Dortmund 2017 Starts with KGB

The traditional Dortmund supertournament started with 1 decisive game. Kramnik has won 10 times in Dortmund, but the last time was in 2011. Probably pumped up for an eleventh triumph and playing the Aeroflot winner and rising Russian star Fedoseev, he went berserk.

So in case you were wandering about the KGB in the title, it is not the notorious Soviet establishment, but rather my own concoction of “Kramnik Going Berserk.”

This wasn’t a first time that Kramnik loses with White in Round 1 in Dortmund. He has lost to Georg Meier and Arkadij Naiditsch in previous editions. This is definitely not a good omen for Mr. Dortmund.



The other games were drawn, so for now Kramnik is last. Less KGB and more solidity should do the trick for him. An interesting tournament lies ahead!

Alex Colovic
A professional player, coach and blogger. Grandmaster since 2013.
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  • […] in the Caro-Kann, definitely not the scariest opening White can face! His first loss was against Fedoseev in Dortmund, barely 2 months ago. In both games he used the seemingly innocuous Exchange Variation […]

  • Ebuka Udeani
    Jul 16,2017 at 9:21 pm

    I was eagerly reading to find out the KGB Agent at a chess tournament… nice metaphor : )

    • Alex Colovic
      Jul 16,2017 at 10:11 pm

      Thanks Ebuka! 🙂

  • Jul 16,2017 at 8:43 pm

    a4 wasn’t all that bad a move
    Kramnik just got a little carried away with the follow-up
    A good, resilient game by Fedoseev.
    R×e6× was a good try though.

    • Alex Colovic
      Jul 16,2017 at 10:11 pm

      Exactly, hence the “KGB” 🙂

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