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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Dortmund Chess R5: Kramnik beat Giri, leads with 4.5!

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Hi everyone,

There is surely no stopping Grandmaster Vladimir Kramnik at the Dortmund Chess Meet 2011. He beat Anish Giri in the 5th round ending the first half of the Sparkassen Chess Meeting in Dortmund with a superb 4.5/5. Le Quang Liem is in clear second place after beating Ruslan Ponomariov. Georg Meier and Hikaru Nakamura drew a marathon game of 150 moves.

As you know, the 39th Sparkassen Chess Meeting takes place July 21-31, 2011 in the City Theater of Dortmund, Germany. Like Biel, it’s a 6-player double round robin event. This year Vladimir Kramnik, Hikaru Nakamura, Ruslan Ponomariov, Anish Giri, Le Quang Liem and Georg Meier play. For the second time Dortmund uses an anti-draw rule: the players are not allowed to offer a draw during the game. The game will be declared a draw when a win for either side is not possible any more, or in case of a three-fold repetition.

Standings after Round 5 have Kramnik at 4.5, Liem at 3, Ponomariov at 2.5, Giri at 2, Meier and Nakamura at 1.5 each.

Here are the Round 5 games. Tuesday is a rest day in Dortmund.

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  • At July 26, 2011 at 11:08 AM , Anonymous Saira Fernandes, Madrid said...

    I think it's very much clear that Kramnik will win in Dortmund and Carlsen in Biel. Meanwhile, Armenia has won in Ningbo. I propose a special tournament with Carlsen, Kramnik, the Armenian team and the second finishers in Biel and Dortmund. Considering I am already worried what will happen to this chess fun in August.

  • At July 26, 2011 at 1:17 PM , Anonymous Alexis Cochran, New Zealand said...

    A 150 moves - phew how do they ever sit through it. It's a little too much


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