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4th Norway Chess 2016 (5)

Carlsen still leads after a draw with Giri in Norway Round 5

Magnus Carlsen didn't get any advantage out of the opening against Anish Giri in the fifth round of the Norway Chess tournament. In a quiet Ruy Lopez Carlsen even had to be slightly careful and traded into an endgame starting with 23.a4. Carlsen did get a small chance to cause trouble after the inaccurate 39...Nd7 but failed to find the troubling 40.Nc2, it was far from certain he would have won after that but he would have had the opportunity to press.

Veselin Topalov moved within half a point of the lead after a fine win against Lar Grandelius. In a Benoni structure black thought he was doing fine until 23.Nh5 after which it became clear that black was severely tied down. 35...c4 was an attempt to create counterplay on the run up to first time control but it accelerated defeat instead.

Pentala Harikrishna won a sharp struggle against Li Chao to move back to 50%. 17...Kg7 was the start of the wrong plan (17...Kh8) but Harikrishna didn't make the best of it and 22...g5 would have been balanced but the wrong order of moves meant that 24.f4 carved open black's king position led to a white win.

Vladimir Kramnik and Pavel Eljanov was an interesting Giuoco Piano where black's dynamic defence held the draw. Levon Aronian transposed to an Exchange Slav against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and although he had interesting pressure black was solid enough and held quite comfortable.

Round 5 standings: Carlsen 3.5pts, Vachier-Lagrave, Topalov, Kramnik 3pts, Giri, Aronian, Harikrishna 2.5pts, Li Chao, Eljanov 2pts, Grandelius 1pt.

Round 6 pairings: Giri-Harikrishna, Eljanov-Grandelius, Vachier-Lagrave-Carlsen, Li Chao-Topalov, Kramnik-Aronian.

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 . 1 2891
2. Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime g FRA 2788 . * . ½ 1 ½ . ½ ½ . 3 2851
3. Topalov, Veselin g BUL 2754 ½ . * . . ½ ½ . ½ 1 3 2834
4. Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2801 . ½ . * ½ . . ½ ½ 1 3 2821
5. Giri, Anish g NED 2790 ½ 0 . ½ * ½ . . 1 . 2797
6. Aronian, Levon g ARM 2784 . ½ ½ . ½ * . ½ . ½ 2747
7. Harikrishna, Pentala g IND 2763 0 . ½ . . . * 1 ½ ½ 2754
8. Li, Chao b g CHN 2755 ½ ½ . ½ . ½ 0 * . . 2 2725
9. Eljanov, Pavel g UKR 2765 . ½ ½ ½ 0 . ½ . * . 2 2707
10. Grandelius, Nils g SWE 2649 0 . 0 0 . ½ ½ . . * 1 2550
Round 5 (April 24, 2016)
Carlsen, Magnus - Giri, Anish ½-½ 48 C77 Ruy Lopez Anderssen
Topalov, Veselin - Grandelius, Nils 1-0 42 C84 Ruy Lopez Centre Attack
Kramnik, Vladimir - Eljanov, Pavel ½-½ 43 C53 Giuoco Piano
Aronian, Levon - Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime ½-½ 38 D14 Slav Exchange
Harikrishna, Pentala - Li, Chao b 1-0 42 E60 King's Indian without Nc3

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