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Dortmund Sparkassen Tournament

Victor Bologan6.5/10(+4 -1 =5)[games]
Vladimir Kramnik5.5/10(+1 -0 =9)[games]
Viswanathan Anand5.5/10(+3 -2 =5)[games]
Teimour Radjabov5/10(+2 -2 =6)[games]
Peter Leko4/10(+0 -2 =8)[games]
Arkadij Naiditsch3.5/10(+1 -4 =5)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Dortmund Sparkassen (2003)

The 31st Dortmund Sparkassen Chess-Meeting took place in the Dortmunder Schauspielhaus in Dortmund, Germany 31 July - 10 August 2003. Rest day: August 5. Games started at 3 pm, Round 10 at 12:30 pm local time. Time control: "Standard" (FIDE). Viktor Antonovich Bologan sensationally won with 6.5/10.

01 02 03 04 05 06 1 Bologan 2650 ** ½½ 10 ½½ 1½ 11 6½ 2 Kramnik 2785 ½½ ** ½½ 1½ ½½ ½½ 5½ 3 Anand 2774 01 ½½ ** 0½ ½1 1½ 5½ 4 Radjabov 2648 ½½ 0½ 1½ ** ½½ 01 5 5 Leko 2739 0½ ½½ ½0 ½½ ** ½½ 4 6 Naiditsch 2574 00 ½½ 0½ 10 ½½ ** 3½

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

The match Belikov - Baramidze (2003) was won by the former with 6 to 4. The Open A swiss tournament was won by Yuri Boidman with 8/9.

Wikipedia 1: Wikipedia article: Dortmund Sparkassen Chess Meeting#2003
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 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 30  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Kramnik vs Radjabov 1-0312003Dortmund SparkassenB33 Sicilian
2. Naiditsch vs Bologan 0-1632003Dortmund SparkassenB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
3. Anand vs Leko ½-½572003Dortmund SparkassenB33 Sicilian
4. Anand vs Radjabov 0-1392003Dortmund SparkassenB32 Sicilian
5. Leko vs Naiditsch  ½-½452003Dortmund SparkassenC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
6. Bologan vs Kramnik  ½-½272003Dortmund SparkassenB33 Sicilian
7. Kramnik vs Naiditsch ½-½892003Dortmund SparkassenE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
8. Bologan vs Anand 1-0412003Dortmund SparkassenB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
9. Radjabov vs Leko ½-½282003Dortmund SparkassenE12 Queen's Indian
10. Naiditsch vs Radjabov 1-0482003Dortmund SparkassenB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
11. Anand vs Kramnik ½-½252003Dortmund SparkassenB33 Sicilian
12. Leko vs Bologan 0-1462003Dortmund SparkassenB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
13. Radjabov vs Bologan  ½-½202003Dortmund SparkassenD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
14. Naiditsch vs Anand 0-1332003Dortmund SparkassenB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
15. Kramnik vs Leko ½-½522003Dortmund SparkassenB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
16. Radjabov vs Kramnik ½-½232003Dortmund SparkassenD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
17. Leko vs Anand 0-1462003Dortmund SparkassenB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
18. Bologan vs Naiditsch 1-0362003Dortmund SparkassenC89 Ruy Lopez, Marshall
19. Naiditsch vs Kramnik  ½-½272003Dortmund SparkassenB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
20. Anand vs Bologan 1-0362003Dortmund SparkassenB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
21. Leko vs Radjabov ½-½602003Dortmund SparkassenB32 Sicilian
22. Kramnik vs Anand  ½-½212003Dortmund SparkassenD39 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation
23. Bologan vs Leko  ½-½192003Dortmund SparkassenB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
24. Radjabov vs Naiditsch 1-0262003Dortmund SparkassenA46 Queen's Pawn Game
25. Leko vs Kramnik  ½-½212003Dortmund SparkassenB30 Sicilian
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Aug-11-03  AdrianP: <PinkPanther> Hmmmm, but 3 *great* games out of 30 is not bad (Leko v Anand wasn't that good a game) ;-)
Aug-11-03  pkspks: ok a tourney is not good or bad by the games, think about the sotry of a underrated chess star rising to the top and beat world class players. and how kramnik got mad after the last round and left. theres more than just the games, and do u want everygame to be great i think half the games were great some new openings moves like the Bxe4 from the caro-kann in one of the games and pink what is good tourney to you and what is a good game?
Aug-11-03  hickchess99: i can see where the player would choose a draw if that was all he needed to secure his rank in the tournament. but, if a player chooses a well known game just so that he can draw the position for a day off, because he is too tired to play, then that is pathetic and unsportsmanlike. if he can't play all the games to his full potential, then he shouldn't go to the tournament at all.
Aug-11-03  PinkPanther: <Bxe4 from the caro-kann in one of the games>

That move sucked, it wasn't theory. I personally think Naiditsch just forgot the right, which is Qxe4. It achieved nothing. Also, I wouldn't consider the Kramnik v. Radjabov game any good, the game ended on a blunder by Radjabov, sure there was a queen sacrifice, but it wasn't accepted. This tournament was a boring piece of crap, but I guess that's what you get when two of the participants are drawmasters (Leko, Kramnik) and one of the players is only in the tournament because he lives in Germany (Naiditsch).

Aug-11-03  pkspks: what is good tourney to you and what is a good game? u didnt answer my question. and what i ment by Bxe4 is Naiditsch must have planed it, and messped up when he pre cooked it, you dont forget that move then u no the guy is gonna play the caro-kann which he did. answer my first question .
Aug-11-03  PinkPanther: <what is good tourney to you and what is a good game? u didnt answer my question. and what i ment by Bxe4 is Naiditsch must have planed it, and messped up when he pre cooked it, you dont forget that move then u no the guy is gonna play the caro-kann which he did. answer my first question .>

Before the Dortmund Tournament Bologan was primarily known as playing the Sicilian against 1.e4. Secondly, if Naiditsch prepared Bxe4 beforehand, then why did he take so long on his next move. I just want decisive games that aren't decided on major blunders, and I don't think that is asking for too much.

Aug-12-03  Kenneth Sterling: I am afraid I have been a little under the weather the past two or three months. It is nice to be brought up to date on this. Half of the players in this field, including the winner, are unfamiliar to me.
Aug-12-03  Ashley: Great to have you back Mr. Sterling.
Aug-12-03  refutor: what happened to leko? i honestly thought he turned the corner...two losses with white and the rest draws? he better pick up his play or kramnik will eat him for lunch
Aug-12-03  Benjamin Lau: Speaking of having people back, where did drunken knight go? I miss his witty comments.
Aug-13-03  Helloween: <hickchess99...but, if a player chooses a well known game just so that he can draw the position for a day off, because he is too tired to play, then that is pathetic and unsportsmanlike. if he can't play all the games to his full potential, then he shouldn't go to the tournament at all.> I wouldn't consider it unsportsmanlike if the opponent is just as eager to take the draw. It does require 2 people to make a non-game based draw, after all.
Aug-14-03  Marnoff Mirlony: I meant Kramnik. I believe Kramnik and Anand were going for Draws in the end, thinking Bologan would slip up. It didn't happen.
Aug-19-03  square dance: looking at the final results i am most impressed by rabjadov's 5/10 score. not bad for a 16 yr old playing in a tourney with 1 WC, 1 ex-WC, and the current WC's next opponent. finishing 1/2 point behind kramnik and anand and a full point ahead of leko!
Aug-23-03  Marnoff Mirlony: They need to start leaving Radjabov out of these tournaments. The only thing getting him any publicity is his age. The story is getting old.
Aug-23-03  Marnoff Mirlony: <Benjamin Lau: Kramnik drew a lot, but not because he wanted to on a conscious level.>

Thanks for enlightening me. Didn't realize you could figure out what Kramnik consciously and subconsciously thinks.

Aug-23-03  Benjamin Lau: <Thanks for enlightening me.>

Your welcome Marnoff. It's always a pleasure. After all, you enlightened me in the RJF page with your sagacious statements like "Fischer may hate things, but that doesn't make him hateful."

Aug-23-03  Marnoff Mirlony: My statement on the Robert James Fischer page was completely true. If you're afraid, does it make you a coward? Well, yes, in your case it does. Lets not forget you declined my challenge for a Chess game.
Aug-23-03  Benjamin Lau: <My statement on the Robert James Fischer page was completely true. >

As usual, no evidence nor logic whatsoever.

Apr-21-04  Drstrangelove: Chessbase just posted an article on Dortmund 2004. It looks interesting. They’re not going to do it like last year, instead it looks like a double round robbin between two groups and then it will wither down to a final. They’re going to have 4 2700’s, 2 2600’s, and 2 2500’s. At first I was a little disappointed because of the low ratings but now that I think about it, it will probably make it more exciting. It will at least make the win ratio more and that will make the elite fight harder due to the precariousness involved. I think Anand lucked out though, he doesn’t have to deal with Kramnik or Leko in the first round, which will be six games, he’ll play Svidler instead. Altogether it looks like it will be pretty fun, Karjakin will get a chance to play the very best, and it should be more exciting than Linares, but that’s not saying much.
Apr-12-05  acirce: This is comments from Kramnik and Bologan after the tournament, taken from the superb book "Super Tournaments 2003" (Chess Stars):

Kramnik: <I could have beaten Bologan in the last round and I could have taken the first prize, but that would not have been a full value win. I missed my chance but that would not have changed anything concerning the conclusions I made and the lessons I learned during the tournament...

...It is unbelievably difficult to beat an excellent player who plays carefully and every time that the position might get out of control he forces a draw irrespective of the colour of pieces. I can see people starting to aim for a draw every time they play against me with White or Black. I am disappointed not so much with my result, which was not so bad after all, as with the fat that I failed to obtain fighting positions and I did not know why that was. I kept trying but it did not come out right. I was amazed that people did not try to beat me...

The only draws in this tournament that I willingly complied with were those with Black against Anand and Leko. I was playing for a win in all other games, but there was not much of a fight. It was much more annoying that I did not achieve playable fighting positions than that I failed to win. It must be that my opening repertoire is not quite in order and that worries me a lot.>

Apr-12-05  acirce: Bologan: <I prepared for the tournament in the city of Sevastopol. There was nothing uncommon or supernatural in my chess preparation. I only paid a greater attention than usual to my physical preparation. Women played a vital role in my success in Dortmund – my wife Margarita as well as my daughter Katya gave me just superb psychological support during the tournament. Katya was only fourteen months old but she was so magnanimous as to agree for the first time to spend some time away from her mother – with her granny. I believe that my women are quite content that I justified their hopes and expectations with my performance in Dortmund.

Besides I had one definite advantage – my age and my experience. I was the second oldest participant in the tournament. I was much calmer than the rest of the field due to my experience. The idea is very simple and everybody can make good psychological use of it. You must simply play chess and forget about the usual irritants on the side. You should not be afraid to lose. It might happen that you fail to find all the best moves over the board – you should be able to control your ambitions. You should not fear anything if you want to improve. I am much more frustrated over the board if I fail to understand something, for example Kramnik outplayed me at some moment during the last round. I will have to look that game over. The more you understand this game – the greater your confidence becomes.

...After my win over Naiditsch in round 6, I felt I was capable of winning the tournament. I still had my doubts though, having in mind my black pieces against Anand and Kramnik at the end.

...The world’s top-ten players are of course stronger than me. Their opening preparation is much more profound than mine. They spent years preparing against each other after all! They are free to work more on chess, because they do not need to play that often and fight for prizes – they usually have excellent appearance fees! Everyone has seconds…They also have tremendous experience of playing at that level and they are capable of concentrating entirely on what is happening over the board during the game… Besides they are more talented than me! They are members of the top ten and I am not, and that should mean they are stronger. I have a long road ahead to reach that level...

I am definitely not euphoric after my achievement. It is possibly due to the accumulation of tiredness... I must have been prepared subconsciously for an achievement of that calibre, but I did not have the opportunity to play at that level yet... This victory is of course quite enjoyable but I understand that it takes just an endless effort on the road to perfection. For example I was forced to do my best in order to save the game against Kramnik in the last round and that means I have to work so much more...!>

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  Gypsy: <acirce> Thx for posting these comments! Interesting perspective on Kramnik (I can see people starting to aim for a draw every time they play against me with White or Black.) And also on Bologan. He is just a type of a guy I like.
Jun-13-05  mynameisrandy: Thanks for the excerpts acirce. Very interesting stuff.

I think that Kramnik quote helps to explain his recent switch to e4 openings.

Jun-14-05  RisingChamp: Yes now he is achieving fighting positions and losing them, with all due respect I think Kramnik has squeezed out enough excuses from Brissago.I dont think Tal ever made excuses abt his illnesses,which were quite visible in comparison to Kramniks. I dont think this e4 switch suits Kramnik at all.
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  Messiah: I vividly remember I was super excited during this tournament and enjoyed following it, day-by-day, like a maniac.
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