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Nakamura wins first game

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Hikaru Nakamura managed to chalk up his first win against Georg Meier. The other games were drawn, which means that with one round to spare Vladimir Kramnik has won Dortmund for the tenth time.

Vladimir Kramnik had little difficulty equalizing with his solid bishop manoeuvre against the Catalan (bishop to b4 and then back to e7). White's space edge being rapidly neutralized with exchanges.

Ruslan Ponomariov handled the Sicilian in quite a cautious manner, but later made a radical decision to give up his dark-squared bishop for a knight, in order to annexe the d5-square. Le Quang Liem gave up a pawn to get his bishops going, which led to simplification and ultimately to a drawn opposite-bishop ending.

Hikaru Nakamura avoided theory by opting for an inverted Pirc Defence. He was able to install his knights in the centre which gave him enough leeway to create pressure on the queenside. He picked off a pawn on the queenside and then pushed his majority, which turned out to be an effective winning plan.

The ninth round summary:

White Rating Result Black Rating Moves Openings details
Anish Giri 2701 ½-½ Vladimir Kramnik  2781 28 Catalan/Bogolyubov
Ruslan Ponomariov  2764 ½-½ Le Quang Liem 2715 49 Sicilian Scheveningen
Hikaru Nakamura 2770  1-0 Georg Meier   2656 34 Pirc Reversed

The standings after the ninth 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 ½  1 ½  . 1 1 1 2935
2 Le Quang Liem VIE 2715  ½  ½ * . ½ 1 ½ ½  ½  ½  ½  2781
3-4 Anish Giri  NED 2701  ½  0 ½  . *   *   ½  ½  1 ½  4½  2739
3-4 Ruslan Ponomariov UKR 2764 ½  0 ½ 0 0 * * 1 1 ½ . 4½  2732
5 Hikaru Nakamura   USA 2770 0 . ½ ½  ½ ½  0 * * 1 ½  3½  2637
6 Georg Meier GER 2656 0 0 ½  ½  ½ 0 . ½  ½ 0 * * 2½  2578

The final round tomorrow will be at 1pm local time i.e.

(1pm Paris & Madrid, 12 noon London, 7am New York):

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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