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4th Norway Chess 2016 (7)

Carlsen defeats Kramnik to move a point clear of Norway Chess after 7 rounds

Magnus Carlsen increased his chances of winning his first Norway Chess title after defeating Vladimir Kramnik Queen's Gambit variation which has a very solid drawish reputation. Carlsen played a new move 12. Ne2 which he attributed to Jon Ludwig Hammer and Kramnik erred straight away with 14...Na4 and then played the losing move 19...c5 which Carlsen said just didn't work at all. Carlsen took his time but the position was a comfortable technical win for him.

Levon Aronian also stayed a point behind Carlsen ahead of their game in Round 8 when he defeated Pavel Eljanov in a strange game where the Uktainian allowed a winning attack in the end after missing a clear opportunity to be better after the mistaken 19.Bg5 Nxe4 was possible. Eventually Aronian broke through with a decisive attack in the run up to first time control.

Li Chao survived a marathon game against Nils Grandelius after having a miserable, prospectless position from early on but organising the breakthrough was difficult for Grandelius. Pentala Harikrishna was probably much better against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (who thought he was lost at one point but maybe it wasn't that clear) but the game eventually finished in a draw. Veselin Topalov and Anish Giri played out a tactical draw in the other game of the day.

Round 7 standings: Carlsen 5pts, Vachier-Lagrave, Aronian, Topalov, Harikrishna 4pts, Kramnik 3.5pts, Giri, Li Chao, Eljanov 3pts, Grandelius 1.5pts

Round 8 pairings 3pm Thursday 28th April 2016 MVL-Topalov, Giri-Grandelius Eljanov-Li Chao, Aronian-Carlsen, Kramnik-Harikrishna

4th Norway Chess 2016 Stavanger NOR (NOR), 18-30 iv 2016 cat. XXI (2770)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0
1. Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2851 * ½ . ½ 1 1 ½ ½ . 1 5 2915
2. Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime g FRA 2788 ½ * ½ . ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ . 4 2837
3. Aronian, Levon g ARM 2784 . ½ * ½ . ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 4 2807
4. Topalov, Veselin g BUL 2754 ½ . ½ * ½ . ½ ½ ½ 1 4 2815
5. Harikrishna, Pentala g IND 2763 0 ½ . ½ * . 1 1 ½ ½ 4 2814
6. Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2801 0 ½ ½ . . * ½ ½ ½ 1 2768
7. Giri, Anish g NED 2790 ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ * . 1 . 3 2736
8. Li, Chao b g CHN 2755 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ . * . ½ 3 2720
9. Eljanov, Pavel g UKR 2765 . ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 . * 1 3 2711
10. Grandelius, Nils g SWE 2649 0 . ½ 0 ½ 0 . ½ 0 * 2551
Round 7 (April 27, 2016)
Carlsen, Magnus - Kramnik, Vladimir 1-0 50 D35 QGD Exchange
Aronian, Levon - Eljanov, Pavel 1-0 45 A13 Reti Opening
Topalov, Veselin - Giri, Anish ½-½ 45 A29 English Four Knights
Harikrishna, Pentala - Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime ½-½ 49 E60 King's Indian without Nc3
Grandelius, Nils - Li, Chao b ½-½ 93 B16 Caro Kann

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