Kamsky Wins In Round Four

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Gata Kamsky (pictured) won the only decisive game of the fourth round of the Nalchik Grand Prix.  He defeated Peter Svidler in a tough strategic Ruy Lopez lasting 74 moves.  Alexander Grischuk retains his narrow half-point lead over the chasing field after he held Lev Aronian to a draw.

Let's hope Kamsky is getting plenty of sleep at nights, because he's working overtime during the day; so far he's averaging almost 80 moves per game!

The other games were all hard-fought draws.  Of particular interest was Boris Gelfand's interesting positional piece sacrifice against Etienne Bacrot, and Vassily Ivanchuk's Queen sacrifice (for Rook and Bishop) against Pavel Eljanov.  The players seem to be in a fighting spirit so far in Nalchik. Good job!

The standings after round four:

Grischuk, Alexander   RUS   2748 3
Karjakin, Sergey  UKR  2721  
Kamsky, Gata  USA  2720  
Leko, Peter  HUN  2751  
Alekseev, Evgeny  RUS  2716  
Aronian, Levon  ARM  2754  
Bacrot, Etienne  FRA  2728 2
Svidler, Peter  RUS  2726 2
Eljanov, Pavel  UKR  2693  
Gelfand, Boris  ISR  2733  
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam  UZB  2695  
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar  AZE  2725  
Ivanchuk, Vassily  UKR  2746  
Akopian, Vladimir  ARM  2696 1

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