Dortmund: Kramnik Wins Three in a Row and Takes Lead

Время публикации: 02.07.2015 14:44 | Последнее обновление: 02.07.2015 20:42

The traditional tournament in Dortmund is proving very fighting: over half of the games in the first four rounds have ended decisively and not one has ended in an early draw. The most uncompromising of all are Vladimir Kramnik and Arkady Naiditsch. 

After a defeat at the start, the ex-world champion has won three games in a row. Yesterday evening, it was Georg Meier who was unable to withstand Kramnik's pressure.

MEIER - KRAMNIK

 

White had been pressing for most of the game, but the German GM made several mistakes in the run-up to the time control, after which the position was objectively equal, but Black's position, with his extra exchange, was easier to play.  
49.Kf2?! This first "active" step proves mistaken. He had to set his extra pawns in motion with 49.a4.
49...Kh7! The king steps out of the pin and now Black's heavy pieces are ready for a decisive infiltration of the white position. 
50.Ke2? He should not have permitted the check on c2: 50.Ne3!
50...Rc2+ 51.Ke3 (Suicide, but other continuations also lose) 51...Rxa2 (Perhaps Meier simply overlooked this idea: the black knight remains under attack!) 52.Qc4 Qb7 53.Qe6 Nd5+ 54.Kd4 Qb4+ 0-1

Now Kramnik is level with Nisipeanu, both on 3 points. Half a point behind is Fabiano Caruana. 
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Tomorrow is another rest day, after which the final three rounds follow. 

[Event "43rd GM 2015"] [Site "Dortmund GER"] [Date "2015.07.01"] [Round "4"] [White "Meier, Georg"] [Black "Kramnik, Vladimir"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "2654"] [BlackElo "2783"] [ECO "C67"] [Opening "Ruy Lopez"] [Variation "Berlin defence, open variation"] [EventDate "2015.06.27"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. O-O Nxe4 5. Re1 Nd6 6. Nxe5 Be7 7. Bf1 Nf5 8. Nf3 d5 9. d4 O-O 10. c3 Bd6 11. Bd3 Nce7 12. Nbd2 c6 13. Nf1 g6 14. h3 Kh8 15. Bd2 f6 16. Qc2 Bd7 17. b3 Rc8 18. Re2 b6 19. g4 Ng7 20. Rae1 c5 21. dxc5 bxc5 22. Qc1 Bc6 23. Bf4 Ng8 24. Bg3 d4 25. N1h2 Bxg3 26. fxg3 g5 27. Be4 Bxe4 28. Rxe4 Qd6 29. Kg2 f5 30. Re5 h6 31. Qd2 Rcd8 32. Qd3 f4 33. Nf1 Qc6 34. cxd4 cxd4 35. R1e4 fxg3 36. Nxg3 Nf6 37. Rxd4 Ne6 38. Rxe6 Rxd4 39. Qxd4 Qxe6 40. Qxa7 Rc8 41. Nf5 Qe2+ 42. Qf2 Qd3 43. Qd4 Rc2+ 44. Kg1 Rc1+ 45. Kg2 Qc2+ 46. Kg3 Qc7+ 47. Kg2 Rc2+ 48. Kg1 Rc6 49. Kf2 Kh7 50. Ke2 Rc2+ 51. Ke3 Rxa2 52. Qc4 Qb7 53. Qe6 Nd5+ 54. Kd4 Qb4+ 0-1[Event "43rd GM 2015"] [Site "Dortmund GER"] [Date "2015.07.01"] [Round "4"] [White "Nepomniachtchi, Ian"] [Black "Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2720"] [BlackElo "2654"] [ECO "B12"] [Opening "Caro-Kann"] [Variation "advance variation"] [EventDate "2015.06.27"] 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 Bf5 4. h4 h5 5. Bd3 Bxd3 6. Qxd3 e6 7. Bg5 Qb6 8. Nd2 Ne7 9. Ngf3 Qa6 10. c4 Nf5 11. O-O Nd7 12. Qc3 Be7 13. Bxe7 Nxe7 14. c5 b6 15. a4 bxc5 16. dxc5 Qc8 17. b4 a5 18. bxa5 Qc7 19. Nb3 Ng6 20. Rfe1 O-O 21. Rac1 f6 22. Nbd4 Nf4 23. Qc2 Nxe5 24. g3 Nfd3 25. Nxe5 Nxe1 26. Rxe1 fxe5 27. Nxe6 Qxa5 28. Rxe5 Qxa4 29. Qxa4 Rxa4 30. Nxf8 Kxf8 31. Re6 Ra1+ 32. Kg2 d4 33. Rxc6 d3 34. Rd6 Rc1 35. c6 d2 36. Rxd2 Rxc6 37. Rd5 g6 38. Rd7 Rc3 39. Kf1 Rc2 40. Ke1 Ra2 41. Rd2 Ra3 42. Ke2 Kf7 43. Rd3 Ra2+ 44. Ke3 Kf6 45. Rd4 Rb2 46. Rf4+ Kg7 47. Ra4 Kf6 48. f3 Rb3+ 49. Kf4 Rc3 50. Ra6+ Kg7 51. Rd6 Ra3 52. Ke4 Rb3 53. Rd3 Rb5 54. Rd7+ Kf6 55. g4 hxg4 56. fxg4 Rb4+ 57. Rd4 Rb7 58. Rd6+ Kg7 59. Ke5 Rf7 60. Re6 Rf1 61. Re7+ Kg8 62. g5 Rf5+ 63. Ke6 Rf4 64. Rd7 Rxh4 65. Kf6 Ra4 66. Rg7+ Kh8 67. Re7 Kg8 68. Re6 Kh7 69. Re7+ Kg8 70. Re3 Kh7 71. Re7+ Kg8 72. Rg7+ Kh8 73. Rxg6 Ra6+ 74. Kf5 Ra5+ 75. Kf6 Ra6+ 1/2-1/2 [Event "43rd GM 2015"] [Site "Dortmund GER"] [Date "2015.07.01"] [Round "4"] [White "Hou Yifan"] [Black "So, Wesley"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "2676"] [BlackElo "2778"] [ECO "B19"] [Opening "Caro-Kann"] [Variation "classical, Spassky variation"] [EventDate "2015.06.27"] 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Bf5 5. Ng3 Bg6 6. h4 h6 7. Nf3 Nd7 8. h5 Bh7 9. Bd3 Bxd3 10. Qxd3 e6 11. Bd2 Ngf6 12. O-O-O Be7 13. Kb1 Qb6 14. Ne4 Rd8 15. c4 O-O 16. Qe2 c5 17. Bc3 cxd4 18. Bxd4 Qc6 19. Nxf6+ Bxf6 20. g4 Bxd4 21. Nxd4 Qc5 22. Nf3 Nf6 23. Ne5 Rd4 24. Rxd4 Qxd4 25. Rd1 Qf4 26. Re1 Qd4 27. Rd1 Qf4 28. f3 a6 29. a3 Ra8 30. Rd6 Re8 31. Ka2 Nxg4 32. fxg4 f6 33. Rd7 fxe5 34. Rxb7 Qd4 35. g5 hxg5 36. h6 gxh6 37. Qh5 Qxc4+ 38. Ka1 Qc1+ 39. Ka2 Qc4+ 40. Ka1 Qc1+ 1/2-1/2 [Event "43rd GM 2015"] [Site "Dortmund GER"] [Date "2015.07.01"] [Round "4"] [White "Caruana, Fabiano"] [Black "Naiditsch, Arkadij"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2805"] [BlackElo "2722"] [ECO "E04"] [Opening "Catalan"] [Variation "open, 5.Nf3"] [EventDate "2015.06.27"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. g3 d5 4. Bg2 dxc4 5. Nf3 c5 6. O-O Nc6 7. Qa4 Bd7 8. Qxc4 b5 9. Qc3 cxd4 10. Nxd4 Nxd4 11. Qxd4 Rc8 12. Bf4 Bc5 13. Qd3 Qb6 14. Nd2 O-O 15. Ne4 Nd5 16. Ng5 g6 17. Be5 Be7 18. Nf3 Bc6 19. Qd2 f6 20. Bd4 Qb7 21. Rac1 Rfd8 22. Bh3 Bd7 23. Rxc8 Bxc8 24. Rc1 Bd7 25. Bc5 Bxc5 26. Rxc5 Rc8 27. b4 Rxc5 28. bxc5 Qc7 29. e4 Ne7 30. Qd4 Kg7 31. e5 f5 32. Bg2 h6 33. Qd6 Qxd6 34. exd6 Nc6 35. Ne1 a5 36. Nd3 b4 37. h4 Nd4 38. Kh2 Bb5 39. Ne5 Kf6 40. c6 Bxc6 41. Nxc6 1-0 


  


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