Vladimir Kramnik's favorite annual super-tournament, the Sparkassen Chess Meeting in Dortmund, Germany, kicks off today. The eight player round-robin headlines Kramnik and Fabiano Caruana, and begins at 3 p.m. local time with the following pairings:
- David Baramidze - Fabiano Caruana
- Arkadij Naiditsch - Michael Adams
- Vladimir Kramnik - Georg Meier
- Peter Leko - Ruslan Ponomariov
The tournament is maybe a little weaker and smaller than it used to be, but with two players from the top ten and six players over 2700 it's still a strong and interesting event.