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Kramnik draws, Nakamura loses

Head-to-head: First and second
Vladimir Kramnik was able to draw against his closest rival Le Quang Liem, and so stays two points clear with two rounds to go in Dortmund. He has already won this event nine times and now a tenth seems likely! Hikaru Nakamura can't seem to shake off his bad form, as he bit the dust for the third time in round 8.

Ruslan Ponomariov chose a quiet line of the King's Indian, and was able to keep some pressure. Later with two rooks, opposite bishops and only three pawns apiece, Nakamura had drawing chances, but the defence was always unpleasant due to the Ukrainian's passed pawn.

Ponomariov thus obtained the double over Namamura.

Georg Meier's opening gambit in the Catalan didn't work very well and Anish Giri emerged with an extra pawn. Meier had some positional compensation, but had to spend the whole game defending before finally earning his half-point.

Le Quang Liem's choice of opening led to a tense early middlegame. Simplification left him with a passed pawn, and thus some practical chances, but Kramnik was able to defend accurately.

The round 8 summary:

White Rating Result Black Rating Moves Openings details
Le Quang Liem 2715 ½-½ Vladimir Kramnik  2781 56 Colle System
Ruslan Ponomariov  2764 1-0 Hikaru Nakamura 2770 65 King's Indian Classical
Georg Meier  2656 ½-½  Anish Giri 2701 69 Catalan Opening

The standings after the eighth round:

Rank Name Country Rating Kw Kb Lw Lb Gw Gb Pw Pb Nw Nb Mw Mb Points Perf.
1 Vladimir Kramnik RUS 2781 * * ½ ½ 1 . 1 ½  . 1 1 1 6½  2968
2 Le Quang Liem VIE 2715  ½  ½ * . ½ 1 . ½  ½  ½  ½  4½  2777
3-4 Anish Giri  NED 2701  . 0 ½  . *   *   ½  ½  1 ½  4 2734
3-4 Ruslan Ponomariov UKR 2764 ½  0 . 0 0 * * 1 1 ½ . 2734
5-6 Hikaru Nakamura   USA 2770 0 . ½ ½  ½ ½  0 * * . ½  2½  2583
5-6 Georg Meier GER 2656 0 0 ½  ½  ½ 0 . ½  ½ . * * 2½  2600

Kramnik will need half-a-point to ensure first place and perhaps one and a half for a 3000 performance!?

Schedule:

July 21st to 25th:  Rounds 1 to 5

July 26th: Rest day

July 27th to 30th: Rounds 6 to 9

July 31st: Round 10 (note: two hours earlier!)

The first nine rounds begin at 3pm local time (3pm Paris, 2pm London, 9am New York).

The final round will be two hours earlier.

The time limit is 100 minutes for 40 moves, then 50 in 20, and finally 15 minutes for the remainder of the game. The players also receive an increment of 30 seconds per move.

Official site:  http://www.sparkassen-chess-meeting.de/2011 

Live games: http://schachtage.dokomserver.de/toma/live.htm 

The transmission is with a 30 minute delay in order to avoid any possibility of 'external influences affecting the players decisions'.


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