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4th Norway Chess 2016 (6)

Carlsen retains his half point lead after Norway Chess Round 6

Magnus Carlsen retains the lead in the Norway Chess tournament going into the second and final rest day following a draw against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. MVL chose 17.f3 in the Berlin which detailed theory suggests is a draw but requires both sides to remember a lot of concrete theory. Carlsen had more or less equalised when he played the careless 25…Re8?! which he called "a childish trap" and had to find a sacrifice after 31.Ba5 but 31...Bxg4 led to a drawish position which he held comfortably.

Anish Giri lost his second game of the event and is clearly not in good shape following the Candidates tournament. Pentala Harikrishna played the French Defence, a rare visitor at this level these days and seemed much more at home in the resulting position, 26.Nd1? was an error after which 26..Qb5! forced a very favourable endgame that Harikrishna converted comfortably.

Vladimir Kramnik's Giuoco Piano experiments continued against Levon Aronian but he didn't get very much to work with and the game finished in a dynamic draw. Li Chao drew a lively Moscow semi-Slav against Veselin Topalov finishing in a draw by repetition.

Pavel Eljanov beat Nil Grandelius in a g3 Gruenfeld eventually powering through the centre.

Round 6 standings: Carlsen 4pts, MVL, Topalov, Harikrishna, Kramnik 3.5pts, Aronian, Eljanov 3pts, Li Chao, Giri 2.5pts, Grandelius 1pt

Rest day Tuesday.

Round 7 pairings 27th April 2016: Grandelius-Li Chao, Harikrishna-MVL, Carlsen-Kramnik, Aronian-Eljanov, Topalov-Giri.

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 . . . ½ ½ 1 4 2874
2. Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime g FRA 2788 ½ * . . ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 . 2848
3. Topalov, Veselin g BUL 2754 ½ . * ½ . ½ ½ ½ . 1 2818
4. Harikrishna, Pentala g IND 2763 0 . ½ * . . ½ 1 1 ½ 2817
5. Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2801 . ½ . . * ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 2812
6. Aronian, Levon g ARM 2784 . ½ ½ . ½ * . ½ ½ ½ 3 2756
7. Eljanov, Pavel g UKR 2765 . ½ ½ ½ ½ . * . 0 1 3 2757
8. Li, Chao b g CHN 2755 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ . * . . 2733
9. Giri, Anish g NED 2790 ½ 0 . 0 ½ ½ 1 . * . 2735
10. Grandelius, Nils g SWE 2649 0 . 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 . . * 1 2513
Round 6 (April 25, 2016)
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime - Carlsen, Magnus ½-½ 65 C67 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Kramnik, Vladimir - Aronian, Levon ½-½ 37 C53 Giuoco Piano
Eljanov, Pavel - Grandelius, Nils 1-0 40 D73 Gruenfeld 3.g3
Li, Chao b - Topalov, Veselin ½-½ 54 D43 Anti-Meran Gambit
Giri, Anish - Harikrishna, Pentala 0-1 36 C11 French Defence

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