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Medias 2010 (10)

4th Kings Tournament 2010

Round 10 The clear winner by two points Magnus Carlsen looks on as Teimour Radjabov (back to camera) beats Boris Gelfand to catch him in 2nd place. Photo © Peter Doggers who was on the spot making videos for the official site.

Round 10 The clear winner by two points Magnus Carlsen looks on as Teimour Radjabov (back to camera) beats Boris Gelfand to catch him in 2nd place. Photo © Peter Doggers who was on the spot making videos for the official site. | http://www.chessvibes.com

The 4th Kings tournament took place in Medias, Romania, Monday, June 14, 2010 - Friday, June 25, 2010.

Magnus Carlsen took clear first place with 7.5/10. A final round win against tail ender Wang Yue extended the winning margin to two points when combined with Radjabov's win against Gelfand. Carlsen gave the impression that he was experimenting with some new ideas which led to some unconvincing moments. However he managed to get out of these tight spots and make this an even more impressive victory.

Round 1: Magnus Carlsen's aggressive intent on the white side of a Catalan was countered well by Ruslan Ponomariov. They agreed a draw on move 31 when it was clear Carlsen didn't have an advantage. Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu defeated Teimour Radjabov on the white side of a Sicilian. Radjabov played aggressively and suddenly his position got difficult and then just fell apart. Boris Gelfand beat Wang Yue after outplaying him in a locked position with plenty of maneuvering. Round 2 saw all the games drawn. Carlsen pressed with very little against Radjabov.

Round 3: Carlsen's rather crude 13.f4 never looked likely to trouble Gelfand, whether this was merely the best option after his opening preparation failed or a misjudgment is unclear but he had to exercise care to get his draw. Nisipeanu - Wang Yue finished in a draw by repetition. Radjabov converted a significant advantage he got on the black side of a King's Indian against Pononariov in the final game to finish.

There were three white winners in Round 4. Radjabov found a way through Gelfand's Petroff, Ponomariov beat Nisipeanu's Blumenfeld and finally Magnus Carlsen won with the King's Gambit against Wang Yue although it wasn't a particularly spectacular win it was an impressive display.

Magnus Carlsen took the lead at the half way stage when he beat Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu on the black side of a Sicilian Dragon. Boris Gelfand beat Ruslan Ponomariov to catch Teimour Radjamov in 2nd place.

Magnus Carlsen extended his lead to a point with 4.5/6 when he scored a very risky win against Ponomariov in a King's Indian Saemisch.

Round 7: Carlsen squeezed a fourth win in a row. This time he ground down Teimour Radjamov in a double rook ending to move further ahead.

Round 8: Magnus Carlsen drew with black against second placed Boris Gelfand. Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu beat Wang Yue in the only decisive game of the day.

Round 9: After all three games were drawn in Round 9 Magnus Carlsen takes a one point lead into Friday's final round.

IV Kings Tournament 2010 (Medias ROU)
Mon 14th Jun 2010 - Fri 25th Jun 2010 - Official Site

Medias (6 players 10 Rds SRR Indiv TC:120m:60m:15m+30spm(61)) - Games in PGN: Games

Medias (6 players 10 Rds SRR Indiv TC: 120m:60m:15m+30spm(61)) - Games in PGN: Games

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4th Kings Tournament Medias (ROU), 14-25 vi 2010 cat. XX (2742)
1 2 3 4 5 6
1. Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2813 * * ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 1 1 2920
2. Radjabov, Teimour g AZE 2740 ½ 0 * * 1 1 1 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 2778
3. Gelfand, Boris g ISR 2741 ½ ½ 0 0 * * 1 ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 2778
4. Ponomariov, Ruslan g UKR 2733 ½ 0 0 ½ 0 ½ * * 1 1 ½ ½ 2707
5. Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter g ROU 2672 0 ½ 1 ½ ½ 0 0 0 * * ½ 1 4 2683
6. Wang Yue g CHN 2752 0 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 * * 3 2590

Round 1 (June 14, 2010)
Carlsen, Magnus - Ponomariov, Ruslan ½-½ 31 E06 Catalan
Gelfand, Boris - Wang Yue 1-0 82 D10 Slav Defence
Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter - Radjabov, Teimour 1-0 39 B33 Sicilian Sveshnikov
Round 2 (June 15, 2010)
Radjabov, Teimour - Carlsen, Magnus ½-½ 74 B23 Sicilian Closed
Gelfand, Boris - Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter ½-½ 32 D20 QGA
Wang Yue - Ponomariov, Ruslan ½-½ 40 E06 Catalan
Round 3 (June 16, 2010)
Carlsen, Magnus - Gelfand, Boris ½-½ 40 D43 Anti-Meran Gambit
Ponomariov, Ruslan - Radjabov, Teimour 0-1 48 E81 King's Indian Saemisch
Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter - Wang Yue ½-½ 31 C42 Petroff's Defence
Round 4 (June 17, 2010)
Carlsen, Magnus - Wang Yue 1-0 54 C36 Kings Gambit Modern Variation
Radjabov, Teimour - Gelfand, Boris 1-0 38 C42 Petroff's Defence
Ponomariov, Ruslan - Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter 1-0 36 E10 Blumenfeld Counter Gambit
Round 5 (June 19, 2010)
Gelfand, Boris - Ponomariov, Ruslan 1-0 38 D38 QGD Ragozin
Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter - Carlsen, Magnus 0-1 31 B76 Sicilian Modern Dragon
Wang Yue - Radjabov, Teimour ½-½ 41 A15 English counter King's Fianchetto
Round 6 (June 20, 2010)
Radjabov, Teimour - Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter ½-½ 30 D27 QGA
Ponomariov, Ruslan - Carlsen, Magnus 0-1 50 E81 King's Indian Saemisch
Wang Yue - Gelfand, Boris ½-½ 31 D37 QGD 5.Bf4
Round 7 (June 21, 2010)
Carlsen, Magnus - Radjabov, Teimour 1-0 64 B35 Sicilian Defence
Ponomariov, Ruslan - Wang Yue ½-½ 63 D10 Slav Defence
Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter - Gelfand, Boris 0-1 40 C42 Petroff's Defence
Round 8 (June 22, 2010)
Radjabov, Teimour - Ponomariov, Ruslan ½-½ 30 C55 Two Knights Defence
Gelfand, Boris - Carlsen, Magnus ½-½ 33 D31 Semi-Slav Defence
Wang Yue - Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter 0-1 66 E67 King's Indian Fianchetto
Round 9 (June 24, 2010)
Carlsen, Magnus - Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter ½-½ 32 C63 Ruy Lopez Schliemann
Radjabov, Teimour - Wang Yue ½-½ 32 C42 Petroff's Defence
Ponomariov, Ruslan - Gelfand, Boris ½-½ 31 B10 Caro Kann
Round 10 (June 25, 2010)
Gelfand, Boris - Radjabov, Teimour 0-1 30 E91 King's Indian Classical
Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter - Ponomariov, Ruslan 0-1 23 C49 Four Knights Metger
Wang Yue - Carlsen, Magnus 0-1 47 D85 Gruenfeld Defence

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