FIDE Candidates Tournament 2016 - Round 4
The 4th round of the FIDE World Candidates Tournament 2016 was held today at the DI Telegraph in Moscow, Russia.
Sergey Karjakin moved into the sole lead after defeating former world champion Viswanathan Anand. The Russian played a novel idea Qc2-h4 in the opening, which seemed quite aggressive, but then he changed the strategy and decided to play in positional manner.
Black's hanging pawns proved to be more a weakness than strength, and Karjakin was able to transpose into a much better ending. His technique was flawless and he brought the victory home on move 43.
Hikaru Nakamura and Anish Giri started with a Slav defence, following a long sharp line that eventually finished in a perpetual check.
Levon Aronian once again faced the English opening with black pieces. Peter Svidler forced a quick exchange of the queens and transposition into an ending where he had pair of bishops and positional pressure as a compensation for the pawn. Within next several moves Aronian gave up two pawns but he managed to activate the remaining pieces. Black comfortably held a draw.
Fabiano Caruana and Veselin Topalov were involved in a long positional struggle that saw lots of maneuvering and changes in the pawn structure. Shortly before the time control Topalov erred and white jumped on the tactical opportunity to win material. But suddenly Caruana dropped the guard and committed several inaccuracies that Topalov exploited to reach a draw in the double-rook ending.
After four rounds of play Karjakin is on the top with 3 points, followed by Aronian who is half a point behind. Svidler, Giri, Anand and Caruana are on 2 points each. Nakamura is 7th with 1,5 and Topalov has 1 point.
Round 5 games are on schedule for 15th March at 15:00 Moscow time: Giri-Svidler, Aronian-Caruana, Topalov-Karjakin and Anand-Nakamura.
That is the report for Round 4 of the Canidates. Hope you enjoyed it!