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Kevin Bonham
21-07-2011, 10:20 PM
Kramnik
Nakamura
Ponomariov
Giri
Le Quang Liem
Meier

Games start 11 pm our time, double round robin. First round tonight. Rest day after round 5.

Kevin Bonham
24-07-2011, 02:50 PM
Kramnik leading 2.5/3 from Ponomariov 2 after Pono beat Nakamura last night.

Nakamura - Ponomariov

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 c5 6.Nf3 d5 7.O-O Nc6 8.a3 Bxc3 9.bxc3 Qc7 10.Bb2 Re8 11.h3 Na5 12.cxd5 exd5 13.Nd2 Be6 14.Rc1 b5 15.dxc5 Nc4 16.Rb1 Qxc5 17.Nb3 Qc7 18.Bc1 a6 19.Nd4 Bd7 20.Bc2 Rac8 21.Ne2 Qe5 22.Ng3 Qxc3 23.Rb3 Qe5 24.Bb1 a5 25.Rd3 Qe7 26.Re1 b4 27.axb4 Qxb4 28.Bd2 Nxd2 29.Qxd2 g6 30.Ba2 Bb5 31.Rb1 Qxd2 32.Rxd2 Rc5 33.Rb3 a4 34.Ra3 Ra8 35.f3 Rc1+ 36.Kf2 Rac8 37.e4 R8c2 38.Rxc2 Rxc2+ 39.Ke3 Rxg2 40.Kf4 Kg7 41.h4 h6 0-1

Kevin Bonham
25-07-2011, 03:58 AM
Kramnik leading by a point now.

Nakamura-Kramnik. From a seemingly at worst level position Nakamura gets outplayed and loses. He really isn't playing well at the moment.

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Nf3 c5 5. g3 cxd4 6. Nxd4 O-O 7. Bg2 d5 8. Qb3
Bxc3+ 9. bxc3 Nc6 10. cxd5 Na5 11. Qc2 Nxd5 12. O-O Qc7 13. Re1 Bd7 14. e4 Nb6
15. e5 Ba4 16. Qd3 Qc4 17. Qf3 Nc6 18. Re4 Nxd4 19. Rxd4 Bc6 20. Rxc4 Bxf3 21.
Rc7 Bxg2 22. Kxg2 Rab8 23. Rb1 Rfc8 24. Rxc8+ Rxc8 25. Rb3 h5 26. Be3 Nd5 27.
Bd4 b6 28. f4 Rc4 29. Kf1 Ra4 30. Rb2 Kh7 31. Kf2 Kg6 32. Rc2 Ra3 33. h3 b5 34.
Rb2 a6 35. Rc2 Kf5 36. Kf3 b4 37. g4+ hxg4+ 38. hxg4+ Kg6 39. Ke4 bxc3 40. Rh2
Ra4 41. Rf2 a5 42. Kd3 c2 43. f5+ Kg5 44. Bb2 Nb4+ 45. Kc3 Rxa2 46. Rf1 Kxg4
47. fxe6 fxe6 0-1

Kevin Bonham
26-07-2011, 04:13 AM
Kramnik wins again, against Giri. The other games are still going with Le a pawn up against Pono in a rook and knight ending and Nakamura struggling to avoid tournament bunny status against Meier.

Kevin Bonham
26-07-2011, 07:19 PM
Nakamura survived in 150 moves and is now only equal last.

Meier-Nakamura.

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. Nf3 O-O 6. Be2 e5 7. O-O Nc6 8.
d5 Ne7 9. Ne1 Nd7 10. Be3 f5 11. f3 f4 12. Bf2 g5 13. Nd3 Nf6 14. c5 Ng6
15. Rc1 Rf7 16. a4 Bf8 17. a5 h5 18. cxd6 cxd6 19. Nb5 g4 20. Nxa7 Bd7 21.
Qb3 g3 22. Bb6 Qe7 23. Rc7 Ne8 24. Rxd7 gxh2+ 25. Kh1 Qxd7 26. Rc1 Rg7 27.
Bf1 Nh4 28. Rc3 Qe7 29. Qc2 Qg5 30. Ne1 Ng6 31. Nd3 Nh4 32. Ne1 Kh7 33. b4
Be7 34. Bf2 Bd8 35. Rc8 Rxc8 36. Qxc8 Ng6 37. a6 Qe7 38. axb7 Qxb7 39. Qxd8
Qxb4 40. Qxe8 Qb2 41. Nd3 Qb1 42. Be1 Rxa7 43. Qc6 Ra3 44. Qc1 Qb6 45. Kxh2
Ra2 46. Nb4 Ra4 47. Qc3 h4 48. Nc2 h3 49. gxh3 Qb1 50. Qd2 Ra2 51. Bd3 Kh6
52. h4 Nf8 53. Bf2 Qb3 54. Kg2 Ng6 55. Qd1 Nf8 56. Kh3 Ng6 57. Qf1 Qc3 58.
Be1 Qc8+ 59. Kh2 Kh5 60. Qf2 Rb2 61. Qa7 Rxc2+ 62. Bxc2 Qxc2+ 63. Kg1 Kh6
64. Qf2 Qb1 65. Kh2 Nh8 66. Qg1 Nf7 67. Bf2 Qc2 68. Qg2 Qb2 69. Bg1 Qc3 70.
Kh3 Qc1 71. Bb6 Qc8+ 72. Qg4 Qa6 73. Bf2 Qf1+ 74. Qg2 Qc1 75. Kh2 Qc2 76.
Bg1 Qd1 77. Qh3 Qd2+ 78. Kh1 Qe2 79. Bb6 Qb2 80. Qe6+ Kg7 81. Qg4+ Kf8 82.
Bg1 Qe2 83. Qg2 Qe1 84. Qf2 Qc1 85. Kh2 Kg7 86. Qe2 Kh6 87. Bf2 Qc3 88. Kg2
Qc8 89. Qb5 Qg8+ 90. Kh2 Qd8 91. Qb6 Qd7 92. Qa6 Qd8 93. Qf1 Qc8 94. Qh3
Qf8 95. Qe6+ Kh5 96. Qf5+ Kh6 97. Qf6+ Kh5 98. Kg2 Qg8+ 99. Kf1 Qf8 100.
Bb6 Qg8 101. Bc7 Qg6 102. Qxg6+ Kxg6 103. Kg2 Kf6 104. Kh3 Kg6 105. Ba5 Kf6
106. Kg4 Nh6+ 107. Kh5 Nf7 108. Be1 Kg7 109. Kg4 Kf6 110. Kh3 Nh6 111. Kg2
Kg6 112. Kf1 Kf7 113. Ke2 Ng8 114. Bb4 Ke7 115. Ke1 Nf6 116. Kf2 Kd7 117.
Kg2 Ke7 118. Kh3 Kd7 119. Be1 Ke7 120. Bf2 Kf7 121. Ba7 Ke7 122. Bb6 Ke8
123. Bf2 Kf7 124. Be1 Ke7 125. h5 Nxh5 126. Kg4 Nf6+ 127. Kf5 Nd7 128. Bh4+
Kf7 129. Bd8 Nc5 130. Bg5 Nb3 131. Kg4 Nd4 132. Bh4 Nc2 133. Kg5 Ne3 134.
Bf2 Ke7 135. Kh4 Kd7 136. Kh3 Kc7 137. Bh4 Kb6 138. Be7 Kc5 139. Kh2 Nc4
140. Kg2 Kd4 141. Kf2 Kd3 142. Bf8 Kd2 143. Be7 Kd1 144. Bf8 Kd2 145. Be7
Kd3 146. Bf8 Nd2 147. Bxd6 Nxe4+ 148. fxe4 Kxe4 149. Bxe5 Kxd5 150. Bxf4
1/2-1/2

Le beat Pono and took over second, Kramnik 1.5 points clear. Rest day tonight.

Adamski
26-07-2011, 10:31 PM
Very strong performance from Kramnik so far.

Kevin Bonham
28-07-2011, 04:04 AM
Pono and Kramnik drew. Le also drew so Kramnik is still 1.5 ahead.

Capablanca-Fan
28-07-2011, 04:42 AM
Pono and Kramnik drew. Le also drew so Kramnik is still 1.5 ahead.
That's a good margin. I've long thought that his match with Anand was too short to be a real championship match, although Anand won fairly and squarely under the agreed conditions.

Kevin Bonham
29-07-2011, 03:41 AM
Kramnik wins again. Kramnik to 6/7 and a live rating of 2800.0. Could be a two point lead as Le is not currently winning against Nakamura.

Kramnik-Meier

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. g3 a6 4. Nc3 d5 5. cxd5 exd5 6. Bg2 Be7 7. O-O O-O 8. d4
c6 9. Ne5 a5 10. Bf4 Bf5 11. Qb3 Ra7 12. Rfd1 Nbd7 13. Rac1 h6 14. a3 Qb6 15.
Qxb6 Nxb6 16. f3 Re8 17. e4 Bh7 18. Be3 Raa8 19. Bf2 Rad8 20. Re1 Bf8 21. h3
dxe4 22. fxe4 Nfd7 23. Nd3 Nc4 24. Re2 Nb8 25. Na4 Nd6 26. Ndc5 Re7 27. Nb6 Nc8
28. Nc4 b6 29. Nb3 a4 30. Nbd2 Rb7 31. e5 Na7 32. d5 Bc5 33. Bxc5 bxc5 34. e6
Kf8 35. Na5 Rc7 36. Rxc5 fxe6 37. dxc6 Ke7 38. Ndc4 Rd1+ 39. Kh2 Bd3 40. Re3
Bxc4 41. Rxc4 Rd2 42. Rce4 Nbxc6 43. Rxe6+ Kf7 44. Nc4 Rc2 45. Nd6+ Kg8 46. h4
g5 47. Nf5 gxh4 48. Kh3 Rc5 49. Rg6+ 1-0

Kevin Bonham
30-07-2011, 11:28 AM
Kramnik saves a bad position against Le. He retains a two-point lead over Le with two to play.

Le - Kramnik

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.e3 Be7 5.b3 0-0 6.Bb2 c5 7.Bd3 cxd4 8.exd4 Nc6 9.0-0 b6 10.Nbd2 Bb7 11.Rc1 Rc8 12.Qe2 Re8 13.Rfd1 Bf8 14.Nf1 g6 15.Ne3 Bg7 16.c5 Nd7 17.Bb5 a6 18.Bxc6 Bxc6 19.b4 Ba4 20.Re1 Nb8 21.Ne5 bxc5 22.dxc5 f6 23.Nf3 Nc6 24.Qd3 Rb8 25.Qa3 Bb5 26.Qb3 a5 27.a4 Bc4 28.Nxc4 Rxb4 29.Qa2 dxc4 30.Bc3 Rb3 31.Nd2 Nb4 32.Bxb4 Rxb4 33.Nxc4 Qd5 34.Red1 Qc6 35.Nxa5 Qxa4 36.Qxa4 Rxa4 37.Nb7 Bh6 38.Rc2 Bf4 39.g3 Bc7 40.Rd7 Rc8 41.Rcd2 e5 42.Re7 Rd4 43.Ra2 e4 44.Ra7 Bb8 45.Ra8 Rf8 46.Na5 Ra4 47.Kg2 f5 48.c6 Bd6 49.Rxf8+ Kxf8 50.c7 Bxc7 51.Rxc7 Rxa5 52.Rxh7 Ra2 53.Kg1 Ra1+ 54.Kg2 Ra2 55.Kg1 Ra1+ 56.Kg2 Ra2 draw

Kevin Bonham
31-07-2011, 07:08 PM
Kramnik drew with Giri and leads by 2 points with one to go!

Kevin Bonham
01-08-2011, 02:57 AM
Kramnik seemed to be playing for fun (or 2800+) in the final round but his attack did not succeed and eventually Nakamura scrounged a point he would have been glad of.

7 Kramnik
5.5 Le
5 Ponomariov, Giri
4.5 Nakamura
3 Meier

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. Nf3 O-O 6. Be2 e5 7. O-O Nc6 8. d5
Ne7 9. b4 Nh5 10. c5 Nf4 11. a4 f5 12. Bc4 fxe4 13. Nxe4 h6 14. Re1 Bg4 15. Ra3
g5 16. h3 Bh5 17. Bxf4 Rxf4 18. g3 Rf8 19. a5 Kh8 20. Kg2 Rb8 21. Qd2 b6 22.
axb6 axb6 23. Nfxg5 hxg5 24. Qxg5 Bg6 25. cxd6 cxd6 26. Ra7 Rc8 27. Rxe7 Rxc4
28. f3 Rc2+ 29. Kg1 Rc8 30. Ra1 Rf7 31. Qxg6 Qxe7 32. Ng5 (32. Nxd6 Rcf8 33.
Nxf7+ Qxf7 34. Qxf7 Rxf7 35. Kg2 $11) 32... Kg8 33. Qh7+ Kf8 34. Ne6+ Ke8 35.
Qh5 Bf6 36. g4 Qb7 37. Rd1 Qa6 38. Qg6 Ke7 39. g5 Bh8 40. Re1 Qa3 41. Nd4 Qxb4
(41... Rc1 42. Nc6+ Kf8 43. Qxd6+ Kg8 {
and the checks run out and black wins decisively.}) 42. Nf5+ Kf8 43. Rd1 (43.
Qxd6+ Qxd6 44. Nxd6 Rd8 45. Nxf7 Kxf7 {won't hold}) 43... Rc2 44. Nd4 exd4 45.
Qxc2 Qc3 46. Qe4 Qe3+ 47. Qxe3 dxe3 48. Kg2 Bc3 49. Kf1 Rxf3+ 50. Ke2 Rxh3 0-1

Metro
01-08-2011, 05:23 PM
Kramnik seemed to be playing for fun (or 2800+) in the final round but his attack did not succeed and eventually Nakamura scrounged a point he would have been glad of.

7 Kramnik
5.5 Le
5 Ponomariov, Giri
4.5 Nakamura
3 Meier

Le Quang Liem is a player who I think should be invited to play in the Doeberl Cup.With a flight time of about 8 hours it's not too far from Vietnam.

Adamski
01-08-2011, 05:46 PM
Impressive performance by Kramnik. A pity he lost in the last round when it did not really matter.

pax
02-08-2011, 12:20 PM
Le Quang Liem is a player who I think should be invited to play in the Doeberl Cup.With a flight time of about 8 hours it's not too far from Vietnam.

He's come a long way since his bullet battles with Molton on ICC.

Adamski
02-08-2011, 01:25 PM
Long time between drinks, pax! Good to see you back. Always good to see more contributions by Jonathans (even if I don't agree with some of them). I do agree with your last one here.

Agent Smith
02-08-2011, 04:40 PM
Le Quang Liem is a player who I think should be invited to play in the Doeberl Cup.With a flight time of about 8 hours it's not too far from Vietnam.
It'd be great to have a real top-tier GM here.