Dortmund's 41st Sparkassen Chess Meeting Under Way

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  • on 27/07/13, 02:16.

The 41st edition of the Sparkassen Chess Meeting in Dortmund, Germany started on Friday with a gripping first round. Favourites Fabiano Caruana (Italy) and Vladimir Kramnik (Russia) started with wins, against Dmitry Andreikin (Russia) and Wang Hao (China) respectively. The third winner was Georg Meier (Germany, who defeated his compatriot Arkadij Naiditsch. Igor Khenkin (Germany) vs. Peter Leko (Hungary) and Daniel Fridman (Germany) vs. Michael Adams (England) both ended in a draw.

It's one of the longest running big tournaments in the calendar: the Sparkassen Chess Meeting in Dortmund, the 8th largest German city, located in North Rhine-Westphalia, along the Ruhr river. As always the venue is the city theater. The 10-player round robin runs July 26th – 4 August with one rest day on July 31st. The participants are Fabiano Caruana (ITA, 2796), Vladimir Kramnik (RUS, 2784), Wang Hao (CHN, 2752), Michael Adams (ENG, 2740), Peter Leko (HUN, 2737), Dmitry Andreikin, (RUS, 2727), Arkadij Naiditsch (GER, 2710), Daniel Fridman (GER, 2629), Georg Meier (GER, 2610), and Igor Khenkin (GER, 2605).

The tournament was held for the first time in 1973, when it was won by Heikki Westerinen of Finland. Over the years the tournament grew into a world class event where almost all of the best players competed, including Garry Kasparov, Anatoly Karpov, Viswanathan Anand, Judit Polgar and Vladimir Kramnik.

Kramnik won the tournament in Dortmund a record ten times, and he's surely going to try hard to win it again, if only to wash away the bad memories of the Tal Memorial. In what was his worst tournament in many years, the 14th World Champion finished on last place with 3/9 and didn't win a single game. In the very first round in Dortmund, Kramnik could enjoy the sweet taste of victory again, helped by his opponent Wang Hao. A pawn down, Black was certainly not lost yet when he blundered a full rook. Isn't it comforting that a 2700 sometimes misses a double attack as well?

Horst Metzing, former director of the German Chess Federation, executes the first move for Vladimir Kramnik

Kramnik might still be top favourite, but top seed this year is Fabiano Caruana of Italy. He also won his first game, with Black against Dmitry Andreikin, who had been such a solid player at that Tal Memorial last month. Andreikin did start with the solid 4.e3 in the Grünfeld, but his 14.h4!? revealed more ambitious intentions. Perhaps he was intending 17. Nxh7 Kxh7 18. hxg6+ Kxg6 19. Bd3+ f5 20. Qg4+ Kf7 21. Bxf5, which is probably too optimistic anyway. In the game things remained about equal until White allowed 30... Rh8! (31. Rxg6 fails to 31 ...Rag8) when Black got a very strong initiative.

Georg Meier defeated Arkadij Naiditsch in another Grünfeld. White's edge in this ending was very small, but Naiditsch let his opponent make it bigger and bigger. Still, it seems that with 40...Kxh5 could have still drawn this game.

Khenkin-Leko, the third Grünfeld of the day, was always about equal.

More interesting was Fridman-Adams, which went all the way to a pawn ending. Usually you cannot afford being a pawn down in pawn endings, but this was an exception.

Dortmund 2013 | Pairings & results

Round 1 15:00 CET 26.07.13   Round 2 15:00 CET 27.07.13
Khenkin ½-½ Leko   Leko - Caruana
Meier 1-0 Naiditsch   Adams - Andreikin
Kramnik 1-0 Wang Hao   Wang Hao - Fridman
Fridman ½-½ Adams   Naiditsch - Kramnik
Andreikin 0-1 Caruana   Khenkin - Meier
Round 3 15:00 CET 28.07.13   Round 4 15:00 CET 29.07.13
Meier - Leko   Leko - Adams
Kramnik - Khenkin   Wang Hao - Caruana
Fridman - Naiditsch   Naiditsch - Andreikin
Andreikin - Wang Hao   Khenkin - Fridman
Caruana - Adams   Meier - Kramnik
Round 5 15:00 CET 30.07.13   Round 6 15:00 CET 01.08.13
Kramnik - Leko   Leko - Wang Hao
Fridman - Meier   Naiditsch - Adams
Andreikin - Khenkin   Khenkin - Caruana
Caruana - Naiditsch   Meier - Andreikin
Adams   Wang Hao   Kramnik - Fridman
Round 7 15:00 CET 02.08.13   Round 8 15:00 CET 03.08.13
Fridman - Leko   Leko - Naiditsch
Andreikin - Kramnik   Khenkin - Wang Hao
Caruana - Meier   Meier - Adams
Adams - Khenkin   Kramnik - Caruana
Wang Hao - Naiditsch   Fridman - Andreikin
Round 9 13:00 CET 04.08.13        
Andreikin - Leko        
Caruana - Fridman        
Adams - Kramnik        
Wang Hao - Meier        
Naiditsch - Khenkin        

Dortmund 2013 | Round 1 standings

# Player Rating 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 Points SB
1 Caruana,Fabiano 2796 * 1 1.0/1 0.00
2 Kramnik,Vladimir 2784 * 1 1.0/1 0.00
3 Meier,Georg 2610 * 1 1.0/1 0.00
4 Adams,Michael 2740 * ½ 0.5/1 0.25
5 Leko,Peter 2737 * ½ 0.5/1 0.25
6 Fridman,Daniel 2629 ½ * 0.5/1 0.25
7 Khenkin,Igor 2605 ½ * 0.5/1 0.25
8 Wang,Hao 2752 0 * 0.0/1 0.00
9 Andreikin,Dmitry 2727 0 * 0.0/1 0.00
10 Naiditsch,Arkadij 2710 0 * 0.0/1 0.00

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  • 3 anni fa


    Hope to see Vlady winner for 11th time !

  • 3 anni fa


    Looking from Fabiano can certain that he will reach 2800 officially soon...hope this is the tournament that does it for him...he must felt happy after that win not only he reach the 2800 mark but beat the same person that he fail to do so the last game he play with of luck Fabianoooooooooooo..:)

  • 3 anni fa


    Well, Caruana is 2799 now. But he hadn't yet been on the official FIDE rating list, which is neccessary to acknowledge the breaking 2800 elo barrier.

  • 3 anni fa


    Not a word about how Caruana is now 2800 on live, wow.

  • 3 anni fa


    oh yes caruana reached 2800, in this new chess era I can smell that the carlsen-caruana will be like the kasparov-karpov era. 

  • 3 anni fa


    Dear quintessentiald ,I am no expert but I think it is because of the weak network of light squares that could be exploited together with the queen as opposite color bishops are attacking weapons. Basically in the situation the bishop is more useful than the rook so white decided to sac the exchange

  • 3 anni fa


    Hail the Grunfeld!!  

  • 3 anni fa

    NM Bab3s

    Caruana's live rating is now 2800! I wonder if Caruana is really going to become the 7th member of the 2800 Club in this tournament.

  • 3 anni fa


    Also would someone please explain why in the Caruana v Andreikin game why doesn't Andreikin play a move like 35. Rf1 or 35. Rf2? Thanks

  • 3 anni fa


    Nice games. Hopefully Kramnik returns to his old form because the chess world is better when all the greats are playing well.

  • 3 anni fa


    Poor Wang Hao. 

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