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Dortmund Sparkassen Tournament

Ruslan Ponomariov6.5/10(+4 -1 =5)[games]
Le Quang Liem5.5/10(+2 -1 =7)[games]
Vladimir Kramnik5/10(+2 -2 =6)[games]
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov5/10(+3 -3 =4)[games]
Arkadij Naiditsch4/10(+2 -4 =4)[games]
Peter Leko4/10(+1 -3 =6)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Dortmund Sparkassen (2010)

The 38th Dortmund Sparkassen Chess-Meeting took place in the Dortmunder Theater in Dortmund, Germany 15-25 July 2010. Rest day: July 20. 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. Games started at 3 pm, Round 10 at 1 pm local time. Ruslan Ponomariov won with 6.5/10.

01 02 03 04 05 06 1 Ponomariov 2734 ** 0½ 1½ 1½ ½1 1½ 6½ 2 Le Quang Liem 2681 1½ ** ½½ 0½ ½½ 1½ 5½ 3 Kramnik 2790 0½ ½½ ** ½1 10 ½½ 5 4 Mamedyarov 2761 0½ 1½ ½0 ** 10 ½1 5 5 Naiditsch 2684 ½0 ½½ 01 01 ** ½0 4 6 Leko 2734 0½ 0½ ½½ ½0 ½1 ** 4

Category: XX (2731). Chief arbiter: Andrzej Filipowicz

The Helmut-Kohls-Turnier (Cat. VII round robin) was won by Jens Kotainy with 6/9. The Open A swiss tournament was won by Tigran Vaanovic Nalbandian with 7/9.

Wikipedia: Wikipedia article: Dortmund Sparkassen Chess Meeting#2010
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 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 30  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Kramnik vs Le Quang Liem ½-½642010Dortmund SparkassenD18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
2. Ponomariov vs Leko 1-0572010Dortmund SparkassenC45 Scotch Game
3. Naiditsch vs Mamedyarov 0-1472010Dortmund SparkassenB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
4. Ponomariov vs Kramnik 1-0362010Dortmund SparkassenE00 Queen's Pawn Game
5. Leko vs Mamedyarov ½-½502010Dortmund SparkassenE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
6. Le Quang Liem vs Naiditsch ½-½352010Dortmund SparkassenD39 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation
7. Naiditsch vs Ponomariov ½-½822010Dortmund SparkassenC67 Ruy Lopez
8. Kramnik vs Leko ½-½472010Dortmund SparkassenE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
9. Mamedyarov vs Le Quang Liem 1-0532010Dortmund SparkassenD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
10. Mamedyarov vs Kramnik ½-½312010Dortmund SparkassenD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
11. Le Quang Liem vs Ponomariov 1-0522010Dortmund SparkassenD86 Grunfeld, Exchange
12. Naiditsch vs Leko ½-½552010Dortmund SparkassenC78 Ruy Lopez
13. Kramnik vs Naiditsch 1-0512010Dortmund SparkassenE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
14. Ponomariov vs Mamedyarov 1-0512010Dortmund SparkassenE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
15. Leko vs Le Quang Liem 0-1592010Dortmund SparkassenB12 Caro-Kann Defense
16. Le Quang Liem vs Kramnik ½-½392010Dortmund SparkassenE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
17. Mamedyarov vs Naiditsch 0-1362010Dortmund SparkassenD39 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation
18. Leko vs Ponomariov ½-½412010Dortmund SparkassenE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
19. Naiditsch vs Le Quang Liem ½-½352010Dortmund SparkassenB12 Caro-Kann Defense
20. Kramnik vs Ponomariov ½-½372010Dortmund SparkassenE17 Queen's Indian
21. Mamedyarov vs Leko 1-0392010Dortmund SparkassenA15 English
22. Ponomariov vs Naiditsch 1-0462010Dortmund SparkassenE59 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line
23. Leko vs Kramnik ½-½312010Dortmund SparkassenE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
24. Le Quang Liem vs Mamedyarov ½-½522010Dortmund SparkassenE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
25. Mamedyarov vs Ponomariov ½-½432010Dortmund SparkassenD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
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  alexmagnus: <When Karpov was their age, he was ranked in the world's top 3.>

So what? When Korchnoi was Karpov's current age, he was top 5. ;)

Jul-30-10  messachess: I take it that FIDE has been casting about for the most acceptable formula related to world championship activities, and has alienated some top players. It looks like FIDE has been getting a lot of cooperation with its programs, seeming to indicate a degree of satisfaction there. So what, many top players are having fun and making money, and the fans are relatively satisfied? Is that about it? What about the fairness factor? What about the alienation? Was that merely a minor misstep on FIDE's part. Are they doing a relatively good job with the wc? What do you think?
Jul-30-10  percyblakeney: <the fans are relatively satisfied?>

I think most fans are happy if it all just ends with a match...

Jul-30-10  WiseWizard: VLADIMIR KRAMNIK World Chess Champion 2012

You heard it here first.

Sincerely, WW

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  whiteshark: <WiseWizard: VLADIMIR KRAMNIK World Chess Champion 2012 > I'll believe it but not unless I see it.

Sincerely, W/S

Jul-30-10  dx9293: <World Chess Champion 2012> Anyone but Carlsen, please.

I don't want updates on the major chess websites about Magnus waking up, Magnus when he goes to the bathroom, Magnus when he's eating lunch, etc.

Jul-30-10  laskerian: <HeMateMe>:
On the apartment proposition: That was the funniest posting I've read in a long time. How I wish having a venue were that easy. If such were the case, can we have it 50-50 (half of the match in your place while half shall be in our place), hehe? I guarantee that there we shall have all my kids rooting for Kramnik and Carlsen.Mind you, even our dog knows Kramnik.
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  HeMateMe: Very nice! In my case, we wouldn't have to be flies on the wall--there really ARE flies on the wall!

Serioulsy, I think FIDE should wake up and realize that there is a physicality/sporting aspect to WC chess--24 games against the same tough opponent is a huge strain, but a worthy test. The good folks at FIDE should put down the cognac and filet mignon for a moment, and search out a medium priced hotel with a large ballroom, something afordable for 6 weeks, and just let the boys slug it out for 6 weeks, a 24 gamer!

Would Anand have tired and folded up against the younger Topalov? We shall never know...

Jul-30-10  Petrosianic: Botvinnik's record in Games 17-24 of a championship match was +5-15=25. That doesn't prove anything about how Anand would perform, but it does show that fatigue is a factor, and more for some than others.
Jul-30-10  AuN1: right before the latest wcc match started, someone made the point that the score after, i think either 12 or 16 games, was the same result in recent wcc matches as in the old ones when they played best of 24. personally, i like 24 game matches, but i can see how fide can make the argument that short matches are viable. i can't wait for the start of the candidates; less than a year away. anyone have any predictions yet for the first round? i like carlsen, topalov, kramnik, and aronian.
Jul-30-10  yalie: <percy> I agree that one can make a good case for Smyslov & Steinitz to be all time top tenners.
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  WannaBe: No, George Hamilton is the all time top tanner.
Jul-30-10  messachess: <Anyone but Carlsen> Has he played any kind of a significant match yet? I don't think so.--we don't know if he will be good at it; do we.
Jul-30-10  laskerian: <HeMateMe>:

Same here – I am in favour of a 24-game match just like in the good old days. On the premise that a shorter match gives rise to some luck (wherein the lagging player finds it real hard to recover), if a 24-game version highlights stamina and will power and in case the older player cannot cope with the former, it only means that the new lion deserves to be champ. Age is always a factor, and to be a champion, one needs to show that one overcomes this factor (a la Lasker or Korchnoi); otherwise there ought to be a changing of the guard. Overcoming this is not impossible, as what the great Botvinnik showed many times.

Just imagine a 24-game match where the no-draw-offer is in place and involving any of the Top 10 players, and for sure we will be having a chess spectacle, given the level of chess nowadays.

Jul-30-10  messachess: <the good old days> they'd try to win one game and draw 23.
Jul-30-10  Kinghunt: <Just imagine a 24-game match where the no-draw-offer is in place and involving any of the Top 10 players, and for sure we will be having a chess spectacle, given the level of chess nowadays.>

I do not think matches should ban draw offers. The two players are battling for the most coveted title in the world of chess and if one player feels like surrendering a chance to win and the other feels like obliging, by all means, let them.

Jul-30-10  SugarDom: Haven't you heard of the "SugarDom Rules"?

All drawn games to be decided immediately by Armageddon (after 15 mins break). Standard win = 3 points, Armageddon win = 1 point. NO DRAWS ALLOWED.

Yes. You can even use it in a WC match. No more "I woke up 3 in the morning to see a 14-move draw. Damnnn...."

I'm turning chess into spectator sports, baby.

Jul-31-10  jussu: <SugarDom>, The only certain way to turn chess into spectator sports is to make the players throw each other with the pieces. One plan that may work is to give one minute for the entire game, but I doubt it (still looks too nerdy).
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  Eggman: <<I do not think matches should ban draw offers. The two players are battling for the most coveted title in the world of chess and if one player feels like surrendering a chance to win and the other feels like obliging, by all means, let them.>>

Apologies in advance to those who have been around here for years, and heard this before ad nauseum. But I just can't let such comments go unchallenged. So here I go sounding like a broken record again ...

The above logic appeals to us for hardly any other reason than that we chess players are used to it. If boxers or tennis players agreed to terminate a contest in media res and call it a draw it would be the sports scandal of the century. No wonder chess suffers as a spectator sport.

Without premature draws, how many games would the first Karpov-Kasparov match have lasted? Without premature draws, first-to-win six might have been viable.

The draw agreement rule is in place to allow players to avoid having to play on forever in a dead drawn position, and the rule exists for *absolutely no other reason than this*. Simply put, the spirit of the rule should be enforced: a qualified arbiter should give permission to declare a game drawn only if a dead drawn position, i.e. the type of position *for which the rule was surely intended*, has arisen.


Aug-02-10  jussu: <Eggman>, Notice that your proposal would not help you much. Take for example the common type of endgame arising from the Marshall attack (white has an extra pawn, black has two bishops and holds comfortably). It is dead drawn when both players are at least masters, so a "qualified arbiter" would of course give his permission to draw. Yet this position is full of play for us mortals, so we would whine about that decision anyway and demand the arbiter to be cooked into soap (as they say in Russian).

The question eventually boils down to how low-qualified audience you want to satisfy. Someone who only yesterday learned the rules would definitely want every KP vs K position to be played out until stalemate; maybe we can find someone who would need the same with KN vs K. Perhaps some 10% of CG visitors would demand KRP vs KR Philidor position to be continued for some 100 more moves.

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  Eggman: <<jussu>> It is not so difficult for, say, a GM or even an IM to recognize a position that would be considered a dead draw at the elite level. I'd be curious to see an example of the Marshall Attack endgame you cite - it sounds to me like a draw, but not a "dead draw."
Aug-04-10  jussu: It is helluva work to browse through all drawn C89s :) One I found is this: Anand vs Leko, 2007 but there is an older example with comments in Jonathan Rowson's Chess For Zebras (unfortunately, I don't have that book here).

I have encountered this ending in one of my games, indeed it looked promising but really felt dead once I tried to find a way to win it. As you correctly said, it is not necessarily a dead draw, it would be an interesting exercise e.g between you and me. I actually got a simple winning chance (and blew it) in my game, but these things do not occur between masters.

Aug-15-10  freeman8201: Go Ponomariov!
I heard he was playing more poker these days...

What's up with Kraminik playing the Pirc? ...was he going for the full point? LOL

Aug-15-10  AuN1: he gave naiditsch a lot of chances to make mistakes, and succumb to the attack, but it was kramnik who faltered in the end. he did not stay consistent with his approach, and missed several opportunities for equality, and winning chances.
Aug-19-10  ChessMasta2000: karpov wants ponomariov to play anand?
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