April 27, 2012 7:26

Ten players to compete in Dortmund's 40th tournament

Ten players to compete in Dortmund's 40th Sparkassen Chess Meeting

In times of crisis, when tournaments are getting smaller or even disappearing from the chess calendar, it's great news that this year's 40th anniversary edition of the Sparkassen Chess Meeting in Dortmund will have ten participants. They are Vladimir Kramnik, Fabiano Caruana, Sergey Karjakin, Ruslan Ponomariov, Peter Leko, Arkadij Naiditsch, Mateusz Bartel, Daniel Fridman, Georg Meier and Jan Gustafsson.

This year's tournament in Dortmund will take place between the 13th and 22nd of July. The 40th jubilee edition is a 10-player round robin. In recent years the tournament was a 6-player, double round robin but thanks to a cooperation with the German Chess Federation the full squad (and gold medal winners) of the 2011 European Team Championship could be added.

Dortmund 2012 | Participants

No. Name Fed Rating
1 Vladimir Kramnik RUS 2801
2 Fabiano Caruana ITA 2767
3 Sergey Karjakin RUS 2766
4 Ruslan Ponomariov UKR 2727
5 Peter Leko HUN 2720
6 Arkadij Naiditsch GER 2702
7 Mateusz Bartel POL 2665
8 Daniel Fridman GER 2653
9 Georg Meier GER 2647
10 Jan Gustafsson GER 2642

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 of course tenfold winner Vladimir Kramnik.

Parallel to the main event is the traditional Dortmund Sparkassen Open, with an A and a B-group, in the City Hall. Last year the main tournament was won for the 10th (!) time by Vladimir Kramnik, who will surely try to add another title to his list.

Schedule and pairings

Traditionally, for Dortmund the drawing of lots takes place months in advance. At a press conference on April 26th, this led to the following schedule:

Round 1       Round 2    
Fridman - Gustafsson   Gustafsson - Kramnik
Leko - Ponomariov   Bartel - Karjakin
Caruana - Naiditsch   Naiditsch - Meier
Meier - Bartel   Ponomariov - Caruana
Karjakin - Kramnik   Fridman - Leko
Round 3       Round 4    
Leko - Gustafsson   Gustafsson - Bartel
Caruana - Fridman   Naiditsch - Kramnik
Meier - Ponomariov   Ponomariov - Karjakin
Karjakin - Naiditsch   Fridman - Meier
Kramnik - Bartel   Leko - Caruana
Round 5       Round 6    
Caruana - Gustafsson   Gustafsson - Naiditsch
Meier - Leko   Ponomariov - Bartel
Karjakin - Fridman   Fridman - Kramnik
Kramnik - Ponomariov   Leko - Karjakin
Bartel   Naiditsch   Caruana - Meier
Round 7       Round 8    
Meier - Gustafsson   Gustafsson - Ponomariov
Karjakin - Caruana   Fridman - Naiditsch
Kramnik - Leko   Leko - Bartel
Bartel - Fridman   Caruana - Kramnik
Naiditsch - Ponomariov   Meier - Karjakin
Round 9            
Karjakin - Gustafsson        
Kramnik - Meier        
Bartel - Caruana        
Naiditsch - Leko        
Ponomariov - Fridman        


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Author: Peter Doggers


fen's picture

Awesome! Will there be a LiveStream?

Zeblakob's picture

Looks good.

Stereo Larry-O's picture

This is excellent news! Great for Chess!

Andre From Outkast's picture

There's a good combination of seasoned elite players and local favourites in this field. Looking forward to this tourney!

What's Next?'s picture

No English player?

eltollo's picture

Nope, like there was no German player in London last year.

Thomas's picture

If the London and Dortmund organizers should run short of money, they can join forces and organize one event: four players from each country and four to six from the world top. Changing venues halfway during the event shouldn't be a problem, the time difference is just one hour :)

noyb's picture

Should be Kramnik in a walk...

Sligunner's picture

Should be 11 players; that way, each player gets 5 whites and 5 blacks.

unknown's picture

Mati will eat 'em all.

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