78th Tata Steel Masters 2016 (4)
Caruana misses a chance to extend his lead of the Tata Steel Masters after 4 rounds
Mark Crowther - Tuesday 19th January 2016
Caruana and Giri discuss their round 4 draw. Photo © | http://www.tatasteelchess.com/
Fabiano Caruana was finally held to a draw after 6 hours of play by Anish Giri after obtaining a winning Rook and Pawn endgame. Caruana leads with 3/4 but he missed a chance (55...Ra3 was the last win) to bring in the full point. Giri, who was one of the favourites to win the tournament has lost one and saved two in a very scratchy start to the event.
Pavel Eljanov won a pawn against Loek van Wely but it was only with a trap 31.Kh1 in his opponent's time trouble hoping precisely for the mistake 31...Rf2? that loses.
Sergey Karjakin got a positional advantage in a quiet Giuoco Piano against Evgeny Tomashevsky. In time pressure for both players Karjakin obtained a winning advantage and his opponent lost on time.
Hou Yifan won a fine attacking game against David Navara.
Magnus Carlsen got little or no advantage with white against Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and the game finished in a draw. Whilst he hasn't been in any real trouble Carlsen hasn't created many winning chances either.
Michael Adams looked in a lot of trouble against Wei Yi in the endgame but the Chinese player didn't find a way to exploit his extra pawn and the game was drawn in 52 moves.
Wesley So drew against Ding Liren in a balanced game.
Aleksey Dreev has reached 4/4. The B-Group continues with a round on Wednesday.
Round 4 Standings: 1st Caruana 3pts 2nd-6th Wesley So, Hou Yifan, Karjakin, Ding Liren, Eljanov 2.5pts 7th-8th Carlsen, Wei, Yi 2pts 9th-13th Giri, Van Wely, Mamedyarov, Tomashevsky, Navara 1.5pts 14th Adams 1pt
Rest day Wednesday 20th Jan. Round 5 Thur 21st Jan 2016 1pm GMT in the Science Center NEMO in Amsterdam. Ding-Karjakin, Navara-So, Caruana-Hou, Wei-Giri, Mamedyarov-Adams, Van Wely-Carlsen, Tomashevsky-Eljanov,
|78th Tata Steel GpA Wijk aan Zee (NED), 15-31 i 2016||cat. XX (2748)|
|10.||Van Wely, Loek||g||NED||2640||.||.||.||½||.||0||.||.||.||*||½||½||.||.||1½||2664|
|Round 4 (January 19, 2016)|
|So, Wesley||- Ding, Liren||½-½||41||D11||Slav Defence|
|Hou, Yifan||- Navara, David||1-0||40||B12||Caro Kann Advanced|
|Karjakin, Sergey||- Tomashevsky, Evgeny||1-0||36||C50||Giuoco Piano|
|Eljanov, Pavel||- Van Wely, Loek||1-0||38||D11||Slav Defence|
|Carlsen, Magnus||- Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar||½-½||36||E60||King's Indian without Nc3|
|Giri, Anish||- Caruana, Fabiano||½-½||63||C80||Ruy Lopez Open|
|Adams, Michael||- Wei, Yi||½-½||52||A37||English Symmetrical|
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