Carlsen On A Roll At Amber

Carlsen On A Roll At Amber

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After losing badly on the first day of the Amber blindfold and rapid tournament in Nice, world #1 Magnus Carlsen (pictured) has stormed back to share the overall lead by recording three consecutive 2-0 wins.

Today's customer was underdog Jan Smeets, who now sits firmly in last place after his loss to the Norwegian.

Vassily Ivanchuk retains a share of lead by beating Lev Aronian in their rapid game, while Boris Gelfand had an inspired round, crushing Vladimir Kramnik 2-0  to leapfrog past him up to third in the standings.

It was a thrilling day all around, with just 2 draws from the 12 games played.

The full results in round 4:

Blind   Carlsen-Smeets   1-0

Ivanchuk-Aronian  ½-½

Svidler-Karjakin  0-1
Blind  Gelfand-Kramnik  1-0

Ponomariov-Gashimov  ½-½

Grischuk-Dominguez  1-0
Rapid  Smeets-Carlsen  0-1

Aronian-Ivanchuk  0-1

Karjakin-Svidler  0-1
Rapid  Kramnik-Gelfand  0-1

Gashimov-Ponomariov  1-0

Dominguez-Grischuk  0-1

The overall standings after four rounds:

Ivanchuk, Vassily  UKR  6
Carlsen, Magnus  NOR  6
Gelfand, Boris  ISR  5
Grischuk, Alexander  RUS  5
Ponomariov, Ruslan  UKR   
Kramnik, Vladimir  RUS  4
Svidler, Peter  RUS   
Gashimov, Vugar  AZE   
Karjakin, Sergey  UKR   
Aronian, Levon  ARM   
Dominguez Perez, Leinier  CUB  2
Smeets, Jan  NED   

A selection of today's games are below.  All games are available at the official website. Tomorrow is a rest day, so round 5 is on Thursday.







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