4th Norway Chess 2016 (4)
Five draws prior to the first rest day in Norway Chess Round 4
Mark Crowther - Friday 22nd April 2016
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)|
|4.||Li, Chao b||g||CHN||2755||½||½||½||*||.||.||½||.||.||.||2||2806|
|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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