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Dortmund Sparkassen Tournament

Ian Nepomniachtchi5/7(+3 -0 =4)[games]
Anish Giri4/7(+2 -1 =4)[games]
Vladislav Kovalev4/7(+1 -0 =6)[games]
Jan-Krzysztof Duda4/7(+2 -1 =4)[games]
Georg Meier3.5/7(+1 -1 =5)[games]
Vladimir Kramnik3/7(+1 -2 =4)[games]
Radoslaw Wojtaszek3/7(+0 -1 =6)[games]
Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu1.5/7(+0 -4 =3)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Dortmund Sparkassen (2018)

The 46th Dortmund Sparkassen Chess-Meeting took place in the Orchesterzentrum NRW in Dortmund, Germany 14-22 July 2018. Rest days: July 16 & 19. Organizer: Stefan Koth. Players received 100 minutes for 40 moves, then 50 more minutes for the next 20 moves, then 15 more minutes for the rest of the game, with a 30-second increment from move one. Ian Nepomniachtchi won with 5/7.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 1 Nepomniachtchi 2757 * ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 1 5 2 Giri 2782 ½ * 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 4 3 Kovalev 2655 ½ 1 * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 4 4 Duda 2737 ½ ½ ½ * ½ 0 1 1 4 5 Meier 2628 0 ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ 1 3½ 6 Kramnik 2792 0 0 ½ 1 ½ * ½ ½ 3 7 Wojtaszek 2733 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ * ½ 3 8 Nisipeanu 2672 0 0 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ * 1½

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

The Open A swiss-system tournament was won by Tigran Vaanovic Nalbandian ahead of Daniel Hausrath, both with 7.5/9.

Wikipedia article: Dortmund Sparkassen Chess Meeting#2018
Schedule: https://www.sparkassen-chess-meetin...

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 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 28  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Kramnik vs Nisipeanu ½-½462018Dortmund SparkassenD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
2. Wojtaszek vs G Meier ½-½312018Dortmund SparkassenA10 English
3. Duda vs V Kovalev ½-½722018Dortmund SparkassenE52 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with ...b6
4. Nepomniachtchi vs Giri ½-½602018Dortmund SparkassenC42 Petrov Defense
5. V Kovalev vs Nepomniachtchi ½-½902018Dortmund SparkassenB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
6. G Meier vs Giri  ½-½282018Dortmund SparkassenA14 English
7. Nisipeanu vs Duda 0-1322018Dortmund SparkassenB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
8. Wojtaszek vs Kramnik ½-½472018Dortmund SparkassenE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
9. Duda vs Wojtaszek 1-0402018Dortmund SparkassenA45 Queen's Pawn Game
10. Nepomniachtchi vs Nisipeanu 1-0502018Dortmund SparkassenD36 Queen's Gambit Declined, Exchange, Positional line, 6.Qc2
11. Kramnik vs G Meier ½-½492018Dortmund SparkassenC10 French
12. Giri vs V Kovalev 0-1732018Dortmund SparkassenB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
13. Wojtaszek vs Nepomniachtchi ½-½422018Dortmund SparkassenD02 Queen's Pawn Game
14. Nisipeanu vs Giri 0-1562018Dortmund SparkassenB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
15. Kramnik vs Duda 1-0372018Dortmund SparkassenA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
16. G Meier vs V Kovalev  ½-½402018Dortmund SparkassenE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
17. Nepomniachtchi vs Kramnik 1-0412018Dortmund SparkassenC78 Ruy Lopez
18. Giri vs Wojtaszek ½-½572018Dortmund SparkassenA13 English
19. Duda vs G Meier  ½-½332018Dortmund SparkassenA13 English
20. V Kovalev vs Nisipeanu  ½-½622018Dortmund SparkassenC07 French, Tarrasch
21. Duda vs Nepomniachtchi ½-½582018Dortmund SparkassenB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
22. Wojtaszek vs V Kovalev ½-½472018Dortmund SparkassenE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
23. G Meier vs Nisipeanu 1-0492018Dortmund SparkassenE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
24. Kramnik vs Giri 0-1642018Dortmund SparkassenD04 Queen's Pawn Game
25. Nisipeanu vs Wojtaszek  ½-½342018Dortmund SparkassenD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
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  JAMESROOK: Is Meier German and no 1?7
Jul-22-18  Sokrates: <JAMESROOK: Is Meier German and no 1?7>

This is the FIDE-ranking of the German top 4. Only Nisipeanu is in the international top 100 (no. 89 in Live Rating). As it appears, Gustafsson, Bluebaum and Meier are pretty much equal.

1 Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter 2672
2 Gustafsson, Jan 2641
3 Bluebaum, Matthias 2637
4 Meier, Georg 2628

Jul-22-18  jphamlore: Just waiting for Vincent Keymer to be ready to play in events such as this one.
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  JAMESROOK: Thank you Socrates for the German info.

Sorry everybody. Your special correspondent at Dortmund.....made a mistake 😢
I mixed up 2 names. Nepomniachtchi (Nepo) and Nisipeanu in one of my posts.

Nepo is very strong. Nisipeanu is just having a very bad tournament. Sorry once more.

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  WorstPlayerEver: All mistakes are equal, but some mistakes are more equal than other mistakes. Just saying :P
Jul-22-18  morfishine: <WorstPlayerEver: All mistakes are equal, but some mistakes are more equal than other mistakes> I nominate this for Caissar quote of the Year Award


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  Dionysius1: Hi <WorstPlayerEver> What a weird post. What's "married to Caissa" about? How can I tell which posters to ignore and when? It's not as useful a facility as it sounds. What makes you think I'm sitting on a couch? If you mean I should stop posting here and do something more useful, that's weird too, given we're chess fans. Were you plastered? :-)
Jul-22-18  tuttifrutty: What is this...some hot chicken wings backyard barbeque challenge???
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  WorstPlayerEver: <Dionysius1>

Of course. But it was not all about you. It's because chess is underrated. In general. What I meant were personal grudges expressed in this thread under the cloak of being happy together here.

Quote: <(with the exception of the well-known agent provocateur)>

I kind of agree with <CHC>, there should be room for other things than chess here. But their statement does not exactly express a community spirit. I stand corrected. Because they were addressing <BP>, while pretending to make a general statement regarded to this forum. Non decorum est.

All good and well, it's called manipulation. It's a matter of intention. We're all biased. No need to address the bias of a certain member here. A matter of tolerancy.

Regarded to my ignore buttion: when a poster leaves the platoon, I have to take measures.

Because you don't HAVE to read those posts. Like I said.. it's hard work. I'd rather put people on ignore than getting distracted all the time. I don't want to see the endless spam.

That said, I myself was looking for distraction at the time.

So yes, I actually had no right to speak. Strictly spoken. However, I was irritated. Because 'I WAS POSTING A BIT TOO MUCH' regarded to a live game thread.

While it's the other way around! 'MAYBE THE COMMUNITY WAS POSTING TOO LITTLE'!

That annoys me, it takes a lot of effort and attention from me to get everything right during a live game here.

While it should be a pleasure to do so; chess is game.

In contrast, life is not a game, but we, yes we, seem to be trapped by our own desires. On our way to turn it to one BIG GAME! Take a look at this:

The worshipping of Laziness. Wot a life! All these ugly things around us. Do we really need them!?

Gamers For Life. That will be our destiny going on like this. Buncha dodos in The Virtual World.

Jul-22-18  stst: <Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter 2672 >

Is Nispeanu born German? or representing Germany...

Got an impression he was representing Romania or some other country in the European Championship... may be two~three years ago...

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  plang: no, he was born in Romania
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  WorstPlayerEver: Congrats to Nepo! Well done.
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  JAMESROOK: Stst.......He plays for Germany but you are right ....comes from Romania ....could be Romanian Geman...don't know. Can be complicated.
Jul-22-18  Sokrates: Congrats to Nepomniachchi. 3 wins, 0 defeats is a great winning performance. Kramnik scoring under 50 % in this company may be a sign that the "old" world champion has had his heydays.
Jul-22-18  ChessHigherCat: <Sokrates: Congrats to Nepomniachchi. 3 wins, 0 defeats is a great winning performance. Kramnik scoring under 50 % in this company may be a sign that the "old" world champion has had his heydays.>

Le roi est mort. Vive le roi!

Except it's more an oligarchy than a monarchy, with Carlsen, Caruana, MVL, Aronian, Mamedyarov, Anand, Topalov, Giri, Grischuk, etc. As I've mentioned before, I couldn't care less who is king (my brief stint in Japan sufficed to make permanently sick of the "ichi ban" craze), for me the more the merrier: the more great players there are, the better and more frequent the tournaments and the more fantastic games there are for us fans.

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  perfidious: Perhaps the king as we knew him is dead, but I for one would not wish to put my hand in Kramnik's mouth to test this theory.
Jul-23-18  nok: <I couldn't care less who is king (...), for me the more the merrier> Amen to that. Main thing is tournaments w/ good games, not who has 30 rating points more than whom.
Jul-23-18  virginmind: <stst> Born in Romania and represented this country until a few years ago, when he switched federations. I think he's half German.
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  whiteshark: <perfidious> On a long enough time line Kramnik should be able to win Dortmund an 11th time.
Jul-24-18  Sokrates: <ChessHigherCat: ...
Except it's more an oligarchy than a monarchy, with Carlsen, Caruana, MVL, Aronian, Mamedyarov, Anand, Topalov, Giri, Grischuk, etc. ... for me the more the merrier: the more great players there are, the better and more frequent the tournaments and the more fantastic games there are for us fans.>

The latter I agree with completely. The former statement, well, I think that Carlsen still is the primas inter pares and I'd reduce the oligarchy to a few serious contenders such as Caruana and Mamedyarov, with MVL, So, Grischuk, Liren, Karjakin a tad below. And between them all, I think only Caruana has a decent chance to challenge Carlsen seriously. Lucky for us it's Caruana who shall face the champ in November.

The relatively older guys, Anand, Kramnik, Topalov, Aronian can still bite, but their performances are scattered and inconsistant. They had their time.

Jul-24-18  ChessHigherCat: <sokrates> Okay, well it's technically a monarchy and it's important to the players who's No. 1 in terms of fame and fortune, but I couldn't care less, I just want to enjoy their games. For me it's like music or painting or literature. It's great to have a broad spectrum of brilliant artists to choose from and who cares who is "No. 1"? Nobel Prizes and things like that are just a joke.
Jul-29-18  diagonal: <On a long enough time line Kramnik should be able to win Dortmund an 11th time.>

Well, Keynes, the famous macroeconomist, said once: "In the long run we are all dead".

Time will tell, Kramnik got <25 invitations at the Dortmund closed GM tournament> so far (in 1993, and from 1995 up to 2018, except in 2002 when the Einstein Candidates were held), in total now 26 participations including one Dortmund Open in 1992.

Kramnik has <won 10 times at the Dortmund GMT>, five of them as the single winner (1995, 1997, 2007, 2009 and 2011), five of them shared (in 1996 he shared with Anand, in 1998 with Adams and Svidler, in 2000 with Anand, in 2001 with Topalov, in 2006 with Svidler).

Dortmund somehow has a tendency to invite the same players again and again, others quite rarely. For instance:

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

Korchnoi got only one invitation (in 1994 when he beat Karpov, then FIDE WC, and Timman, then Fide Vice-WC, finishing =4th out of ten players); meanwhile ie. Leko had been invited no less than 19 times in the closed GMT at Dortmund, despite finishing three times (co-)last.

In addition, today the tournament is reduced to eight players among them repeatedly several minor strong Germans, eg. Georg Meier. In stochastic patterns, this should help Kramnik..

PS: Dortmund, as Danzhou in 2018, is one of the shortest traditional world elite series in classical chess. Selection:

<Wijk aan Zee Tata Steel, 13 rounds;

Biel Grandmaster Tournament,
Havana Capablanca Memorial,
10 rounds (6 players drr);

Baden-Baden / Karlsruhe Grenke,
London Chess Classic,
Norway Chess in the Stavanger area,
Shamkir Gashimov Memorial,
Sinquefield Cup in Saint Louis,
all at 9 rounds;

Dortmund, 7 rounds>

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  lostemperor: Prize Winners of the Dortmund Final Standings Prediction Contest <WinKing>♔, <offramp>♔ and <Penguincw>♔,<lostemperor><SwitchingQuylthulg>
May-14-19  sac 4 mate: This year's lineup was posted recently. Nepomniachtchi, Dominguez, Radjabov, Rapport and Wojtaszek are the 2700's, Fridman and Nisipeanu are the German representatives and Kulaots rounds out the field as the Aeroflot winner. https://www.sparkassen-chess-meetin...
Jun-02-21  macer75: A sign of things to come!
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