Closing Ceremony

July 21 - 31, 2011
Sparkassen Chess-Meeting in Dortmund
Sparkassen Chess-Meeting in Dortmund is over. Anish was playing in Dortmund tournament for the first time. It was a 6-player double round robin event. Among others Vladimir Kramnik, Ruslan Ponomariov, Hikaru Nakamura, Le Quang Liem and Georg Meier.

'Postmortem' after the last round!
Last round
''50%, fine result, some shaky games- basically the usual stuff''

With a draw against Liem in the last round, Anish finished his first appearance in Dortmund with 50% result, and gained a few ELO points!

Here is the English translation (by WhyChess) of Anish' brief impression and thoughts after the tournament, published in the official site:

I let lots of opportunities slip, but also had some good moments, so it was an average tournament with highs and lows. Overall, I'm still happy with my result, although I expect a little more of myself. But I'm working on it. I think I played the second game against Ruslan Ponomariov well. I had a won endgame against Nakamura and even saw the winning variation, but then I chose a different path because I thought it was safer. My defeat against Ponomariov in the first half was strange. At this level you can't lose such positions. In my second game against George Meier I naturally had a good position but I didn't see …Rc6. After that it wasn't easy. I missed a lot of opportunities, but that's not important.

If I play my best chess then I can compete in any given event against any given player in the world. Here, my level wasn't so good, but some of the other players also weren't in good form. When you look at the games of Nakamura and Ponomariov you can see some weaknesses. It's normal that players make mistakes in chess. You simply have to admit that Kramnik's preparation was the best by far in this tournament, but I'm also actually quite happy with my preparation.

I've got another two years of school to go, and I definitely want to finish. Then I'll decide whether to study or maybe become a professional. At the moment I'm really enjoying playing chess, but I don't need to give myself extra headaches by constantly asking myself whether I'll be a pro or not.

Round 9
A draw against Kramnik

Anish made a draw with white agaiinst Vladimir Kramnik.
Chessvibes reports: It was not a surprise: Vladimir Kramnik clinched his 10th title in Dortmund today, after a quick draw with Anish Giri. It happened so quickly that the author of this report arrived too late to catch the players, arriving about two hours into the round.
In a Catalan which the Russian plays with both colors, there were 18 moves of theory. To be honest not much happened afterwards and the two started repeating at move 25.

Round 8
Anish against Georg Meier

Anish had a draw agaist Georg.
Chessvibes reports: Georg Meier and Anish Giri also played a hard-fought draw. In the end it was the German who could be very satisfied with this result. In a topical Catalan he sacrificed a pawn, but Giri neutralised his initiative quickly. Then, the young Dutchman missed an opportunity to attack the weakened white king's position. Instead he reached an ending with an extra pawn that was impossible to win.

Round 7
This time Anish beat Ruslan

Anish managed to win in his second game against Ruslan Ponomaryov.
Mark Crowther's report in TWIC: Giri is another player who is toughing things out in Germany after not being in the best of form. Giri got nothing against Ruslan Ponomariov's Queen's Gambit but in a quite simplified position started to outplay his opponent. They reached the double rook ending where Giri had an extra pawn but only a small edge. However he ground his way to conversion of this advantage.

Round 6
A draw against Nakamura

After the rest day, Anish started again with Hikaru Nakamura. He shared the point in his second game (with black this time) against Hikaru.
Chessvibes reports: The longest game was between Hikaru Nakamura and Anish Giri. The American showed better chess after the rest day, and put pressure upon his young opponent throughout the game. Just before the time control Giri allowed a simple combination with which Nakamura won a pawn. The Dutchman reacted very well and managed to exchange many pieces and all pawns on the queenside, after it was easy to draw the game.

Round 5
Anish lost against Vladimir Kramnik

Anish suffered a loss against Vladimir Kramnik.
Chessvibes reports: In the 5th round Kramnik defeated Anish Giri with remarkable ease, although we tend to think that it wasn't really a fair battle. Let's face it: he used an old analysis that he had prepared for his World Championship match against Kasparov in 2000! Come on, that's cheating, Vlad:).

13. h4N
According to the official website, afterwards Kramnik said that he could 'finally' use this move, after all those years. However, in the same position he played 13. Bb5 against Mamedyarov at the Tal Memorial in Moscow last year.
13… Nc6 14. e5 Bd7?!
Better was 14… Rd8 15. Bg5 Rd5 16. Bc4 Rd7 17. Bb5 Rd5 18. Bxc6 bxc6 19. Rxc6 Bb7 with counterplay (Giri).
15. Rb1 b6 16. h5 Ne7 17. hxg6
17… fxg6?! A strategic mistake, but even after 17… hxg6 White has good possibilities on the kingside according to Kramnik. In the game Giri didn't manage to find enough counterplay.

Round 4
A draw against Liem

Anish had a draw against Liem in round 4.
Chessvibes reports: Anish Giri tried the fianchetto variation against Le Quang Liem's Grünfeld, but there was just no way of breaking through. The open c-file sped up the process of exchanges, until only light-squared bishops were left on the board, with a symmetrical pawn structure. Just like in the recent Morozevich-Pelletier game in Biel, it didn't matter for Black that all his pawns got stuck on the colour of the bishops, because there were so many of them! The white king simply didn't have an entry point.

Round 3
A lucky win against Georg Meier

Anish managed to win his game against Georg taking advantage of a blunder, made by his opponent in the ending.
Report from the official site: The longest game of the day was played by Giri and Meier. The two left the stage of the theater after six hours and twenty minutes of fighting, including a dramatic finale. From a line of the Catalan Opening the 17-year-old Dutchman got a small positional advantage, and soon he managed to win a pawn. However, Meier's pieces were so actively placed that the German was never in real trouble. After a long period of manoeuvring the local hero suddenly blundered.

Round 2
Anish lost his game against Ponomaryov

Despite having reached a promising position in the beginning, Anish maneuvered himself into a lost endgame after making a number of inaccurate moves. "Chess is a strange game sometimes. Yesterday I was creative and lost, today I played rather weak, but my opponent made a few mistakes and I won" his opponent commented after the game.

Opening Ceremony and Round 1
''The Dutch decorations are still there though- raining like hell...:)''

One day before the start of the Sparkassen Chess-Meeting 2011, players and officials gathered in front of numerous journalists at the opening press conference at Hotel Drees. The Mayor, Birgit Jörder, and the Chairman of Sparkasse Dortmund, Uwe Samulewicz spoke about the vital importance of the Chess-Meeting for the city of Dortmund before the event director, Gerd Kolbe, who pointed out the relationship between the Chess-Meeting and the development of youth chess in Dortmund.
The players expressed that Dortmund was a big challenge for them and one of the highlights of the season.

©official site
In the first round, Anish had a draw against Nakamura.
As Mark Crowther has reported in TWIC: ''I haven't seen black play all that many Lasker Defences apart from Kramnik in the candidates but it does seem that white is avoiding it all the same and playing 5.Bf4, not that he is getting all that much there either. Thus Anish Giri played Bf4 against the Queen's Gambit and Hikaru Nakamura got what seems to me to be complete equality. However both are fighting players and so it was at this point the game got interesting. On the run up to time control Nakamura's running a-pawn was just enough to draw against Giri's breakthrough towards his king, the game finished in perpetual check.''