Nepomniachtchi Crushes Meier To Win 1st Dortmund Title

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It was three times a charm for Ian Nepomniachtchi, who won his first Sparkassen Chess Meeting in Dortmund at the third attempt. He secured victory quickly today with a crushing, 27-move win vs Georg Meier.

Vladimir Kramnik was again suffering, but after almost seven hours of play he managed to avoid a third loss as Vladislav Kovalev failed to convert a tablebase win in an endgame.

July has been treating Nepomniachtchi well. Two weeks after winning the Japhet Memorial, a rapid tournament in Jerusalem, he also took the top spot at the 46th Sparkassen Chess Meeting.

Nepomniachtchi, who turned 28 in between these two tournaments, finished on 5/7, a full point more than Kovalev, Duda and Giri. His score was good for a 2873 performance rating and an Elo gain of 10.9 points. The Russian GM is now the world number 12 in the live ratings, only 0.1 point behind Vishy Anand.