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

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. R Wojtaszek vs G Meier ½-½312018Dortmund SparkassenA10 English
3. J K Duda vs V Kovalev ½-½722018Dortmund SparkassenE52 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with ...b6
4. I Nepomniachtchi vs A Giri ½-½602018Dortmund SparkassenC42 Petrov Defense
5. Nisipeanu vs J K Duda 0-1322018Dortmund SparkassenB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
6. R Wojtaszek vs Kramnik ½-½472018Dortmund SparkassenE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
7. G Meier vs A Giri  ½-½282018Dortmund SparkassenA14 English
8. V Kovalev vs I Nepomniachtchi ½-½902018Dortmund SparkassenB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
9. A Giri vs V Kovalev 0-1732018Dortmund SparkassenB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
10. J K Duda vs R Wojtaszek 1-0402018Dortmund SparkassenA45 Queen's Pawn Game
11. I Nepomniachtchi vs Nisipeanu 1-0502018Dortmund SparkassenD36 Queen's Gambit Declined, Exchange, Positional line, 6.Qc2
12. Kramnik vs G Meier ½-½492018Dortmund SparkassenC10 French
13. Kramnik vs J K Duda 1-0372018Dortmund SparkassenA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
14. Nisipeanu vs A Giri 0-1562018Dortmund SparkassenB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
15. R Wojtaszek vs I Nepomniachtchi ½-½422018Dortmund SparkassenD02 Queen's Pawn Game
16. G Meier vs V Kovalev  ½-½402018Dortmund SparkassenE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
17. I Nepomniachtchi vs Kramnik 1-0412018Dortmund SparkassenC78 Ruy Lopez
18. A Giri vs R Wojtaszek ½-½572018Dortmund SparkassenA13 English
19. J K Duda vs G Meier  ½-½332018Dortmund SparkassenA13 English
20. V Kovalev vs Nisipeanu  ½-½622018Dortmund SparkassenC07 French, Tarrasch
21. Kramnik vs A Giri 0-1642018Dortmund SparkassenD04 Queen's Pawn Game
22. G Meier vs Nisipeanu 1-0492018Dortmund SparkassenE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
23. R Wojtaszek vs V Kovalev ½-½472018Dortmund SparkassenE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
24. J K Duda vs I Nepomniachtchi ½-½582018Dortmund SparkassenB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
25. Nisipeanu vs R Wojtaszek  ½-½342018Dortmund SparkassenD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
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Jul-19-18  WorstPlayerEver: <Sokrates>

I beg to differ; <CHC> deliberately spells 'kibitzers' wrong. I would not call that diplomatic at all.

Furthermore he sneers at <BP>, while sneering wasn't necessary to strengthen their case. At all.

I know... you admit you were wrong and totally concur with me ;)

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  Dionysius1: Hi <CHC>. I see what you mean - a remark in a post mostly about chess stimulates a whole argument which dominates for a while. But you'd want the thread to be self regulating - people getting back into the chess. And in practice that seems to happen. Just annoying when it takes a while - what chess fan wants to have to sift through the off topics or even worse find themselves tempted by the distractions? Can't find a defence for the agents provocateurs. Pains in the ass.
Jul-19-18  WorstPlayerEver: <Dionysius1>

I think you are overreacting; I'm pretty sure you are not married to Caissa.

I know - putting people on ignore here is hard work.

Now, get your lazy butt off the couch!

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  HeMateMe: VK just owns this tournament.
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  ChessHigherCat: <HeMateMe: VK just owns this tournament.> You mean he's just one of four co-owners, with two players just half a point behind them.

Don't you think Nepo's games are much more interesting than Kramnik's? Kramnik seems to just grind it out, although I admit he had some brilliant games years ago.

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  HeMateMe: has Nepo won this event 8 times?

but yes, I love Nepo's style. Kramnik is a Carlsen type player--build up small advantages and strangle your opponent. Nepo goes for the home run. He sometimes whiffs at bat, too...

Jul-20-18  stst: <VK just owns this tournament.>

own, not owns...

Two VK's there!!

My dark horse, the younger VK, and non-Russian, keeps running....

It will be quite a break-through if this VK got it all, relatively small country, dream is BIG !!

Jul-20-18  DerDiemer: Performance Ratings after Round 4

Kovalev: 2821 (+166)
Duda: 2808 (+71)
Nepomniachtchi: 2806 (+49)
Kramnik: 2788 (-4)
Meier: 2741 (+113)
Giri: 2678 (-104)
Wojtaszek: 2642 (-91)
Nisipeanu: 2445 (-227)

Jul-20-18  jphamlore: This seems promising for Nepomniachtchi after a non-Berlin Ruy Lopez by Kramnik as Black.
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  PawnSac: Round 7:

Nepomniachtchi - Meier
Giri - Duda
Kovalev - Kramnik
Nisipeanu - Wojtaszek

still a close call here. anything can happen

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  PawnSac: < JimNorCal: A pleasure to see Vlad playing with such determination in the last couple of tournaments. He doesn't always win but the level of effort is excellent. >

yea he's having a difficult tourney this time, but I'm more impressed with Georg Meier.. he's performing very well in a pack where he is lowest rated. Only Kovalev is close to him.

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  JAMESROOK: OK folks Yr reporter on the ground watched some very good chess today in Dortmund.

Live commentary seemed to suggest Kramnik was going to win. He had real pressure against Giri...... But to no avail.

I, personally, would have killed myself, if I had been Kramnik or perhaps Giri. But then Im just an amateur.....

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  JAMESROOK: PawnSac..... U r right. Meier is a very good player.
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  JAMESROOK: Is Meier German and no 1? Yet
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  JAMESROOK: Kramnik has won this many times. He's a very aggressive player.

Nepo is good but Kramnik is in a different class and with that and another brandy..... I wish u all a very happy Chess day

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  JAMESROOK: Is Meier German and no 1?7
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  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.

Jul-22-18  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???
Jul-22-18  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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