Dortmund has been a happy hunting ground for world number two Vladimir
Kramnik and this year's Sparkassen Chess meeting was no exception with the
25-year-old Russian winning for the fifth time in six years.
In 2000 Kramnik was forced to share top honours with Viswanathan Anand, the
two tournament favourites sharing a prize of 13,000 DMs.
Kramnik was declared tournament winner on tie-break thanks to his sixth
round defeat of Anand at a time when Anand looked as if he would run away
with the event. Anand described his loss to Kramnik as "careless" - a kind
word for the awful blunder which handed the game and the tournament to
Kramnik - but subsequent games showed the psychologically effect of the
defeat on the
Dortmund will be Kramnik's last serious tournament before meeting Kasparov
in a title match in October. If he can reproduce the sort of form shown in
the game below, the match might not be the massacre currently predicted.
Opening: Queen's Gambit Accepted
1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.c4 dxc4 4.e3 e6 5.Bxc4 c5 6.0-0 a6 7.Bb3 cxd4 8.exd4
Nc6 9.Nc3 Be7 10.Re1 0-0 11.h4!?
An amazing idea, preparing to answer 11...b5 with 12.d5, a plan impossible
after the natural 11.Bg5.
11...Na5 12.Bc2 b5 13.Qd3 Bb7 14.h5 Bxf3 15.Qxf3 Qxd4 16.Bf4 b4?
Both players disliked this move but White has ample compensation for the
pawn in any case.
17.Rad1 Qc4 18.Bd3 Qc6 19.Ne4 Nd5 20.Be5 f5 21.Qg3 Rf7 22.Nd2!
Beginning the decisive knight manoeuvre which Black is too tied up to
22...Nb7 23.Nf3 Nc5 24.Nd4 Qb6 (Diagram) 25.Nxf5!! exf5 26.Bc4 Nf6
Other moves by the knight allow 27.Qxg7 checkmate.
1eq. Kramnik(Rus), Anand(Ind) 6/9;
3eq. Leko(Hun), Adams(Eng), Akopian(Arm) 5;
6.Deep Junior(Isr) 4.5;
7.Bareev(Rus), Khalifman(Rus) 4;
July Chess Competition Solution
1.d3 (1.d4 is similar) e5 2.Kd2 e4 3.Kc3 exd3 4.b3 dxe2 5.Kb2 exd1(N)
Prizewinners: R.Stalley, Grose Vale; G.Charles, Waverley; R.Schinaia, Ascot
Vale; J.Bolens, Bellevue Hill; S.Webb, Hunter's Hill.