Dortmund round one. Different aims.


 

The 41st tournament was inaugurated with a symbolic first move by Horst Metzing in the game of multiple winner Vladimir Kramnik. Metzing, who retired a few months ago,  is one of the fathers of the German Chess Federation's cooperation with Dortmund, and the organizer of the «Sparkassen» chess tournaments, says the site dedicated to the tournament.
 
The GMs started with different objectives and moods. It is hard to surprise the former world champion, who can only try to maintain his happy tradition. The other Russian grandmaster still has to climb the tough ascent towards the top, and in many ways Dortmund can contribute. Full of ambitious hopes is Fabiano Caruana, whose will turn 21 on the day of the fifth round. 
 
The Tal Memorial demonstrated how difficult it is to break through the battle lines of the Russian champion, when he has no desire to open up. But one cannot feed oneself entirely on draws, and of course, Dima is well aware that for further upward movement, he  must learn to win aagainst the inhabitants of the "penthouse" at the top of the rating list:

Andreikin - Caruana


 

16…f6 17. Nf3 f5 18. Qe1 Nc4 19. hxg6 – He could have played: 19. Ne5 Bxe5 20. fxe5 Nxd2 21. Qxd2 a4 22. Bf3 Qd7 23. Bxd5+ cxd5 24. hxg6 hxg6 25. Qb4 Kg7 26. Qb6 Qc6 27. Qb4 Qd7 28. Qb6= – нbut the Russian was iun a fighting mood 19…hxg6 20. Qg3 Qd6 21. Bxc4 Bxc4 22. Rfc1 Bd5 23. Ne5 Bxe5 24. fxe5 Qe6 25. Kf2 Kf7 26. Rh1 Ke8 27. Rh6 Rg8  28. a4 Be4


 

29.Kg1?! – The king is safe enough on f2.… 29…Kd7 30. b4?! – This activity is out of place, after which a sharp counterattack starts: 30…Rh8 31. Rxh8 Rxh8 32. bxa5 g5 33. Rf1 Rh4 34. Rf4 Rh5 35. Rxe4 fxe4 36. Bb4 Ke8 37. Bc5 Qh6 38. Qg4 Rh1+ 39. Kf2 Qh4+ 40. Qxh4 gxh4 41. e6 Ra1 42. g4 Ra2+ 43. Kg1 Re2 White resigns (0:1).  One loses, anotehr wins, and now Fabiano's live rating has reached  2800!

Unlike Andrikin, Daniel Fridman was determined on only one result, which he succeeded in obtaining: 

Fridman - Adams


 

«Spiderman made superhuman efforts, but too few fighting units remain on the board: 34. Rd2 Nf4 35. Ne3 Rxc3 36. Nxd5 Nxd5 37. Rxd5 Rc2+ 38. Ke3 Rxa2 39. Rxc5 Rxg2 40. Rc4 g5


 

41. Rg4! – and the German GM is accurate!! 41…Rg3 42. Kf2 Rxg4 43. fxg4 Ke7 44. Ke3 Kd6 45. Ke4 f6 46. Kf5 Ke7 47. Ke4 Ke6 48. Kd4 Kf7 49. Ke4 Kg6 50. Kd4 f5 51. gxf5+ Kxf5 52. Ke3 g4 53. hxg4+ Kxg4 54. Kf2 h3 55. Kg1 Kg3 56. Kh1 h2 Draw ( ½ : ½ )

The otehr German GM engaged in full trench warfare:

Khenkin - Leko

 

НPeter has a small moral advantage, but nothing more... 44…Ne4 45. Bxe4 fxe4 46. Kf1 b6 47. Kg2 a6 48. Rc8 Rxb3 49. Rg8 Ke7 50. Rxg6 a5 51. Rg7+ Kf6 52. Rb7 Rb4 53. Kg3 Rxa4 54. Rxb6 Ra1 55. Ra6 a4 56. Ra7 a3 57. Kg2 Kg6 58. Re7 Kf6 59. Ra7 Kg6 60. Re7 Kf6 Draw  (½-½)

The battle between the ex-world champion and the Chinese dragon ended unexpectedly. Wangt blundered a rok in one move. 

Kramnik - Wang Hao


 

20. Rd1 Rfe8 21. Rxb7 Rad8 22. Rd7 Rxd7 23. Qxd7 Rb8 24. Qxa7 Rxb2 25. h3 Ra2 26. Qb8+ – and  27.Qb1 on the next moveходу. Black resigns (1-0).

Meier won surprisjingly easily against his compatriot, if one can say that of a game betwene two super-GMs. 

Meier - Naiditsch


 

Georg obtained a comfortable position with no risk. 21. Ke2 Na4 22. Rhc1 Kd7 23. Rc2 Rb6 24. b5 Rhb8 25. Rbc1 Be5 26. f4 Bd6 27. Bb4 Ke8 28. Rc7 – It is always nice to play such moves. Black is helpless.  


 

28…Bxb4  29. axb4 Nb2 30. R1c6 Nc4 31. Rxa7 Nd6 32. Rcc7 h5 33. g3 Kf8 34. Kd3 Kg7 35. h3 Kf6 36. g4 g5 37. gxh5 gxf4 38. exf4 Kg7 39. Kc3 Kh6 40. Rc6 Nxb5+ 41. Bxb5 Rxb5 42. Rxf7 Kxh5 43. Rxe6 Kh4 44. Rg7 Rh8 45. Rd6 Rh5 46. Rg5 Rxg5 47. fxg5 Kxg5 48. Kb3 Kf5 49. Ka4 Rb8 50. Rxd5+ Ke6 51. Rd3 Ra8+ 52. Kb3 Rb8 53. h4 Black resigns (1:0).

Text: Sergey Kim

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