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Max Illingworth
13-07-2012, 10:57 PM
This tournament is starting today at 11PM Sydney time. It's a round-robin with the following players:

Vladimir Kramnik (2801)
Fabiano Caruana (2767)
Sergey Karjakin (2766)
Ruslan Ponomariov (2727)
Peter Leko (2720)
Arkadij Naiditsch (2702)
Mateusz Bartel (2665)
Daniel Fridman (2653)
Georg Meier (2647)
Jan Gustafsson (2642)

Round 1 Pairings:

Karjakin-Kramnik
Caruana-Naiditsch
Leko-Ponomariov
Meier-Bartel
Fridman-Gustafsson

Also I've put a poll up.

Kevin Bonham
13-07-2012, 11:20 PM
Hmmm, field could be better - only three of top-10-ish class is not that impressive compared to some super-tournaments lately.

Adamski
13-07-2012, 11:21 PM
My pick is Karjakin,

Max Illingworth
14-07-2012, 08:35 PM
Round 1: Meier defeated Bartel in the only decisive game of the round.

Round 2 Pairings:

Gustafsson-Kramnik
Bartel-Karjakin
Naiditsch-Meier
Ponomariov-Caruana
Fridman-Leko

pax
15-07-2012, 01:31 PM
Hmmm, field could be better - only three of top-10-ish class is not that impressive compared to some super-tournaments lately.

Looks like the super tournament has been combined with the "German Open" a-la the Wijk tournaments from time to time.

Max Illingworth
15-07-2012, 10:23 PM
Round 2 Results:

Gustafsson-Kramnik 0-1
Bartel-Karjakin 0-1
Naiditsch-Meier .5-.5
Ponomariov-Caruana 1-0
Fridman-Leko .5-.5

Round 3 Pairings:

Leko-Gustafsson
Caruana-Fridman
Meier-Ponomariov
Karjakin-Naiditsch
Kramnik-Bartel

Max Illingworth
15-07-2012, 10:30 PM
Note: Corrected FIDE ratings in the OP.




Vladimir Kramnik (2799)
Fabiano Caruana (2775)
Sergey Karjakin (2779)
Ruslan Ponomariov (2726)
Peter Leko (2730)
Arkadij Naiditsch (2700)
Mateusz Bartel (2674)
Daniel Fridman (2655)
Georg Meier (2644)
Jan Gustafsson (2629)

Kevin Bonham
15-07-2012, 11:19 PM
Kramnik played the King's Indian. That would have been amusing for him.

Max Illingworth
16-07-2012, 06:13 PM
Four of the five games in Round 3 were decisive. I haven't got around to analysing them.

Karjakin-Naiditsch .5-.5 (a Berlin Wall where White may have been a bit better but didn't get any real chances that I could see)

Kramnik-Bartel 1-0 (Bartel played an interesting opening but Kramnik kept control and soon won a pawn)

Caruana-Fridman 1-0 (Fridman looked okay in the queenless middlegame but Caruana kept Black under pressure and eventually his passed h-pawn won the day)

Meier-Ponomariov 0-1 (in a typical Slav position Meier made some inaccurate moves on the kingside, allowing Ponomariov to take the initiative with his better bishop)

Leko-Gustafsson 1-0 (Gustafsson had a solid position in a d3 Ruy Lopez but eventually regretted exchanging his light-squared bishop for a knight)

Ponomariov and Kramnik lead on 2.5/3; Karjakin and Leko follow them on 2/3.

Round 4 sees the games Gustafsson-Bartel, Naiditsch-Kramnik, Ponomariov-Karjakin, Fridman-Meier, and Leko-Caruana.

Agent Smith
16-07-2012, 09:25 PM
Kramnik's Kings Indian win was great
http://www.chessbase.com/news/2012/misc/kramnik01.jpg
[Event "40th GM"]
[Site "Dortmund GER"]
[Date "2012.07.14"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Gustafsson, J"]
[Black "Kramnik, V"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "2629"]
[BlackElo "2799"]
[ECO "E92"]
[EventDate "2012.07.12"]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 O-O 6.Be2 e5 7.Be3 c6 8.O-O exd4
9.Nxd4 Re8 10.f3 d5 11.cxd5 Nxd5 12.Nxd5 cxd5 13.Rc1 a5 14.Qb3 a4 15.Qxd5
Qxd5 16.exd5 a3 17.b3 Nc6 18.Nc2
( 18.Nxc6 )
18...Rxe3
{Boom! This sacrifice is almost decisive. White must be very careful
now.}
19.Nxe3 Nb4
{Black is down the exchange and a pawn. However, his bishop on g7 is
dominating and the a2 pawn cannot be protected. One that falls, it is
clear that the a-pawn is a powerful force}
20.Rc4 Nxa2 21.Ra4 Rxa4 22.bxa4 Bd4 23.Kf2 Nb4 24.Rc1 a2 25.Rxc8+ Kg7 26.
Rc1 Nxd5 27.Rd1 Nxe3
0-1

ER
18-07-2012, 05:21 AM
Great ideas put in practice!

Kevin Bonham
18-07-2012, 09:17 PM
After five rounds

+2 Kramnik, Karjakin, Ponomariov
+1 Leko, Naiditsch, Caruana
= Meier
-2 Fridman
-3 Gustafsson
-4 Bartel

Few too many passengers in this one for my liking so far. Eleven decisive games but nine of them against the same three players.

pax
21-07-2012, 03:53 PM
After five rounds

+2 Kramnik, Karjakin, Ponomariov
+1 Leko, Naiditsch, Caruana
= Meier
-2 Fridman
-3 Gustafsson
-4 Bartel

Few too many passengers in this one for my liking so far. Eleven decisive games but nine of them against the same three players.


Indeed. The cross-table for players anyone cares about is a little boring:

http://paxmans.net/temp/dortmund12-03_crop.jpg

JGB
21-07-2012, 04:57 PM
Indeed. The cross-table for players anyone cares about is a little boring:


Oh god that really is shocking isn't it. Its amazing that international sponsors continue to be found for the super tournaments.
If the rates of drawn chess rise in the future you have wonder how it will impact the popularity of the game. It's a fact that in sport nobody likes ties. I'm speaking here purely from a spectators position interested in chess as a sport.

I like an idea I recently read on proposing a third option in reply to a draw, switch sides and keep playing!

Kevin Bonham
21-07-2012, 08:26 PM
Pono upset the pattern a little by blundering against Bartel.

Agent Smith
22-07-2012, 10:47 AM
Kramnik lost and is now out of the running i think with only one round left.


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1: Ponomariov, R 2726 5.0 / 8 X = 1 = = = 1 . 0 1 2811 +9 (+3 -1 =4)
2: Karjakin, Sergey 2779 5.0 / 8 = X = = = = = 1 1 . 2807 +2 (+2 -0 =6)
3: Caruana, F 2775 5.0 / 8 0 = X = = 1 = 1 . 1 2802 +2 (+3 -1 =4)
4: Leko, P 2730 5.0 / 8 = = = X . = = = 1 1 2805 +8 (+2 -0 =6)
5: Naiditsch, A 2700 5.0 / 8 = = = . X = = = 1 1 2805 +12 (+2 -0 =6)
6: Kramnik, V 2799 4.5 / 8 = = 0 = = X . = 1 1 2751 -6 (+2 -1 =5)
7: Meier, Geo 2644 4.0 / 8 0 = = = = . X = 1 = 2708 +7 (+1 -1 =6)
8: Fridman, D 2655 3.0 / 8 . 0 0 = = = = X = = 2629 -2 (+0 -2 =6)
9: Bartel, Mat 2674 2.0 / 8 1 0 . 0 0 0 0 = X = 2514 -16 (+1 -5 =2)
10: Gustafsson, J 2629 1.5 / 8 0 . 0 0 0 0 = = = X 2461 -15 (+0 -5 =3)
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Kevin Bonham
22-07-2012, 02:00 PM
Yes, it would be expected that at least one of Pono, Karjakin and Caruana would win in the last round given that they are playing the bottom three seeds (zzzzz).

Desmond
23-07-2012, 09:18 AM
Yes, it would be expected that at least one of Pono, Karjakin and Caruana would win in the last round given that they are playing the bottom three seeds (zzzzz).Karjakin and Caruana both won, the trophy went to Caruana (not sure what the method was).

Kevin Bonham
23-07-2012, 01:42 PM
Karjakin and Caruana both won, the trophy went to Caruana

Who was, of course, tipped by nobody in the poll. :lol:

Agent Smith
23-07-2012, 03:56 PM
I think the relevant tie-break was total number of wins

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------
1: Karjakin, Sergey 2779 6.0 / 9 23.00 X = = = = = = 1 1 1 2828 +5 (+3 -0 =6)
2: Caruana, F 2775 6.0 / 9 23.00 = X 0 = = 1 = 1 1 1 2829 +6 (+4 -1 =4)
3: Ponomariov, R 2726 5.5 / 9 24.50 = 1 X = = = 1 = 0 1 2789 +7 (+3 -1 =5)
4: Leko, P 2730 5.5 / 9 21.50 = = = X = = = = 1 1 2789 +7 (+2 -0 =7)
5: Naiditsch, A 2700 5.5 / 9 21.50 = = = = X = = = 1 1 2792 +12 (+2 -0 =7)
6: Kramnik, V 2799 5.5 / 9 20.50 = 0 = = = X 1 = 1 1 2781 -3 (+3 -1 =5)
7: Meier, Geo 2644 4.0 / 9 16.00 = = 0 = = 0 X = 1 = 2675 +5 (+1 -2 =6)
8: Fridman, D 2655 3.5 / 9 14.75 0 0 = = = = = X = = 2637 -2 (+0 -2 =7)
9: Bartel, Mat 2674 2.0 / 9 8.00 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 = X = 2495 -20 (+1 -6 =2)
10: Gustafsson, J 2629 1.5 / 9 4.75 0 0 0 0 0 0 = = = X 2447 -18 (+0 -6 =3)
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Agent Smith
23-07-2012, 04:03 PM
Bit of a bitter pill for Kramners. If he'd drawn instead of lost in round 8, i think he would have won, and put his rating back up over 2800.

pax
24-07-2012, 01:32 PM
Sigh:

http://www.paxmans.net/temp/dortmund12-05.jpg