Dortmund: Ponomariov Couldn't Cope with Bartel and Naiditsch Surpassed Kramnik's Achievement

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From a sporting perspective, the key game in the sixth round of the Dortmund tournament was Ponomariov - Bartel, in which the Polish grandmaster, performing as one of the outsiders, defeated one of the leaders. The rare arrangement of the pieces in the 6.d3 variation of the Ruy Lopez, which was used by Bartel, didn't seem to promise him an easy life. White gained a tangible advantage, but Ponomariov was too slow with something: perhaps he shouldn't have rejected the typical 'Spanish' break a2-a4.

The Ukrainian went wrong in an approximately equal position, after the queens' exchange on f6.


35.Bd4?! It was necessary to arrange the pieces for the same aims, but on different squares: 35.Bg5! Nxb2 36.Rd4, and it would have been equal: 36...e3 37.Bb3 e2 38.Bd2 Nc4 39.Bxc4 bxc4 40.Kf3 h5 41.Kxe2 Re8+ 42.Kf3 Nxf6 43.Rxc4.
35...Nxb2 36.Re1 e3 37.Be4 exf2 38.Kxf2 h5 39.Kf3 Nc7

40.Bb7?! Now this is bad for White. The more stubborn defence was 40.Bxg6 fxg6 41.Re7 Ne8 (in the variation 41...Rxd4 42.cxd4 Nd5 43.Rg7+ Kf8 44.Rxg6 Kf7 45.Rg7+ Kxf6 46.Ra7 White should hold) 42.f7+ Kf8 43.fxe8Q+ Rxe8 44.Ra7 Re6 45.g4 hxg4+ 46.Kxg4 Nc4.
40...Rb8 41.Re7 Rxb7 42.Be5 Rb6 43.Rxc7 Nc4 44.Bd4 Re6 45.Kf4 Nd6 46.Ra7 Nf5 47.Be5 A blunder in a difficult position. Nxg3 48.Re7 Nf5 49.Rd7 Nh6 50.Re7 Ng4 51.Bd4 Kf8 0-1

In another decisive game of the day, Arkadij Naiditsch followed Kramnik's steps and overcame Jan Gustafsson in the King's Indian Defence with black; moreover, he did it even quicker than the Russian: in 25 moves.

[Event "40th Dortmund GM"] [Site "Dortmund GER"] [Date "2012.07.19"] [Round "6"] [White "Leko,P"] [Black "Karjakin,S"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "E06"] [Opening "Catalan"] [Variation "closed, 5.Nf3"] [EventDate "2012.07.13"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. g3 d5 4. Nf3 Be7 5. Bg2 O-O 6. O-O dxc4 7. Qc2 a6 8. a4 Bd7 9. Qxc4 Bc6 10. Bg5 Bd5 11. Qd3 c5 12. Nc3 Bc6 13. Rfd1 Qa5 14. Ne5 Bxg2 15. Kxg2 cxd4 16. Qxd4 Rd8 17. Qc4 Qxe5 18. Rxd8+ Bxd8 19. Bf4 Qa5 20. Qc8 Qb6 21. f3 g5 22. a5 Nc6 23. Qxa8 Qxb2 24. Bxg5 Kg7 25. Rd1 Qxc3 26. Rxd8 Nxd8 27. Qxd8 Nd5 28. e4 Ne3+ 29. Bxe3 Qxe3 30. g4 Qe2+ 31. Kg3 Qe1+ 32. Kg2 Qe2+ 33. Kg3 Qe1+ 1/2-1/2 [Event "40th Dortmund GM"] [Site "Dortmund GER"] [Date "2012.07.19"] [Round "6"] [White "Fridman,D"] [Black "Kramnik,V"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "D93"] [Opening "Gruenfeld with Bf4 e3"] [EventDate "2012.07.13"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. Nf3 Bg7 5. Bf4 O-O 6. e3 c5 7. dxc5 Ne4 8. Rc1 Nd7 9. cxd5 Qa5 10. Nd4 Nxc3 11. bxc3 Qxa2 12. Qb3 Qxb3 13. Nxb3 a5 14. c6 Nf6 15. d6 bxc6 16. dxe7 Re8 17. Nd4 Bd7 18. Bd6 Ne4 19. Ba3 c5 20. Bd3 Rxe7 21. Bxe4 Rxe4 22. Bxc5 Rc8 23. Ba3 f5 24. g3 g5 25. Kd2 Rce8 26. Rhe1 f4 27. exf4 Rxe1 28. Rxe1 Rxe1 29. Kxe1 gxf4 30. Kd2 Kf7 31. Kd3 fxg3 32. hxg3 h5 33. f4 Bf6 34. Kc4 h4 35. gxh4 Bxh4 36. Nf3 Bf6 37. Ne5+ Bxe5 38. fxe5 Ke6 39. Bd6 1/2-1/2 [Event "40th Dortmund GM"] [Site "Dortmund GER"] [Date "2012.07.19"] [Round "6"] [White "Ponomariov,R"] [Black "Bartel,M"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "C84"] [Opening "Ruy Lopez"] [Variation "closed defence"] [EventDate "2012.07.13"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. d3 d6 7. c3 O-O 8. Re1 b5 9. Bc2 Nd7 10. d4 Bb7 11. Nbd2 Bf6 12. Nf1 Re8 13. Ne3 Nb6 14. Ng4 Bc8 15. h3 Bxg4 16. hxg4 g6 17. d5 Ne7 18. g3 Qd7 19. g5 Bg7 20. Kg2 c6 21. dxc6 Qxc6 22. Nh2 d5 23. exd5 Nexd5 24. Be4 Rad8 25. Qf3 Qe6 26. Ng4 Na4 27. Rd1 Nc7 28. Rxd8 Rxd8 29. Bc2 Nc5 30. Be3 Nd3 31. Rd1 e4 32. Nf6+ Bxf6 33. Qxf6 Qxf6 34. gxf6 Nd5 35. Bd4 Nxb2 36. Re1 e3 37. Be4 exf2 38. Kxf2 h5 39. Kf3 Nc7 40. Bb7 Rb8 41. Re7 Rxb7 42. Be5 Rb6 43. Rxc7 Nc4 44. Bd4 Re6 45. Kf4 Nd6 46. Ra7 Nf5 47. Be5 Nxg3 48. Re7 Nf5 49. Rd7 Nh6 50. Re7 Ng4 51. Bd4 Kf8 0-1 [Event "40th Dortmund GM"] [Site "Dortmund GER"] [Date "2012.07.19"] [Round "6"] [White "Gustafsson,J"] [Black "Naiditsch,A"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "E94"] [Opening "King's Indian"] [Variation "orthodox variation"] [EventDate "2012.07.13"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. Nf3 O-O 6. Be2 e5 7. O-O Na6 8. Be3 Ng4 9. Bg5 Qe8 10. Re1 exd4 11. Nxd4 Qe5 12. Nf3 Qc5 13. Bh4 Be6 14. Nd2 h5 15. Nb3 Qb6 16. Bxg4 Bxg4 17. Qd3 Nb4 18. Qb1 a5 19. Nd2 Qd4 20. Bg5 Qd3 21. Nd5 Qxb1 22. Raxb1 Nxd5 23. cxd5 a4 24. Rec1 Rfc8 25. Be3 Be2 0-1 [Event "40th Dortmund GM"] [Site "Dortmund GER"] [Date "2012.07.19"] [Round "6"] [White "Caruana,F"] [Black "Meier,G"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "C11"] [Opening "French"] [Variation "Steinitz, Boleslavsky variation"] [EventDate "2012.07.13"] 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e5 Nfd7 5. f4 c5 6. Nf3 Nc6 7. Be3 Be7 8. Qd2 O-O 9. Be2 a6 10. O-O b5 11. a3 Bb7 12. Kh1 Qc7 13. dxc5 Nxc5 14. Qe1 f6 15. Bxc5 Bxc5 16. Bd3 f5 17. Ne2 d4 18. b4 Bb6 19. a4 Qe7 20. axb5 axb5 21. Rb1 Ra2 22. Nc1 Ra4 23. Bxb5 Rxb4 24. Nd3 Rxb1 25. Qxb1 Rc8 26. Bc4 Na5 27. Ba2 Rc6 28. Ng5 Bd8 29. Qb4 Bc8 30. Qxd4 h6 31. Nf3 Rxc2 32. Nb4 Nc6 33. Nxc6 Rxc6 34. Qa4 Bd7 35. Rd1 Rc1 36. Qb3 Qc5 37. Qd3 Rxd1+ 38. Qxd1 Bb6 39. h3 Bc8 40. Qa4 Kf7 41. Kh2 Ke7 42. h4 Bd7 43. Qd1 Qb4 44. Qd6+ Qxd6 45. exd6+ Kxd6 46. Ne5 Bc8 47. Nc4+ Kc5 48. Nxb6 Kxb6 49. Kg3 Kc5 50. Kf2 Kd4 51. Bb3 e5 52. fxe5 Kxe5 53. g3 f4 54. Bd1 g5 55. hxg5 hxg5 56. gxf4+ Kxf4 57. Bf3 g4 58. Bxg4 1/2-1/2 
Naiditsch's win allowed him to join the leaders: now he has 4 points, same as Kramnik and Karjakin. Leko, Ponomariov and Caruana have 3.5 points each.
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