Saturday, June 28, 2008

2008 Sparkassen Chess-Meeting Dortmund


The Sparkassen Chess-Meeting or Dortmund Round Robin Tournaments will start tonight till - 6th July 2008. 8 player will play a against each . This year line up is quite imbalances especially when the top 4 player is top 11 in the world ( Kramnik:2, Mamedyarov :7,Leko : 10 and Ivanchuk : 11) whereas the remaining players is quite a distance in world ranking.
( Van Wely : 45, Ian Nepomniachtchi : 86 , Naidtsch and Gustafsson is not even in world top 100! )


The 1st round tonight saw World no. 2 Kramnik (photo right) will meet the weakest player Gustafsson ( photo left) . I predict Kramnik will eat him alive.


I'll follow the tournament progress and live game trough ICC.


Gusstafon - Kramnik [A40]
Dortmund 2008, Round 1, 28.06.2008

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 the first shock. I never watch Kramnik play King Indian Defense. 3.Nc3 d5 Kramnik is heading for Gruenfeld instead. Kramnik is trying to expand his repertoire especially for the coming World Championship Match against Anand in the end of this year! 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 Bg7 7.Nf3 c5 8.Bb5+

8...Nc6 9.0-0 mistake would be 9.d5 a6! 10.Ba4 (10.dxc6 Qxd1+ 11.Kxd1 axb5 12.e5 bxc6) 9...cxd4 10.cxd4 0-0 11.Be3 Bg4 12.Bxc6 bxc6 13.Rc1 Qa5 14.Qd2 Qxd2 15.Nxd2 Rfd8 16.Nb3 a5 17.Rxc6 a4 18.Nc5 Bxd4 19.Bxd4 Rxd4 20.f3 Rc8 21.Rxc8+ Bxc8 22.Rc1 a3 23.Nb3 Rd8 24.Rc7 Be6 25.Ra7 Rd1+ 26.Kf2 Bxb3 27.axb3 Rd2+ 28.Kg3 a2 29.b4 Rb2 ½-½ actually i stop following this game after knowing from the commentator in ICC that there game is theory untill move 24 or something :(

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