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4th Norway Chess 2016 (4)

Five draws prior to the first rest day in Norway Chess Round 4

The fourth round of the Norway Chess tournament saw five draws which left Magnus Carlsen in the lead by half a point.

Carlsen drew comfortably with black against Li Chao who said afterwards he wasn't feeling well with a headache and decided to try and trade to a draw with the white pieces which he managed.

The most interesting game of the day was Nils Grandelius' draw with white against Pentala Harikrishna in a French Defence. Harikrishna gave up a pawn and it seemed like this gave him the advantage. Later on he allowed Grandelius to give up his queen for Rook, Knight and Pawn after which the game was about equal and the game finished in a draw on move 45.

Pavel Eljanov played the Queen's Gambit with 5.Bg5 against Veselin Topalov and they drew a well understood position. Levon Aronian was probably a little better against Anish Giri with black in a Queen's Gambit with Bf4 but the game was traded carefully down to a draw. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Vladimir Kramnik drew the final game of the day to finish, a complex Ruy Lopez.

Rest day Saturday.

Round 4 standings: Carlsen 3pts, Vachier-Lagrave, Kramnik 2.5pts, Li Chao, Topalov, Giri, Aronian 2pts, Eljanov, Harikrishna 1pts, Grandelius 1pts.

Round 5 Sunday 24th April 2016 3pm:

Kramnik-Eljanov, Aronian-Vachier-Lagrave, Topalov-Grandelius, Carlsen-Giri, Harikrishna-Li Chao

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 3 2923
2. Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime g FRA 2788 . * ½ ½ . 1 . ½ . . 2872
3. Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2801 . ½ * ½ . ½ . . . 1 2840
4. Li, Chao b g CHN 2755 ½ ½ ½ * . . ½ . . . 2 2806
5. Topalov, Veselin g BUL 2754 ½ . . . * . ½ ½ ½ . 2 2790
6. Giri, Anish g NED 2790 . 0 ½ . . * ½ 1 . . 2 2784
7. Aronian, Levon g ARM 2784 . . . ½ ½ ½ * . . ½ 2 2737
8. Eljanov, Pavel g UKR 2765 . ½ . . ½ 0 . * ½ . 2686
9. Harikrishna, Pentala g IND 2763 0 . . . ½ . . ½ * ½ 2667
10. Grandelius, Nils g SWE 2649 0 . 0 . . . ½ . ½ * 1 2606
Round 4 (April 22, 2016)
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime - Kramnik, Vladimir ½-½ 60 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Li, Chao b - Carlsen, Magnus ½-½ 37 D14 Slav Exchange
Giri, Anish - Aronian, Levon ½-½ 49 D37 QGD 5.Bf4
Eljanov, Pavel - Topalov, Veselin ½-½ 39 D59 Queens Gambit Tartakover
Grandelius, Nils - Harikrishna, Pentala ½-½ 45 C11 French Defence

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