Kramnik still leading

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After the fourth round of the Melody Amber Tournament Vladimir Kramnik is still leading. By beating one of the likely candidates for the tournament victory, Vishy Anand, with 1,5-0,5, the Russian could keep his half point difference with Aronian. Svidler now changed place with Anand in the classification; at the bottom the situation didn't change much.

Anand completely missed his hold during the blindfold game. He had just lost a pawn and then he dropped a piece and another rook, that last move probably by a slip of the mouse (the players play their blindfold games in front of a computer screen). In the rapid game, Kramnik didn't listen to my advice of yesterday and he dully played the Closed Spanish. And of course, Anand got a strong attack - he even sacrificed (no blunder this time) a full rook. With moves like 29...Rxe4! Kramnik defended as accurately as a strong computer engine (with this I do NOT want to suggest anything) when White had nothing better than to go into a drawn ending.

Well... and then... it was nice to see an old line of the Pirc again played by two top players (Radjabov-Ivanchuk blindfold) and Van Wely grabbed another point in his favorite line, against Moro. A lot more happened today, but from here I'll let the games speak for themselves.

Blindfold games round 4:

Rapid games round 4:

Results 4th round:


Radjabov     - Ivanchuk       ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ? 
Kramnik      - Anand          1-0 
Van Wely     - Morozevich     1-0 
Vallejo Pons - Svidler        0-1 
Aronian      - Carlsen        1-0 
Leko         - Gelfand        ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ?


Ivanchuk     - Radjabov       1-0 
Anand        - Kramnik        ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ? 
Morozevich   - Van Wely       1-0 
Svidler      - Vallejo Pons   1-0
Carlsen      - Aronian        ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ? 
Gelfand      - Leko           ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ?

Standings blind:

   1. Kramnik                   4
 2-3. Ivanchuk, Svidler         3
 4-5. Gelfand, Aronian         2?Ǭ?         
   6. Leko                      2 
 7-8. Morozevich, Radjabov     1?Ǭ?
9-12. Carlsen, Van Wely,
      Anand, Vallejo Pons       1

Standings rapid:

    1. Aronian                 3?Ǭ?
    2. Anand                    3
  3-5. Kramnik, Ivanchuk,
       Morozevich              2?Ǭ?
  6-8. Carlsen, Leko, Svidler   2
    9. Gelfand                 1?Ǭ?
10-11. Van Wely, Vallejo Pons   1 
   12. Radjabov                 ?Ǭ?

Combined standings:

    1. Kramnik                 6?Ǭ?
    2. Aronian                  6
    3. Ivanchuk                5?Ǭ?
    4. Svidler                  5
  5-8. Morozevich, Gelfand, 
       Anand, Leko              4
    9. Carlsen                  3
10-12. Radjabov, Vallejo Pons,
       Van Wely                 2

Tomorrow is a restday. Thursday is round 5:


Gelfand      - Vallejo Pons
Carlsen      - Leko
Svidler      - Aronian
Morozevich   - Radjabov
Anand        - Van Wely
Ivanchuk     - Kramnik

Vallejo Pons - Gelfand 
Leko         - Carlsen
Aronian      - Svidler
Radjabov     - Morozevich
Van Wely     - Anand
Kramnik      - Ivanchuk
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