All Draws In Round 4 In Moscow

All Draws In Round 4 In Moscow

SonofPearl
SonofPearl
Aug 21, 2008, 1:31 PM |
2 | Chess Event Coverage

All games ended in draws today in the fourth round at the Mikhail Tal Memorial in Moscow, but at least not without some action from the players.

Gata Kamsky managed to survive a pawn down in an interesting ending against Evgeny Alekseev to earn a draw with his favourite Grunfeld defence.

Ivanchuk looked like he could pull off a win with the black pieces, but it slipped though his fingers as Mamedyarov found a way to force a draw with perpetual check despite Ivanchuk having a knight and three connected passed pawns for a rook!

Therefore Alexander Morozevich stays half a point ahead of his nearest rivals, Vassily Ivanchuk and Peter Leko.  Also, Alexei Shirov (pictured) finally gets on the scoreboard following a draw with the Israeli GM Boris Gelfand.

The results in round 4:

Leko, Peter - Morozevich, Alexander ½-½ 40 C69 Ruy Lopez Exchange
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar - Ivanchuk, Vassily ½-½ 48 D10 Slav Defence
Kramnik, Vladimir - Ponomariov, Ruslan ½-½ 35 E32 Nimzo Indian 4.Qc2
Alekseev, Evgeny - Kamsky, Gata ½-½ 76 D81 Gruenfeld Botvinnik
Shirov, Alexei - Gelfand, Boris ½-½ 29 C43 Petroff's Defence

 

The standings after round 4:

1 Morozevich, Alexander   RUS   2788 3
2 Ivanchuk, Vassily  UKR  2781  
3 Leko, Peter  HUN  2741  
4 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar  AZE  2742 2
5 Ponomariov, Ruslan  UKR  2718 2
6 Gelfand, Boris  ISR  2720 2
7 Kramnik, Vladimir  RUS  2788 2
8 Kamsky, Gata  USA  2723 2
9 Alekseev, Evgeny  RUS  2708  
10 Shirov, Alexei  ESP  2741 ½ 

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