After six rounds of the GRENKE Chess Classic in Baden-Baden, some interesting patterns have emerged. In all six rounds, one game has been decisive and two games have been drawn. The other two patterns are closely related to this. Five of the six decisive games have been Arkadij Naiditsch's, the only exception coming in round 1 when Fabiano Caruana defeated Georg Meier. That round was also the only exception to Naiditsch's run of decisive games.
In round 4, Naiditsch beat Meier in a short, sharp, and error-prone game. Naiditsch was always the only one who was or could be better, but he gave Meier several opportunities to save himself. In round five, Naiditsch lost to Viswanathan Anand, who won in very good style on the white side of a 4.d3 (Anti-) Berlin. Finally, round 6 saw Naiditsch win an absolutely spectacular attacking game against Daniel Fridman, in a game bound to make the rounds of chess publications both electronic and print over the next few days and weeks. (You can read full round reports, and read and download the games with the player's comments, on the TWIC site. Here's round 4, round 5 and round 6. I'd offer my own, but at the moment ChessBase's web publishing isn't working for me!)
Here are the round 7 pairings, with the players' scores in parentheses:
- Meier (2) - Fridman (2.5)
- Caruana (4) - Anand (3.5)
- Adams (2.5) - Naiditsch (3.5)