Tal Memorial Round Four

Tal Memorial Round Four

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Round four at the Tal Memorial produced plenty of exciting chess, but for the first time there were no decisive games as a result of the action.

Nakamura threw everything he could at Kramnik's Petroff defence, but the Russian managed to hold on for a draw.

Cellar-dwellers Shirov and Eljanov both had black today and both gamely held on for draws to get their first points on the scoreboard.

Gelfand and Grischuk fought an incredibly complicated game, and this time it was the black pieces of Grischuk that held the upper hand.  However, Gelfand slipped from his grasp for a remarkable draw.

Mamedyarov and Aronian had a more workmanlike encounter which also ended all-square.  Fans of the Armenian will be happy to hear that as a result of his strong start in Moscow, Aronian has moved up one place to #2 on the unofficial live ratings list, pushing world champion Anand back down to #3.

Tomorrow (Tuesday) is the first and only rest day of the event, so round five is on Wednesday.

The standings after round four:

 Aronian, Levon ARM 2801 3
 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar AZE 2763
 Karjakin, Sergey RUS 2760
 Nakamura, Hikaru USA 2741
 Grischuk, Alexander RUS 2771
 Wang Hao CHN 2727
 Kramnik, Vladimir RUS 2791 2
 Gelfand, Boris ISR 2741
 Eljanov, Pavel UKR 2742 ½
 Shirov, Alexei ESP 2735 ½

Kramnik held for a draw against Nakamura



Mamedyarov couldn't make a dent in Aronian's armour








Photos by Anna Burtasovoy at the official website.

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