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Michael Adams takes sole lead in Dortmund

dortmund-chess-2013The Sparkassen Chess Meeting has taken a turn in today’s round. Michael Adams took sole lead thanks to a victory over Igor Khenkin. Vladimir Kramnik lost against his compatriot Dmitry Andreikin and now stands a whole point behind with two rounds to go. The other decisive result of the day was Arkadij Naiditsch’s win over Wang Hao.

The tournament now changed character. Kramnik will need to push hard in his game against Fabiano Caruana tomorrow if he wants to claim his eleventh title in Dortmund. Adams will play with black against Georg Meier and will need to face his direct rival on Sunday’s last round. The Englishman’s performance so far has been quite incredible and it seems hard for him to lose track in the last two rounds.

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Adams took advantage of Khenkin’s small inaccuracies in a Caro-Kann. It is remarkable to see how he did not need his opponent to make a big mistake and only converted the positional edge he was given. After 31 moves, the experienced German grandmaster had to give up hopes.

Dmitry Andreikin played actively against Vladimir Kramnik. He quickly took over the initiative and gained an important space advantage. When the tactical phase finished, Andreikin was left with a dangerous passed d-pawn, which finally decided the game in his favor.

Adams - Khenkin

Adams – Khenkin

Standings after 7 rounds:

1 Adams, Michael ENG 2740 6
2 Kramnik, Vladimir RUS 2784 5
3 Naiditsch, Arkadij GER 2710
4 Meier, Georg GER 2610
5 Andreikin, Dmitry RUS 2727 3
6 Leko, Peter HUN 2737 3
7 Caruana, Fabiano ITA 2796 3
8 Wang, Hao CHN 2752 3
9 Fridman, Daniel GER 2629
10 Khenkin, Igor GER 2605


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