Near Misses In Tal Memorial Round 4

Near Misses In Tal Memorial Round 4

SonofPearl
SonofPearl
Nov 19, 2011, 1:16 PM |
17 | Chess Event Coverage

Round four at the Tal Memorial provided more excitement, but despite some close calls there were no decisive games.

Lev Aronian has a good record against the world champion Vishy Anand, and he could have won again today. It was a fortunate escape for Anand, but he has lost his #2 spot in the live rankings to his Armenian opponent.

Vladimir Kramnik won the exchange against Vassily Ivanchuk but couldn't find a way to convert his advantage to a full point, and Hikaru Nakamura should have punished Ian Nepomniachtchi for a dubious opening novelty 11.Nd2.

At boiling point? Lev Aronian (left) has been inseparable from his vacuum flask in Moscow

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Magnus Carlsen (right) also missed winning chances against Sergey Karjakin

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Carlsen tweeted, "Could not make anything of a huge advantage today. Karjakin defended really well after I spoiled my position right before move 40".

Vassily Ivanchuk lost the exchange against Vladimir Kramnik but held on for a draw

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Boris Gelfand and Peter Svidler look exhausted before their game even begins!

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Nakamura tweeted, "Very tough game with many opportunities, but things just did not break my way"

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The standings after four rounds:

Aronian, Levon  ARM 2802
Nepomniachtchi, Ian  RUS 2730
Carlsen, Magnus  NOR 2826
Karjakin, Sergey  RUS 2763
Anand, Viswanathan  IND 2811 2
Ivanchuk, Vassily  UKR 2775 2
Svidler, Peter  RUS 2755 2
Kramnik, Vladimir  RUS 2800
Nakamura, Hikaru  USA 2758
Gelfand, Boris  ISR 2744 1

 

The pairings for round five:

 Vassily Ivanchuk v  Magnus Carlsen
 Vishy Anand v  Vladimir Kramnik
 Hikaru Nakamura v  Levon Aronian
 Boris Gelfand v  Ian Nepomniachtchi
 Sergey Karjakin v  Peter Svidler

 

Chess.com will have live coverage of rounds 5, 6, and 9 at www.chess.com/tv.

The 2011 Tal Memorial runs from 16-25 November in Moscow, with one rest day on 21 November. Games start at 15:00 local time (11:00 UTC), except the last round which is 2 hours earlier. The time control is 40 moves in 100 minutes, followed by 20 moves in 50 minutes, then 15 minutes to finish, with a 30 second increment from the start of the game. The total prize fund is €100,000 with the winner receiving €30,000.

The official site (in Russian). Pictures from Chess-News.ru.

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