Dortmund Sparkassen Chess Meeting 2015 was held from June 27 to July 5 in the city of Dortmund and the German Chess Federation present the most prestigious grandmaster in the tournament in Germany.  An impressive field incuding former world champion and 10-time Dortmund winner Vladimir Kramnik and returning Dortmund champion Fabiano Caruana  play a single round robin. – chess24.com. This year event includes Wesley So and Hou Yifan.

Round 1

Bad start for the Filipino turned American chess player Wesley So who lost to Nisipeanu in round 1.  How was the draw of colors being done? Two straight black for a player? Though I’ve noticed Wesley always has un-castled games nowadays.  I dont know if this is deliberately a done preparation. Game 1 below was annotated by the chess author, annotator and GM himself Alejandro Ramirez from Chessbase.com

Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter  1-0  So, Wesley

Event: 43rd GM 2015
Site: Dortmund GER
Date:  2015.06.27
Round: 1
White:  Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter – 2654
Black:  So, Wesley – 2778
Result: 1-0
ECO:  B23 – Sicilian closed

1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 d6 3. f4 g6 4. Nf3 Bg7 5. Bb5+ Bd7 6. Bxd7+ Qxd7 7. O-O Nc6 8. d3 e6 9. f5   White’s intentions are not subtle. The position has been seen a few times, but only once at the GM level.

9…Nge7 
    [ 9… exf5 10. exf5 O-O-O   is a better approach, though not the most natural.  ]
10. fxe6 fxe6 11. Ng5!    The start of a very aggressive plan.

11…Ne5
     [ 11… Nd8 12. Qg4 h6 13. Nh3    feels like White is a bit better.  ]

12. Nb5!   A great move!

12…Qxb5    [  12… O-O-O 13. d4! Qxb5 14. dxe5 Bxe5 (14… dxe5 15. Qg4) 15. Nf7    wins an exchange for a pawn for White. Black doesn’t have enough.   ]

13. Nxe6 Kd7 14. Nxg7   The knight is trapped on g7, but White is up a pawn and has chances to attack the black king.

14… h5   [  14… Raf8   was perhaps a bit more prudent.  ]

15. a4 Qb6 16. a5 Qb5 17. c4   The Black queen gets kicked around a lot this game!

17…Qc6 18. b4!?
    [ 18. Bf4! +- Rhg8 19. d4 cxd4 20. Qxd4  was extremely difficult to meet for Black. The threat of Bxe5 is not easy to parry. White is winning. ]

18… Rh7 19. bxc5 Rxg7 20. Rf6  White’s attack in this line is also decisive.

20… Nc8   [ 20… Nf7 21. Bh6   is very ugly, but it was necessary.

21. d4! Ng4  [ 21… Qxe4 22. dxe5 Qxe5 23. Rb1 Qxf6 24. Rxb7+ Ke8 25. Bb2   and White wins material with the lethal skewer.  ]

22. Rf3 Qxe4 23. h3   Simple and good. The knight on g4 is trapped, without extra material Black’s position simply collapses.

23…dxc5 24. dxc5+ Ke8 25. hxg4 Ne7 26. Qf1 Rg8 27. Bb2 hxg4 28. Re1    The king will perish on e8 shortly. A great game by Nisipeanu!    1-0

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Round 2

It’s a hard game to explain, as despite the massive ratings from both players, the game was certainly not of the highest quality. Caruana surprised his opponent in the h3 Najdorf with an early a3 break on the queenside. Caruana had a good position from the opening, but he had to play actively to try to pressure his opponent. He was even winning at some point with a quick c5 break that he missed.

Not exactly the level of play expected from two top-10 players

Instead of that Caruana fell into a passive and weak position. The only reason he came back into the game were So’s mistakes, eventually reaching an endgame that seemed very hard to win. Caruana helped out a little, and eventually So did take the full point in a rook + 2p vs knight and bishop endgame.  With report of Alejandro Ramirez from Chessbase.com

Caruana, Fabiano  0-1  So, Wesley

Event: 43rd GM 2015
Site: Dortmund GER
Date: 2015.06.28
Round:  2
White:  Caruana, Fabiano – 2805
Black: So, Wesley – 2778
Result:  0-1
ECO:   B90 – Sicilian Najdorf,  Adams attack

1. Nf3 c5 2. e4 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. h3 e5 7. Nde2 b5 8. g4 b4 9. Nd5 Nxd5 10. exd5 h5 11. gxh5 Rxh5 12. a3 bxa3 13. Rxa3 Nd7 14. Bg2 Nf6 15. O-O Rb8 16. f4 Be7 17. c4 Qb6+ 18. Rf2 Rh4 19. Rc3 Bd7 20. b3 Bxh3 21. Bxh3 Ne4 22. Qe1 Nxc3 23. Qxc3 Qxb3 24. Qxb3 Rxb3 25. Bc8 e4 26. Bxa6 Bd8 27. c5 dxc5 28. Rg2 g6 29. Rg3 Rxg3+ 30. Nxg3 Rg4 31. Kh2 f5 32. Ne2 Rh4+ 33. Kg2 Bc7 34. Bc8 Kd8 35. Be6 Ke7 36. Be3 Bd6 37. Bf2 Rh8 38. Be1 c4 39. Bc3 Ra8 40. Be5 Ra2 41. Kf1 Rd2 42. Bc3 Rd3 43. Ba5 Ba3 44. Bg8 Bd6 45. Be6 Bc5 46. Ke1 Rb3 47. Kd2 Rb2+ 48. Kd1 Bb4 49. Bxb4+ Rxb4 50. Kc2 Rb3 51. Nc3 e3 52. Bg8 Rb6 53. Ne2 Ra6 54. d6+ Rxd6 55. Bxc4 Kf6 56. Bd3 g5 57. fxg5+ Kxg5 58. Ng3 Rc6+ 59. Kd1 f4 60. Nf1 Rb6 61. Nh2 Kh4 62. Ke1 Kg3 63. Nf1+ Kf3 64. Nh2+ Kg2 65. Nf1 Re6 66. Bc4 Re5 67. Ba6 Ra5 68. Bb7+ Kg1 69. Nxe3 Re5   0-1

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Round 3

A masterfully maneuver from Naiditsch! A very bad game from American player Wesley So.

So, Wesley   0-1   Naiditsch, Arkadij

Event: 43rd GM 2015
Site:  Dortmund GER
Date: 2015.06.30
Round:  3
White: So, Wesley – 2778
Black: Naiditsch, Arkadij – 2722
Result: 0-1
ECO:  D37 – QGD 4. Nc3 variation

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 Nbd7 5. e3 Be7 6. b3 O-O 7. Bb2 b6 8. Bd3 Bb7 9. Qc2 c5 10. cxd5 exd5 11. O-O a6 12. Rfd1 Re8 13. Rac1 Bd6 14. Bf5 Rc8 15. dxc5 bxc5 16. Qd3 Rc7 17. Na4 Qe7 18. Qc3 d4 19. exd4 Bxf3 20. Qxf3 cxd4 21. Ra1?   A  move that is too mysterious to understand. So clearly is being ambitious and wants to take on d4, but he grossly underestimates Black’s initiative.
     [ 21. Rxc7 Qe1+  Is not playable either…   ]
     [ 21. g3 Rxc1 22. Bxc1 Ne5 23. Qg2= is still rather unclear   ]

21… Ne5 22. Qh3 g6! 23. Bd3 Nd5!   Black’s knights start swarming the position. So regrets having such inactive pieces, like the knight on a4 and the rook on a1. Naiditschs’s attack strikes at the right time. 

24. Bxd4?    A clear oversight
     [ 24. Bf1 is passive, ugly but holds for now  ]

24… Nxd3?
     [  24…Nf4 seems to simply win material. 25. Qh6 Qf6!  A very difficult move to find, but one that would have ended the game immediately. The point is that Bf8 is a very difficult move to defend against!
(25…Nfxd3?? 26. Nxd3)
 26. Bxe5
(26. h4  Bf8 27. Qg5 Qxg5 28.hxg5 Nexd3 is over.)
      26…Rxe5-+ Bf8, Rh5… too many threats. ]

25. Qxd3 Nf4  Black’s attack is strong regardless. 

26. Qxa6?    Grabbing this pawn seems suicidal, though. A hard move to understand.

26… Qg5 27. g3 Ne2+ 28. Kf1 Qg4 29. Be3 Rxe3 Other moves also won.

30. Qa8+ Kg7 31. Rxd6 Re4  White’s king is simply getting mated here. Qh3 is a big threat. 

32. Kg2 Nf4+ 33. Kg1 Nh3+ 34. Kg2 Rc2 35. Rf1 Nf4+ 36. Kg1 Qf3  A very bad game from So, who completely underestimated his opponent’s chances.   0-1

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Round 4

Draw by repetition by Wesley So vs Yifan Hou.

Hou, Yifan  1/2-1/2  So, Wesley

Event:  43rd GM 2015
Site:  Dortmund GER
Date: 2015.07.01
Round: 4
White: Hou, Yifan – 2676
Black: So, Wesley – 2778
Result: 1/2-1/2
ECO: B19 – Caro-Kann classical, Spassky variation

1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Bf5 5. Ng3 Bg6 6. h4 h6 7. Nf3 Nd7 8. h5 Bh7 9. Bd3 Bxd3 10. Qxd3 e6 11. Bd2 Ngf6 12. O-O-O Be7 13. Kb1 Qb6 14. Ne4 Rd8 15. c4 O-O 16. Qe2 c5 17. Bc3 cxd4 18. Bxd4 Qc6 19. Nxf6+ Bxf6 20. g4 Bxd4 21. Nxd4 Qc5 22. Nf3 Nf6 23. Ne5 Rd4 24. Rxd4 Qxd4 25. Rd1 Qf4 26. Re1 Qd4 27. Rd1 Qf4 28. f3 a6 29. a3 Ra8 30. Rd6 Re8 31. Ka2 Nxg4 32. fxg4 f6 33. Rd7 fxe5 34. Rxb7 Qd4 35. g5 hxg5 36. h6 gxh6 37. Qh5 Qxc4+ 38. Ka1 Qc1+ 39. Ka2 Qc4+ 40. Ka1 Qc1+    1/2-1/2

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Round 5

What a game from the Wesley.  The sacrifice of Russian Nepomniachtchi did not materialize.

So, Wesley  1-0  Nepomniachtchi, Ian

Event:  43rd GM 2015
Site: Dortmund GER
Date: 2015.07.03
Round: 5
White: So, Wesley – 2778
Black: Nepomniachtchi, Ian – 2720
Result:  1-0
ECO: E60 – King’s Indian defence

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. f3 e6 4. e4 c5 5. d5 d6 6. Nc3 Bg7 7. Nge2 exd5 8. cxd5 O-O 9. Ng3 a6 10. a4 h5 11. Be2 Qe8 12. Bf4 Qe7 13. Bg5 Qe8 14. Qd2 Nbd7 15. Bh6 Qe5 16. Bxg7 Kxg7 17. Bd3 Rb8 18. Rd1 Re8 19. Be2 h4 20. Nf1 h3 21. g4 b5 22. axb5 axb5 23. Ng3 b4 24. Na4 Ra8 25. b3 Ba6 26. Bxa6 Rxa6 27. O-O Rea8 28. f4 Qe7 29. Qe2 Nh7 30. Rf3 Qh4 31. Kh1 c4 32. Qxc4 Qxg4 33. Qd3 Kf8 34. Rg1 Rxa4 35. bxa4 Nc5 36. Qe3 Rxa4 37. Nf5 gxf5 38. Rxg4 fxg4 39. Rf1 Nf6 40. e5 Nfe4 41. f5 Ra2 42. e6 g3 43. hxg3 Ke8 44. g4 h2 45. Qh3 f6 46. g5 Nxg5 47. Qh8+ Ke7 48. Qg7+ Ke8 49. Qxf6   1-0

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Round 6

Meier, Georg  1/2-1/2  So, Wesley

Event:  43rd GM 2015
Site:  Dortmund GER
Date:  2015.07.04
Round:  6
White:  Meier, Georg – 2654
Black:  So, Wesley – 2778
Result:   1/2-1/2
ECO:  D11 – QGD Slav, 4.e3 variation

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. e3 Bg4 5. Nc3 e6 6. h3 Bh5 7. g4 Bg6 8. Ne5 Nbd7 9. Nxg6 hxg6 10. g5 Ng8 11. h4 Ne7 12. Bd2 Nf5 13. Qg4 Be7 14. Rh3 Rh5 15. O-O-O Qc7 16. Kb1 dxc4 17. Bxc4 O-O-O 18. Ne2 c5 19. Bb3 Kb8 20. Bc3 Rdh8 21. RDay Bd6 22. dxc5 Be5 23. e4 Bxc3 24. Rxc3 Rxh4 25. Rch3 Rxh3 26. Rxh3 Rxh3 27. Qxh3 Ne7 28. Qh8+ Nc8 29. Qxg7 Nxc5 30. Bc2 Qe7 31. f4 a6 32. Nc3 Nd7 33. e5 Qf8 34. Qxf8 Nxf8 35. Be4 Nd7 36. Kc2 Ne7 37. Bf3 Kc7 38. Kd3 b5 39. b4 Nb6 40. Kd4 Nf5+ 41. Kd3 Ne7 42. Kd4 Nf5+ 43. Kd3    1/2-1/2

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Round 7

After winning his last game with Kramnik, Wesley finished 2nd behind now co-American player Fabiano Caruana.

So, Wesley   1-0   Kramnik, Vladimir 

Event: 43rd GM 2015
Site:  Dortmund GER
Date:  2015.07.05
Round: 7
White: So, Wesley – 2778
Black:  Kramnik, Vladimir – 2783
Result: 1-0
ECO: C67 – Ruy Lopez – Berlin defence, open variation

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. O-O Nxe4 5. d4 Nd6 6. Bxc6 dxc6 7. dxe5 Nf5 8. Qxd8+ Kxd8 9. h3 Ne7 10. Nc3 Bd7 11. Ng5 Ke8 12. e6 Bxe6 13. Nxe6 fxe6 14. Re1 Kf7 15. Ne4 h6 16. Rd1 e5 17. Rd7 Rc8 18. Bd2 b6 19. Re1 Ke6 20. Rd3 c5 21. f4 Nc6 22. Rg3 Re8 23. fxe5 g5 24. h4 Bg7 25. hxg5 Bxe5 26. Rf3 hxg5 27. Bxg5 Bd4+ 28. Nf2+ Kd5 29. Rd1 Rhg8 30. Bf4 Re2 31. c3 Rxb2 32. cxd4 Nxd4 33. Be3 Rxa2 34. Rf4 Ra4 35. Ne4 Kc6 36. Nc3 Ra3 37. Bxd4 cxd4 38. Ne2 d3 39. Rf3 Ra2 40. Nf4 d2 41. Kf2 b5 42. Rc3+ Kb7 43. Nd5 Rg7 44. Rb3 a6 45. Nb4 Ra4 46. Rxd2 c5 47. Nd5 Rd7 48. Rf3 Re4 49. Rf6 Ka7 50. Rd3 c4 51. Rh3 Rd4 52. Nb4 R4d6 53. Rhh6 Rxf6+ 54. Rxf6 Rd2+ 55. Kf3 a5 56. Ra6+ Kb7 57. Rxa5 Kb6 58. Ra2 Rd7 59. Ra8 Kc5 60. Nc2 Rc7 61. Rf8 c3 62. Rf5+ Kb6 63. g4 Ka5 64. g5 Ka4 65. Ke3 Rd7 66. g6 b4 67. Rf4 Kb3 68. Nxb4 Re7+ 69. Re4 Rg7 70. Rg4 Re7+ 71. Kf3 Rg7 72. Nc6 Rg8 73. g7 c2 74. Nd4+ Kc4 75. Nxc2+ Kd5 76. Rg6    1-0

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Final standings after single round robin games

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