Anand Joint Leader In Wijk

Anand Joint Leader In Wijk

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Vishy Anand scored his second win in the Tata Steel tournament in round 4 at Wijk Aan Zee to join Nakamura as joint leader with 3 points out of 4.

Anand sacrificed a piece against Wang Hao and obtained devastating compensation leading to a fine win.

Nakamura proved today that he can also battle hard for half-points, showing his endgame skills to hold Anish Giri to a draw in a tough game.

Lev Aronian swept to a quick and convincing victory against Nepomniachtchi to earn his first win of the event, while Vachier-Lagrave smashed Shirov to leave the adopted Spaniard with a dismal half a point return for his efforts so far.

L'Ami and Smeets shared the points in their encounter and Kramnik also managed to hold Grischuk to a draw.  Last but not least, Carlsen recovered after his disaster yesterday to just about steady the ship with a draw against Ponomariov.

The world champion proved too strong for Wang Hao in round four




A hard fought game between Giri and Nakamura  ended all square




All smiles at the start for Aronian and Nepomniachtchi, but the Armenian had the last laugh








In the B Group, leader Luke McShane was held to a draw for the first time, but he keeps his lead with 3.5/4 going into the first rest day.  Only Laurent Fressinet and Li Chao were winners in the group today.

Cool Hand Luke is all smiles after round four (all pics from the official Facebook page)

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Group C was an absolute bloodbath, with only one game being drawn out of the seven played.  When the dust settled it was the Italian Daniele Vocaturo who now leads the field on 3.5 points.  Further details are available at the official website

All the results from round four and the current standings are below.  Wednesday is a rest day, so the competition continues with round five on Thursday.  Look out for further live coverage at (full schedule is there)

Rd 5: FM Elliott Liu and David Petty

Rd 6: IM Daniel Rensch

Rd 7: GM Melik Khachiyan

Rd 8: IM Shankland

Group A

Anand, Viswanathan 1-0 Wang, Hao
Aronian, Levon 1-0 Nepomniachtchi, Ian
Giri, Anish ½-½ Nakamura, Hikaru
L'Ami, Erwin ½-½ Smeets, Jan
Ponomariov, Ruslan ½-½ Carlsen, Magnus
Grischuk, Alexander ½-½ Kramnik, Vladimir
Shirov, Alexei 0-1 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime
Group B

Fressinet, Laurent 1-0 Ganguly, Surya Shekhar
Navara, David ½-½ Hammer, Jon Ludvig
Nijboer, Friso ½-½ McShane, Luke J
So, Wesley ½-½ Efimenko, Zahar
Spoelman, Wouter ½-½ Sargissian, Gabriel
Tkachiev, Vladislav ½-½ Wojtaszek, Radoslaw
Li, Chao
1-0 Le, Quang Liem
Group C

Bluvshtein, Mark 1-0 Van Kampen, Robin
Bok, Benjamin 1-0 Kazhgaleyev, Murtas
Siebrecht, Sebastian ½-½ Ivanisevic, Ivan
Van Der Werf, Mark 1-0 Lahno, Kateryna
Tania, Sachdev 0-1 Nyzhnyk, Illya
Pruijssers, Roeland 0-1 Swiercz, Dariusz
De Jong, Jan-Willem 0-1 Vocaturo, Daniele


Group A

Anand, Viswanathan IND 2810 3
Nakamura, Hikaru USA 2751 3
Aronian, Levon ARM 2805
Giri, Anish NED 2686
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime FRA 2715
L'Ami, Erwin NED 2628 2
Kramnik, Vladimir RUS 2784 2
Ponomariov, Ruslan UKR 2744 2
Nepomniachtchi, Ian RUS 2733 2
Smeets, Jan NED 2662 2
Grischuk, Alexander RUS 2773
Carlsen, Magnus NOR 2814
Wang, Hao CHN 2731 1
Shirov, Alexei ESP 2722 ½
Group B

McShane, Luke J ENG 2664
Sargissian, Gabriel ARM 2667
Fressinet, Laurent FRA 2707
Navara, David CZE 2708
Efimenko, Zahar UKR 2701
Nijboer, Friso NED 2584 2
So, Wesley PHI 2673 2
Wojtaszek, Radoslaw POL 2726 2
Spoelman, Wouter NED 2547 2
Tkachiev, Vladislav FRA 2636
Ganguly, Surya Shekhar IND 2651
Li, Chao CHN 2649
Le, Quang Liem VIE 2664 1
Hammer, Jon Ludvig NOR 2647 1
Group C

Vocaturo, Daniele ITA 2570
Bluvshtein, Mark CAN 2590 3
Nyzhnyk, Illya UKR 2530 3
Bok, Benjamin NED 2453
Lahno, Kateryna UKR 2518
Siebrecht, Sebastian GER 2439
Van Der Werf, Mark NED 2439 2
Tania, Sachdev IND 2391 2
Swiercz, Dariusz POL 2540 2
Ivanisevic, Ivan SRB 2630
Pruijssers, Roeland NED 2484 1
Kazhgaleyev, Murtas KAZ 2637 1
Van Kampen, Robin NED 2443 1
De Jong, Jan-Willem NED 2437 ½
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