Wojtaszek wins Dortmund. Yawn…
Time to re-think Dortmund model !?
Yawn! What else can one say? Going into the final round of play yesterday at Dortmund’s traditional super-tournament, a total of 83% of the games played had ended in draws. Some very interesting, some less so, most much less so…but at the end of the day what is remembered is the 83%. It kills sponsors and spectators.
Play in the final round. Photo courtesy of official website.
Fortunately, the final round saw no draws! All four games ended in exciting victories. Doubling the number of wins in the tournament from 4 to 8. But, put it another way, 72% of the games played in the entire tournament ended in draws. Also not a very good bench mark, but had all the games ended in draws instead, then that bench mark would have been an embarrassing 86%!
How things changed so much in one round!
Because of the high number of draws (and no body running away with the tournament) going into the final round 6 of the 8 participants (!) had 3 points. Top spot was 3.5 points, and the cellar was 2.5 points. As one can see from the bottom X-table (below).
Both Kramnik and Vachier-LaGrave occupied the bottom of the X-table. As a result of the final round, Vachier-LaGrave was catapulted into 2nd place(!!), while Kramnik jumped from dead last to a respectable 4th place. Seems more like Casino than a chess tournament…
Kramnik,V – Bluebaum,M Dortmund Rd.7 23.7.2017