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4th Norway Chess 2016 (2)

Vachier-Lagrave joins the leaders after defeating Giri in Norway Chess Round 2

There was just one decisive game in the second round of the Norway Chess tournament in Stavanger. Anish Giri bravely took on Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in the Sicilian Najdorf. Giri didn't react correctly to the novelty 15...Rg8 and was completely take by surprise by 16...d5 after which he admitted he didn't resist very well.

The remaining games were drawn. Magnus Carlsen played solidly against Veselin Topalov and obtained a comfortable draw. Pentala Harikrishna sacrificed a pawn for long term attacking chances against Pavel Eljanov but had to settle for a draw in the end. Li Chao against Vladimir Kramnik was a Vienna Game where white gave up two pawns for the two bishops, later on white won two rooks for his queen, the game finished in perpetual check.

Levon Aronian admitted his draw against Nils Grandelius was a missed opportunity for a full point. Aronian sacrificed a pawn for dynamic play but talked himself out of 24...Bc2 fearing some nebulous attacking chances for his opponent after 24... Bc2 25. Ra2 Bxb3 26. Rxb3 Nxd4 27. Rh3. 26...g5 was another mistake after which white was better but Grandelius was happy to repeat for a draw.

Round 2 standings: Vachier-Lagrave, Carlsen, Kramnik 1.5pts, Li Chao, Topalov, Aronian, Giri 1pt, Grandelius, Eljanov, Harikrishna 0.5pts

Round 3 21st April 3pm BST: Carlsen-Grandelius, Kramnik-Giri, MVL-Eljanov, Aronian-Li Chao, Harikrishna-Topalov.

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. Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime g FRA 2788 * . . ½ . . 1 . . . 2965
2. Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2851 . * . . ½ . . . . 1 2951
3. Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2801 . . * ½ . . . 1 . . 2895
4. Li, Chao b g CHN 2755 ½ . ½ * . . . . . . 1 2794
5. Topalov, Veselin g BUL 2754 . ½ . . * ½ . . . . 1 2817
6. Aronian, Levon g ARM 2784 . . . . ½ * . ½ . . 1 2701
7. Giri, Anish g NED 2790 0 . . . . . * . 1 . 1 2776
8. Grandelius, Nils g SWE 2649 . . 0 . . ½ . * . . ½ 2599
9. Eljanov, Pavel g UKR 2765 . . . . . . 0 . * ½ ½ 2583
10. Harikrishna, Pentala g IND 2763 . 0 . . . . . . ½ * ½ 2615
Round 2 (April 20, 2016)
Li, Chao b - Kramnik, Vladimir ½-½ 42 C26 Vienna Game
Topalov, Veselin - Carlsen, Magnus ½-½ 29 D37 QGD 5.Bf4
Giri, Anish - Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 0-1 28 B96 Sicilian Najdorf
Grandelius, Nils - Aronian, Levon ½-½ 32 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Eljanov, Pavel - Harikrishna, Pentala ½-½ 45 E20 Nimzo Indian

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