Caruana Prevails At Sparkassen Chess Meeting in Dortmund, Germany

Sparkassen Chess Meeting

Source: http://www.sparkassen-chess-meeting.de

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The city of Dortmund in Germany was stage to the Sparkassen Chess Meeting from June 27 to July 5 2015. The tournament is one of Germany’s best cast chess events that had eight participants this year:

  • Former world champion Vladimir Kramnik who has participated in this even for twenty-three years and won ten times. The forty year-old Russian currently ranks 8th in worldwide standings and is considered one of the most experienced players in the world.
  • Fabiano Caruana, who did not only come off winner last at last year’s edition but also prevailed in 2012. At an age of nineteen he caused a stir back then when winning the tournament for the first time. Caruana currently holds an ELO of 2797 points.
  • German player Arkadij Naiditsch who also won the Sparkassen Chess Meeting at the age of nineteen. This sensational victory happened ten years ago when he managed to defeat chess professionals like Kramnik, Topalov, and Adams. By the way, the exceptionally talented player beat world champion Magnus Carlsen twice.
  • Georg Meier, who is third best German player and contributed majorly to Germany’s victory at the European Team Championship 2011. It’s his fifth time to compete at the Sparkassen Chess Meeting at which came off second last year after defeating Kramnik.
  • Women’s world champion Hou Yifan participated for the first time this year. She is a prodigy and as the strongest female chess player in the world, she was by no means an easy opponent at the event. The twenty-two year old was world champion three times already and is a serious challenge even to experienced grandmasters.
  • Ian Neopmniachtschi competed in the 2008 edition of the tournament and came off second at that time. His victory at this year’s edition of the well-known Aeroflot Open in Moscow qualified him for participating in Dortmund. “Nepo” was considered favorite player for the overall victory, as he has severely gained in playing strength recently.
  • German-Rumanian player Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu looks back on a long history of chess expertise. When other players competing at the Sparkassen Chess Meeting were still in diapers, he had already been announced Rumanian Champion and even made it to semi-finals in 1999’s world championship. The former European champion transferred from Russia to the German Chess Federation in 2014 where he currently ranks second.
  • Philippine player Wesley So is persistently one of the world’s Top Ten players (currently rank seven) and has supported the American team since 2014. He became grandmaster at only fourteen years old and was also considered one of the event’s favorite players which he impressively proved with victories over Caruana and Nepomniachtschi.

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Final Results

 Sparkassen Chess Meeting

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Individual Results. Rounds 1 through 7
Round 1. June 27, 2015. 3 p.m.
Nepomniachtchi, Ian 2720
½-½
Caruana, Fabiano 2805
Meier, Georg 2654
½-½
Hou, Yifan 2676
Kramnik, Vladimir 2783
0-1
Naiditsch, Arkadij 2722
Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter 2654
1-0
So, Wesley 2778
Round 2. June 28, 2015. 3p.m.
Caruana, Fabiano 2805 0-1 So, Wesley 2778
Naiditsch, Arkadij 2722 0-1 Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter 2654
Hou, Yifan 2676 0-1 Kramnik, Vladimir 2783
Nepomniachtchi, Ian 2720 ½-½ Meier, Georg 2654
Round 3. June 30, 2015. 3 p.m.
Meier, Georg 2654 0-1 Caruana, Fabiano 2805
Kramnik, Vladimir 2783 1-0 Nepomniachtchi, Ian 2720
Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter 2654 ½-½ Hou, Yifan 2676
So, Wesley 2778 0-1 Naiditsch, Arkadij 2722
Round 4. July 1, 2015. 3 p.m.
Caruana, Fabiano 2805 1-0 Naiditsch, Arkadij 2722
Hou, Yifan 2676 ½-½ So, Wesley 2778
Nepomniachtchi, Ian 2720 ½-½ Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter 2654
Meier, Georg 2654 0-1 Kramnik, Vladimir 2783
Round 5. July 3, 2015. 3 p.m.
Kramnik, Vladimir 2783 0-1 Caruana, Fabiano 2805
Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter 2654 ½-½ Meier, Georg 2654
So, Wesley 2778 1-0 Nepomniachtchi, Ian 2720
Naiditsch, Arkadij 2722 ½-½ Hou, Yifan 2676
Round 6. July 4, 2015. 3 p.m.
Caruana, Fabiano 2805 1-0 Hou, Yifan 2676
Nepomniachtchi, Ian 2720 1-0 Naiditsch, Arkadij 2722
Meier, Georg 2654 ½-½ So, Wesley 2778
Kramnik, Vladimir 2783 ½-½ Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter 2654
Round 7. July 1, 2015. 1 p.m.
Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter 2654 0-1 Caruana, Fabiano 2805
So, Wesley 2778 1-0 Kramnik, Vladimir 2783
Naiditsch, Arkadij 2722 ½-½ Meier, Georg 2654
Hou, Yifan 2676 ½-½ Nepomniachtchi, Ian 2720

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Caruana won this tournament all over again and left the other participants at a 1.5 point advantage behind.

Find game sheets and pictures on the official tournament website.

written by Sarah, translated by Birthe

French Top 12 Club Championship 2015

French Team Championship

This year’s edition of the French Top 12 Club Championship “Championat de France d’eches interclubs Top 12“ were scheduled to take place in the Southern French city Le Grau-du-Roi (close to Montpellier) from May 30 to June 9, 2015. The tournament was fought out between the country’s twelve best teams at the local yacht club’s casino. Eight boards were stage to the chess duels which were arranged in everybody-against-everybody playing mode. Final results were only determined by those matches with definite outcomes.

Anish Giri, Arkadij Naiditsch (both Team Bischwiller), Wesley So and Dmitry Jakovenko (both Team Clichy) as well as David Navara and Radoslav Wojtszek (both Team Mulhouse) are only a few of the attending international top stars next to the best French players.

After Round 10, the final winner was already determined by Bischwiller’s 2:1 victory over Strasbourg (winning points Giri and Edouard), while the bronze and silver medals were also secured prematurely. Unfortunate was not only the Team Poitier-Migne but also Arkadij Naiditsch who was so many points short at the event that we won’t even be able to find him amongst the players with ELO-ratings of 2700 points and above.

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Final Results After 11 Rounds
Rank Team Pts j. d. p. c.
1 Bischwiller 33 11 31 41 10
2 Clichy 31 11 33 44 11
3 Bois-Colombes 28 11 22 36 14
4 Strasbourg 25 11 5 20 15
5 Evry Grand Roque 24 11 -2 24 26
6 Mulhouse Philidor 23 11 11 31 20
7 Montpellier 21 11 -7 23 30
8 Chalons-En-Champagne 20 11 -2 23 25
9 Vandoeuvre 17 11 -12 19 31
10 Grasse 16 11 -16 13 29
11 Metz Fischer 15 11 -15 17 32
12 Poitiers-Migne 11 11 -48 7 55

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Individual Results Rounds 1 Through 11
Round 1
Vandoeuvre 3 1 Grasse
Bischwiller 6 1 Metz Fischer
Chalons-En-Champagne 4 3 Montpellier
Poitiers-Migne 2 4 Strasbourg
Clichy 3 0 Bois-Colombes
Evry Grand Roque 4 2 Mulhouse Philidor
Round 2
Grasse 0 4 Mulhouse Philidor
Bois-Colombes 5 0 Evry Grand Roque
Strasbourg 2 3 Clichy
Montpellier 3 2 Poitiers-Migne
Metz Fischer 1 2 Chalons-En-Champagne
Vandoeuvre 2 4 Bischwiller
Round 3
Bischwiller 4 1 Grasse
Chalons-En-Champagne 2 2 Vandoeuvre
Poitiers-Migne 1 3 Metz Fischer
Clichy 5 0 Montpellier
Evry Grand Roque 1 2 Strasbourg
Mulhouse Philidor 3 3 Bois-Colombes
Round 4
Grasse 0 4 Bois-Colombes
Strasbourg 1 1 Mulhouse Philidor
Montpellier 2 3 Evry Grand Roque
Metz Fischer 0 5 Clichy
Vandoeuvre 4 0 Poitiers-Migne
Bischwiller 3 2 Chalons-En-Champagne
Round 5
Chalons-En-Champagne 2 0 Grasse
Poitiers-Migne 0 6 Bischwiller
Clichy 4 1 Vandoeuvre
Evry Grand Roque 2 1 Metz Fischer
Mulhouse Philidor 2 3 Montpellier
Bois-Colombes 3 1 Strasbourg
Round 6
Grasse 0 1 Strasbourg
Montpellier 1 4 Bois-Colombes
Metz Fischer 2 3 Mulhouse Philidor
Vandoeuvre 2 3 Evry Grand Roque
Bischwiller 2 1 Clichy
Chalons-En-Champagne 5 1 Poitiers-Migne
Round 7
Poitiers-Migne 0 4 Grasse
Clichy 3 2 Chalons-En-Champagne
Evry Grand Roque 0 5 Bischwiller
Mulhouse Philidor 3 0 Vandoeuvre
Bois-Colombes 3 1 Metz Fischer
Strasbourg 2 1 Montpellier
Round 8
Grasse 2 3 Montpellier
Metz Fischer 1 1 Strasbourg
Vandoeuvre 0 4 Bois-Colombes
Bischwiller 2 1 Mulhouse Philidor
Chalons-En-Champagne 2 3 Evry Grand Roque
Poitiers-Migne 0 8 Clichy
Round 9
Clichy 5 1 Grasse
Evry Grand Roque 6 0 Poitiers-Migne
Mulhouse Philidor 4 1 Chalons-En-Champagne
Bois-Colombes 1 4 Bischwiller
Strasbourg 3 1 Vandoeuvre
Montpellier 3 2 Metz Fischer
Round 10
Grasse 3 2 Metz Fischer
Vandoeuvre 1 4 Montpellier
Bischwiller 2 1 Strasbourg
Chalons-En-Champagne 1 3 Bois-Colombes
Poitiers-Migne 1 6 Mulhouse Philidor
Clichy 4 1 Evry Grand Roque
Round 11
Evry Grand Roque 1 1 Grasse
Mulhouse Philidor 2 3 Clichy
Bois-Colombes 6 0 Poitiers-Migne
Strasbourg 2 0 Chalons-En-Champagne
Montpellier 0 3 Bischwiller
Metz Fischer 3 3 Vandoeuvre

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Find further information and pictures of the event on the official tournament website.

written by Sarah, translated by Birthe