Tal Memorial - Round 4

Tal Memorial - Round 4

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Vladimir Kramnik seems to have undergone a dramatic change in style at the Tal Memorial in Moscow!  In round four he scored another victory to take an undisputed lead going into the first and only rest day tomorrow.

Kramnik's victim was Peter Svidler, and the opening was Svidler's favourite Grunfeld, which now seems to be all the rage among the elite players.  Kramnik's response was a simple and brutal h-pawn rush which led to a deserved win.

If anyone is channeling the spirit of the great Mikhail Tal so far in this tournament, it's certainly Vladimir Kramnik.  Who would have guessed?  All the other games were drawn.

Reports suggest that Magnus Carslen is badly affected by a flu virus and he drew today with the white pieces against against Aronian.  Having said that, Kramnik is also said to be feeling poorly, but he seems to be taking it out on his opponents!

The standings after round four:

Kramnik, Vladimir   RUS   2772 3
Anand, Viswanathan  IND  2788  
Aronian, Levon  ARM  2786  
Carlsen, Magnus  NOR  2801 2
Ponomariov, Ruslan  UKR  2739 2
Gelfand, Boris  ISR  2758 2
Ivanchuk, Vassily  UKR  2739 2
Leko, Peter  HUN  2752  
Morozevich, Alexander  RUS  2750  
Svidler, Peter  RUS  2754 1

Monday is a rest day, so round five will be on Tuesday.  Official coverage here.










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