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Saturday, August 22, 2015

Caruana wins Dortmund 2015; Wesley So @ 2nd place

Joey Maceda - 7:50 AM
Caruana wins Dortmund 2015; Wesley So @ 2ndplace By Jose "joeyj" Jereos Jr.PhilBoxing.comTue, 07 Jul 2015 The 43rd edition of Sparkassen Chess Meeting also popularly known as Dortmund Chess 2015, a Super-Tournament, took placefrom 27 June-5 July 2015, in the NRW Orchestra Centre in Dortmund, Germany. The event is an 8-player single round-robin super tournament with the participation of Fabiano Caruana, Vladimir Kramnik, Wesley So,Arkadij Naiditsch, Ian Nepomniachtchi,Hou Yifan,Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu,andGeorg Meier. The super-tournament had anaverage rating of 2724, acategory 19(2701-2725). The Top 3 seed players (Caruana, Kramnik & So)arein the Top-10 playersin the World. The 4th & 5th seed (Naiditsch &Nepomniachtchi) are rated at2700+, Hou, Yifanis the Womenshighest rated player and a former Womens World Champion. Nisipeanu &Meierare the host country-Germany other top two rated player next toNaiditsch. GM Fabiano Caruana, who now represents U.S. Chess Federation (USCF) since25 June 2015, had a slowstart with 0.5/2 but had an impressive run winning five games in a row to win theSparkassen Chess Meetingfor the 3rdtime (2012. 2014 & 2015). In the last round(R7) he completed hisfantastic streak of five wins, to win the tourney, defeatingGM Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanuin the Evans gambit resurrected by Nisipeanu(against the Ruy Lopez) in his own quest for the title,to score 5.5/7 points (+5=1-1)a 1.5 points ahead of his nearest rivals So andNisipeanu who tied at 4.0/7. GM Fabiano Caruana, who now represents U.S. Chess Federation (USCF) since25 June 2015, had a slowstart with 0.5/2 but had an impressive run winning five games in a row to win theSparkassen Chess Meetingfor the 3rdtime (2012. 2014 & 2015). In the last round(R7) he completed hisfantastic streak of five wins, to win the tourney, defeatingGM Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanuin the Evans gambit resurrected by Nisipeanu(against the Ruy Lopez) in his own quest for the title,to score 5.5/7 points (+5=1-1)a 1.5 points ahead of his nearest rivals So andNisipeanu who tied at 4.0/7. Caruanas triumph at Dortmund, placedhim back @ the elite level above 2800 and Top 5 in theWorlds Live Rating standings. His amazing TPR of 2942 and a +11.3 in rating points place him back on track to his elusive quest of becoming a World Champion. Wesley So tied for 2nd place (2nd place overall) Philippines bornGM Wesley So now alsorepresenting USCFa firsttimer in this strong Category 19 Sparkassen Chess Meeting, scored 4.0/7 points(+3=2-2) and tied for 2nd place with Germanys #2 top ratedGM Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu(2654)but after tiebreakthe second U.S. player in Dortmund took2nd place honorsbecause of the 1sttie-break criteria higher number of games played with Black pieces. Wesley So played 4-games with black VS Nisipeanu 3-games. It was a bizarretourney for Wesley. After two losses (R1 &R3) in his first three games it seemed he was having an awfulevent, but in the final analysis he beat his two top rivals #1 seed Caruana(R2) and #2 seed Kramnik(R7) to compensate his 2-losses [Nisipeanu(R1) & Naiditsch(R3)]and even managed to catch up and grab2nd place, a one-two finish for the USCF. The #3 seed Wesley So Tournament Performance Rating (TPR) was 2766. Though he loss-0.9 in rating points hisfinal game(R7) win VSMr DortmundKramnik,a 10-time winnerinDortmund, the 14th World Champion, against Kramniks Berlin pet defensewas enough to propel him back to 7th place and relegating Kramnik to 8th place in theWorld Chess Live Rating List. Next stop for GM Wesley So 1. 2015 Metropolitan Summer chess Camp July 22July 26 Hilton Glendale, Los Angeles, 2. 2015 St. Olaf College Lecture & 25 Board Simultaneous July 29, 2015 3. Turkish Super League August 3August 15 Istanbul 4. The Sinquefield Cup 21 Aug 3 Sep 2015 St. Louis Chess Club, See more; http://wesleyso.com/calendar/ Click here to view a list of other articles written by Jose "joeyj" Jereos Jr..Recent PhilBoxing.com In-House articles:Pro Boxer Brian Viloria -- Hawaiians Are Born Ass-Kickers ... 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