Petrosian Memorial R4: All Draws, Some Missed Opportunities

Petrosian Memorial R4: All Draws, Some Missed Opportunities

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Nov 8, 2014, 10:23 AM |
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All games in round four of the Petrosian Memorial ended in draws, and so Alexander Grischuk maintained his one-point lead over Vladimir Kramnik.

In some games, the players missed critical tactics.

While most chess fans focused on the first game in Sochi today, more top chess was played in Moscow where the Petrosian Memorial resumed after the rest day.

All games ended in draws, but in several games a decisive result was possibly in the cards.

Why not try to find two of those tactics yourself?

 

The start of the fourth round. |  Photo © Eteri Kublashvili.

Well, let's just go to these games first then! Leko will be kicking himself for not winning his game against Aronian; he played well, found a very promising piece sacrifice, continued his attack but missed a win at least twice. It's easy to write all this helped by the computer, but fact is that Leko came very close.

A narrow escape for Levon Aronian. |  Photo © Eteri Kublashvili.

Morozevich-Inarkiev was a fascinating game that deserves a much deeper analysis and a wider live audience — hopefully some chess fans switched from Sochi to Moscow during the day! Below is the game with a few notes, including the solution to the puzzle of course.

Both Morozevich and Inarkiev could have won this game. |  Photo © Eteri Kublashvili.

Kramnik and Gelfand played a Bg5 Grünfeld that was also seen in the game Carlsen-Grischuk, Stavanger 2014 — one of those endgame grinds the world champion is famous for. Kramnik went for a different plan as White, though, but it lacked punch as Gelfand quickly seemed to equalize. 

No big problems for Gelfand in the Grünfeld. |  Photo © Eteri Kublashvili.

And what about Grischuk? Did he have chances to score his fourth game in a row? Not really. He and Ding Liren followed a game from this year's Stavanger tournament as well (Kramnik-Caruana) and the Chinese GM was the one who might have had a small edge. 

Ding Liren stops Grischuk's puts streak to a halt. |  Photo © Eteri Kublashvili.

2014 Petrosian Memorial | Round 4 Standings

# Name Rtg Perf 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Pts SB
1 Grischuk,A 2795 3063 phpfCo1l0.png ½ 1 1 1 3.5/4
2 Kramnik,V 2760 2815 phpfCo1l0.png ½ ½ ½ 1 2.5/4
3 Ding Liren 2730 2770 ½ ½ phpfCo1l0.png ½ ½ 2.0/4 5.00
4 Leko,P 2731 2752 ½ ½ phpfCo1l0.png ½ ½ 2.0/4 4.00
5 Aronian,L 2797 2736 ½ ½ phpfCo1l0.png ½ ½ 2.0/4 3.50
6 Gelfand,B 2759 2672 0 ½ ½ phpfCo1l0.png ½ 1.5/4 2.75
7 Morozevich,A 2724 2665 0 ½ ½ phpfCo1l0.png ½ 1.5/4 2.50
8 Inarkiev,E 2688 2569 0 0 ½ ½ phpfCo1l0.png 1.0/4

2014 Petrosian Memorial | Pairings & Results

Round 1 15:00 MSK 04.11.14 Round 2 15:00 MSK 05.11.14
Ding Liren ½-½ Kramnik Kramnik 1-0 Inarkiev
Leko ½-½ Morozevich Gelfand 0-1 Grischuk
Aronian ½-½ Gelfand Morozevich ½-½ Aronian
Grischuk 1-0 Inarkiev Ding Liren ½-½ Leko
Round 3 15:00 MSK 06.11.14 Round 4 15:00 MSK 08.11.14
Leko ½-½ Kramnik Kramnik ½-½ Gelfand
Aronian ½-½ Ding Liren Morozevich ½-½ Inarkiev
Grischuk 1-0 Morozevich Ding Liren ½-½ Grischuk
Inarkiev ½-½ Gelfand Leko ½-½ Aronian
Round 5 15:00 MSK 09.11.14 Round 6 15:00 MSK 10.11.14
Aronian - Kramnik Kramnik - Morozevich
Grischuk - Leko Ding Liren - Gelfand
Inarkiev - Ding Liren Leko - Inarkiev
Gelfand - Morozevich Aronian - Grischuk
Round 7 15:00 MSK 11.11.14
Grischuk - Kramnik
Inarkiev - Aronian
Gelfand - Leko
Morozevich - Ding Liren

The Petrosian Memorial is held 3-11 November in Moscow. The prize fund is € 100,000 sponsored by Tashir Group.| Games via TWIC phpfCo1l0.png



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