World Championship: fourth game drawn

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Anand-Kramnik, Game 4, drawUpdate: video added. Drawing his fourth game of the World Championship match in Bonn, Viswanathan Anand has consolidated his lead over Vladimir Kramnik today. Going into the second rest day the score is 2.5-1.5 for Anand.

Well that was something quite different. After all the fun of yesterday, the fourth game in Bonn was, really, the least exciting game of the match thus far.

Protecting his lead in the match, Anand went for the solid 5.Bf4 against Kramnik's Queen's Gambit Declined and soon a typical "IQP" (isolated queen's pawn) position was reached.

Just when White seemed to have a tiny edge, Kramnik started marching his g-pawn to remove the White bishop from the h3-c8 diagonal, where it controlled the square e6 which was ideal for Black's knight. As soon as Nc5-e6 was possible, followed by the thematical break d5-d4, there was nothing left to play for. A chrystal-clear game, but also a bit dull. Well, that's also part of the game!


A quiet Saturday on which the Bonn flee market (the reason why the players arrived a bit late today, because their two Mercedes('s?) got into a traffic jam) would have been a good alternative

Here's the fourth game of the match:

Match score:
Name Nat. Rtg
G01 14/10
G02 15/10
G03 17/10
G04 18/10
G05 20/10
G06 21/10
G07 23/10
G08 24/10
G09 26/10
G10 27/10
G11 29/10
G12 31/10
Anand IND 2783
Kramnik RUS 2772

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