Karjakin, Kramnik and Naiditsch lead in Dortmund
Things are heating up in Dortmund, where still three players are sharing the lead with just two rounds to go. Sergey Karjakin and Vladimir Kramnik maintained their top position in the last two rounds, scoring 4.5/7, and one German player has the same score: Arkadij Naiditsch.
The stage of the Schauspielhaus Hiltropwall in Dortmund | All photos © Georgios Souleidis, more here
The players, in a good mood, during the traditional signature session on the rest day (Wednesday)
The header above this article is almost the same as the one after the fifth round, when Karjakin, Kramnik and Ponomariov were sharing the lead. The names Naiditsch and Ponomariov switched positions in round 6. Naiditsch, who lives in Dortmund, defeated his compatriot Jan Gustafsson surprisingly quickly. In a King's Indian, "Gusti" missed a move from his opponent that suddenly won an exchange.
With this win, Naiditsch caught the leaders in the standings. As the official website mentions, this result should be rated even higher when you take into account that the 26-year-old German player is not in the best physical shape. He was bitten by an insect before the tournament and needs to visit a doctor every day before his game!
The surprise of the round was Mateusz Bartel's victory over one of the leaders, Ruslan Ponomariov. Just after the queens were exchanged, White got into trouble and Bartel also played the ending well.
About the following game, Leko said:
Against almost anyone I would have won this easily, but Sergey showed that he is a world class player.
After the game, Karjakin tweeted:
It was a good preparation from me and Peter for todays game! It was not so creative, as it was possible.This is a modern chess.One more draw
Vladimir Kramnik showed how broad his repertoire is these days: he went for the Grünfeld against Daniel Fridman. This game was drawn in 39 moves. Caruana-Meier saw the same result, but the Italian missed a winning tactic somewhere:
Just like in Monday's 4th round, all games in round 7 ended in draws. In Bartel-Fridman the evaluation switched a few times just before the time control.
The game between Vladimir Kramnik and Peter Leko, who fought for the World Championship in 2004 in Brissago, lasted almost 8 hours. Kramnik reached a favorable ending but it seems that he missed a win twice.
Thanks to Georgios Souleidis who writes daily round reports in German at the official website.
Schedule and results
|Round 1||15:00 CET||13.07.12||Round 2||15:00 CET||14.07.12|
|Round 3||15:00 CET||15.07.12||Round 4||15:00 CET||16.07.12|
|Round 5||15:00 CET||17.07.12||Round 6||15:00 CET||19.07.12|
|Round 7||15:00 CET||20.07.12||Round 8||15:00 CET||21.07.12|
|Round 9||13:00 CET||22.07.12|
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