Dortmund 2007


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Thibault de Vassal    (2007-06-23)
Dortmund 2007

The Dortmund 2007 tournament just started, a category 20 event with Vladimir Kramnik (recovering from illness), Viswanathan Anand, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Peter Leko, Boris Gelfand and Magnus Carlsen...

Who is the man of the moment, able to win such a tourney in your opinion ?

... well, and where is Veselin Topalov ?!

Thibault de Vassal    (2007-06-25 22:04:56)
Round 1 & 2

Good start for Kramnik, beating Gelfand at round 2, in the lead with Alekseev. Solid games...

Alexander Shalamanov    (2007-06-26 11:17:01)
Topalov issue

The fact is the tourney in question has been arranged and promoted by Ch.Henzel, Kramnik's manager, so it stands to reason that Topalov is a persona non grata for them. Likewise, Kramnik was a persona non grata in the Sofia tourney. Cheers, Alexander

Dinesh De Silva    (2007-06-26 13:08:40)

Alexander has explained it excellently.

Thibault de Vassal    (2007-06-28 03:22:02)
Round 4

Beautiful game (so clear) by Vladimir Kramnik, who beats Magnus Carlsen to take the lead in the tournament...

Kramnik,V (2772) - Carlsen,M (2693) [E06]
Sparkassen Chess Meeting, Dortmund GER (4), 27.06.2007

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3 d5 4.d4 Be7 5.Bg2 00 6.00 dxc4 7.Qc2 a6 8.Qxc4 b5 9.Qc2 Bb7 10.Bd2 Nc6 11.e3 Nb4 12.Bxb4 Bxb4 13.a3 Be7 14.Nbd2 Rc8 15.b4 a5 16.Ne5 Nd5 17.Nb3 axb4 18.Na5 Ba8 19.Nac6 Bxc6 20.Nxc6 Qd7 21.Bxd5 exd5 22.axb4 Rfe8 23.Ra5 Bf8 24.Ne5 Qe6 25.Rxb5 Rb8 26.Rxb8 Rxb8 27.Qxc7 Bd6 28.Qa5 Bxb4 29.Rb1 Qd6 30.Qa4 10