Norway Chess 2013 Round 4
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Sergey Karjakin is setting the Norway Chess 2013 super-tournament on fire with a perfect score of 4 wins from 4!
The latest victim was world #2 Lev Aronian, who lost horribly despite having the white pieces. Karjakin now stands 1½ points clear at the top of the standings.
The other decisive result of round 4 occurred in the game between Vishy Anand and Hikaru Nakamura. The 3-time U.S. chess champion outplayed the world champion in a tactical battle to move into second place.
Nothing seems to be working for Magnus Carlsen at the moment. He failed to win again today, with the white pieces against Peter Svidler. Carlsen admitted in the press conference that "I simply have to play better than I did today. If not, I won't win any games". However, Carlsen faces runaway tournament leader Sergey Karjakin in round five, with the black pieces.
A draw was much better news for the other Norwegian competitor in Stavanger, as huge tournament underdog Jon Ludvig Hammer finally got off the mark by holding Veselin Topalov to a draw. Wang Hao and Teimour Rajabov also drew their game.
The standings after 4 rounds
|10||Hammer, Jon Ludvig||NOR||2608||½|
A delighted Sergey Karjakin after his fourth win
Magnus Carlsen drew his fourth straight game
The pairings in round five
|NAKAMURA Hikaru||v||TOPALOV Veselin|
|HAMMER Jon Ludvig||v||WANG Hao|
|SVIDLER Peter||v||ANAND Viswanathan|
|RADJABOV Teimour||v||ARONIAN Levon|
|KARJAKIN Sergey||v||CARLSEN Magnus|
The time control is 100 mins for 40 moves, then 50 mins for 20 moves, and then 15 mins to a finish with a 30 second increment from the start. The "Sofia" anti-draw rules apply.
Tournament Schedule (Times = UTC + 2)