July 26, 2013 14:16

Dortmund starts today

The 41st edition of the Sparkassen Chess Meeting starts today in Dortmund. The pairings for the first round are Igor Khenkin-Peter Leko, Georg Meier-Arkadij Naiditsch, Vladimir Kramnik-Wang Hao, Daniel Fridman-Michael Adams and Dmitry Andreikin-Fabiano Caruana.

This year's tournament in Dortmund will take place July 26th – 4 August. It's a ten-player round robin with six international top players and four top players from the national squad. The main favourites are Kramnik, who won the trophy ten times already, and Caruana, who won the tournament last year and recently overtook Kramnik on the FIDE rating list.

Dortmund 2013 | Participants

No. Name Fed Rating
1 Fabiano Caruana ITA 2796
2 Vladimir Kramnik RUS 2784
3 Wang Hao CHN 2752
4 Michael Adams ENG 2740
5 Peter Leko HUN 2737
6 Dmitry Andreikin RUS 2727
7 Arkadij Naiditsch GER 2710
8 Daniel Fridman GER 2629
9 Georg Meier GER 2610
10 Igor Khenkin GER 2605

Kramnik, Caruana, Leko, Naiditsch, Fridman and Meier also played in last year's 40th edition.

The International Dortmund Chess Days – since 1994 "Sparkassen Chess-Meeting" – celebrated its "birth event" in 1973, which was won Heikki Westerinen of Finland. Over the years the tournament grew into a world class event where almost all of the best players competed, including Garry Kasparov, Anatoly Karpov, Viswanathan Anand, Judit Polgar and Vladimir Kramnik.

Parallel to the main event is the traditional Dortmund Sparkassen Open, with an A and a B-group. This will be held July 27th – 4 August in the Dortmund City Hall.

Schedule and pairings

Traditionally, for Dortmund the drawing of lots takes place months in advance. At a press conference on April 17th, this led to the following schedule:

Round 1 15:00 CET 26.07.13   Round 2 15:00 CET 27.07.13
Khenkin - Leko   Leko - Caruana
Meier - Naiditsch   Adams - Andreikin
Kramnik - Wang Hao   Wang Hao - Fridman
Fridman - Adams   Naiditsch - Kramnik
Andreikin - Caruana   Khenkin - Meier
Round 3 15:00 CET 28.07.13   Round 4 15:00 CET 29.07.13
Meier - Leko   Leko - Adams
Kramnik - Khenkin   Wang Hao - Caruana
Fridman - Naiditsch   Naiditsch - Andreikin
Andreikin - Wang Hao   Khenkin - Fridman
Caruana - Adams   Meier - Kramnik
Round 5 15:00 CET 30.07.13   Round 6 15:00 CET 01.08.13
Kramnik - Leko   Leko - Wang Hao
Fridman - Meier   Naiditsch - Adams
Andreikin - Khenkin   Khenkin - Caruana
Caruana - Naiditsch   Meier - Andreikin
Adams   Wang Hao   Kramnik - Fridman
Round 7 15:00 CET 02.08.13   Round 8 15:00 CET 03.08.13
Fridman - Leko   Leko - Naiditsch
Andreikin - Kramnik   Khenkin - Wang Hao
Caruana - Meier   Meier - Adams
Adams - Khenkin   Kramnik - Caruana
Wang Hao - Naiditsch   Fridman - Andreikin
Round 9 13:00 CET 04.08.13        
Andreikin - Leko        
Caruana - Fridman        
Adams - Kramnik        
Wang Hao - Meier        
Naiditsch - Khenkin        


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Author: Peter Doggers


Anonymous's picture

Model game by Big Vlad, showing once again who is King!

insight500's picture

honestly, if a tournament doesn't have magnus in it, then it really doesn't matter

ff2017's picture

Funny, I feel the exact same way about Hou Yifan

filiusdextris's picture

Caruana breaks the 2800 barrier on the live ratings - good for him.

Morley's picture

With exactly 2800.0 no less! Great jon.

Fishy's picture

Where can I see the games!?

IamALLmonsters's picture

I watch on chessbomb, but there are prob other better places.

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