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Dortmund Sparkassen Tournament

Vladimir Kramnik4.5/7(+2 -0 =5)[games]
Peter Svidler4.5/7(+2 -0 =5)[games]
Michael Adams4/7(+1 -0 =6)[games]
Peter Leko4/7(+2 -1 =4)[games]
Boris Gelfand4/7(+2 -1 =4)[games]
Arkadij Naiditsch3.5/7(+1 -1 =5)[games]
Levon Aronian2/7(+0 -3 =4)[games]
Baadur Jobava1.5/7(+0 -4 =3)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Dortmund Sparkassen (2006)

The 34th Dortmund Sparkassen Chess-Meeting took place in the Dortmunder Schauspielhaus in Dortmund, Germany 29 July - 6 August 2006. Rest days: July 31 and August 3. Games started at 3 pm, Round 7 at 1 pm local time. Time control: "Standard" (FIDE). World champion Vladimir Kramnik won the event for the 7th time, this time on SB tiebreak ahead of Peter Svidler, both with 4.5/7.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 1 Kramnik 2743 * 1 1 4 2 Svidler 2742 * 1 1 4 3 Adams 2732 * 1 4 4 Leko 2738 0 * 1 1 4 5 Gelfand 2729 0 * 1 1 4 6 Naiditsch 2665 0 * 1 3 7 Aronian 2761 0 0 0 * 2 8 Jobava 2651 0 0 0 0 * 2

Category: XIX (2720). Chief arbiter: Andrzej Filipowicz

The match Krush - Paehtz (2006) was won by the former with 3.5 to 2.5. The Open A swiss was won by Olaf Heinzel with 7.5/9.

Official site:
Wikipedia: Wikipedia article: Dortmund Sparkassen Chess Meeting#2006

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 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 28  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Adams vs Aronian ½-½582006Dortmund SparkassenC91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
2. Gelfand vs Kramnik ½-½192006Dortmund SparkassenD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
3. Leko vs Naiditsch 1-0342006Dortmund SparkassenE00 Queen's Pawn Game
4. Jobava vs Svidler 0-1562006Dortmund SparkassenD80 Grunfeld
5. Svidler vs Leko ½-½232006Dortmund SparkassenB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
6. Adams vs Jobava ½-½232006Dortmund SparkassenE54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
7. Aronian vs Kramnik ½-½432006Dortmund SparkassenD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
8. Naiditsch vs Gelfand  ½-½272006Dortmund SparkassenB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
9. Leko vs Adams ½-½252006Dortmund SparkassenE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
10. Gelfand vs Svidler  ½-½292006Dortmund SparkassenD85 Grunfeld
11. Kramnik vs Naiditsch ½-½442006Dortmund SparkassenE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
12. Jobava vs Aronian  ½-½212006Dortmund SparkassenA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
13. Aronian vs Naiditsch ½-½452006Dortmund SparkassenE20 Nimzo-Indian
14. Adams vs Gelfand 1-01172006Dortmund SparkassenB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
15. Svidler vs Kramnik ½-½392006Dortmund SparkassenC42 Petrov Defense
16. Jobava vs Leko  ½-½222006Dortmund SparkassenE12 Queen's Indian
17. Kramnik vs Adams ½-½412006Dortmund SparkassenC42 Petrov Defense
18. Naiditsch vs Svidler ½-½592006Dortmund SparkassenC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
19. Leko vs Aronian 1-0632006Dortmund SparkassenC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
20. Gelfand vs Jobava 1-01132006Dortmund SparkassenB39 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation
21. Adams vs Naiditsch ½-½322006Dortmund SparkassenC55 Two Knights Defense
22. Jobava vs Kramnik 0-1152006Dortmund SparkassenE12 Queen's Indian
23. Leko vs Gelfand ½-½242006Dortmund SparkassenB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
24. Aronian vs Svidler 0-1472006Dortmund SparkassenD80 Grunfeld
25. Kramnik vs Leko 1-0482006Dortmund SparkassenE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
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Aug-07-06  jamesmaskell: Spank you <Marmot PFL>.
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  Sneaky: <Sonneborn-Berger tiebreak used, means Kramnik's win over Leko counts for more than Svidler's over Aronian, because Leko had better score.> But one of Kramnik's wins was a 15 move giveaway against the lowest scoring participant! Oh well, I'm sure they did the math right. That's what I hate about Sonnenborn-Berger (and most of the tiebreak systems) ... they punish people on the basis of things that they have absolutely no control over.
Aug-07-06  Knight13: I always pray in the tournaments to NOT pair me up against the lowest opponents... And I end up playing them. I pray to not play against the person that's too hard, and they pair me against them. So I guess next time I should pray the other way around! I hate this kind of pairings... I get them a lot! It's like the TD wants to!
Aug-07-06  samikd: <Note that FIDE acknowledges Kramnik as the "Classical Chess World Champion">

Yeah but they also call Topalov 'the world champion'. I don't know what the hell the difference is between a world champion and a classical chess world champion. I dont even understand the meaning of the world classical here. All these classifications seem artificial and ridiculous to me

Aug-07-06  doremi: IMHO, it would be more descriptive to talk about match world champion (Kramnik) and tournament world champion (Topalov)
Aug-07-06  Knight13: More like Kramnik's the "unofficial" world champion and Topalov's the "official" world champion. Topalov fought his way on da top, and Kramnik sleeps all year and calls himself "world champion."
Aug-07-06  positionalgenius: <Knight 13>Yeah,like beating Kasparov in a match a tying Leko is "sleeping".
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  lostemperor: Announcement: the results of the predictioncontest on final standings Dortmund 2006 is known. 1.<mikejaqua> 2. <Jafar219> 3. <cromat>. The complete standings can be found in my forum. You can also check the predictions on game results Dortmund 2006, usually done by cu8sfan, at User: YouRang!
Aug-08-06  EmperorAtahualpa: Does anyone know a nice webpage that gives a complete overview of all tie-break systems?
Aug-08-06  TheBB: FIDE has a list of commonly used tiebreak systems.

Aug-08-06  EmperorAtahualpa: Thanks, <TheBB>.
Aug-08-06  positionalgenius: <Lostemperor>congrats on winning the Dortmund prediction contest.
Aug-12-06  JoeyCJK: It looks like Kramnik is back in business! Lets watch out for him to come back strong over Topalov and wow the chess world again.
Oct-24-06  anemone: <Note that FIDE acknowledges Kramnik as the "Classical Chess World Champion"> FIDE better start acknowledging a lot of things fast - beginning with their own incompetence.
Oct-24-06  anemone: I heard that the organisation of the World Youth in Georgia is a total mess. Way to go Azmai!(:
Oct-24-06  bakedalaska: The real bottom has not been reached as far as FIDE misconduct go. Every time you think that it is been reached, they do something worse.
Feb-13-07  percyblakeney: Dortmund has always been Kramnik's city, and he had amazing results especially in the middle of the 90's (for example +14 -0 =13 in 1995-97). His scores have not been bad later either, even if he had a run of 20 draws in a row broken by a loss against Sutovsky in 2005. Kasparov only played in Dortmund once (sharing first with Ivanchuk). Counting from Kramnik's first start in 1993 some frequent participants have these results (not counting rapid and blitz games):

Kramnik +32 -3 =70
Leko +21 -20 =70
Anand +18 -9 =46
Topalov +17 -15 =26
Adams +16 -12 =47

From his first start in 1993 to his loss against Sutovsky in 2005 the only game Kramnik lost in Dortmund was Adams vs Kramnik, 2000

Feb-13-07  suenteus po 147: <percyblakeney> Fascinating stats about Kramnik and his long career at Dortmund. Kasparov has Linares, Kramnik has Dortmund, Topalov has Sofia (so far), and some say that Anand has Wijk aan Zee, but even though he's accumulated a number of first and second places there's something about such a sprawling tournament that seems to defeat the chances of consistent performance each year.
Feb-13-07  suenteus po 147: Assuming that Dortmund returns to its ten player, nine round tournament format this year, here's the line-up I see for the 2007 Sparkassen Chess Meeting:

Aeroflot Winner TBA

Feb-23-07  percyblakeney: Dortmund 2007:


Naiditsch had a rather bad Aeroflot, all his opponents were more than 50 points lower rated than him but he lost three games. This will be Alekseev's first start in this strong a tournament. Hard schedule for Anand and Carlsen in 2007.

Feb-23-07  percyblakeney: +2 will probably be enough to win again. This year there's also Mexico to think about for the strongest participants, and Svidler is absent, so I go for unexpected winners in my very preliminary prediction:

1-2. Gelfand, Mamedyarov +2
3-4. Anand, Kramnik +1
5. Leko =
6. Carlsen -1
7. Naiditsch -2
8. Alekseev -3

Feb-23-07  suenteus po 147: Hard to believe that Svidler wasn't invited back. Maybe he was but declined to have more time to prepare for Mexico? Adams name missing from this year's roster is also conspicuous.
Feb-23-07  suenteus po 147: Also, I hope Mamedyarov doesn't suffer from 'Bacrot syndrome' where he is invited to prestigious tournaments like Sofia and Dortmund only to have terrible scores and not be invited back next year.
Feb-23-07  suenteus po 147: I also find it distressing that Dortmund will be holding its second 8 players, 7 rounds, 28 games format in a row this year. Are they running out of money for the more traditional 10 player, 9 rounds, 45 games format?
Feb-28-08  positionalgenius: Kibitzing pages 35-40 is interesting-watch as a bunch of amatuers try to prognosticate Leko-aronian and Gelfand-jobava :)
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