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Monday, July 26, 2010

Dortmund Sparkassen Chess: Ponomariov wins in style

Ruslan Ponomariov with the Dortmund Sparkassen
Chess Meeting winner's trophy.

Hi Everybody!

Ponomariov won the Dortmund Sparkassen Chess Meet after drawing his last round game with the Vietnamese Le Quang Liem who came second in the tournament.

The 38th edition of the tournament was held from July 15 to July 25 in Dortmund, Dortmund, Germany. It was a six-player round robin with Vladimir Kramnik being the defending champion from last year. What made the event exciting was the no-draw offer rule. You can check the official website for more details and photos. The Ponomariov-Liem game is very well commented in German on the official website. You can read an English translation here.

Results of Round 10

Peter Leko-Arkadij Naiditsch 1-0
Vladimir Kramnik-Shak. Mamedyarov 1-0
Ruslan Ponomariov-Liem Le Quang 1/2-12/

Final Standings
R, Ponomariov 6.5
Le Quang Liem 5.5
V. Kramnik 5.0
S. Mamedyarov 5.0
A. Naiditsch 4.0
P. Leko 4.0

Here is the exciting Ponomariov-Liem game that you can see in our pgnplayer or watch in flash below.

PGN: 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 cxd5 4. Bd3 Nc6 5. c3 Nf6 6. h3 Qc7 7. Nf3 g6 8. O-O Bf5 9. Re1 Bxd3 10. Qxd3 Bg7 11. Nbd2 O-O 12. Nb3 e6 13. a4 Rfe8 14. g3 Ne4 15. Bf4 Qd8 16. h4 h6 17. Kg2 g5 18. hxg5 hxg5 19. Be3 f5 20. Ng1 Qf6 21. Ne2 Rad8 22. f3 Nd6 23. Qc2 f4 24. Bf2 Nc4 25. g4 Kf7 26. Nd2 Qg6 27. Rac1 e5 28. Qxg6 Kxg6 29. Nxc4 dxc4 30. Red1 exd4 31. Nxd4 Ne5 32. Nf5 Nd3 33. Rc2 Bf6 34. Rh1 Rh8 35. Rxh8 Bxh8 36. Re2 Nxf2 37. Kxf2 Bf6 38. Re4 Rd2 39. Re2 Rd3 40. Re4 Rd2 41. Re2 Rd3 42. Re4 1/2-1/2

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