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Dortmund Sparkassen Tournament

Vladimir Kramnik7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
Le Quang Liem5.5/10(+1 -0 =9)[games]
Ruslan Ponomariov5/10(+3 -3 =4)[games]
Anish Giri5/10(+2 -2 =6)[games]
Hikaru Nakamura4.5/10(+2 -3 =5)[games]
Georg Meier3/10(+0 -4 =6)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Dortmund Sparkassen (2011)

The 39th Dortmund Sparkassen Chess-Meeting took place in the Dortmunder Schauspielhaus in Dortmund, Germany 21-31 July 2011. Rest day: July 26. 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. Vladimir Kramnik won the event for the 10th time with 7/10.

01 02 03 04 05 06 1 Kramnik 2781 ** ½½ 1½ 1½ 10 11 7 2 Le Quang Liem 2715 ½½ ** 1½ ½½ ½½ ½½ 5½ 3 Ponomariov 2764 0½ 0½ ** 10 11 ½½ 5 4 Giri 2701 0½ ½½ 01 ** ½½ 1½ 5 5 Nakamura 2770 01 ½½ 00 ½½ ** ½1 4½ 6 Meier 2656 00 ½½ ½½ 0½ ½0 ** 3

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

The Helmut-Kohls-Turnier (Cat. VIII round robin) was won by Robin van Kampen with 6.5/9. The Open A swiss tournament was won by Mikhail Zaitsev with 7.5/9.

Wikipedia: Wikipedia article: Dortmund Sparkassen Chess Meeting#2011
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 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 30  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. G Meier vs Le Quang Liem  ½-½382011Dortmund SparkassenD81 Grunfeld, Russian Variation
2. Giri vs Nakamura ½-½542011Dortmund SparkassenD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
3. Kramnik vs Ponomariov 1-0422011Dortmund SparkassenE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
4. G Meier vs Kramnik 0-1322011Dortmund SparkassenE15 Queen's Indian
5. Le Quang Liem vs Nakamura ½-½222011Dortmund SparkassenE20 Nimzo-Indian
6. Ponomariov vs Giri 1-0342011Dortmund SparkassenD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
7. Kramnik vs Le Quang Liem ½-½482011Dortmund SparkassenD18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
8. Nakamura vs Ponomariov 0-1412011Dortmund SparkassenE58 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 8...Bxc3
9. Giri vs G Meier 1-0752011Dortmund SparkassenE00 Queen's Pawn Game
10. Giri vs Le Quang Liem  ½-½472011Dortmund SparkassenE60 King's Indian Defense
11. Ponomariov vs G Meier ½-½902011Dortmund SparkassenE31 Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad, Main line
12. Nakamura vs Kramnik 0-1472011Dortmund SparkassenE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
13. Le Quang Liem vs Ponomariov 1-0712011Dortmund SparkassenD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
14. Kramnik vs Giri 1-0442011Dortmund SparkassenD85 Grunfeld
15. G Meier vs Nakamura ½-½1502011Dortmund SparkassenE99 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov
16. Le Quang Liem vs G Meier  ½-½382011Dortmund SparkassenD39 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation
17. Ponomariov vs Kramnik ½-½502011Dortmund SparkassenC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
18. Nakamura vs Giri ½-½722011Dortmund SparkassenE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
19. Kramnik vs G Meier 1-0492011Dortmund SparkassenA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
20. Nakamura vs Le Quang Liem  ½-½562011Dortmund SparkassenD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
21. Giri vs Ponomariov 1-0642011Dortmund SparkassenD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
22. Ponomariov vs Nakamura 1-0652011Dortmund SparkassenE97 King's Indian
23. Ponomariov vs Le Quang Liem ½-½492011Dortmund SparkassenB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
24. G Meier vs Giri ½-½692011Dortmund SparkassenE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
25. Le Quang Liem vs Kramnik ½-½562011Dortmund SparkassenE10 Queen's Pawn Game
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Aug-05-11  Valmy: I have never heard about "le total" "la totale" yes but "le total"?
Aug-05-11  JoergWalter: <Valmy> i apologize for my french. but this what i learned in Chilly-Mazarin.
Aug-05-11  timhortons: <Yes - Kramnik could have gotten a draw ... seems he was determined to get the full point.>

show it, show it, show your analysis aj.


Aug-06-11  LIFE Master AJ: JoergWalter = Insane, lunatic = gross, basic troll.
Aug-06-11  JoergWalter: <LMAJ> i understand you perfectly. the deletion of the Crisler game is a great loss to the chess loving part of mankind. Like many others I have a hardcopy for my personal files, so this inspiring brilliancy is not lost. However, I added mr. crisler's rating of 1563 for complete data. Is this correct and approved by you?
Aug-06-11  LIFE Master AJ: <jw> probably equals <lennonfan> or even <hayton3>
Aug-06-11  JoergWalter: <LMAJ> i don't know <lennonfan> or <hayton3>. Anyway, i'm curious why you do not answer simple questions. e.g. 1. did mr. crisler have a rating of 1563 at the time your game was played? 2. Did you know about Morphy's and Steinitz annotations of Paulsen vs. Morphy (with Qd3 x Bf3)? 3. Did you know that Steinitz vs. Rock was an exact copy of Morphy vs. NN from 1857 (odds of QR)?

Answers can be simple yes or no. no need to go for the pulitzer prize with your prose.

Aug-06-11  Everyone: Don’t argue with idiots. They drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.
Aug-06-11  JoergWalter: hi <everyone>. i'm rather a nobody :
Aug-06-11  DrMAL: <JeorgWalter> LOL. It seems clear why USCF should be altogether rid of the term "Life Master."
Aug-07-11  LIFE Master AJ: Q: <<Anyway, i'm curious why you do not answer simple questions.>

A: Its not possible to have a meaningful conversation with a retard ... or someone who have given themselves a full frontal lobotomy.

Aug-07-11  LIFE Master AJ: And - by your constant criticisms, insults, (etc.) you have revealed yourself to be ,,, nothing more than a base troll. (And like cockroaches, trolls should only be eradicated, not placated.)
Aug-07-11  vanytchouck: <JoergWalter: A french friend explained it like that: (...)he is complete = "le total".(...)>

I still don't get it. Maybe the expression <"un c*o*n fini"> wich can be translated in "an acomplished pr#ck " or.

In french, "le total" is used for "the whole", "the sum" but no one would ever say "il est le total".

<JoergWalter: <Valmy> i apologize for my french. but this what i learned in Chilly-Mazarin.>

I know Chilly-Mazarin very well as i'm working in Morangis wich is just the closest city.

Aug-07-11  JoergWalter: <vanytchouck> maybe "le total" was just an invention of my friend and he was joking. like when i asked whether the sign "A" on a car means "amateur". no it is for "apprentice". "amateur" they use for "not quite finished in his head"="stupid".
Aug-07-11  JoergWalter:

<LIFE MASTER AJ> are you the Pensacola version of Franz Gutmayer?

Aug-07-11  DrMAL: B Suhle vs NN, 1859

Suhle (n) 1. Ridiculously overrated in chess. 2. Patzer incognito.

Aug-07-11  DrMAL: Careful <JoergWalter> according to the moronic website Chessmetrics Gutmeyer's "rating" was over 2400.

Chessmetrics makes the absolutely LUDICROUS assumption that the quality of play among top 10 players in the world was ALWAYS roughly equivalent to Linares in 2005!

It assumes a person's RANKING makes the player equivalent to roughly the same ranking today. As such, it "calibrates" each player to the ratings of today, ignoring all differences knowledge and quality of play from then to now.

From his GAMES, Gutmayer's quality of play was certainly less than 2200 by today's standard and very likely less than 2000 as well. Chessmetrics should contain a big WARNING sign, indicating it's an absolute joke to try and use it's "ratings."

But, like Gutmayer, "Life Master" AJ is also ridiculously inflated, the quality of his games reflects a bookish glorified patzer and the quality of his posts reflect an egomaniac who thinks he really IS some sort of great master!

Aug-07-11  JoergWalter: <DrMal> no inflation in the world brings the Pensacola variant to 2400.

Reti describes good old Franz:

a) posing as authorised apostle of the old masters

b) unsrupulous in declaring his ignorance as ultimate wisdom

c) what is a revelation to him must be new for anybody else and this little beam of light into the twilight of his mind makes dozens of websites.

Aug-07-11  theagenbiteofinwit: <A: Its not possible to have a meaningful conversation with a retard ... or someone who have given themselves a full frontal lobotomy.>

It's not a droll, witty, or even a mildly clever insult to call someone a "retard."

For one who claims to be a Christian it is surely odd behavior that you use a derogatory slur named at the least fortunate of us to insult people.

Aug-07-11  LIFE Master AJ: Back to the event ... has anyone figured out why Kramnik always seems to do well at Dortmund?
Aug-07-11  LIFE Master AJ: 2011
Aug-07-11  shach matov: <LMAJ>

the reason is obvious: Dortmund is much weaker than tourneys like Tata, London, Linares, etc.

Aug-07-11  positionalgenius: <AJ> He feels very comfortable at that event.
Aug-08-11  LIFE Master AJ: Maybe its more than that ... perhaps a combination of things that only Kramnik can explain ... he has (statistically speaking) results that are far out of the norm.

I am NOT suggesting that he cheats! (Let me make that clear!!!) What I am wondering is how he can have indifferent results at many other events but has always performed well at Dortmund ... usually winning.

Sometimes chess players can be somewhat superstitious ... after he won 2-3 events, he began to believe that Dortmund was "meant for him." After this, a sort of self-fulfilling mental suggestion took place.

These are all merely intelligent guesses, beyond this, only Kramnik can speak to why Dortmund has always been such a "lucky" event for him.

Aug-13-11  JoergWalter: <LIFE MASTER AJ: ...These are all merely intelligent guesses,...> Kindly, change it to <These are all merely guesses,...> How about hte other participants? by what criteria are they selected?
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