Reports | June 24, 2007 21:25

[lang_nl]Partijen 1e ronde + kort interview Boris Gelfand[/lang_nl][lang_en]Games 1st round + short interview Boris Gelfand[/lang_en]

[lang_nl]De eerste ronde gebeurde er nog niet heel veel spannends hier in Dortmund. Carlsen ontweek Leko's Marshall met 8.d4!?, een zet die kansrijk kan zijn als zwart niet goed op de hoogte is. Zwarts 15...Pb5 was een nieuwtje (hoewel 16...Lf6 weer zetverwisseling was geweest met twee partijen Polgar-Nunn en Nijboer-Sokolov) en wit hield een tijdje miniscuul voordeel totdat Magnus het was die vanwege 26.Td3?! op moest passen.[/lang_nl][lang_en]In the first round not much exciting happened here in Dortmund. Carlsen avoided Leko's Marshall with 8.d4!?, a move which can be dangerous if the opponent doesn't know his theory. Black's 15...Nb5 was a novelty (though 16...Bf6 would have transposed back to two games Polgar-Nunn and Nijboer-Sokolov) and White had a very slight edge for a while, until it was Magnus who had to be careful because of his 26.Rd3?!.[/lang_en]

[lang_nl]Ook Anand had het niet heel zwaar tegen Kramnik; ze volgende tot 11.Dc2 de recente partij Cmilyte-Galliamova en net als in dat potje zorgde zwarts harmonische, solide opstelling ervoor dat wits loperpaar niks opleverde. Gelfand-Alekseev begon heel interessant, mede dankzij met het nieuwtje 12.e4!?, en zwart moest nauwkeurig spelen om niet zijn dame te verliezen. Dat was precies wat Alekseev deed en vanwege een grote afruil (en het ontbreken van de Sofia-regel) zagen de heren af van verder spel. De enige overwinning kwam op naam van Mamedyarov, die in een stokoude, stoffige opening maar met moderne, positionele middelen de sensatie van twee jaar geleden Naiditsch versloeg.

[/lang_nl][lang_en]Anand too was never really in danger against Kramnik; until 11.Qc2 they followed the recent game Cmilyte-Galliamova and just like in that game Black's harmonic, solid set-up meant that White's bishop pair was not a big deal. Gelfand-Alekseev started very exciting, partly because of the novelty 12.e4!?, and Black had to play some accurate moves to avoid losing his queen. That was exactly what Alekseev did and because of a major exchange (and no Sofia rule here) the two gentlemen decided not to play on. And so the only player who won was Mamedyarov, who beat the sensation of two years ago in a dusty old line but with modern positional means.

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Author: Peter Doggers

Founder and editor-in-chief of ChessVibes.com, 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.

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Matt Helfst's picture

Nice video with Gelfand, sadly for him Kramnik takes a full point against him in the second round of Dortmund.

reyK's picture

Good vid. Gelfand really has the looks of an intellectual!

jon-malokov's picture

Kramnik must be berserk right now on the new championship system. Can you ask him how he feels? He has to play qualifications in Mexico to play Topa, it is soooo good for Topa and soooo unexpected for Kramnik.

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