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Saturday, July 24, 2010

Dortmund Sparkassen Chess: Ponomariov extends lead to full point after eight rounds

German GM Arkadij Naiditsch: Not so happy about Round 8

Hi Everybody!

GM Ruslan Ponomariov has extended his lead to a full point after eight rounds in the Dortmund Sparkassen Chess Meet. The Ukrainian Grandmaster took advantage of a tactical error by top German Grandmaster Arkadij Naiditsch. There are two more rounds to go. The other two games ended as draws.

Le Quang played an Open Catalan against Mamedyarov. Both are tied at second place. Leko also played an Open Catalan against Kramnik but nothing happened more than a draw.

The 38th edition of the annual tournament is is being held in Dortmund, Germany. It is a six-player round robin. No draw offers are allowed. The arbiter declares a draw if no win is possible by a side or a position is repeated three times.

Results of Round 8

Peter Leko-Vladimir Kramnik 1/2-1/2
Ruslan Ponomariov-Arkadij Naiditsch 1-0
Le Quang Liem-Shak. Mamedyarov 1/2-1/2

Standings after Round 8

1. Ponomariov R. 5.5
2. Le Quang Liem 4.5
3. Mamedyarov S. 4.5
4. Kramnik V. 4.0
5. Naiditsch 3.0
6. Leko P. 2.5

Here is the nice Ponomariov-Naiditsch game. Pgnplayer works great if you want to run the moves or simply watch in flash below. You can check the official website in German here.

PGN: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5 6.Nf3 c5 7.O-O Nc6 8.a3 Bxc3 9.bxc3 dxc4 10.Bxc4 Qc7 11.Bb2 e5 12.h3 e4 13.Nd2 b6 14.Bb5 Na5 15.c4 cxd4 16.Bxd4 Qe7 17.c5 a6 18.Ba4 bxc5 19.Bc3 Nb7 20.Bc6 Ra7 21.Qb1 Qc7 22.Bxe4 Nxe4 23.Nxe4 Qc6 24.Ng5 Qh6 25.f4 Nd6?! 26.Qb6 Rb7?! 27.Qxc5 Rb5 28.Qc7 Rb7 29.Qc6 Nb5 30.Qxh6 gxh6 31.Ne4 f5? 32.Nf6+ Kg7 33.Be5 Rxf6 34.Rfc1! Bd7 35.Rab1 Ra7 36.a4 Nd6 37.Bd4 Ra8 38.Rd1 Ne4 39.Rb7 Rd8 40.Be5 Kg6 41.Rdxd7 Rxd7 42.Rxd7 Rc6 43.g4 Rc1+ 44.Kg2 Rc2+ 45.Kf1 Nd2+ 46.Ke1 1-0



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