Berlin Candidates 2018 - Round 4

Berlin Candidates 2018 - Round 4

GM alexcolovic
Mar 14, 2018, 3:56 PM |

Can it actually get better than this?

Aronian bounced back immediately, thanks to an awful mix-up by Karjakin. An inglorious tournament so far for the previous winner.

Mamedyarov and So drew easily in spite of White's novelty in the Nimzo, most probably inspired by his second Dreev, who is a big expert in the 4 Qc2 Nimzo.

Grischuk-Ding was a fascinating repeat of Topalov's famous 12 Nf7 in the Anti-Moscow Gambit, which he used to beat Kramnik with in Wijk in 2008. But with Alpha Zero's help (his own words at the press conference, though I don't believe him) he found an improvement on Topalov's play and should have won in a few moves, but alas... 

And Kramnik again played the game of the day. First he started safe and solid, then went crazy, sacrificed a piece and was lost, then Caruana started to spoil things to the point when he was lost. Then Kramnik couldn't find one of the many wins, then Caruana defended resourcefully, then it should have been a draw. Only this time Kramnik was in time-trouble, he didn't take the easy draws and when it wasn't that easy anymore he blundered.

It sounds more exciting than football doesn't it?

Full report and analysis of the games here.