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Adams Leads in Dortmund After Three Rounds

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  • on 28/07/13 14:53.

After 3 rounds, Michael Adams tops the standings with 2.5 points at the 41st Sparkassen Chess Meeting in Dortmund, Germany. The English grandmaster won in rounds 2 and 3, both times in a Berlin Ending: first with White against Andreikin, and then with Black against Fabiano Caruana. Vladimir Kramnik and Georg Meier are tied for second place with 2/3.

It was a good weekend for Mickey Adams, who won both his games in Dortmund to take the sole lead. On Saturday he beat Dmitry Andreikin in "Carlsen style", from an ending that looked extremely drawish. The Englishman just improved his position more and more, started pushing his g-pawn and then it was suddenly winning after Andreikin's 58...Bc2?. Black can't take the pawn on g6 because of 60...Bxg6 61.Rf6+.

The next day, Adams played the same opening with the black pieces and duly won again. This time he was helped by his opponent Fabiano Caruana, who was a bit too optimistic with his move 21.f6? where 21.Bg5 Rg2+ 22.Kf4 Rf2+ 23.Kg3 was probably the most White could get. Can you find how Adams refuted the mistake?


Here's the full game:

Wang Hao won a good game in the second round against Daniel Fridman, whose Petroff was solid, but not solid enough. White could just push his pawns on the kingside and create an attack, and when the black king walked away, h7 became too weak.

The other seven games in rounds 2-3 ended in draws (and to be honest, they were not too exciting). What to think of this one?

The night before, Andreikin was one of the 80,675 fans in the Signal-Iduna-Park football stadium where he saw Borussia Dortmund take revenge for the lost Champion's League final, beating Bayern Munich 4-2. For the Russian grandmaster, who started his tournament with two losses, it was a good way to forget about chess for a while...

The Sparkassen Chess Meeting runs July 26th – 4 August in Dortmund. July 31st is a rest day.

Dortmund 2013 | Pairings & results

Round 1 15:00 CET 26.07.13   Round 2 15:00 CET 27.07.13
Khenkin ½-½ Leko   Leko ½-½ Caruana
Meier 1-0 Naiditsch   Adams 1-0 Andreikin
Kramnik 1-0 Wang Hao   Wang Hao 1-0 Fridman
Fridman ½-½ Adams   Naiditsch ½-½ Kramnik
Andreikin 0-1 Caruana   Khenkin ½-½ Meier
Round 3 15:00 CET 28.07.13   Round 4 15:00 CET 29.07.13
Meier ½-½ Leko   Leko - Adams
Kramnik ½-½ Khenkin   Wang Hao - Caruana
Fridman ½-½ Naiditsch   Naiditsch - Andreikin
Andreikin ½-½ Wang Hao   Khenkin - Fridman
Caruana 0-1 Adams   Meier - Kramnik
Round 5 15:00 CET 30.07.13   Round 6 15:00 CET 01.08.13
Kramnik - Leko   Leko - Wang Hao
Fridman - Meier   Naiditsch - Adams
Andreikin - Khenkin   Khenkin - Caruana
Caruana - Naiditsch   Meier - Andreikin
Adams   Wang Hao   Kramnik - Fridman
Round 7 15:00 CET 02.08.13   Round 8 15:00 CET 03.08.13
Fridman - Leko   Leko - Naiditsch
Andreikin - Kramnik   Khenkin - Wang Hao
Caruana - Meier   Meier - Adams
Adams - Khenkin   Kramnik - Caruana
Wang Hao - Naiditsch   Fridman - Andreikin
Round 9 13:00 CET 04.08.13        
Andreikin - Leko        
Caruana - Fridman        
Adams - Kramnik        
Wang Hao - Meier        
Naiditsch - Khenkin        

Dortmund 2013 | Round 3 standings

# Player Rating 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 Points SB
1 Adams,Michael 2740 * 1 ½ 1 2.5/3
2 Kramnik,Vladimir 2784 * ½ 1 ½ 2.0/3 2.75
3 Meier,Georg 2610 * ½ ½ 1 2.0/3 2.50
4 Khenkin,Igor 2605 ½ ½ * ½ 1.5/3 2.75
5 Leko,Peter 2737 ½ ½ * ½ 1.5/3 2.50
6 Caruana,Fabiano 2796 0 ½ * 1 1.5/3 1.25
7 Wang,Hao 2752 0 * 1 ½ 1.5/3 1.25
8 Fridman,Daniel 2629 ½ 0 * ½ 1.0/3 1.75
9 Naiditsch,Arkadij 2710 ½ 0 ½ * 1.0/3 1.50
10 Andreikin,Dmitry 2727 0 0 ½ * 0.5/3

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  • hace 13 meses

    Wappinschaw

    Go Mickey!!

  • hace 13 meses

    LimpSpider

    That puzzle was..awesome!

  • hace 13 meses

    archmage81

    Did Adam's win this tournament last year because I had a moment of Deja Vu when I saw the headline Adams leads dortmund?

  • hace 13 meses

    ruboutman

    English spirit shines through.Go the spider!

  • hace 13 meses

    CharlieJohnson

    Wang Hao, 48. Bf5! is an exquisite demonstration of positional domination.

  • hace 13 meses

    yogiOK

    So good to see Michael Adams do well, since he is among the greatest gentlemen of chess. He can always have a breakout event, and can play well at the highest levels. His positional exploitation was phenomenal in these last two games.

  • hace 13 meses

    Drakodan

    I'm conflicted on this, since I really want to see Caruana get a great performance and establish a 2800+ rating, but then again I love to see an English player doing well too.

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