Тhe Thriller in Dortmund

Время публикации: 22.07.2012 02:16 | Последнее обновление: 22.07.2012 11:16

Kramnik loses and at the same time five participants surpass him

The events developed in the penultimate round of the tournament held in Dortmund turned out to be thrilling. Yesterday it seemed that Vladimir Kramnik was close to winning the competition, while today he has been surpassed by five players.

It seems that Caruana becomes an uncomfortable rival for Kramnik: recently he beat the former world champion in Tal Memorial. Fabiano has surely studied the 6th game of Aronian - Kramnik match and prepared to the variant. After 8.d4 (instead of 8.h3 as Aronian has played) exd4 9.cxd4 Bb6 10.b3 d5 11.e5 Ne4 12.Bd3 Bf5 13.Qe2 Nc6 the rivals went into a tense battle, after which white got an evidently better endgame. The advantage was provided by a pair of bishops and a "splinter" on e6 square. Kramnik's desire to get rid of this pawn didn't actually help him later. 

CARUANA - KRAMNIK

Here Kramnik blundered: 38...Nxe6? d3-square had to be controlled. After 38...Kg6 white hasn't got any better choice than 39.Bxc5 (in case of 39.Rxa7, black would play 39...Nxe6) 39...Bxc5 40.Rxa7, and in this endgame black would have more chances to hold than in the one that occurred in the game. 39.Bd3+ Kh6 40.h4 g6 41.Rh8+ Rh7 42.Rg8 Rg7 43.Bxg7+ Kh7 44.Re8 Nxg7, in less than 10 moves black resigned.

In today's round Peter Leko, who escaped Kramnik yesterday, used his deep knowledge of the opening and converted it into a point. Bartel played the same variant of the French defence against Leko as Caruana did several days ago, but unlike Italian, Polish GM didn't manage to hold. 

The endgame Gustafsson - Ponomariov was a brilliant illustration on the topic "when the knight is stronger than bishop."  

GUSTAFSSON - PONOMARIOV

If the pawns е3 and d4 were on black squares from the very beginning of the game, then the ones on b4 and a5 were placed by the German player already after his black-squared bishop was left on the board. It's unbelievable but white can't defend from the black knight's attack from c8-a7-b5-a3-c4-b2-d3-f2-h1 squares. Ponomariov successfully made all these moves and joined the leaders. 

The official website transmission still shows the wrong result of Friedman - Naiditsch encounter 0-1, actually the game finished in a draw. Thus, Naiditsch, Ponomariov, Leko, Caruana and Karjakin have 5 points each before the last round of the competition, which will be held tomorrow at 15:00 MSK Time. Kramnik has 4 points.
Таble, schedule, results, all games

Take a look at the games of today's round.

[Event "40th Dortmund GM"] [Site "Dortmund GER"] [Date "2012.07.21"] [Round "8"] [White "Meier,G"] [Black "Karjakin,S"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "D12"] [Opening "QGD Slav"] [Variation "4.e3 Bf5"] [EventDate "2012.07.13"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. e3 Bf5 5. Nc3 e6 6. Nh4 Bg6 7. Nxg6 hxg6 8. Bd2 Nbd7 9. Rc1 Bd6 10. g3 Qe7 11. Qb3 Rb8 12. Bg2 O-O 13. O-O b5 14. c5 Bc7 15. f4 a5 16. Qc2 a4 17. h3 Nh7 18. e4 f5 19. e5 g5 20. Ne2 g6 21. g4 Kh8 22. h4 gxh4 23. g5 Kg7 24. Kf2 Rh8 25. Rh1 Nhf8 26. Rh3 Ra8 27. Rch1 Ba5 28. Be3 Ra7 29. Nc1 Nb8 30. Kf1 Qd8 31. Bf3 Kg8 32. Rxh4 Rxh4 33. Rxh4 Qe7 34. Bd1 Na6 35. Rh2 Qb7 36. a3 Nb8 37. Nd3 Qa8 38. Qb1 Kf7 39. Bc2 Bd8 40. Ke2 Ke8 41. Kf3 Rh7 42. Rxh7 Nxh7 43. Qh1 Nf8 44. Qh6 Qa7 45. Bd2 Qh7 46. Qxh7 Nxh7 47. b3 axb3 48. Bxb3 Kd7 49. a4 bxa4 50. Bxa4 Kc8 51. Ke2 Kb7 52. Kd1 Nf8 53. Kc2 Na6 54. Kb3 Nb8 55. Kc2 Na6 56. Kb3 Nb8 1/2-1/2 [Event "40th Dortmund GM"] [Site "Dortmund GER"] [Date "2012.07.21"] [Round "8"] [White "Caruana,F"] [Black "Kramnik,V"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C65"] [Opening "Ruy Lopez"] [Variation "Berlin defence"] [EventDate "2012.07.13"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. d3 Bc5 5. O-O d6 6. c3 O-O 7. Nbd2 Ne7 8. d4 exd4 9. cxd4 Bb6 10. b3 d5 11. e5 Ne4 12. Bd3 Bf5 13. Qe2 Nc6 14. Bb2 Nxd2 15. Qxd2 Be4 16. Be2 f6 17. b4 fxe5 18. dxe5 Kh8 19. b5 Ne7 20. Ng5 Ng6 21. g3 Qe7 22. e6 Rf5 23. Nxe4 dxe4 24. Qd7 Raf8 25. Qxe7 Nxe7 26. Ba3 Re8 27. Rad1 h5 28. Rd7 Nd5 29. Rf7 Nf6 30. Bc4 Bc5 31. Bb2 Re7 32. Bd4 Bd6 33. Re1 b6 34. Rf8+ Kh7 35. Rxe4 Rxf2 36. Kxf2 Nxe4+ 37. Kg2 Nc5 38. Ra8 Nxe6 39. Bd3+ Kh6 40. h4 g6 41. Rh8+ Rh7 42. Rg8 Rg7 43. Bxg7+ Kh7 44. Re8 Nxg7 45. Re3 Kh6 46. a4 Kh7 47. Kh3 Kh6 48. Bc2 Kh7 49. g4 hxg4+ 50. Kxg4 Kh6 51. Re2 Bb4 52. Re5 Nh5 53. Re6 1-0 [Event "40th Dortmund GM"] [Site "Dortmund GER"] [Date "2012.07.21"] [Round "8"] [White "Fridman,D"] [Black "Naiditsch,A"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "E04"] [Opening "Catalan"] [Variation "open, 5.Nf3"] [EventDate "2012.07.13"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. g3 dxc4 5. Bg2 a6 6. Ne5 Bb4+ 7. Nc3 Nd5 8. O-O Nxc3 9. bxc3 Bxc3 10. Rb1 Qxd4 11. Qa4+ b5 12. Qa3 Qxe5 13. Bf4 Qf6 14. Bxc7 b4 15. Rxb4 Bxb4 16. Qxb4 a5 17. Qb5+ Bd7 18. Qb6 Na6 19. Bxa8 Nxc7 20. Qxc7 Qd8 21. Qa7 O-O 22. Be4 Bc8 23. Qc5 Ba6 24. Rb1 Qd2 25. Bxh7+ Kxh7 26. Qxf8 Qxa2 27. Rb8 Qa1+ 28. Kg2 Qe5 29. h4 c3 30. h5 Qxh5 31. Qh8+ Kg6 32. Qxh5+ Kxh5 33. Rb3 Bxe2 34. Rxc3 a4 35. Rc7 Kg6 36. Ra7 Bd1 37. f4 f5 38. Kf2 Kf6 39. Ke3 Bb3 40. Kd4 g5 41. Ra8 gxf4 42. gxf4 Bd1 43. Ra6 Bb3 44. Ra8 Bd1 45. Ra6 Bb3 1/2-1/2 [Event "40th Dortmund GM"] [Site "Dortmund GER"] [Date "2012.07.21"] [Round "8"] [White "Gustafsson,J"] [Black "Ponomariov,R"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "D45"] [Opening "QGD semi-Slav"] [Variation "Stoltz variation"] [EventDate "2012.07.13"] 1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. c4 c6 4. Nc3 e6 5. e3 Nbd7 6. Qc2 Bd6 7. Bd3 O-O 8. O-O dxc4 9. Bxc4 e5 10. Bb3 h6 11. h3 Re8 12. Bd2 e4 13. Nh4 Bb8 14. Nf5 Nb6 15. Ng3 Bxg3 16. fxg3 Be6 17. g4 Bc4 18. Bxc4 Nxc4 19. Ne2 Nd6 20. Nc3 Rc8 21. Be1 Nd5 22. Nxd5 cxd5 23. Qe2 Re7 24. Bh4 f6 25. Rac1 Rxc1 26. Rxc1 Rc7 27. Qe1 Rxc1 28. Qxc1 Qc8 29. Qxc8+ Nxc8 30. Kf1 Kf7 31. Ke2 Kg6 32. Bg3 h5 33. gxh5+ Kxh5 34. Bc7 Ne7 35. Bd6 Nc6 36. b3 g5 37. g3 f5 38. Kd2 f4 39. gxf4 gxf4 40. Bxf4 Kh4 41. Bd6 Kxh3 42. Ke2 Kg2 43. Bc5 a6 44. Bd6 Nd8 45. Be5 Nf7 46. Bf4 Nd8 47. Be5 Kg1 48. Ke1 Nc6 49. Bd6 Na7 50. a4 Nc6 51. b4 Kg2 52. Ke2 Na7 53. Bc5 Nc8 54. a5 Kg3 55. Bf8 Na7 56. Bd6+ Kg2 57. Bc5 Nb5 58. Bf8 Na3 59. Be7 Nc4 60. Bc5 Nb2 61. Be7 Nd3 62. Bd6 Nf2 63. Bf4 Nh1 64. Kd2 Kf3 65. b5 axb5 66. Kc3 Nf2 67. Bg5 Nd1+ 68. Kb4 Nxe3 69. Kxb5 Nc4 70. Kc5 e3 0-1 [Event "40th Dortmund GM"] [Site "Dortmund GER"] [Date "2012.07.21"] [Round "8"] [White "Leko,P"] [Black "Bartel,M"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C19"] [Opening "French"] [Variation "Winawer, advance, poisoned pawn, Konstantinopolsky variation"] [EventDate "2012.07.13"] 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e5 c5 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6. bxc3 Ne7 7. Qg4 Qc7 8. Qxg7 Rg8 9. Qxh7 cxd4 10. Ne2 dxc3 11. f4 Nbc6 12. h4 Bd7 13. h5 O-O-O 14. Qd3 Nf5 15. h6 Rg6 16. h7 Rh8 17. Be3 d4 18. Bf2 Qa5 19. Rh3 f6 20. Nxd4 fxe5 21. Nxf5 exf5 22. Rd1 Rg7 23. Qxc3 Qxc3+ 24. Rxc3 exf4 25. Bxa7 Rhxh7 26. Bc5 Be8 27. Bd6 Rh4 28. Kf2 Rd7 29. Rdd3 Bh5 30. Rc4 Rg4 31. Bxf4 Re7 32. g3 Rg8 33. Ra4 1-0 

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