley is no tourney at all.

<Is he a new chess messaiah?

You tell me.>

There's only one chess messiah...and he is knocking on Magnus butt...and if Carlsen doesn't wanna move fast enough...he will be railroaded flat like one of my favorite breakfast....

Jul-23-17  JPi: Congrats to Radek Wojtaszek. And beautiful suspens and fighting spirit in this last round.
Jul-23-17  BOSTER: Kramnik created the nice masterpiece in game vs greedy Bluebaum.. White to play move 30. even good for
Jul-24-17  Mirovsk: Draws can be interesting....but we want blood!!!!!...and the day is a unexpected way...
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  AylerKupp: <<tuttifrutty> Another snoozer feast like I proclaimed>

It all depends on what you consider a snoozer fest. To me a tournament when the competition is close and only one point separated first from last place in the next to the last round is as exciting as it can be. And to have 4 out of 4 decisive games in the last round, with the eventual tournament winner's game being the last to finish (a game that Wojtaszek had to win to gain sole first place) just added to the excitement. And I suspect that Wojtaszek found the first place prize money real enough.

If you consider this tournament a snoozer fest, why are you bothering to visit this page and post comments on it?

Jul-24-17  sonia91: Actually according to tiebreaks, Fedoseev finished 2nd and MVL 3rd: http://www.sparkassen-chess-meeting...
Jul-24-17  Clemens Scheitz: Hi < AylerKupp>, have you ever heard a soft voice in your head whispering... "Don't feed the trolls"...?
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  Sokrates: <Clemens Scheitz: Hi < AylerKupp>, have you ever heard a soft voice in your head whispering... "Don't feed the trolls"...?>

Sure he has. <Absentee> recently reminded our honorable Mr AK about it, but apparently temptation triumphs reason.

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  OhioChessFan: ** Urgent Announcement **

We are running a Moves Prediction Contest for the Biel tournament at my forum. We got a late start advertising so the first round played earlier today won't count. Get your picks in for tomorrow's round ASAP!

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  tuttifrutty: <Clemens Scheitz: Hi < AylerKupp>, have you ever heard a soft voice in your head whispering... "Don't feed the trolls"...?>

It sounds like them whispers are schitz to me.

<Sokrates: <Clemens Scheitz: Hi < AylerKupp>, have you ever heard a soft voice in your head whispering... "Don't feed the trolls"...?>

Sure he has. <Absentee> recently reminded our honorable Mr AK about it, but apparently temptation triumphs reason.>

And another crying geriatric trying to impose his will on AK...will AK oblige to whispers...aka...commands like he has no brain of his own? We shall see...

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  whiteshark: <Dortmund R7: Wojtaszek's career best win> chess24 illustrated final report
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  diagonal: Dortmund Sparkassen Chess-Meeting 2017 was celebrating Kramnik's 25th participation in the city of Dortmund (including one Open), and sub-labelled this year as "Wladimir Kramnik-Turnier": http://www.sparkassen-chess-meeting....

Top-seeded Kramnik arrived at 50%, he thus could not catch Carlsen in Live Ratings, ..neither Najdorf :)

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  diagonal: Some historical stuff on <international invitation> tournament series and their record winners:

<Najdorf> achieved 11 wins or co-wins at the closed international invitation tournament series of <Mar del Plata>, plus won later three times the Open, in total incredible 14 tournament wins or co-wins on major level in the same city, Mar del Plata, a benchmark hardly to be surpassed ever!

<Kramnik> has <Dortmund> (10x plus one Open co-win)

Vlad played 24x at Dortmund GM within 25 editions (1993, 1995-2017, except 2002 for obvious reasons (Einstein Candidates)), 25 participations at Dortmund including the Open in 1992; record ten-time closed winner:

Kramnik has a total win of 10 times at the Dortmund Grandmaster tournament, five of them as the single winner, five of them shared. The singles were in 1995, 1997, 2007, 2009 and 2011. In 1996 he shared with Anand, in 1998 with Adams and Svidler, in 2000 with Anand, in 2001 with Topalov and in 2006 with Svidler.

Note: Kasparov only played once in Dortmund in 1992 (first on tie-break, with Ivanchuk, followed by 3. Bareev, 4. Anand, etc.)

<Kasparov> famously dominated <Linares> (9x)

Gazza played 14x at Linares, he won or co-won in 1990, 1992, 1993, 1997, 1999-2002, and 2005: record nine-time winner; he did also play in 1991, 1994, 1998, 2003, 2004

<Karpov> took <Tilburg> (7x)

Tolya played 11x at Tilburg, he won or co-won at the beginning of the series in 1977, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1983 (note: Fischer, his predecessor as World Champion no longer active; then WC Challenger Korchnoi always not invited to secure Karpov’s participation; Korchnoi went on to win at his first Tilburg invitation in 1985; Karpov generally also avoided to play Kasparov (not only at Tilburg) in a same tournament before their World Championship marathon started); he won later again in 1988 and 1993: record seven-time winner; he did also play in 1986, 1991, 1994 (k.o.-system), 1996

<Ivanchuk> really has the number of the <Capablanca Memorial> (mostly played at Havana, today in Varadero) as seven-time winner of the tournament in nine participations, surpassing Miles who had won the long time running Memorial at four occasions.

<Gligoric> achieved an all-time record of five tournament wins (alone or shared) at the longtime traditional <Hastings Chess Congresses> between 1950/51 and 1962/63. Flohr (1931-1934 in a row), Tartakower, and Szabo won or co-won four-times at Hastings, Invitation tournaments (today Hastings is played as an Open of moderate strength, I did not consider these results, Gligoric remains record holder anyway).

<Carlsen> has <Wijk aan Zee> (Tata Steel), already quintuple A-group winner, plus the B & C group as a pupil. Beverwijk / Wijk aan Zee was a good platform for <Anand> (five wins), as well as for Euwe, Portisch, Korchnoi, and Aronian (with four wins or co-wins each).

(to be continued)

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  diagonal: (continuation)

<Tal> took <Tallinn International> (biannually played, closed event in classical chess) five times, namely in 1971 (together with Paul Keres), 1973, 1977, 1981, and 1983 (the latter three editions were a Keres Memorial).

<Beliavsky> dominates the <Vidmar Memorial> (four international tournament wins plus a further national championship under the same label, played at Ljubljana, Portoroz and other Slovenian venues).

<Vachier-Lagrave> does well at Biel Chess Festival (record four times winner of the grandmaster tournament, plus winner of a match vs. Svidler in 2016).

8 MVL participations at Biel, consecutively playing at Biel from 2009 to 2016 in different sections: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015 invitation tournament (GMT), and 2016 (Masters Challenge, a Match, no GMT), 2012 in the Open (MTO).

Vachier-Lagrave was winner in 2009, 2013, 2014 & 2015, and shared first, but then 3rd after the tie-break speed play-off in 2010 (thus no co-win), and 3rd/4th in 2011. The Frenchman also won the match of the Masters Challenge vs. Svidler and the Blitz Exhibition in 2016. In the Open 2012, he was coming in as 8th (shared 3rd-12th) behind clear first Igor Kurnosov (R.I.P.).

<Polugaevsky> won four times the strong international closed <Chigorin Memorial>, mostly played at Sochi (not to mix with the later and ongoing Open series in St. Petersburg).

<Carlsen> won four editions of the <London Chess Classic> so far, per end of 2016 (next LCC in December 2017).

Miles 4x winning the Capablanca Memorial; Flohr, Tartakower, and Szabo 4x winning Hastings Congress (Invitation) are already mentioned above, and not record winner.

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