Reports | July 07, 2008 0:42

[lang_nl]Leko wint derde titel in Dortmund (update met video)[/lang_nl][lang_en]Leko wins 3rd title in Dortmund (update with video)[/lang_en]

[lang_nl]Peter Leko heeft vandaag zijn derde titel in Dortmund gepakt. Hij speelde vrij snel remise tegen Naiditsch en niet lang daarna deden zijn achtervolgers Nepomniachtchi en Gustafsson hetzelfde. Update met interview Leko.[/lang_nl][lang_en]Peter Leko won his 3rd title in Dortmund today. He drew his game against Naiditsch, and not long afterwards his pursuers Nepomniachtchi and Gustafsson did the same. Update with interview Leko.[/lang_en]

[lang_nl]Zo was het dus het solide krachtschaak van Peter Leko dat de beslissing bracht. Hij was het die optimaal profiteerde van een zeer tegenvallende Vladimir Kramnik, die 'normaal gesproken' in Dortmund wint. Maar natuurlijk was het vooral ook Vassily Ivanchuk, de man die al maanden in grootse vorm is, die de Hongaar achter zich heeft weten te laten door hem in een uitstekende partij te verslaan. Onderaan de partijen vind je een uitgebreid interview met de toernooiwinnaar.

Diezelfde Ivanchuk vocht zich uiteindelijk toch nog naar een gedeeld tweede plek, door in de laatste ronde Kramnik te pakken. De Oekra?ɬØner deelt de plek met Mamedyarov, Nepomniachtchi en Gustafsson - het viertal eindigde op 'plus ?ɬ©?ɬ©n'.

Naiditsch heeft ook wel lekker gespeeld en zijn vijftig procent in dit veld is prima natuurlijk. Kramnik, tja, die stelde gewoon enorm teleur. Als hij het nieuws haalde dan was het in negatieve zin en de twee nederlagen waren nota bene allebei in zijn geliefde Russische opening - dat geeft de burger (Anand in dit geval) moed.

En dan is er nog Loek van Wely, die helaas niet meer dan twee halfjes wist te scoren. Vlak voordat ik uit Dortmund vertrok, zei ik tegen hem: "Snel vergeten maar, dit toernooi." Hij antwoordde: "Hoezo?" Sowieso was hij opvallend goed geluimd dit weekend en dat komt natuurlijk omdat hij weet dat dit soort toernooien er bij horen, met zo'n compromisloze speelstijl. Ongetwijfeld komt hij weer sterk terug binnenkort!

(Speel de partijen in een apart venster na)

[/lang_nl][lang_en]And so it was the solid but powerfull chess of Peter Leko that decided the tournament. He won his Sparkassen title for the third time, while it's "normally" Vladimir Kramnik who ends first. But of course the Hungarian also managed to stay ahead Vassily Ivanchuk, who has shown great form in the last couple of months. Leko beat him in their individual game, which turned out to be crucial for the tournament. Below the games you'll find a lengthy video interview with the tournament winner.

Ivanchuk eventually fought himself to a second place, by Kramnik in the last round. The Ukrainian shares the spot with Mamedyarov, Nepomniachtchi and Gustafsson - the four of them ended on "plus one".

Naiditsch played OK as well and his fifty percent is fine in this field. And of course his win against Kramnik is enough to remember this tournament with a smile. Talking about Kramnik - the Russian just had a very disappointing tournament. Whenever he made the news it was in a negative way, and both his losses were in his beloved Petroff Defence. This must give Anand a small boost.

And then there's Loek van Wely, who scored just two half points in seven games. Just before I left Dortmund, I said to him: "Well, just forget about this tournament as soon as you can." He replied: "Why?" Throughout the weekend, the Dutchman was in quite a good mood and of course this is because he just knows that these kind of tournaments are inevitable with his uncompromising playing style. Surely he'll be back, kicking some ass soon in a new tournament!

(Replay the games in a separa window)






Van Wely-Mamedyarov






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Founder and editor-in-chief of, Peter is responsible for most of the chess news and tournament reports. Often visiting top events, he also provides photos and videos for the site. He's a 1.e4 player himself, likes Thai food and the Stones.


semipatz's picture

Geez Louise -- Kramnik finished seventh.

Theo's picture

Kramnik hides his form. He is saving energy for the match later this year! :) For sure!!

VB's picture

To me excuses like this sounds strange!

Dude's picture

Germans proved once again that they can't stage super tournaments properly. I didn't see good journalism and game coverage. Their website is below all criticism. Thanks to websites like chessvibes and chesspro from where I got information about the tournament.

Lajos Arpad's picture

I'm happy with the results, and yes, Kramnik probably didn't want to play his novelties in the opening.

Jonas's picture

Kramnik plays like always.. Starts with drawish openings and waits for oponent mistakes, but his oponents already learned that kramnik is not so stong like he is acting and kramniks strategy turned on himself.

peter's picture

No prize money, only starting fee. That's why I asked Leko if if this might influence the players' fighting spirit.

Paco Vela's picture

Kramnik is hiding his real openings for his match vs Anand, but still, his preformance was well under par. I guess we all have had a very bad tournament at least once in our life. I hope Anand wins the match. My prediction is a +2 score for him against Kramnik, even on a match so short (12 games).
The one who does not deserve to be in the other semi-final is "crying-baby" Topalov. Let's hope Kamsky erases him from earth in their match. Topalov and his manager (Danailov) don't know what a true gentleman is. Kamsky, Kramnik and specially Anand, do..!!!

Michel's picture

"pus ?ɬ©?ɬ©n"
klinkt een beetje onsmakelijk, wel leuk gevonden!

Tyloo's picture

great result Peter Leko!

Coco Loco's picture

Can someone please set up a "player-bashing" forum, so that all the nasty comments go there and not as comments to articles like "Leko wins 3rd title in Dortmund (update with video)"?

Congratulations to Leko, and to zee Germans.

Aljechins Cat's picture

Peter Leko made the fewest mistakes of all participants and showed fighting strength in his important games versus Iwantschuk and Gustaffson. Kramnik?Ǭ¥s result was so lousy since he couldn?Ǭ¥t make much with the whites (and was hit by a strong novelty and a fighting Iwantschuk as black).
In comparison with other chess events, Dortmund' s homepage didn?Ǭ¥t impress me much. There was no press conference or game presentation, and round reports were not very informative, since they focused mostly the leader?Ǭ¥s board .

~~~~'s picture

Michel83, can we also have a subcategory "Rating inflation it doesn't exist yes it does no it doesn't yes it does"?

Michel83's picture

@ ~~~~

Haha, I like that one. In the same style
"FIDE should do exceptions in rating deadlines for Carlsen no they shouldn't yes they should no they shouldn't"
I have more categories popping up in my mind right now, but I'll spare you... ;)

And if we put adds on the site we'll make loads of money with those millions of hits.
Let's say we split 50-50?

(@ Others: Sorry for Spamming... :) )

Lajos Arpad's picture

Kramnik: His chances are always underestimated. Remember before the match against Kasparov, or the one with Topalov? I think the Anand-Kramnik match will be interesting, both players are well prepared, i predict equal chances. I hope Kramnik will win it, but Anand is a difficult opponent ;)

L?ɬ©k?ɬ?: He is certainly not boring, one of the best players in the circuit. His success now demonstrates he can kick some @ss too. There is a point to interview any good chess player.

Ivanchuk: He is one of the greatest now, but he has a tendency to crash in the most important moments.

Dortmund: A great tournament with friendly atmosphere. It's good to see one like this in our fightagainstdrawseveniftheyareinterestingandbeagainstanyplayerwhodrawmoregamesthan mostofthem chess world. I prefer these friendly tournaments.

The players: I think they all played well, i congratulate them all for a nice tournament.

Interview: I liked it. It was very interesting.

Jonas: I don't know what do you have against Kramnik and L?ɬ©k?ɬ?. Most of your comments are attacks against them.

Chessvibes: You did a great coverage again, i look at your site frequently.

Rubinstein's picture


You must know very litle of Chess.

semipatz's picture

"Germans proved once again that they can?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢t stage super tournaments properly."

Kramnik has said just the opposite -- that he loves playing in Germany, partly because everything is always so well organized.

semipatz's picture

What's the point of interviewing Leko? He's very strong but boring to talk to. Why didn't you interview his wife instead? :)

Pedro's picture

Gran victoria de Leko.
Ya era hora de que remontase el "vuelo". Leko hab?ɬ?a decepcionado en sus ?ɬ?ltimos a?ɬ±os despu?ɬ©s de un esperanzador comienzo de su carrera.
Por otro lado tenemos a la gran decepci?ɬ?n del ajedrez mundial: Kramnik.

columbo's picture

great coverage as always, happy to see the videos as well ... I think Leko tried and studied many different things after his loss against Kramnik, and is coming back little by little, but he is for sure coming back ... And i Don't agree with mister JONAS ... Kramnik is preparing for the world championship match against Anand, that's all there is ... He is a very secret man, and who wouldn't be in that case ?!?!?! on the other hand, why not resting at home ??? Maybe someone can answer this question ...

The_Anonymous_Person's picture

Regarding the Ivanchuk-Kramnik game, instead of Kramnik's terrible blunder 48...Nf8??, 48...Qh1 was the most accurate way to draw according to ChessBase's express report.

Jonas: Read "Kramnik: My Life and Games". Need I say more?

Dude: Your comment seems rather rude to me. Just because there was a second-rate website (in your opinion) does not mean that all Germans "can't stage super-tournaments properly". Dortmund has been running for ages now and I can assure you that the organisers are very hospitable, and have had very strong elite tournaments (and Bonn is in Germany, remember?). For you to state such a vast overgeneralisation publicly merely reveals your ignorance (which is ironic, given that you read ChessVibes :) )

rivaldo's picture

sorry to be destructive, but leko is whining like always. why do we wanna here a sum up of all his superb games in dortmund, where he was just unlucky, his failures had nothing to do with chess (with what else?) and where he didn't get the deserved result.
basically (as he likes to say) every second sentence is an excuse why he is not the best player in the world in the ratinglist.

he better start playing interesting, original and risky chess. otherwise he'll never be such a great player like aronian, gelfand, ivanchuk or even kramnik.

Jan van der Marel's picture

Did I hear Peter say there's no prize money? So they play just for fun?

jussu's picture

Congrats to Leko, it was about time for hime to win a decent tournament again! He is having a great chess summer.

Kramnik is probably stuck with the need to avoid playing any strong novelties, but he is definitely out of form, too. His two losses really make the Petrov look like a dubious choice; it's cool to guess what he will play with black against Anand. My bet is closed Spanish...

Michel83's picture

@ Coco Loco

I totally support your proposal. ;)
Everybody complains about thos pros behaving badly, but looking at the comments most chess players are just the same.

So I agree with a Player-Bashin-Forum; I suggest the subcategories
-- "Topalov/Danailov is the Anti-Christ"
-- "Kramnik is an overrated player who tried to cheat on Topalov"
-- "Leko and Kramnik can only play draws"
-- "I wrote an essay about chess and shaking hands, here it is"
-- "As soon as the name Kasparov is mentioned let's talk about politics"
-- "Chess Nationalism Board: My nation is the best!"
-- "Common board: Bash a random player publically to make yourself feel better"

Other suggestions? Peter, what do you think?

O.k., I know, my satire is a bad and unfunny one, but hey: It can't be worse than the stuff I read on the Net...

Back to topic:
I prefer more fighting players, but of course congrats to Leko! His playing style might not be super-entertaining, but "entertainement" doesn't equal playing strenght.
Congrats to Chucky too, he's Number 2 on the Virtual Ranking now. Hope he'll go 2800+!

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