Grischuk retains lead as Carlsen slips

Grischuk retains lead as Carlsen slips

SonofPearl
SonofPearl
Apr 24, 2008, 11:33 AM |
7 | Chess Event Coverage

Alexander Grischuk draws to retain lead - Carlsen loses.

In the fourth round of the Baku Grand Prix, Alexander Grischuk of Russia held the American Gata Kamsky to a short 21-move draw with the Slav Defense after a repetition of moves, thereby keeping his slender half point lead on 3/4 ahead of a pack of 6 players on 2.5/4.

There were 3 decisive games in the round.  Chinese player Wang Yue registered his first win by beating Cheparinov's Benoni defense.  You have to question Cheparinov's choice of defence; surely a steady draw is needed soon for him to get at least some points on the board.  Instead, he has now lost all four of his games in a truly disastrous start.

The other winners were Britain's Mickey Adams who beat David Navara's French defence and Mamedyarov who took the wind out of Carlsen's sails in a Queen's Indian.

Carlsen will have White tomorrow against Kamsky.  Who will win the battle of the Chess.com favourites

The round 4 results in full:

Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg
Kamsky Gata 2726 ½  -  ½ Grischuk Alexander 2716
Adams Michael 2729 1  -  0 Navara David 2672
Bacrot Etienne 2705 ½  -  ½ Karjakin Sergey 2732
Wang Yue 2689 1  -  0 Cheparinov Ivan 2695
Svidler Peter 2746 ½  -  ½ Radjabov Teimour 2751
Inarkiev Ernesto 2684 ½  -  ½ Gashimov Vugar 2679
Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2752 1  -  0 Carlsen Magnus 2765

 

The leader table after 4 rounds:

Rank Name Rtg FED Pts
1 Grischuk Alexander 2716 RUS 3
2 Karjakin Sergey 2732 UKR 2.5
3 Radjabov Teimour 2751 AZE 2.5
4 Gashimov Vugar 2679 AZE 2.5
5 Kamsky Gata 2726 USA 2.5
6 Yue Wang 2689 CHN 2.5
7 Adams Michael 2729 ENG 2.5
8 Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2752 AZE 2
9 Carlsen Magnus 2765 NOR 2
10 Bacrot Etienne 2705 FRA 2
11 Svidler Peter 2746 RUS 1.5
12 Inarkiev Ernesto 2684 RUS 1.5
13 Navara David 2672 CZE 1
14 Cheparinov Ivan 2695 BUL 0

 


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