4th Norway Chess 2016 (1)
Favourites Carlsen, Kramnik and Giri win in Norway Chess Round 1
Mark Crowther - Tuesday 19th April 2016
Magnus Carlsen has started the Norway Chess tournament in fine form after winning the opening blitz tournament and his first round game against Pentala Harikrishna. Carlsen hasn't won his opening game in a tournament since beating Mamedyarov in the Gashimov Memorial almost exactly two years ago. Today Harikrishna was under pressure early on after the inaccurate 8...0-0 (8...cd and 9...Bb7 was closer to equal) and was quickly forced to part with material. Carlsen turned this into a mating attack.
Anish Giri ended his 20 game drawing streak with a complicated win in a Giuoco Pianissimo against Pavel Eljanov. Tactics won Giri two pieces for rook and pawn but the technical problems of realising this were cut short when Eljanov dropped more material.
Vladimir Kramnik joined the growing band of players using the London System in his game against Nils Grandelius. Kramnik traded his bishop and set up a Stonewall pawn structure. None of this was fatal but inaccuracies from Grandelius allowed Kramnik to control the c-file with his rook and create strong pressure but it was only on the run up to the first time control that Grandelius's position collapsed.
Levon Aronian and Veselin Topalov played out a sharp draw where black looked to have the better of it. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave had some pressure against Li Chao where most of the tactics were behind the scenes. Vachier-Lagrave admitted to completely missing the idea of 24...d4 which liquidated to a draw.
Round 1 Standings: Carlsen, Kramnik and Giri 1pt, Aronian, Vachier-Lagrave, Topalov and Li Chao 0.5pts, Eljanov, Harikrishna and Grandelius 0pts
Round 2 Pairings 3pm BST Wed 20th April 2016: Grandelius-Aronian, Li Chao-Kramnik, Giri-Vachier-Lagrave, Topalov-Carlsen, Eljanov-Harikrishna.
|4th Norway Chess 2016 Stavanger NOR (NOR), 18-30 iv 2016||cat. XXI (2770)|
|7.||Li, Chao b||g||CHN||2755||.||.||.||.||½||.||*||.||.||.||½||2788|
|Round 1 (April 19, 2016)|
|Carlsen, Magnus||- Harikrishna, Pentala||1-0||41||E15||Queens Indian|
|Kramnik, Vladimir||- Grandelius, Nils||1-0||39||A45||Trompowsky|
|Giri, Anish||- Eljanov, Pavel||1-0||36||C50||Giuoco Piano|
|Aronian, Levon||- Topalov, Veselin||½-½||46||A29||English Four Knights|
|Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime||- Li, Chao b||½-½||37||C42||Petroff's Defence|
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